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  • Title: The Player of Games
  • Author: Iain M. Banks
  • ISBN: 9780708883099
  • Page: 358
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 a playground society of sports, stellar cruises, parties, and festivals Jernau Gurgeh, a famed master game player, is lIn 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 a playground society of sports, stellar cruises, parties, and festivals Jernau Gurgeh, a famed master game player, is looking for something and finds it when he s invited to a game tournament at a small alien empire Abruptly Banks veers into different territory The Empire of Azad is exotic, sensual and vibrant It has space battle cruisers, a glowing court all the stuff of good old science fiction which appears old fashioned in contrast to Gurgeh s home At first it s a relief, but further exploration reveals the empire to be depraved and terrifically unjust Its defects are gross exaggerations of our own, yet they indict us all the same Clearly Banks is interested in the idea of a future where everyone can be mature and happy Yet it s interesting to note that in order to give us this compelling adventure story, he has to return to a traditional setting Thoughtful science fiction readers will appreciate the cultural comparisons, and fans of big ideas and action will also be rewarded Brooks Peck
    The Player of Games 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 everythin

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    1. UPDATED REVIEW, 2nd read in 2015 even 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 frustration a [...]

    2. Tis OfficialIain Banks can write his flesh cushion off Okay, so for many of you that is not exactly breaking news scrolling across the ticker, but I still thought it was worth repeating.I had previously read and loved The Wasp Factory, Banks classic first novel which was a fascinating glimpse into the psychology of a very disturbed young man in serious need of a hug I also really enjoyed Consider Phlebas, which is the first of the Culture novels With Banks having two big wins under his belt, I w [...]

    3. In 1938, Yasunari Kawabata, a future Nobel Prize winner, was assigned by the Mainichi newspaper to cover a Go match between Honinbo Shusai, the top player, and his challenger Kitani Minoru Go has an importance in Japanese culture that is hard for a Westerner to understand, and was one of the four traditional arts that a Samurai had to excel in The match was very even until Kitani played an unexpected move just before an adjournment its only purpose was to force a response, giving him extra time [...]

    4. The first Culture novel, Consider Phlebas, did a lot of world building heavy lifting from a Culture antagonistic POV Having read that previously, this one is allowed to come in and really flesh out the world from a pro Culture POV, which was really fun Reading them in order gave a sort of a pros and cons approach to their philosophy We get all of the negative things about the Culture first, and then we start to see the positives in this book.Big shocker, I really loved it The complexities of the [...]

    5. This was my first book in Iain M Banks sprawling Culture series I have been reading a lot of sci fi and fantasy lately, because for some reason that s all that sounds interesting to me, but I have to admit it is very annoying knowing that every book I pick up is the first in a _______ Usually that blank is trilogy, except when it isn t or it really isn t And while there may be lots and lots of Culture books, they are all standalone stories with a beginning and an end You can read one published i [...]

    6. My third Culture book, a series of epic space opera about a post scarcity human society in the far future If you are not familiar with this series you may want to read this entry first and come back or not, as you prefer I love Consider Phlebas but I followed that up with fan favorite Use of Weapons and it nearly put me off the entire series I don t want to go into why I do not like that book, if you are curious you can always find my review Still, I love Consider Phlebas so much Use of Weapons [...]

    7. Starting my second read today, for a group read with a great group of people and I ve finished my second read.I m much impressed with the novel on the reread than I was the first time, so I ve bumped my stars up from 4 to 5, and I don t think I m being generous at all It deserved it.My main problem with either reading was that I just didn t quite care with the whole overt premise of a game player I m a game player, myself, but reading about games that are completely foreign and strange with rul [...]

    8. If I had to pick a favorite of Iain Bankswell, I haven t read them all yet, and anyway I couldn t pick, because each one I read becomes a favorite for a different reason This one is a fascinating study of a complex character, set in an insanely well drawn world If you re a gamer you will definitely appreciate this book on another level, so pick it up

    9. This is the second Culture book I ve read The first was Excession, which was decidedly not the book to start with I couldn t make heads nor tails of it Of course, the second one I ended up picking up wasn t the first book in the series either, but at least it was the second And much accessible Whew Note The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the changes in policy and enforcement You can read why I came to this decision here.In the meantime, you can read the entire review at Smorgasbo [...]

    10. Use of Weapons was far superior, in plot and characterization Player of Games offered no surprises especially if you have read other Culture novels The plot twist is reminiscent of Ender s Game, and is alluded to in the very first sentence The central game is never described, and therefore too vague of a concept to care about Any exposition about the human condition, racism, and sexism were poorly entwined into the book, and did not fit naturally into the plot.

    11. Well played Mr Banks Well played.I m struggling to find the words to express my awe in the wake of finishing this book I feel much as I d imagine a wizened game player would watching true masters dance across the board Unable to do so myself, but completely transfixed by the beauty and depth of their movements I don t think I can recommend this highly enough It isn t necessary to have read Consider Phlebas which is the first book in the Culture series I ve read half of it and had to stop to read [...]

    12. A very satisfying read for me and a worthwhile homage to a modern master of science fiction whom we lost this year I enjoyed his first foray in this genre, Consider Phlebas , many years ago, so it is fitting that I plug a big gap in my reading history by taking on this 1988 landmark set in the same fictional scenario of a far future society called the Culture In the Culture, all basic human needs are taken care of through technology, there is no war or crime, and its peoples are free to party, p [...]

    13. I am removing my reviews as I do not want to support You are playing a game In adjournment you are offered a cast iron safe opportunity to cheat It won t affect the outcome of the game, you are going to win anyway But it may change how you win So what do you do For the rest, here alittleteaalittlechat.wordpres

    14. The Player of Games A game so complex it mirrors the society around itOriginally posted at Fantasy LiteratureThe Player of Games 1988 is the second published book in the well known Culture series featuring the post scarcity utopian machine human galactic empire known as the Culture Once again Iain M Banks adroitly chooses to focus on the interactions of the Culture with a non Culture society, this time the primitive empire of Azad The Azadian society is centered around an incredibly complex gam [...]

    15. So it has been a really long time since I have read the first book in Iain Banks s Culture series, Consider Phlebas But that s just fine because the books stories are independent of each other and merely take place in the same shared universe In this case it is the far future in a technologically advanced post scarcity human society Well, I say human, but it is actually operated and organized by highly advanced artificial intelligences Everything is wonderful and and safe and people self actuali [...]

    16. Ahoy there mateys Several years ago, I was lamenting that there were no standalones that were somehow intertwined in one universe or world Me brain is usually a sieve and lots of time in between books in trilogies and such means that I lose details and sometimes have to start the series over I wanted the effect of extreme world building with a tied up story in each book The First Mate suggested the Culture series in which every book is set in the same universe but all can be read as standalones [...]

    17. When someone who rarely reads science fiction says that a particular book is light on the SF aspect which could be read by anybody even those who don t like SF I always groan inwardly Only if some of my dependable friends who read SF regularly tell me that even though a particular SF book is light on the science aspect but it s good, I give it a try Because for me, the light often means that the author is trying to hide his her own weaker grasp of science from his her readers In fact, I am curre [...]

    18. So much of what I love about the writing of Iain M Banks is on display in The Player of Games that it could be my favourite of his novels if not for Use of Weapons or The Wasp Factory or Canal Dreams or Inversions and who knows how many of the ones I haven t read yet Maybe I am wrong here, but I have a hard time thinking of other authors who can turn seemingly simple ideas into complex ideas with a burst of imagination that makes the simple idea seem unique and rare all without the alienating pr [...]

    19. My first Banks experience It was OK Some cool concepts, writing wasn t awful, the left wing space utopia was fun, the plot had some twists But but but.Banks, though he seems like a cosmopolitan guy who s aware of the tropes he s using and their limitations, still commits the basic sin that makes so much science fiction so much less enjoyable to me than it could be The sin blandness Blandness of writing, characterization, worldbuilding, humor everything The problem, and it s not one with an easy [...]

    20. This is the second Culture novel I ve read, after Consider Phlebas Some reviewers have likened The Player Of Games to Ender s Game Orson Scott Card , but I m not sure I agree There is a game element in both books, obviously even the titles suggest that , but that was where the similarities ended for me Many people have also been harsh in their criticism of Consider Phlebas, stating that The Player Of Games is by far the better of the two Well, perhaps, but I will say that Phlebas was fun to rea [...]

    21. An unsophisticated obsessive game player gets caught up in much larger games than he s aware of.This book is split into four parts, but the last is a small coda on the rest of the book The first part deals with an introduction to the Culture and the main character who is fairly unlikable to start with He s vain, obsessive and self absorbed, and also easily manipulated He s shown to have enduring friendships in the first section, but it s not immediately clear why anyone would spend time with him [...]

    22. The story starts with a battle that is not a battle, and ends with a game that is not a game In the post scarcity society of the Culture, men and machines live with the opportunity to do anything or nothing, to travel the universe in the great Culture ships with their infinitely complex Minds, to revel in idleness, to choose any subject and pursue it with singleminded zeal Jernau Gurgeh chose games He spends his life leaning, playing, and above all, winning, games from all the varied societies n [...]

    23. A mediocre novel by a good writer I would give it 2.5 stars if Icould.The Player of Games is about a man who has devoted his life togames He plays games, studies games, writes articles about games, and well, that s about it It s all about games for him.Alas, the Player is not a very interesting character to write a novelaround His monomania is dull, and the games are never describedexcept in the vaguest terms.The Player s competitive spirit, cunning, and intelligence seems to bewoefully missing [...]

    24. Not only was The Player of Games my first taste of Iain M Bank s Culture, it was also the first adult science fiction story that I ever read Because of this, I feel that this novel influenced my life profoundly and it is always the first to come to mind if I m asked to recommend a good book.The wit makes this book very easy to ease in to The Utopian society of the Culture is beautiful and diverse, seeming both alien and familiar to us in equal measure The opening sections introduce us to the hig [...]

    25. This year there were three novels about games I d planned to read, where it s all about The Game which is a mirror of life, the reason for living, an entity which transcends life itself, in each With this novel my self made trilogy comes to an end, and fortunately they all met, if not surpassed, my high expectations.I m a gamer myself I ve loved chess since childhood, always enjoyed video games owning a PS1, PS2, PS3, Wii, Wii U , playing sports, and in the last couple of years, board games and [...]

    26. First, let me say how much I want to live in The Culture Where even some of the machine drones go bird watching I really enjoyed Consider Phelbas earlier this year and I liked The Player of Games even .Jernau Morat Gurgeh Gurgeh to most people is well known in The Culture for his game playing abilities there isn t a game of strategy that he doesn t excel at and he s spent his life either playing the games or writing about them and other game players This is totally foreign to me, as I avoid almo [...]

    27. Best sci fi I ve read so far I don t read sci fi a lot so I m not exactly an expert A big reason why is the emphasis on technology aliens rather than story That s not the case with this book and this series I ll definitely be reading the whole series Great characters, original premise, simply written with some good twists.

    28. My experience with Iain M Banks has been lukewarm I liked but didn t love the first book in this series, Consider Phlebas, and I absolutely hated The Algebraist I read The Player of Games because I am an artificial intelligence, post scarcity junkie, and Banks is the kind of author who serves as my pusher.The Player of Games than makes up for any disappointment I felt over Consider Phlebas In this return to the Culture universe, Banks manages to craft a character and a story that are compelling [...]

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