The Technician Hardcover – Aug 20 2010
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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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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.
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.
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.
Asher has an interesting idea here, although like one of the main characters it spends a long time buried in alien muck before just wandering off to nowhere. We are back at the planet of the gabbleducks, and their little pets the "hooders. In two previous books, we learned that the "ducks" used to be a super intelligent alien race, who evaded destruction by the "jain" menace by turning themselves into animals, and hanging around for a few million years until human religious nuts arrive and grow shrimp or something in ponds. Up in orbit they chant a lot.
This time, one of them (the nuts) gets his face chewed off, and we spend two decades waiting around to see why. Really. And some guy roots around in the mud all this time..for some reason. And the the giant alien memory crystal from three books back pipes up...and so what.
Sometimes it is responsible to re-cycle and turn old used stuff into new goodies. This was not one of those times. Even as backstory to some new direction for the polity books, this could have been maybe 50 pages in the opening of something interesting. Give it a miss unless you are desperate.