Consider Phlebas

Consider Phlebas

Book - 1988
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The war raged across the galaxy. Billions had died, billions more were doomed. Moons, planets, the very stars themselves, faced destruction, cold-blooded, brutal, and worse, random. The Idirans fought for their Faith; the Culture for its moral right to exist. Principles were at stake. There could be no surrender. Within the cosmic conflict, an individual crusade. Deep within a fabled labyrinth on a barren world, a Planet of the Dead proscribed to mortals, lay a fugitive Mind. Both the Culture and the Idirans sought it. It was the fate of Horza, the Changer, and his motley crew of unpredictable mercenaries, human and machine, actually to find it, and with it their own destruction.
Publisher: London : Orbit, 1988
Description: 471 p. ; 20 cm
ISBN: 9781857231380
1857231384
Branch Call Number: Bank

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Jacques2016
Mar 02, 2017

Disappointing. Read about the first 300 pages and then got bored. The story line wanders all over with side plots that have no pertinence to the central story. The characters are flat and don't generate any emotional response. There are a lot of better written science fiction books out there to read.

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jessica_ebacher
Dec 15, 2015

I'd heard a lot of positive things about the novels of The Culture, so I thought I'd start at the beginning, with Consider Phlebas. It's a well written, confident start to the series, and I found the ambivalent way the book addresses the politics of the central struggle really intriguing. That said, the pacing was really slow for me, and I wasn't really emotionally invested in any of the central characters. Actually, the closest thing I found to a relateable character was probably the autonomous drone who grumbled his way through the second half of the novel. That said, I do recommend it, and I'm interested in continuing on with the series.

ShipsMind Oct 15, 2015

a Good Long Read & a stunning masterpiece. amazing imagination, various worlds come together, and it's so well written & well-edited that the writing itself is not noticeable. get lost in the Culture series. highly recommend Banks for those "anywhere but here" days

multcolib_rachaels May 30, 2014

A thought-provoking space opera of competing cultures warring across galaxies. The plot is sprawling in the best way, the are characters strong, and the vision of the future both plausible and grand.

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Fixx42
Jul 07, 2013

The narrative could be better, but it's easy to forgive given the engrossing world that Banks paints for us. This is a piece of fiction that really makes you imagine what the ultimate fate of humanity might look like. More importantly, it leaves you wondering where you might fit into that historical progression.

I highly recommend this book, as well as the rest of the Culture series.

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WomanOfMystery
Sep 22, 2011

Not as good as some of the Banks books that he has written since. I think he tries to do too much, but I really appreciate his imagination and ideas.

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