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The Technician [Hardcover]

Neal Asher
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Aug. 20 2010

The Theocracy has been dead for twenty years, and the Polity rules on Masada. But the Tidy Squad consists of rebels who cannot accept the new order. Their hate for surviving theocrats is undiminished, and the iconic Jeremiah Tombs is at the top of their hit list.

Escaping his sanatorium Tombs is pushed into painful confrontation with reality he has avoided since the rebellion. His insanity has been left  uncured, because the near mythical hooder called the Technician that attacked him all those years ago, did something to his mind even the AIs fail to understand. Tombs might possess information about the suicide of an entire alien race.

The war drone Amistad, whose job it is to bring this information to light, recruits Lief Grant, an ex-rebel Commander, to protect Tombs, along with the black AI Penny Royal, who everyone thought was dead. The amphidapt Chanter, who has studied the bone sculptures the Technician makes with the remains of its prey, might be useful too.

Meanwhile, in deep space, the mechanism the Atheter used to reduce themselves to animals, stirs from slumber and begins to power-up its weapons.

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About the Author

Neal Asher was born in Billericay, Essex, and divides his time between here and Crete. His previous full-length novels are Gridlinked, The Skinner, The Line of Polity, Cowl, Brass Man, The Voyage of the Sable Keech, Polity Agent, Hilldiggers, Prador Moon, Line War, Shadow of the Scorpion and Orbus.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A New tech experience Aug. 23 2013
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Asher writes with bloody insight on a far distant metafuture. Humans are devalued yet integral to the compelling story of power and occasional compassion. Ends justify means and the fanatics lose
I enjoyed the read immensely and look forward to New samples of themselves imagination.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A style change for Asher? Jan. 11 2011
The Technician is a good book, just not what one expects from Asher, i.e. relentless action from cover to cover, especially after Orbus, perhaps the best Asher so far. The first half of The Technician carefully sets the stage, we are brought back on Masada, after the events known to his readers have reached their conclusion. The stage is explored, characters planted, the back story filled, maybe too carefully, for the story only really picks up pace midway through the book - a long time coming. From there 'til the end, it is more or less typical Asher, save for the fact that the story is thinner than usual, as if the author was somewhat distracted. Anyhow, a good read, still beats a lot of the sci-fi being produced. Can't wait to see what's next
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of his best Sept. 7 2010
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This review is for readers who are unfamiliar with Neal Asher's work because...let's face it. If you're already a fan of his work, you're not reading this review because you're already reading the book! And when you're done you'll be all disappointed because you now have to wait for the next one.

So for readers who have not read any of Asher's work before, I have to say...Don't buy this book. Wait! What? Sorry, but while this book is great, it's not the book you want to start with. Technically, you can, as it's not *really* a sequel, but the events in this book take place after events in previous books and many characters from previous books are referenced. And more to the point...this book ties together many loose ends, so if you read this book and like it (which you will), you'll want to go back and read his earlier books. And you'll be missing out a lot since this book is somewhat "spoilerific".

So stop here and go read his earlier Polity books. Specifically, the "Cormac" series, starting with Gridlinked. [...]
You won't be sorry.

And when you're done with those (and this book), pick up the "SpatterJay" series. And then his stand-alone's. And then the short story collections. And then re-read them all again, while marveling at the universe he has created. And then wait anxiously and impatiently for his next book.

But when you've become a raving Neal Asher fan, don't blame me because remember...I told you not to buy the book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not Ashers best Oct. 13 2010
By Adrian - Published on
I fell a bit intimidated writing this review because everyone prior to me LOVES this book. I however, found it a bit boring. I thought long and hard about why, and came up with the following reasons:

1. There was nothing new to astonish and amaze us. Previous books had conflicts with the Prador, battles agasint the Jain, working out the conundrum that is Dragon, everyone's favourite planet- Spatterjay, plenty of action, new technology and space battles, and Ian Cormack's journey to discover the truth about the Polity.

In contrast, this book was set on a planet already known to us, with a handful of previously unknown people as leads. The book just answers a couple of questions posed to us during the series, but that's it.

2. It felt about 150-200 pages too long. Never before have I experienced wanting to just skip to the end of the book in a Neal Asher book.

I think it says a lot about the quality of Neal Asher's novels that I didn't like this. It's not that it's that bad, it's just not as great as most of his previous ones.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Neal Asher's best yet Aug. 30 2010
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I've read almost everything Neal Asher has in print, and I think that this may be his best yet. That may in part be due to its tying in aspects of many of the previous books, but I think that it stands on its own. The title refers to a specific creature living on Masada, a world which featured heavily in one of Asher's previous Polity books. However, the novel revolves around several different characters whose lives intersect at a flashpoint for the planet and for human civilization. I loved the plot twists and slow progression towards a climax entwining the multiple threads, which is characteristic of an Asher novel, but in particular, The Technician involved more character development and growth than in many of his other novels. I suppose that Hilldiggers and The Cowl also involved a significant character growth, but The Technician combines this with the familar feel of the Polity novels. The AIs also seem different than in his previous books - far more removed from human behaviour and less like silicon humans, and more like minds which really think differently than we do. The AIs, and the whole novel, reminded me more of Iain Banks' Culture novels than some of his Asher's earlier novels. All in all, a wonderful read and further evidence that Asher is becoming one of the top writers in SF.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good action sf Nov. 26 2010
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I always feel both attracted and repulsed by Asher's style. He is great at extended action scenes, indeed, often past the point of brutality. He is very good at Big Dumb Object and Big Idea SF. His characters are tough and engaging. But he's not that great at a) describing likable or realistic characters and b) at describing science & technology in the "sense of wonder" sense as opposed to the "weapons porn" sense.

I read this LONG book in its entirety and enjoyed it. That said, I don't think it's Asher's best -- maybe in the middle of the pack -- it doesn't have as much "animal vigor" and sheer narrative drive as the Prador series.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars another fix for polity fans Sept. 27 2010
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Occurring in the same universe as the rest of the polity novels, this one explores the gabbleducks' origins and fate. Taking place mostly on Masada, we get a look at the lethal wildlife there including hooders, gabbleducks, dragon, and of course some AIs.
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