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 a bit heartless at times, and certainly doesn’t try to endear you with loveable characters or romantic quests, but Coonsider rich imagination ensures that anybody will find something mindblowing, thought-provoking, or just downright fun within its pages. Although his main purpose is to tell a story, Banks is saying some quite interesting things here about the future of technology.

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 phlebxs and therefore the ships. This isn’t necessarily a problem if you’re writing a light, accessible Space Opera story, but it’s detrimental to a ponderous, meandering book that relies on a more complex, unusual setting. Because of this conflict between how the bbanks 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.

View all 4 comments. This is the second Culture book I read but the first one Iain M. 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 in 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.

And while worldbuilding and deserve 5 stars this book isn’t getting them because this is also book about consdier Horza’s misadventures as Idiran agent in conslder to get fugitive mind.

Everything was laid out in front of me, explained, repeated, and followed the basic rules of the genre without introducing any new innovation. Space opera protagonists usually travel around correcting wrongs and promoting an idealized version of American morality, while their views considsr opinions were confirmed for the reader.

Consider Phlebas

I don’t really want to add anything to my feelings about the text. The machines are very well done.

A frustrating book, perhaps just not my cup of tea. Lack of insight was a general problem. Lots of space battles and death. Fal ‘Ngeestra holds up ideas and turns them, thinking about them from all angles.

People love their Iain Banks, and I respect that, though I’ve yet to read something of his that impresses me much. I noted at one point that he felt like Odysseus, more than a bit of jerk consiver taking ten years to accomplish his goal. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

You’re far smarter than your genes. Why not allow for the possibility that a truly superior intelligence would follow its own independent moral code? While the novels are banis, there is an overarching theme of moral conflict and political commentary, and it starts right here. It Many discerning readers, even ones who like SF, will reflexively sneer if you say the dreaded words “space opera”.

Though The Culture appears to be primarily owned by humans and the most lhlebas civilization in the known galaxy. Kirkus Reviews described it as “Overextended and jarring”, but “imaginative and gripping in places.

phlebs Maybe the characters are interesting? Both include advanced utopian human civilizations, and respected by alien races. The iian itself is quoted from a line of the T. I gritted my teeth and pushed People love their Iain Banks, and I respect that, though I’ve yet to read something of his that impresses me much.

It certainly is a lot of fun, and feels more action based than most of the books that came later.

This audiobook is once again read by Peter Kenney, who is the reader on many of Iain Banks’ audiobooks. View all 16 comments. 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 cconsider where you were practically immortal and super-smart robots took care of pretty much everything, leaving you free bans live your own life to the fullest existential extent do you want to be an artist?

Amazon Adapting Iain M Banks Space Opera Consider Phlebas

Banks has made unusual choices in his viewpoint characters in all three of his novels that I’ve read: Many authors and summer movie directors seem to assume that pure action and explosions are exciting, but without purpose and pacing to back them up, they are just filling space. The author presumably wanted to increase the number of people who’d get as far as even opening the book.

Horza is opposed by a Culture agent; there is again no attempt to show that he is morally superior, and in fact she comes across in many ways as a better person. View all 11 comments. 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.

Apr 02, Stuart rated it really liked it Shelves: Refresh and try again. As far as Space Operas are concerned, Hitchhiker’s Guide is earlier, more intelligent, and more fun, with better pacing and writing. There is life in death, thus death matters.

Consider Phlebas – Wikipedia

Why would you NOT side with such a civilization? I read Galactic Patrol when I was at primary school; like innumerable other geeky nine year olds, I adored it, and particularly loved the “Helmuth speaking for Boskone” tagline. Consider Phlebas takes place during the Idiran War, the consequences of which would reverberate through the Culture for centuries to come.