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Maybe start with one instead
on 30 August 2014
Averaging what I thought of the three books and knocking off half a star as the front covers are peeling off all three, even though I bought them less than a year ago.
Consider Phlebas is a fun adventure which loses pace and grinds to a disappointing climax.
The Player of Games is a good, solid story where we really get a feel for the characters and the setting. Easily the best of the three.
Use of Weapons has some interesting ideas, but collectively it's an irretrievably jumbled mess.
The Culture is an interesting place, though hard to understand. People's motivations are always unclear, as are the limitations imposed on them. The names are particularly annoying. Clunky and overlong, it's hard to believe anyone would have chosen them.
I've read a lot of Sci-Fi. This isn't the best, but it's better than average.