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Publisher Description

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

Sci-Fi & Fantasy
December 1
Hachette Digital, Inc.

Customer Reviews

Wurtis1 ,

The best of IB

Utterly Transporting, provocative with a deeply satisfying finish.

tomeetoe ,

Great Introduction to "The Culture" and Iain M. Banks

I confess that I've been reading sci-fi for more than 40 years now, and have had plenty of disappointments. Banks' work has yet to be. "Player of Games" is a great way to be introduced to his "Culture" universe.
The action is straightforward, the story is thoughtful and thought provoking. His characters and prose leave me wanting more. He's got a wicked sense of humor, and a wonderful imagination, wonderfully realized in this and his other books.
Take a trip to the far future, and enjoy the ride!

Corey Krosting ,

Terrific and engaging

Terrific and engaging, I didn't love consider phlebas, but player of games hooked me I to the culture series?

I recommend it.

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