The Player Of Games by Iain BanksThe Player Of Games by Iain Banks

The Player Of Games

byIain Banks

Paperback | August 10, 1989

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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.
Iain Banks came to widespread and controversial public notice with the publication of his first novel, THE WASP FACTORY, in 1984. He has since gained enormous popular and critical acclaim for both his mainstream and his science fiction novels.
Title:The Player Of GamesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 7.7 × 4.94 × 0.84 inPublished:August 10, 1989Publisher:Little, Brown And CompanyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1857231465

ISBN - 13:9781857231465

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from brilliant master storyteller - fun read
Date published: 2018-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great! Great read with an interesting perspective. It was an interesting take on cross culture interactions
Date published: 2017-06-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Easy to digest Banks The Player of Games is a great book for a (new) Iain Banks reader. I find some of his sci fi to be more difficult to read and this one is not the case. Some reviews claim this is a better book than his first, Consider Phlebas. I don't agree at all. The characters in The Player of Games are quite wooden and I didn't really care what happened to them. The story is interesting, and going into anymore detail than the basic jacket description would ruin it. Recommended for any readers, not just sci fi ones.
Date published: 2017-04-15

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