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Consider Phlebas


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ISBN13: 9780316005388
ISBN10: 031600538x
Condition: Standard
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He 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.


"Dazzlingly original." Daily Mail (UK)


"Gripping, touching and funny." Times Literary Supplement


"Banks...demonstrates a talent for suspense in a new wave sf novel that should appeal to fans of space adventure." Library Journal

About the Author

Iain Banks came to controversial public notice with the publication of his first novel, The Wasp Factory, in 1984. Consider Phlebas, his first science fiction novel, was published under the name Iain M. Banks in 1987. He is now widely acclaimed as one of the most powerful, innovative and exciting writers of his generation. Iain Banks lives in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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mccaly28, July 7, 2015 (view all comments by mccaly28)
Overall I was blown away with this book. The way it seamlessly pulls you in to this believable scifi world, the way it reads like watching a Star Wars movie, the way it seemed so real and intriguing. I was surprised how many times I found myself stopping to think how effortless the whole story seemed while packing in so many details and immersing me in the world.

However, I found Horza to be obnoxious and overly cocky in a way that made him seem flawless, unbelievable, and of course there had to be a plot about his inability to love and if a woman could change that. Blech.

Otherwise the book was good, definitely worth checking out.
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Danny Kugler, January 30, 2013 (view all comments by Danny Kugler)
Very interesting characters. Plot took some time to develop and understand, but worth the wait. Looking forward to trying to follow the Culture "series".
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Felicity, October 23, 2008 (view all comments by Felicity)
Gripping, well written, with intriguing characters. The story jumps from frying pan to fire to space battle to colossal cruise ship about to crash - definitely engaging, but occasionally almost too much peril. I enjoyed the complex moral fabric of the universe, and the author's willingness to make sorrow a part of the book and world. My first Iain M. Banks: I will be reading more.
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Product Details

Banks, Iain M.
Science Fiction - Space Opera
Science Fiction - Adventure
Imaginary wars and battles
Science fiction
Science Fiction and Fantasy-Adventure
Publication Date:
8.28x6.07x1.36 in. 1.04 lbs.

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