Saturday, 18 August 2007

Consider Phlebas by Iain Banks

The first Culture novel.

Not his best work. Grand scale, fascinating concepts and huge multifaceted backdrops keep you interested, but a wandering plot and no hero or even really an anti hero left my unsophisticated requirements for space opera unfulfilled.

Having read other works of his I could appreciate it more as I saw hints of things to come in terms of his further development of the culture. So I would not recommend this as a place to start taking in his work.

Ho hum - 3 out of 5.

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