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This was the first book by Iain M. Banks I ever read, and it prompted me to read every one of his other SciFi novels.
By the end of the book I just didn't care what happened to the characters, as the author doesn't give you many reasons to like or dislike them.
The first half of this story was fairly engrossing, and the plot & characters held my interest for several several sessions of reading.
I've had enough! I made it to page 200... But I will spare myself of the rest. I was curious about the Culture series so I picked it up from the beginning. Read morePublished 2 days ago by M101
A highly entertaining, fast paced quest story. Iain M Banks manages to juggle some impressive ideas with a pumping story that has stood the test of time.Published 9 days ago by James
Whew, what a dense book, if that is something you can say about a book. So much going on and so many strange names that I had no idea how to pronounce in my head (internal reading... Read morePublished 10 days ago by John J. Knight
Weary of formulaic tales? -space battles against impossible odds that succeed anyway? -characters using armored suits that ignore laser hits and still maintain their sensor... Read morePublished 12 days ago by Amazon Customer
The story was immediately engaging and the characters were intriguing. Great read.Published 21 days ago by Tashi Duane
Nice story, end somewhat screwd, all the effort for small gain :)Published 26 days ago by Peter Treialt
I loved Player of Games, but this book just hurt my head. Does NOT work well as an introduction to The Culture and is hard to follow. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer