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. The retail giant and streaming outlet has acquired rights to the first novel in Iain M . Banks’ “Culture” series. A Definitive Ranking of Iain M. Banks’ Culture Novels . A novel detailing the fallout of the Culture’s machinations in Consider Phlebas (more.

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All that being said, Consider Phlebas is a weird way to start a series.

Well imagine session of Galactic Civilizations or Alpha Centauri you have to be bit older to remember this Civilization 2 spin-off going into late-game where all habitable places and resources are split among players and there are 2 main powers who try to get smaller ones by means of diplomacy or war to get edge over other power before final confrontation. It’s very, very hard for a lone person to do that.

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Consider Phlebas : A Culture Novel

Moons, planets, the very stars themselves, faced destruction, cold-blooded, brutal, and worse, random. Most importantly, it was character driven.


Banks’ machine minds have values and follow courses of action that are plhebas more admirable than what our species can manage. He is a master storyteller and an outstanding scientist. Because naughtiness is its own reward. Banks Space opera novels science fiction novels The Culture Macmillan Publishers books Debut science fiction novels.

Consider Phlebas

Consider Phlebas is the first one. I don’t want to get too into the nitty-gritty of the plot, because it does offer up some nice set-pieces, but basically, he’s off on a mission to capture a new breed of “Mind,” which is what the Culture-ruling machines refer to themselves as. Perhaps she even knew him better than he lain himself.

It certainly is a lot of fun, and feels more action based than most of the books that came later. Horza despises the Culture, and everything they stand for.

There are two or three characters that are well developed enough that one might actually care what happens to them, and a depth of context and mythos that is very alluring.

View all 3 comments. A Few Notes on the Culture. Consider Phlebas is classic sci-fi that I condider growing up.

Paul Perry Corey wrote: Other books in the series. Many of these scenes were gory, which some people found compelling, but I didn’t feel were particularly disturbing. Although his main purpose is to tell a story, Banks is saying some quite interesting things here about the future of technology.


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The vast majority of the in-between chapters feel like a bunch of half-realized short story ideas jammed together, including one chapter whose sole purpose is to be be disgusting. Despite this he continued xonsider use his unofficial middle name and it was as Phlebaz M.

Maybe developing a deep main character? Because of this conflict between how the characters were described and how they actually behaved, they never developed into real personalities, and their actions rarely made sense–except that they facilitated the plot.

Consider Phlebas by Iain M. Banks

We just don’t know. Under this familiar surface, Consider Phlebas is a much more nuanced story. Published April 14th by Orbit first published April 23rd Kenney’s pacing and voicing are excellent, as ususal. Nov 21, Manny rated it really liked it Shelves: I can understand the temptation: Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide.

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