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The Player of Games
by Iain M Banks | Science Fiction & Fantasy
Registered by wingdavemurray101wing of Granville, New South Wales Australia on 3/29/2008
Average 8 star rating by BookCrossing Members 

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8 journalers for this copy...

Journal Entry 1 by wingdavemurray101wing from Granville, New South Wales Australia on Saturday, March 29, 2008

7 out of 10

I'd read a couple of Iain Banks conventional novels before - but hadn't touched his SciFi until now. After reading it, I was not dissapointed. This book covered many themes, especially the types of society we could have in the future. Overall a very engaging book that doesnt get bogged down in jargon like a lot of other scifi. 


Journal Entry 2 by wingdavemurray101wing at to the next participant in sent by mail, A Bookray -- Controlled Releases on Monday, April 07, 2008

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Bookray goes to the following people in order.
1. afraberg
2. Tubereader
3. cally-c
4. Ekranda
5. jellyfish67
6. TQD
7. Cat207 


Journal Entry 3 by afraberg from Amsterdam, Noord-Holland Netherlands on Tuesday, April 15, 2008

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This book appeared in my mailbox today.
Thank you very much for sending davemurray101!
I always love the packages from Australia with the mysterious 'ID recorded' sticker :)

I'll read the book as soon as I can. 


Journal Entry 4 by afraberg from Amsterdam, Noord-Holland Netherlands on Friday, April 25, 2008

9 out of 10

I loved the story! Thank you very much davemurray101 for sharing the book.
I hadn't read any ScienceFiction for a while, but I still love it.

The book is on it's way to Tubereader. 


Journal Entry 5 by Tubereader from Madrid, Madrid Spain on Wednesday, May 07, 2008

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The book arrived yesterday after the Bank Holiday. I have a couple of other rings ahead of it but hopefully it will not take to long for me to read it. I will update this JE when I pick the book up for reading.

Thanks a lot davemurray101 for sharing!! 


Journal Entry 6 by Tubereader from Madrid, Madrid Spain on Thursday, June 12, 2008

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Just a quick update to let you know that I have started reading this book today. I have already made quite a progress (40 pages in just 2 tube rides) so I hope to be done with it by the end of the week.

Sorry for taking so long to start reading it, I received quite a few rings at the same time and it's been a bit though to get through them!

13 JUNE UPDATE: I have read half of the book so far so have PMed Cally-c for their address so I can post the book as soon as I am done with it. 


Journal Entry 7 by Tubereader from Madrid, Madrid Spain on Thursday, June 19, 2008

9 out of 10

I finally finished this book, really sorry I kept it for so long!

I have LOVED the book. I had never read sci-fi before, thought I wouldn't like it, but I signed up for this ring because the book is on the 1001 list and I have liked it so much!! The story flows well and keeps you wanting for more. I've been very busy lately, so had to put down the book often to do other things, but every time I did it, I came back to read a few more pages a bit later on :-)

Thanks so much davemurray101 for sharing!!

I have cally-c's address already so I will be posting the book to her as soon as I can. 


Journal Entry 8 by Tubereader at by post in London, International Bookray -- Controlled Releases on Friday, June 20, 2008

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Posted this book to cally-c, who is next in line.

Thanks davemurray101 for sharing!! 


Journal Entry 9 by cally-c from Alfreton, Derbyshire United Kingdom on Wednesday, June 25, 2008

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Arrived yesterday! Have a couple in front of this one, but I will get to it as soon as poss. 


Journal Entry 10 by cally-c from Alfreton, Derbyshire United Kingdom on Thursday, July 10, 2008

9 out of 10

I haven't read any Sci-Fi for ages, so I wasn't sure how I'd get on with this, but I have to say I have really enjoyed it. The characters are great, the settings very vivid and the story pulled me in so that towards the end I couldn't put it down!
Thanks to Tubereader for sending it on & davemurray101 for sharing.

I have Ekranda's address so this will be in the post later today. 


Journal Entry 11 by wingPaws4Bookswing from Deal, Kent United Kingdom on Wednesday, July 16, 2008

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Apologies - i've had this book since Monday but i've been so busy i didn't get round to journaling it for a while! Will read this as soon as i finish my current book. Thanks for sharing! 


Journal Entry 12 by wingPaws4Bookswing from Deal, Kent United Kingdom on Sunday, August 03, 2008

9 out of 10

I really enjoyed this book!! I haven't read Sci-fi by Banks before but i have always enjoyed his other books such as the Wasp factory, Whit etc, I loved the way the drones changed colour according to their moods and it was very interesting to see some of the creations Banks came up with - ie animals of the future etc. The society issue was indeed the main theme, showing how the 'culture' a peaceful place with no need of money compares with the empire of Azad which is based on wealth, power and of course their society is based within a game itself. It was good to see that the drone took Gurgeh for a tour - enabling him to see the negative side of the empire. I did work out the twist right at the end, well i suspected it, anyway. All in all a very entertaining read, worthy in my opinion to be on the list of 1001 books to read before you die!

Thank you so much for sharing this - i really enjoyed it!

Have requested jellyfish67's address and will post it on as soon as i receive it. 


Journal Entry 13 by wingPaws4Bookswing at Bookray, A Bookray -- Controlled Releases on Wednesday, August 06, 2008

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Popped it in the post this afternoon, hope you enjoy it!!! 


Journal Entry 14 by jellyfish67 from Burnley, Lancashire United Kingdom on Sunday, August 10, 2008

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Arrived safely yesterday. 


Journal Entry 15 by jellyfish67 at Bookring, A Bookcrossing member -- Controlled Releases on Thursday, December 18, 2008

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Hope you enjoy the read and it arrives safely, sorry for the delay.

On its way to tqd later today. 


Journal Entry 16 by tqd from Sydney, New South Wales Australia on Wednesday, February 18, 2009

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Thanks jellyfish67! The boat took the slow route to Australia, but it has arrived safely back Down Under now, and will be added to the toppling Mt TBR... Er. (I had just taken a vow of No More Bloody Bookrays, but of course this was popped in the post when I thought I could still get on top of the pile of books. If I don't get onto this in a timely fashion, I'll pass it on unread. Not that cat207 has nothing to read herself. ;)

I read Use of Weapons last year, which was an excellent book. I didn't realise this one was another Culture novel! I look forward to revisiting that world. 


Journal Entry 17 by tqd from Sydney, New South Wales Australia on Thursday, May 21, 2009

9 out of 10

Oh, I finished reading this weeks ago, and kept on putting off writing a review, because there was so much I wanted to say about it and I couldn't seem to find the time. Then work went chaotic, I got sick, and while work is still chaotic and I am still sick, I realised that I'd better write some comments and send the book along now, otherwise it'll just be gathering dust here forever.

I thought this was a really magnificent book, filled with wonderful ideas and characters. (Like the other Banks Culture novel I've read, the droids often win hands-down in terms of likeability, which I find rather amusing.) I didn't think much of our "hero" at the start (or at the end), he was just so self-centered, but I was still horrified at what immersion in the Empire of Azad did to him, as it slowly stripped him of his humanity. But then again, maybe it just stripped him of the trappings of civilisation and just left the humanity.

And the way he was such a game-player, but seemed oblivious to the manipulations that he was put through by other people and by the Culture. He could play games, but he could never apply that knowledge to the real world.

I remain very impressed by Bank's Culture novels, the depth and the ideas are rarely countered in science fiction (or maybe I've just read too many trashy space operas of late). Now I have to start reading his non-sci-fi novels! Mr TQD also read this in the meantime (while it was gathering dust waiting for me to find time to read it) and enjoyed it as well.

Thanks for the chance to read this, davemurray101! I've got cat207's address already, plus another few books to send her way, so hopefully these will get through to her soon (until work gets even more chaotic, or I get even more sick). 


Journal Entry 18 by tqd at Balmain, New South Wales Australia on Thursday, July 23, 2009

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So, so sorry this one took so long to get to the Post Office! But it's finally on its way to cat207 along with several other books. 


Journal Entry 19 by cat207 from Gladstone, Queensland Australia on Monday, July 27, 2009

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Arrived in today's mail. Thanks Tania. X 


Journal Entry 20 by cat207 at Newcastle, New South Wales Australia on Monday, May 02, 2011

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I had started to read this one a few times before but other bookrings/rays arrived and I put it aside. Finally, after nearly two years, it is read. And it didn't disappoint. Seemingly unrelated / unnecessary scenes proved essential in the end. 


Journal Entry 21 by cat207 at Newcastle, New South Wales Australia on Wednesday, June 08, 2011

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Passing back to davemurray101 at The Dockyard tomorrow. 


Journal Entry 22 by wingdavemurray101wing at Valentine, New South Wales Australia on Thursday, June 09, 2011

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An old friend returns. Is this book one of the few that passed through the Jellyfish67 - destroyer of bookrings? 


Journal Entry 23 by wingdavemurray101wing at Valentine, New South Wales Australia on Monday, July 18, 2011

6 out of 10

I read Player of Games again. Unfortunately a little worse than I remembered it. Bits reminded me of TRON. Still not too sure why it was included in the 1001 list initially.  


Journal Entry 24 by wingdavemurray101wing at Bookmooch.com, a bookmoocher -- Controlled Releases on Tuesday, July 19, 2011

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