Consider Phlebas

Banks, Iain, 1954-2013

(Paperback - 2008)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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A science fiction novel by the author of the Wasp Factory features a symbiotic human and machine society that is engaged in a galaxy-wide battle to the death between the Idrians, who fight for their faith, and the Culture, which defends its right to exist. Reprint.

Hachette Book Group
"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.

Publisher: New York : Orbit, 2008, c1987
ISBN: 031600538X
Branch Call Number: SCI-FI B
Characteristics: 527 p. : port. ; 21 cm.


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May 30, 2014
  • multcolib_rachaels rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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.

Jul 07, 2013
  • Fixx42 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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.

Sep 22, 2011
  • WomanOfMystery rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

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.

Jan 22, 2011
  • Reeltime rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Well read - Typical IABanks ingenuity and imagination - descriptions of other woprlds are excellent, good characters, really too much "action" - all teh fights on the way to the real miision can distract from point of story - epilogue must be read/listened


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