Consider Phlebas (Culture, #1)

Consider Phlebas (Culture, #1) - Iain M. Banks I read over 50% of this tiresome, out-of-the-frying-pan-and-into-the-fire novel, at which point I started read every third page for a while. All to no avail, so I now set it aside for a day that I hope never comes - the day I have a reason to actually finish it. I was skeptical from the beginning, given the Batman and Robin sewage cell scene from the first pages, but wanted to get to the game of Damage. A game that, while sort of interesting in its blasé cruelty and the moties experiencing the vicarious thrills, doesn't make much poker sense, since the Lives are basically set up on a win-lose basis, and there's no real challenge as to how to outlast the opponents.