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The Player of Games | Paperback (b format)

Released on 31 December 1992

Author: Iain M. Banks | Format: Paperback (b format)

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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.

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 Iain... You're odd. But I love you... Platonically only...

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I agree with SpiderDac's comments, although I would say read Consider Phlebas first... I found Phlebas helped lube me up and ease me into the strange universe Banks has created, so I was ready for it by the time I read this and not just rammed into some seedy, dark and twisted cosmos. Awesome book though, no two ways about it one of the best I've ever read. Great plot, and great characters. Didn't see the end coming at all!! I'd love to know what Banks has been smoking though?!?

 Excellent intro to the Culture

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This book is amazing. Well written in page turning terms and also in overall story and arc. One of the best of the Culture series (Iain M Banks no Iain Banks) and also not a bad one to start read all of the Culture as possibly the most accesible one.

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AuthorIain M. Banks
PublisherTime Warner Books (UK)
Year1992
ISBN9781857231465
Formatpaperback (B format) - 320 Pages