Monday, February 08, 2010

The Player of Games

Several years ago I read Consider Phlebas, the first of the Culture series by Iain M. Banks, and began picking up others in the series. I was determined to read them in order, though, and am just now finding the second book The Player of Games on a local store's shelf. I had difficulty putting it down. What an enjoyable read!

from the back of the book:
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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