#15: Consider Phlebas (Iain M. Banks)

So, the first Culture novel, and the first M. novel as well. A little rough. I’d tried to read it once before but kind of sputtered out in the beginning. Recommended Banks to a friend, tried to get him to start with Excession or Player of Games, but he insisted on starting here, and didn’t get very far.

This time around, I really enjoyed it, but it is definitely rougher and more formative than later Culture novels, and does not wrap up well. The book is a long, slow series of incidents tumbling out of control, and gets a bit exhausting.

I don’t quite know where to go next with my Banks re-reads — whether to go back to The Wasp Factory and read in printing order, or to continue on with the Culture and then loop back…

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