Thursday, 1 December 2011
The Player of Games
His 'Culture' series of books - loosely set within the pan galactic humanoid society of the same name - are excellent and really stretch the imagination. Each of the Culture stories stand alone so you can read them in any order and without any prior knowledge, which I think makes these stories very accessible.
I'm reading Player of Games at the moment and I've already dug out several other titles and lined them up to read after this. I still have plenty of history books to get through (the pile is always growing), but for now I'm happy to let my mind wander for a few thousand light years.
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What's it about, without giving too much away??ReplyDelete
As a wargamer, The Player Of Games should leap off the page at you. I've always thought it was one of his best novels (including his "serious" books.)ReplyDelete
Hope you enjoy the rest of the book. I'd like to hear your thoughts once you've finished!
Im a big fan of Banks although ive never read any of his sci-fi stuff (which is strange since ive read a lot of sci-fi!)ReplyDelete
i must give his 'Ian M' side a read sometime though
Lee...SUCH an awesome book. My favourite by Iain Banks (whether Iain M. or not). A really excellent read.ReplyDelete
Loved the Iain Banks books, which I read avidly as a student; must dig them out of the loft. Have to admit to not having had a go at his science fiction, though this might give me the push that I need. All the best, MichaelReplyDelete
sounds like an interesting book. I'm not a very big fan of reading myself, hope to hear how you like the rest of the book!ReplyDelete
Not aware of his sci-fi but may look something up?ReplyDelete
Not familiarised with these books, I will put this author in my list.ReplyDelete
Brilliant sci fi novels, personal favourite is "Use of Weapons" if I recall correctly, the Culture "Special Contact" division outsources to a non-culture mercenary.ReplyDelete
It serves as a great introduction to the Culture from an outsider's viewpoint.