Poetry Madness

Special Offers see all

Enter to WIN a $100 Credit

Subscribe to PowellsBooks.news
for a chance to win.
Privacy Policy

Visit our stores

    Recently Viewed clear list

    Lists | March 2, 2015

    Anna Lyndsey: IMG My Top 10 Talking Books

    I have always been a reader, but eight years ago, strange circumstances conspired to make me totally book-dependent. I was stuck within four walls,... Continue »

Qualifying orders ship free.
New Trade Paper
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
Qty Store Section
1 Beaverton Science Fiction and Fantasy- A to Z
7 Burnside Science Fiction and Fantasy- A to Z
2 Hawthorne Science Fiction and Fantasy- A to Z
7 Local Warehouse Science Fiction and Fantasy- Adventure
25 Remote Warehouse Science Fiction and Fantasy- Space Opera

The Player of Games


The Player of Games Cover


What Our Readers Are Saying

Add a comment for a chance to win!
Average customer rating based on 2 comments:

Jeffrey Bluhm, November 17, 2013 (view all comments by Jeffrey Bluhm)
This is a clever sci-fi novel with a particularly interesting element of game-playing, initially on a personal level for the somewhat enigmatic main character Jernau Gurgeh, then on a societal level as our hero is sent to represent the Culture in its encounter with a militarily powerful but morally suspect Empire. The science fiction elements are strong and the descriptions of both the games and the game-play are interesting, with good action and a plot that moves along at a steady pace. Throughout, the idea of the Culture and the reader's understanding of what it represents and how it works grows - I anticipate subsequent novels will continue to expand on this understanding.
Was this comment helpful? | Yes | No
Levi Goodman, January 1, 2011 (view all comments by Levi Goodman)
The second in the series of "The Culture" novels, Scottish author Iain M. Banks delivers a fantastic and chilling look at a galactic empire held together by the power of a game and the outsider sent to play it. Banks begins to develop the characteristics of The Culture seen in his later books and grapples with the dilemma that will echo through this series as long as they are written - how far are you willing to go in order to change that which you feel is wrong?
Was this comment helpful? | Yes | No
View all 2 comments

Product Details

Banks, Iain M.
Science Fiction - Space Opera
Science Fiction - Adventure
Science fiction
Science Fiction and Fantasy-Adventure
Science / Adventure
Publication Date:
8.28x6.31x1.05 in. .79 lbs.

Other books you might like

  1. Matter Used Trade Paper $8.50
  2. Consider Phlebas
    New Mass Market $13.50
  3. The Steep Approach to Garbadale Used Trade Paper $4.50
  4. The South Beach Diet Supercharged:... Used Trade Paper $3.50
  5. Tales of the Otori #02: Grass for... Used Mass Market $5.95
  6. Brilliance of the Moon Episode 2:... Used Trade Paper $4.95

Related Subjects

Featured Titles » Genre
Fiction and Poetry » Science Fiction and Fantasy » A to Z
Fiction and Poetry » Science Fiction and Fantasy » Adventure
Fiction and Poetry » Science Fiction and Fantasy » Featured Titles
Fiction and Poetry » Science Fiction and Fantasy » Sale Books

The Player of Games New Trade Paper
0 stars - 0 reviews
$16.00 In Stock
Product details 416 pages Orbit - English 9780316005401 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

The Culture sometimes has trouble with introductions. So they send the foremost expert game-player to act as their agent to a very different culture, where a vast series of games determines the fate of their citizens. The Player of Games is definitely one of the best Culture novels!

"Review" by , "Supple prose and subtle manipulations of plot produce a thought-provoking story."
  • back to top


Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.