Consider Phlebas

by Iain M. Banks

4.13 avg rating
Book 13 of 54 in the Space Opera Books
168 votes 4 comments
"Dazzlingly original." -- Daily Mail
"Gripping, touching and funny." -- TLS

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.

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4 comments
Anonymous | 2014-05-24 07:53:16
A very boring read that I put down after 170 pages. The Character personalities are one-dimensional, their motivations are non-existent. The author abandons the plot shortly after introducing it for unexplainable reasons, taking the reader and main character to places in his universe which are completely irrelevant to the plot. The whole time I was thinking "why is this happening? None of this makes sense." I had the same feeling watching Prometheus. I don't understand why this book continually gets praise because it fails completely by having boring characters and a terrible story.
Anonymous | 2014-09-05 09:44:38
Disregard the other review, this book is bloody amazing! Arguably my favourite Banks book, competing with Use of Weapons, it's a massive sorry about individuals, set against the background of an interstellar conflict.
Anonymous | 2015-08-18 02:23:57
Great Characters. 9G delta G ride, Raids, piracy and a curious form of poker... sorry the book ended EE
Anonymous | 2015-09-04 10:39:17
I love Banks and this is one of his best. Great characters, great read.
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