The first book in Iain M. Banks's seminal science fiction series, The Culture. Consider Phlebas introduces readers to the utopian conglomeration of human and alien races that explores the nature of war, morality, and the limitless bounds of mankind's imagination.
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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The first novel in Iain M. Banks' Culture series is a potboiler of intergalactic intrigue. Consider Phlebas opens near the start of a far-ranging war between two humanoid factions: the religious, technology-disdaining Iridans and The Culture, who are morally ambiguous and technology-dependent. Tasked with capturing a Culture intelligence agent, shape-shifting Iridan Bora Horza Gobuchul zips from one tense misadventure to another. Writing with great authority and imagination—and with a scope reminiscent of the sprawl of William Gibson's Neuromancer—Phlebas plunges readers into a thrillingly dark new universe.
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Good solid space opera
A very engaging read, but I wasn't too happy with the ending. Not as much tech as I like in sci-fi, but good character development.
The whole series is amazing and this is a great place to start. I'm so sad there will never be a new book. Thanks for the great ride.
Ok science fiction but descends into gratuitous putrid imagery that does nothing for the story. No one wants these images in their head. Kills the story.