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The Player of Games - Iain M. Banks
The Player of Games
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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... show more
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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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9781857231465 (1857231465)
Publisher: Orbit
Pages no: 309
Edition language: English
Series: Culture (#2)
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Musings/Träumereien/Devaneios
Musings/Träumereien/Devaneios rated it
5.0 Gaming All-Nighters: "The Player of Games" by Iain M. Banks
"All reality is a game. Physics at its most fundamental, the very fabric of our universe, results directly from the interaction of certain fairly simple rules, and chance; the same description may be applied to the best, most elegant and both intellectually and aesthetically satisfying games. By bei...
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4.0 The Player of Games / Iain M. Banks
The Culture--a humanoid/machine symbiotic society--has thrown up many great Game Players. One of the best is Jernau Morat Gurgeh, Player of Games, master of every board, computer and strategy. Bored with success, Gurgeh travels to the Empire of Azad, cruel & incredibly wealthy, to try their fabulous...
Familiar Diversions
Familiar Diversions rated it
3.0 The Player of Games by Iain M. Banks
Gurgeh is possibly the Culture's best game player. He has studied and played games his whole life (somewhere between 60 or 100 years, I wasn't quite sure). The problem is that he's bored. There are few truly new games for him to discover and learn, and few players who are a proper match for him. He ...
Romance and other things
Romance and other things rated it
5.0 Brilliant
Yes, you heard me. Nothing less would be enough. I first learned about "Culture series" of which this book is part of from the friend with whom I was sharing my impressions about the first book of Ann Leckie's trilogy. She told me that Ian Banks did these themes much better and boy do I agree with h...
Girl Interrupted Reading
Girl Interrupted Reading rated it
3.0
The Player of Games is a hard book to get into at first, but about a third way in it did become interesting. I read this book for A Year of Books, which it did not make sense to me to pick a book that is 2nd in a series, I guess they kind of stand on their own, but at first it really is like wtf is ...
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