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The Player of Games by Iain M. Banks
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Jun 14, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: genre-fiction, sf, read-in-2011
Read in July, 2011

(9/10) Maybe this is just my love for boardgames shining through, but I liked The Player of Games a lot more than the previous Banks book I read(Consider Phlebas). It's more on the genre-romp end of SF, but it does that very well, creating a novel I had a hard time putting down with likeable characters and a mostly unpredictable plot. There's also some interesting meat regarding the nature of games and the role culture places in different elements of society. One thing I like about Banks is that, despite featuring a virtual utopia in the Culture, his books manage to be politically nuanced without being equivocal -- in this book it's made pretty clear that Azad is a much worse society than the Culture while still keeping both societies complex and interesting. Reccomended for nerds, and feel free to skip Phlebas

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