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The Culture's greatest game player travels to the Empire of Azad to participate in a complex competition that could settle the fates of two civilizations. Theauthor of Consider Phlebas vividlyportrays an empire ruled by arcane conventions and sophisticated brutality in an ambitious novel of gamesmanship and intrigue. Supple prose and subtle manipulations of plot produce a thought-provoking story which is highly recommended.-- JC
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Few of us have been exposed to a talent so manifest and of such extraordinary breadth―THE NEW YORK REVIEW OF SCIENCE FICTION
Poetic, humorous, baffling, terrifying, sexy - the books of Iain M. Banks are all these things and more―NME
In The Player of Games, Iain M. Banks presents a distant future that could almost be called the end of history. Humanity has filled the galaxy, and thanks to ultra-high technology everyone has everything they want, no one gets sick, and no one dies. It's―Brooks Peck, AMAZON.CO.UK
Banks is an incredibly talented writer. All his books are lively and entertaining. They are laced with a wry humour, fascinating characters and inspired plots. THE PLAYER OF GAMES, I am pleased to say is no exception... Go on, treat yourself, you won't be disappointed.―STARBURST
One of the best books in the series, especially to start new readers to the Culture on.Published 29 days ago by Johann Kwan
I thought the plot and characters were engaging though the story-line drags a little at some point. Furthermore, the scenes where they were playing a Game were a little dull since... Read morePublished on June 10 2011 by darcmarc