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Consider Phlebas by Iain M. Banks
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Jun 22, 2011

it was ok
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Recommended to stormhawk by: SciFi and Fantasy Book Club
Read from June 22 to 26, 2011

There is a lot that I don't understand about Consider Phlebas.

It moves across endless reaches of space.

It has annoying characters.

It has two races engaged in a desperate war for primacy.

It has an extra, heaping helping of paranoia.

It has several anti-religious screeds.

It has an incomprehensible card game.

It has more excrement and other bodily emissions than most science fiction stories. Possibly all other science fiction stories.

It relies on luck to drive the story forward, most, if not all of it remarkably bad.

It has a ridiculous "where are they now" appendix that lacks the charm of the one at the end of the movie, Animal House.

I still can't figure out who are the good guys and who are the bad guys.

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Brad Fun review, stormhawk. You mention most of the reasons I really like it.

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