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The Technician Hardcover – Aug 20 2010

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: PAN Macmillan Adult (Aug. 20 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230708749
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230708747
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 4.2 x 24.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 780 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #760,640 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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Neal Asher is a master story teller. One of my all time fav authors. I will buy anything he writes. The TECHNICIAN is another fab story set in his amazing POLITY universe. Start with his book GRIDLINKED and prepare to enter an amazing world.
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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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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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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9e30e3c0) out of 5 stars 49 reviews
106 of 113 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e690090) 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.
25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e6902dc) out of 5 stars Not Ashers best Oct. 13 2010
By Adrian - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
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.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e69051c) out of 5 stars Neal Asher's best yet Aug. 30 2010
By rk future unwritten - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e6906c0) out of 5 stars Good action sf Nov. 26 2010
By Fred Zimmerman - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e690594) out of 5 stars Its Big But Its Modest June 8 2011
By D. Grant - Published on Amazon.com
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Back we go to the wonderful world of the runcible, and Dragon the alien sire of the Dracomen, and golems, and a bunch of really minor characters from earlier Polity books. Evil "separatists" still fight a pretty high body count war against the rule of the machines (I guess they never saw Terminator to see how that comes out). And after twenty years or so go by, we wrap the story up. And some giant gazillion year old planet destroyer thingee has engine trouble, and then shorts out, or gets the sniffles, or, who cares.
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.

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