Player Of Games

by Iain M. Banks

4.38 avg rating
Book 16 of 241 in the Best Science Fiction Books
219 votes 2 comments
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

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AA | 2014-11-12 08:52:14
I love The Culture. Hands down, the one futuristic society I would love to belong to. Even beats Star Trek - Picard Star Trek. I love the dialogue - especially the AI. One thing - horribly violent. All of his books have at least one terrible scene I can't forget.
Anonymous | 2015-09-04 10:44:14
Great book, all the culture books are great.
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