Consider Phlebas

mass market paperback, 497 pages

English language

Published Aug. 31, 1991 by Spectra.

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3 stars (1 review)

Consider Phlebas is perhaps one of the lesser-known, but nevertheless the first, of the revelationary late Iain M. Banks' science fiction books. Consider Phlebas introduces us to the complex world of the mind-controlling, ubiquitous utopia of the Culture, which contrasts to their mortal sentient enemies. Iain Banks creates an imaginative and encapsulating premise to keep the reader hooked for more, with hints of science fiction and alien humour to liven a deadly race against an omnipotent foe.

5 editions

Not quite what I expected but enjoyable read

3 stars

This book had been on my list for a while and I was excited to read it.

The ‘universe’ building was great and it definitely inspires me to read more of the series. The plot of this book wasn’t quite what I expected and at times seemed to drift from the main thread to fill in the timeline. That said it comes together in the end.


  • Science Fiction - General
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  • Fiction - Science Fiction
  • Science Fiction