Consider Phlebas by Iain M. Banks

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"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.

About Iain M. Banks

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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.
Published November 11, 2009 by Orbit. 544 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, War. Fiction

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the Idirans, bulky, three-legged alien conquerors who have made warfare into a religion, are implacably opposed to the Minds.

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Luckily, he is picked up by the mercenary ship Clear Air Turbulence and after a brief get-to-know-you interview that requires Horza to kill one of the crew in hand to hand combat, Horza joins the crew and immediately begins making plans to take over the ship.

Apr 16 2012 | Read Full Review of Consider Phlebas (Culture)

Orbit US re-realeased the first three Culture books in support of Matter , the eight Culture novel last year (2008), let’s hope they continue to roll out the remaining books.

Apr 20 2009 | Read Full Review of Consider Phlebas (Culture)

Fantasy Literature

Banks’s Culture novels, introduces readers to the Culture, a machine-led intergalactic civilization that offers its biological humanoids a carefree, utopian lifestyle.

Dec 28 2012 | Read Full Review of Consider Phlebas (Culture)

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Pete Herner 23 Jun 2013

Rated the book as 1.5 out of 5