>>11697492 >>11697457 DO NOT start with Consider Phlebas. Player of Games is a much better starting point. I'd only read Consider Phlebas if you've read several of his works and really enjoy them, and even then it's not that good.
Overall I'd say his non-culture SF novels are better than his culture novels. Against a Dark Background is basically like if Consider Phlebas was any good.
The only culture novels I read were Look to Winward, and Excession. Winward just meandered, and I couldn't even finish Excession. The culture has some cool ideas, but nothing really hooked me. I liked the naming conventions, the relations between humans and machines, the post scarcity economy. I really couldn't identify with most of his human characters since they are all just self centered twats that don't seem to don't seem to grow or learn. That said one of these days I need to track down Player of games, and Use of weapons which I'm told are much better.
Having read all but the last (RIP), Matter...Careful of things bitting back after 20 million years. Use of Weapons...bitter, war is a horrible thing. Excession...more to whats around you, than whats around you, the wonders of "if". Player of Games...allegories of other real world cultures, are often not far from the truth. Consider Phlebas...No anon, you CAN'T win them all. State of the Art...Man is SOOOO not ready for post scarcity.
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