Consider Phlebas by Iain M. Banks (1987)

March 19, 2018

I’m writing these reviews sometimes years after having read these books.  My bookshelf now though is overflowing with science fiction books and it’s time to start taking them to the second-hand bookshop.  Rather than loose them entirely at least I’ll have a photo and a few thoughts to remember them by… and you may have guessed by now that I don’t remember much about this book, and even the back cover isn’t helping to jog the memory.

I do remember though that, as is often the case in modern sci-fi, the author successfully created a well threshed-out fantasy world brimming with detail.  Wait… I just remembered there was a space ship chase though some larger space city thing.  That was pretty good. On the whole I tend to prefer the older, shorter sci-fi books, but still I have to acknowledge the achievement.  Banks is not one of the most popular sci-fi authors for nothing.

I also remember the end was like an action-packed action movie – full of visual imagery with vehicles crashing and so on.  I don’t think this sort of thing works at all well in novels. Novel action and movie action are different things – please don’t ask me how though – I’m not a novelist.  I’m sure there are PhDs on the topic.

This is the first of the Culture novels.  I do recommend the second one though – The Player of Games.

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