The Player of Games

Iain M. Banks, 1988
Book 2 of the Culture series ¤ prequel ¤ sequel

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Date: 1988
ISBN: 9780708883099
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Tag: BANK2/1-2b
Copies: 3 (abc)

The Culture - a human/machine symbiotic society - has thrown up many great Game Players, and one of the greatest is Gurgeh. Jernau Morat Gurgeh. The Player of Games. Master of every board, computer and strategy. Bored with success, Gurgeh travels to the Empire of Azad, cruel and incredibly wealthy, to try their fabulous game...a game so complex, so like life itself, that the winner becomes emperor. Mocked, blackmailed, almost murdered, Gurgeh accepts the game, and with it the challenge of his life - and very possibly his death. Praise for Iain M. Banks: "Poetic, humorous, baffling, terrifying, sexy -- the books of Iain M. Banks are all these things and more" -- NME "An exquisitely riotous tour de force of the imagination which writes its own rules simply for the pleasure of breaking them." -- Time Out

1 of 3 available ¤ 1 reviews ¤ Average: ★★★☆☆

The Player of Games: A Man With a Familiar Personality

The protagonist of this book reminds me of one or two people I know who are quite good at board games... Mostly about a rather arrogant ch... [more]

Posted 31 Dec 01:43 by Philip Bielby ¤ Verdict: ★★★☆☆

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