Here is a list of Iain M. Banks’ The Culture Books Ranked, According to Goodreads.
#1 – The Player of Games (4.28)
#2 – Surface Detail (4.25)
#3 – Look to Windward (4.21)
#4 – Excession (4.20)
#5 – The Hydrogen Sonata (4.19)
#6 – Use of Weapons (4.17)
#7 – Matter (4.10)
#8 – Inversions (3.94)
#9 – The State of the Art (3.83)
#10 – Consider Phlebas (3.86)
From the blurb:
The first book in Iain M. Banks’s seminal science fiction series, The Culture. Consider Phlebas introduces readers to the utopian conglomeration of human and alien races that explores the nature of war, morality, and the limitless bounds of mankind’s imagination.
The war raged across the galaxy. Billions had died, billions more were doomed. Moons, planets, the very stars themselves, faced destruction, cold-blooded, brutal, and worse, random. The Idirans fought for their Faith; the Culture for its moral right to exist. Principles were at stake. There could be no surrender.
Within the cosmic conflict, an individual crusade. Deep within a fabled labyrinth on a barren world, a Planet of the Dead proscribed to mortals, lay a fugitive Mind. Both the Culture and the Idirans sought it. It was the fate of Horza, the Changer, and his motley crew of unpredictable mercenaries, human and machine, actually to find it, and with it their own destruction.