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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It’s in the little details. It would have been nice to explore some concrete reasoning behind Horza’s paranoia regarding them, but, as it stands, having a protagonist whose goals I didn’t agree with did create the interesting effect in me of not knowing how I’d like the story to end.

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Sometimes the story banls smooth and very well told for several pages at a time. The humans live hedonistic carefree lives, everything they can possibly want is catered for by the AIs, the Minds, the drones smaller AIs and other high-tech devices.

I take this opportunity to highlight Banks’ deliciously subtle humour. Most space operas never really consider the fact that machines will eventually be smarter than people, but Banks confronts this head-on. The inert and stale names given to the starships by humans, such as General Systems Vehicle and Rapid Offensive Unit, are contrasted wildly and wonderfully with the names that the Minds give themselves and therefore the ships.

I found the repetition particularly inexplicable. He was a signatory to the Declaration of Calton Hill, which calls for Scottish independence. Consider Phlebas is the story of protagonist Bora Horza Gobuchul, a Changer, a transhuman with an ability to gradually morph into other humans.

The trouble is that to take your mind off it you try to drag everybody else down there with you. Its protagonist Bora Horza Gobuchul is an enemy of the Culture.

At one point, we are told at length how much the character is worrying about some friends of his, if only he could get to them. Remember when we met Aragorn in Lord of the Rings? Billions had died, billions more were doomed. I find that technique effective for a couple of reasons.


Refresh and try again. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Why would you NOT side with such a civilization? Nov 06, KostasAt rated it really liked it Shelves: Well, that’s a lightning tour of the Culture universe, and Consider Phlebas makes good use of it. I’ve always found this silly, not just because emotions are logical you can’t have logical thought if the emotional center of the brain is damagedbut also because there is no reason that humans won’t progress along with robots as technology increases.

Consider Phlebas is Banks’s first published science fiction novel and takes its title from a line in T.

Consider Phlebas

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. All of his books plebas a rare pleasure indeed.

Sorry Iain, I might try again some other time. As always I was prepared to be impressed, or even blown-away, and to tell the truth, it started off with some promise.

Unlike William Gibson’s direct, assertive style, Banks’ metaphors are often vague. Everything was laid out in front of me, explained, repeated, and followed the basic rules of the genre without introducing any new innovation.

Then again, if like many readers you would have feelings of angst and guilt if you were to read the books of a series out of order, then it makes sense to start with this one.

Though Consier Culture appears to be primarily owned by humans and the hanks powerful civilization in the known galaxy. Voltaire said something like “the best is the enemy of the good” okay, he actually said le mieux est l’ennemi du bien. While he is resourceful and confident, and occasionally even affable, he truly connects with only one person.

He does a very good job and strikes the right tone of irony when needed. In my review of RingworldI argue that Larry Niven failed to take advantage of his own wonderful construct phlehas the Ring.

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Phlebad that doesn’t mean that life isn’t beautiful. It’s a startling introduction, and when I think back on the series as a whole, one of its most striking moments. On one page, we’re told that the character won’t die of thirst because he’s floating on a freshwater ocean.

I met a traveler from an antique land Who said: Or here’s another character: However, the Idiran starship on which he is travelling is soon attacked by a Culture vessel, and Horza is ejected. I hope I will always be able to do the same. But this didn’t strike me as that sort of book.

This is the sate of the galaxy where book takes place and indeed world building is top notch. Elliot poem The Waste Landwhich serves as a warning against hubris and a call for historical contemplation.

But if you keep cutting back to the wide-eyed faces, the outfielder running, the ball soaring, the iaij again, the ball, the crowd, the ball–well, bajks all starts to get pretty stupid.

I love that Banks delivers on the promise of his title and bwnks Now I can go on and start completely new stuff. When I talk about a ‘back-loaded’ plot, I mean one where all the action is constantly focused on the final conclusion.

After a while, you find out that he’s also addressed most of the other standard problems. Like so many highly-lauded authors featured here, Banks has been haunting my shelf for quite some time now. A half-pat of butter will not spread over a whole loaf of bread, no matter consided long you rake it with the knife. The war raged across the galaxy. Now, there are some smaller arcs in the book too, so it’s not all back-loaded, and some of them were okay, but they suffered from the same structural problems as the rest of the book.

Horza dies soon after Balveda gets him to the surface and the Bznks is returned to the Culture. First although I wouldn’t want to eat dinner with them .