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In the midst of a war between two galactic empires, a shapechanging agent of the Iridans undertakes a clandestine mission to a forbidden planet in search of an intelligent, fugitive machine whose actions could alter the course of the conflict. Banks ( Walking on Glass ) demonstrates a talent for suspense in a new wave sf novel that should appeal to fans of space adventure. For large sf collections. JC
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'Banks is a phenomenon: the wildly successful, fearlessly creative author of brilliant and disturbing non-genre novels, he's equally at home writing pure science fiction of a perculiarly gnarly energy and elegance' William Gibson 'There is now no British SF writer to whose work I look forward with greater keenness' The Times 'Poetic, humourous, baffling, terrifying, sexy - the books of Iain M. Banks are all these things and more' NMESee all Product Description
Overall an entertaining book, however I didn't like the end of the book as much as I thought I would. I will definitely be checking out the next book in the series.Published on Sept. 21 2013 by Laurence
Iain Banks was born in Scotland in 1954 and published his first book - "The Wasp Factory" - in 1984. Read morePublished on Aug. 12 2008 by Craobh Rua
I can't believe some would enjoy wasting their time reading this... book.
Unimaginative, dull, unattractive characters, stumbling through all of... Read more
Compared to all the top notch SF out there, Consider Phlebas is middle of the road. But taken for what it is, it's pretty good. And what is it? Read morePublished on July 12 2004 by furioustyle77
I was turned onto the writing of Iain Banks by a friend of mine who is a brilliant biological scientist who works in the same dpeartment at the University as me. Read morePublished on July 1 2004 by Dale Taylor
I spent some time after I read this book trying to justfy whether the truly incredible and unforgettable conclusion to this novel made up for what I felt was a meandering,... Read morePublished on April 27 2004 by Benjamin Seldon
Another reviewer suggested a 3.5 rating. I'd mostly go along with it. 4 stars seems to be too much, while 3 is overly harsh. Read morePublished on June 17 2003 by Jane Avriette
An excellent book, full of compelling drama. If you like action and great space opera, this is one of the best. Read morePublished on March 4 2002