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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The best of IB
Utterly Transporting, provocative with a deeply satisfying finish.
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!
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.