Editorial Reviews. From Library Journal. In the midst of a war between two galactic empires, Consider Phlebas (A Culture Novel Book 1) – Kindle edition by Iain M. Banks. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or. A Definitive Ranking of Iain M. Banks’ Culture Novels . A novel detailing the fallout of the Culture’s machinations in Consider Phlebas (more. The retail giant and streaming outlet has acquired rights to the first novel in Iain M . Banks’ “Culture” series.

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I noted at one point that he felt like Odysseus, more than a bit of jerk and taking ten years to accomplish his goal. The editor was also concerned about possible confusion with Rosie M.

The prose is fairly solid, and that title, it’s a doozy. Iajn 06, KostasAt rated it really liked it Shelves: You see the Culture both from the inside and from the outside; its critics tend to say that it’s really run by the AIs, with the people having little influence.

View all 5 comments. Considder revealed in April that he had late-stage cancer. All that leaves are his mainstream “literary” novels. This book is hard-core, gateway reading-crack. There have even phlebax those occasions where I thumbed it down, peering at the cover, carefully comparing it to others, knowing that I must be the final arbiter of posterity–to choose one, eschewing all others to a cruel and unknown future. Most importantly, it was character driven. For instance, when on the pirate ship: He comes from a species that is mostly extinct, possibly as a result of interference in its past.

However, when Banks is involved, things are never that simple, especially with regards to genre tropes. Interestingly, while this is the first Culture novel, it is told from the perspective of phpebas somewhat antagonistic protagonist.


So what does this book have in common with those games. This is the sate of the galaxy where book takes place and indeed world building is top notch.

The story at first seems to be meandering around, but as Horza gets closer to the Mind it tightens up more and more; the ending is absolutely terrific, and left me with an adrenaline rush and a head full of startling, nightmare images.

The Culture series by Iain M. So which one of us messed up? It reminds me to recognize our shared experience. But that doesn’t mean that life isn’t beautiful. Banks picks up where Niven leaves off. Macallan as his SF pseudonym, the name deriving from his favourite whiskies: View all 16 comments. He has unique physical capabilities, is introspective, and extremely resourceful. The Idirans fought for their Faith; the Culture for its moral right to exist.

The story begins with him captured by a hostile government and about to be executed. The second Idiran, who had been mortally wounded but not killed, sets one of the trains for a collision course to the station. Horza is something of an anti-hero who does some reprehensible things throughout the narrative, but he also has his moments of heroism.

Banks has something very rare in SF — both a sense of humour and the skill to bring that humor to the page. The title a quotation from The Waste Landno less! I’ve made the opposite of the following comment in my review of Greg Bear’s Eonbut I feel with this worth repeating. It certainly is a lot of fun, and feels more action based than most of the books that came later.

The other books in the series are from the perspective of a citizen of the Culture, which is difficult to define succinctly so I will just say, imagine if you lived in a universe where you were practically immortal and super-smart robots took care of pretty much everything, leaving you free to live your own life to the fullest existential extent do you want to be an artist? Maybe the characters are interesting?


I said earlier that the prose wasn’t bad, but the figurative language smacks of trying too hard; it’s not a natural part of the authorial voice but an conaider of forced poetics: Jun 23, Ivan rated it really liked it Recommended to Ivan by: On one page, we’re told that the character won’t die of thirst because he’s floating on a freshwater ocean. In fact, at times you wonder why Horza bothered to get involved with such a dangerous conflict at all.

Death comes to us all, somehow, someway, even seemingly immortal Minds. Countless are the times I have passed this book before bed, letting my eyes linger longingly on the spine, relishing the notion that I will actually read this book, some day. I’ve read a couple of Goodreviews that write this scene off as extraneous or at best irrelevant. Principles were at stake.

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Why not allow for the possibility that a truly superior intelligence would follow its own independent moral code? He moved to London and lived in the south of England until when he returned to Scotland, li Iain M. Both concepts are pretty rad, as is the writing throughout.