Most discussions about Iain M Banks' SFF books usually ends up with people nominating their faves (see http://www.sffchronicles.co.uk/forum/49443-consider-phlebas-by-iain-m-banks.html). So let us clarify our position by ranking them, and ofcourse having subsequent discussions about why we did/didn't like certain works. One thing is clear, there are not many people who have read his works and didn't like them. Here is my ranking: Matter (2008) The Algebraist (2004) Look to Windward (2000) Inversions (1998) Excession (1996) Feersum Endjinn (1994) Against a Dark Background (1993) Use of Weapons (1990) The State of the Art (1989) The Player of Games (1988) Consider Phlebas (1987) 1. The Algebraist (2004) - My first Banks book and I loved it. 2. Consider Phlebas (1987) - My first culture book, great action and the scale blew my mind. 3. The Player of Games (1988) - Great story of intrigue although some things were obvious from the start. 4. Look to Windward (2000) - A sense of loss pervaded this book, which I liked. 5. Excession (1996) - Great plot, but I got lost in some of the complexities and all the names of the minds/ships. 6. Use of Weapons (1990) - Most people love this one, I found it to be episodic and I couldn't empathise with the lead. 7. The State of the Art (1989) - The novella was pretty good. 8. Matter (2008) - Had the feeling of being churned out. 9. Inversions (1998) - More fantasy than SF, had some nice touches to it. 10. Against a Dark Background (1993) - Didn't really enjoy this one, not sure why. 11. Feersum Endjinn (1994) - Haven't read this one.