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The Player of Games
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mark monday
Jul 15, 2015 mark monday rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
UPDATED REVIEW, 2nd read in 2015:

even more ingenious the second time around.

The Player of Games is taken to the Empire of Azad to play the greatest of games. the game is Azad is the Empire of Azad is the U.S. and the U.K. and all such toxic empires. in a civilized culture, all empires must fall. the game is feints and surprises and moves within moves; the game is the past that must be broken on the wheel of the future. Banks brings all of his customary elegance, intelligence, humor, and angry f
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Kristen
May 10, 2008 Kristen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I have wanted to read one of the Culture novels by Iain M. Banks for quite a while and one that sounded particularly interesting to me was The Player of Games. Unfortunately, that particular title was difficult to find in the U.S. -- until it was reprinted here a couple of months ago. I am very glad it was since this is definitely one of the better novels I have read this year, containing layers and depth without ever becoming too dry or a chore to read.

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Oni
Dec 03, 2012 Oni rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Foreword note:
Some reviewer compare this novel with Ender's Game. I guarantee you that the comparison is not accurate. It does not have the same spoiler as the Ender's Game. They are not even about the same thing.

This is my first Iain Banks novel, and certainly not going to be my last. The novel (clearly stated in the cover and back-cover) is about a player of games, more precisely, of boardgames. The character is Jernau Gurgeh, the best board-game player of the entire Culture (a post-scarcity h
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Irene
Feb 01, 2009 Irene rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quick and entertaining, though a bit predictable and not at all deep. Not everything has to be deep.
Wes
Dec 04, 2008 Wes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Molly
Nov 27, 2011 Molly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Stuart
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Eric
Apr 15, 2016 Eric rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of science fiction
Recommended to Eric by: Nick Bozenko
Steven
Jan 13, 2010 Steven marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Luke
Nov 22, 2012 Luke marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Annie
May 10, 2012 Annie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Andrew
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Brian
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Michael
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Martin
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Chris
Oct 29, 2014 Chris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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