Consider Phlebas - Iain M. Banks

Consider Phlebas

By Iain M. Banks

  • Release Date: 2009-12-01
  • Genre: Adventure
Score: 4
From 294 Ratings


"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.


  • A Great Introduction to Culture

    By Jc67989
    I have been working through Banks' Culture novels (out of order) and I think I would recommend this as a great jumping-in point. It is the first novel in the series he wrote, but you don't necessarily have to read them in order, even though there is a lot of chronology and some overlap in characters and events. Banks was a prolific, visionary sci-fi author. His stories jump off the page. Highly recommended.
  • Fi w/o much Sci

    By Polarity Reversal
    Episodic space opera with virtually no science and a whole lot of adventure fighting. Reads like a series of short stories without much of an ending.
  • 100 Words or Less

    By JRubino
    Good, hard hitting, traditional sci-fi is hard to come by nowadays, but Banks’ novel does its best to fit the mold. This is good enough to keep you interested until the end, though I have to admit the series of small battles begin to blend into a nonsensical mess. Individually, the chapters are well written. But as a whole, at times it seems there is blood and guts just for the sake of blood and guts. That detracts from its impact. Too bad. The core of this novel is strong.
  • Good solid space opera

    By Michelle Benatti
    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.
  • Awesome roller coaster ride

    By Doticus
    Unlike his later novels, reading this book is like jumping on a moving freight train. What a ride. Gruesome, bold, and interesting.
  • Peak form

    By Bitter Arugula
    This is Banks at his best and the Culture at its grandest.