Consider Phlebas

I'm currently reading book #1 of Iain Bank's Culture series, Consider Phlebas. I bought the 25 anniversary box set, so will make my way through the three books. I'm much better versed in fantasy than science fiction, so if you have suggestions - please comment. 

So far, Banks' work is delightfully weird and refreshingly written for what feels like deep genre. I also love the title, which is taken from TS Eliot's Waste Land:


               IV. Death by Water

Phlebas the Phoenician, a fortnight dead,
Forgot the cry of gulls, and the deep sea swell
And the profit and loss.
                                   A current under sea
Picked his bones in whispers. As he rose and fell
He passed the stages of his age and youth
Entering the whirlpool.
                                   Gentile or Jew
O you who turn the wheel and look to windward,
Consider Phlebas, who was once handsome and tall as you.

Consider Phlebas, indeed. Amazon announced in February that it has acquired the global television rights, making this a likely original series in a year or two.