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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By the time the plot actually started to get interesting – the final sequence on Schar’s World was admittedly suspenseful – I still didn’t care about the characters. Its protagonist Bora Horza Gobuchul is an enemy of the Culture.

Consider Phlebas : A Culture Novel

Feb 03, Jonathan rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Others can’t find any character to relate to and pull for, or are only able to embrace one, but I find myself liking them all, even the most unsavoury, like Fwi-Song and Mr. There were very few moments where I felt surprised or spurred to thought by Banks’ story. A Vavatch drone, Unaha-Closp, has been trapped on the ship and reluctantly joins the team.

At the outset, Horza has allied himself with a millennia-old alien species that holds little regard for human life.

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Horza is a shapeshifter, not entirely human himself, but his biology is a heck of a lot closer to folks like you and me than to the three-le I’m rather curious what other people think of the Culture: I read this after The Player of Games, which offers you the inside view of the Culture, both the good parts and the bad.

Plus, …more I’d say Interestingly, while this is the first Culture novel, it is told from the perspective of a somewhat antagonistic protagonist. 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. Perhaps the word I want is intimate. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.


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So here is my problem: Retrieved from ” https: In the end, the reason the Culture universe has become so popular and well-regarded is not because of elaborate space battles and destruction, but rather by exploring the ideas of what a post-scarcity civilization would actually be like. I love that Banks delivers on the promise of his title and epigraph: Her movements were fluttery and nervous. He’ll talk about how, if the prisoner escapes and gets a gun, it won’t be good for the main characters–as if that were some kind of revelation–but uain every case, these are just red herrings, so it becomes easy to predict the outcomes of the book by assuming that anything the characters worry about won’t happen.

Interesting ideas wrapped up in believable characters with believable feelings j goals placed in believable settings. When it was published inConsider Phlebas is arguably the spark that initiated the New Space Opera fire, effectively reinventing a long stagnant genre and cosnider it in a more literary minded, left leaning, bans direction.

It not only reveals the fear, it also reveals other aspects of the character: Horza dies soon after Balveda gets him to the surface and the Mind is returned to the Culture. I found myself fascinated with the main character Horza and his devotion to the Idrian side of the war—not the side that I would have chosen! Oh — if you are looking for a much better space opera, may I recommend Alastair Reynolds’ Revelation Space?

It’s a bit heartless at times, and certainly doesn’t try to endear you with loveable characters or romantic quests, but Banks’ rich imagination ensures that anybody will find something mindblowing, thought-provoking, or just downright fun within its pages.


View all 9 comments. At the book’s end, I have a section pointing this out by telling what phlebzs after the war, which was an attempt to pose the question, ‘What was it all for? Kirkus Reviews described it as “Overextended and jarring”, but “imaginative and gripping in places. I can’t really say much, other than Iain Banks has become my 1 favorite Sci-Fi author.

Consider Phlebas by Iain M. Banks

Plus, the “gory details” often include alien physiology – so, purple blood, three legged aliens, and so on. Most characters are uninteresting only few get decent characterization, rest are just cardboard cutouts that you will forget about as soon as you turn page.


The war itself is good, and serves as more than simply a backdrop to the story. Look To Windward Iain M.

Neither side is presented as intrinsically good or bad; the main character, Horza, is a spy working for the Idirans, who has been assigned the job of retrieving a Mind that has been accidentally stranded on a remote phlebzs.

Although his main purpose is to tell a story, Banks is saying some quite interesting things here about the future of technology. Other than telling you to buy a copy of Consider Phlebas immediately my only other advice regarding Banks’ work is to try to pace yourself.

Most importantly, it was character driven. Corey, and Becky Chambers have helped keep New Space Opera going well into the second decade of the twenty-first century, alongside the British writers that continue in that tradition.

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Some of the most interesting parts of the story are digressions, like the segment that introduces the primitive civilization on a tropical island.