Consider Phlebas, by Iain M. Banks

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Loved this book — it’s just a great, fun, creative SF story, of the capture-the-flag variant, set in Banks’ Culture universe. I recently finished Use of Weapons, also by Banks, and very highly recommended by friends — but I didn’t love it. I found it a little inaccessible — that was at least partly intentional by the design of the book — but since that was my first Culture novel, I kept wondering if there was some context that I was missing.

Anyhow, this is a great science fiction novel — some clever adventures that seem familiar from other space opera style books, but always with inventive twists. Highly recommended.

4 Replies to “Consider Phlebas, by Iain M. Banks”

  1. I just discovered Banks and the culture novels not to long ago. I read use of weapons first and enjoyed it enough that I read Consider Phlebas, the Wasp Factory (not a culture novel) and then Player of Games. I’ve really enjoyed them all. Keep reading and keep posting.

  2. I loved this book, but couldn’t ever get into “The Player of Games”. My latest addiction is Charles Stross- if you like meaty sci-fi with spaceships and stuff, “Singularity Sky” and “Iron Sunrise” are good stories with perhaps a more linear narrative than the Culture novels.

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