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The Player of Games
The Player of Games | Iain M. Banks
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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Rudis
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I enjoyed this book, although I‘ve never read any of the Culture novels before. I have to admit to feeling a little lukewarm about it; while I liked some of the characters, the meandering storyline that didn‘t seem to have major consequences for our main character‘s life didn‘t wrap things up satisfyingly for me.

imyril I think Gurgeh gained some perspective? Although arguably he was an ass to start and an ass at the end so maybe not enough perspective ;) 6mo
Rudis @imyril agreed! Or that it happened so late that it didn‘t really effect the outcome much. 6mo
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TobeyTheScavengerMonk
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“Why had he done it? Why couldn't it just not have happened? Why didn't they have time-travel, why couldn't he go back and stop it happening? Ships that could circumnavigate the galaxy in a few years, and count every cell in your body from light-years off, but he wasn't able to go back one miserable day and alter one tiny, stupid, idiotic, shameful #decision...”

This cover is 1000 x cooler than my cover. #QuotsyFeb18

AlaMich That cover looks like a dream you‘d have after having too good a time on a Friday night at the bars. In other words, awesome!! 2y
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Jokila
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My fav off-world sci-fi might be the early novels in Iain M. Banks‘ Culture series. I‘m also a big fan of Hitchhiker‘s, everything Ender‘s Game, Hyperion, and a billion brilliant space opera comics (Saga! Descender! Bitch Planet! Southern Cross!) but I really think Banks is underrated/overlooked given the weight of his genius. Use of Weapons & Consider Phlebas are some of the finest books I‘ve ever read, regardless of genre. #giveawayartemis

8leagueboot I recommend this book CONSTANTLY! Such a smart series. 2y
Jokila @8leagueboot seriously! I think it‘s so weird that I‘ve been reading sci-fi all my life and didn‘t heard about Banks until a couple years ago!! We gotta spread the word so far and so loud 📢 2y
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Balibee146
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Second in the culture novels will be my second culture novel.... Errrrr, neat! :-) #TBRsomeday

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Cristinemack
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Interesting take on living our world as if it were a game- and the obsessions that come from that.

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arlenefinnigan
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Kalgrl
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Loved this book, loved the story
All praise to a brilliant writer

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Oblomov26
Player of Games | Iain M Banks

If you like sci-fi and you have not read Banks then you should give him a try, he is worth it. His Culture series of which games is the second is set in a galaxy full of aliens in which mankind has become part of (and eventually the bio leaders of a faction which has embraced and granted full ...

Oblomov26 Citizenship to AI's. As a result it is a post want society where citizens want nothing and are free to pursue whatever they wish. The series investigates how such a society would interact with other peoples but just as importantly how their own citizens live, interact and find meaning. 3y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Sounds like something I'd like - glad to know about this! 3y
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