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All his sci-fi is good but 'Feersum Enjinn' is hard work. You might also want to try Alistair Reynolds; his Revelation Space books are outstanding (he changes tack on Century Rain which is not a Revelation Space story and it is not as good). A book by Robert Reed called 'Marrow' and its follow up are tremendous.
'Look to Windward' and 'The State of the Art' are also set in the Culture universe and based on the way it does things, as is 'Excession', but you need to make a key to the names as you go along to have the faintest idea of what is going on in that one. One or two others are also set in the Culture universe, such as 'Use of Weapons' and the latest, 'Matter', but in rather non-Culture parts of it. Others, such as 'Against a Dark Background' (which I recommend), 'Inversions' and 'The Algebraist' (which I do not) are not, IIRC, Culture-based at all. You started with the best one (IMHO), 'Consider Phlebas' - I think Banks has found it difficult to maintain the amazing invention of that one in his later SF books.
I would say yes, because they are not really connected except by the appearance of Special Circumstances agents in Matter and Use of Weapons. Excession is very much set in the Culture, the other two are set in their own raher strange worlds, with the Culture in the background.
I've read most of his Sci-fi books, but Consider Phlebas is outstanding and is by far, the best book I've ever read. I must have read it about 8 or 9 times and am on my fourth copy as, when I lend it to people, I never get it back.
Some of my favourite passages are:
The Culture mind ship's construction, flight and destruction in its first and only battle, which causes the on-board mind to warp into the tunnels of Schar's World, The Dra'azon planet of the dead.
Horza's escape in The Clear Air Turbulence from the soon to be demolished orbital after the game of 'Damage'.
The CAT's approach to Schars world and the message shell stating 'There is death here' (is it a warning or a statement of fact, past present and future?)
The annexes are good reading too. In fact I tell people I lend the book to, to read these first. Reasons for the War: Idiran, then Culture. Dramatis personae, and best of all, the half page that begins...
'Gimishin Foug, heavily pregnant and late as usual....'
It seems that everyone who reads that finishes the book. It is the hook!
Its crying out to be made into a film. Lets hope they can get someoene English to direct it. And lets hope they stick to the the grim ending in the book, not 10 minutes of explosions and the hero gets the girl lke every other bloody septic film these days.
The man is an utter and total genius, with Matter suggesting he might return to his glory days (Excession, Player of Games, Use of Weapons) on his next book (Algibraist and Look to Windward just aren't up to standard, IMO).
"Favourite Mind names" is one of my favourite games, with Experiencing a Significant Gravitas Shortfall my current fave.
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