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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The Culture series are all standalone books set in this universe, each volume tells a story concerning the humans and the machines of this powerful empire.

By necessity, it is a darker, angrier book, and by the end, very nearly an abusive one. This book features a complex, interesting, badass and, at times, hilarious characters. This novel was banka. One of us did something wrong, because I liked The Player of Games a lot more, and yet my reasons for not liking Consider Phlebas are almost all about what the book isn’t. The Player of Games is my favorite Culture book so far, I have a few more to readit considef shorter, tighter, quite riveting and is generally wonderful; better still, you do not need to have read any other Culture novels to follow it.

Horza was one of a party of Changers allowed on Schar’s World, and for that reason is tasked by the Idirans with retrieving a Mind that had crashed to the planet. I found the repetition particularly inexplicable. If a character is constantly described as being ‘strong-willed’, but is never shown actually behaving that way, then the author has failed to write the character they intended.

Well, not really; Horza is hard to enjoy.

None the less, if you love a book when you’re nine, it probably has phleebas to recommend it; what’s great about space opera is the sense of wonder it inspires, as you are taken outside our little planet and shown how huge and strange the larger Universe is. His parents wished to name him Iain Menzies Banks but his father made a mistake when registering the birth and he was officially registered as Iain Banks.


Feb 19, unknown rated it liked it Shelves: Reynolds doesn’t promise as much as Banks, but he actually delivers on the promise, and then some. It might not have been pleasant but it didn’t open up any unsettling psychological implications.

Amazon Adapting Iain M Banks Space Opera Consider Phlebas

One of my main attractions to Banks If you’re into stuff like this, you can read the full review. The influence of the Culture is constant, if distant.

Consider Phlebas is the first book of the Culture series ten volumes in total, I believeone of the most beloved sci-fi book series ever, written by the late great Iain M. Good science fiction is VERY hard to find.

Initially intrigued, I gradually lost interest as the main character, Horza, ended up in one disastrous situation after another. Banks’ opening novel in the Culture universe is one of my favourites in sci-fi. View all 52 comments. Then, a bit later, this character–who has been shown as deliberate, conniving, and calculating throughout–suddenly behaves erratically and does a bunch of short-sighted, stupid things for conaider apparent reason, except that it lets the author put in his Big Chase Scene.

Maybe the characters are interesting? He is selfish, and can be brutal and callous, yet still has enough of a personality and shows momentary lapses of compassion, that he becomes likable.

Consider Phlebas by Iain M. Banks

Unfortunately, that just just meant that the emotional action was telegraphing bakns plot–if a character is suddenly revealed to be interesting, makes a connection to the protagonist, and then finds peace with life, you can be sure they’re about to bite it.

So the plot is somewhat meandering. Elliot poem The Waste Landwhich serves as a warning against hubris and a call for historical contemplation. In general, it doesn’t matter what the thing actually is, they’re mostly interchangeable. Interestingly, while this is the first Culture novel, it is told from the perspective of a somewhat antagonistic protagonist. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

Consider Phlebas – Wikipedia

The central character -Horza, a shape shifting assassin – is recruited by a warlike race of tri-legged religious-extremist reptiles — The Plebas — to help them in their brutal war against a vast, previously peaceful society known as The Culture, a post-scarcity near utopia run in tandem by humans and machines. Horza also encounters his counterpart and phlebaz, female Culture agent Persteck Balveda. Violence is our natural state, no matter who or what we are.


The politics feel fresh, sharp and modern. Not only are the emotions flat due to the expositional method of characterizationthey’re also surprisingly modern and staid, especially for a story about alien cultures. If that makes sense? If he was able to discipline himself, he’d have some four-star stuff going on here, easily — maybe better. Doc Smith, for a long time the unquestioned king of this particular sub-genre. It was maybe the first time I felt embarrassed at ever having liked a book, and wondered how I could have had such poor taste.

The captured Idiran, Xoxarle, frees himself and in the ensuing impact and firefight the remaining members of the Clear Air Turbulence are killed. Consider Phlebas is the first one.

What’s worse is when the climax is already pretty clearly outlined and the author keeps stalling. Horza often comes off as a two-dimensional James Bond type. In an epilogue, the Mind becomes a starship, and names itself the Bora Consiver Gobuchul. She serves as just a step below an omniscient point of view, and our only glimpse into the proper Culture society in the book.

Consider Phlebas

Horza is opposed by a Culture agent; there is again phpebas attempt to show that he is morally superior, and in fact she comes across in many ways as a better person. Within the cosmic conflict, an individual crusade. We are told it again on the following page, from the same character’s internal monologue, on the same day.

Or here’s another character: The story begins with him captured by a consideg government and about to be executed. I love that Horza is an unlikable protagonist, but I think that bothers some. A ‘McGuffin’ is just a generic thing that moves the plot along, usually something a character wants. Banks Space opera novels science fiction novels The Culture Macmillan Publishers books Debut science fiction novels.