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Hilldiggers (Polity 2) [Kindle Edition]

Neal Asher
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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Asher has an axe to grind, but what a shiny, well-honed and beautifully weighted axe it is... He's on top of his game with this one and his confidence entwines a fibrous thread throughout the plot. Multiple narratives occurring in different timeframes, shifts between first-and third-person perspectives, a detailed and convincing description of planetary ecosystems...In lesser hands, a rambling wayward text could well result. What we have instead is a wonderfully rich and complex tale that happily flips between giving the mind something weighty to mull over and pleasing its baser, thrill-seeking desires... Asher's skill is making it all seem wild, wonderful, politically provoking and fresh. --.

The world of the AI-run Polity civilisation has been building to a ferocious level of complexity over Asher's past seven books, but Hilldiggers is an ideal jumping-on point, being relatively sefl-containted, packed full of intrugue, and - most importantly - one of his most ambitious and gripping novels yet...Hilldiggers is both inventive and expertly paced, navigating an incredibly complex story without losing any of the clarity or momentum...if there's a more enjoyable and provocative sci-fi action saga this year, we'll be seriously surprised. --.

One of his most enjoyable novels yet --Starburst

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'An excellent tale to Asher's usual exhilarating action standards...'

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 692 KB
  • Print Length: 492 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1405055006
  • Publisher: Tor (21 Aug 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003DWC6PO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #56,947 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Neal Asher lives sometimes in England, sometimes in Crete and mostly at a keyboard. Having over eighteen books published he has been accused of overproduction (despite spending far too much time ranting on his blog, cycling off fat, and drinking too much wine) but doesn't intend to slow down just yet.

http://theskinner.blogspot.com/
http://freespace.virgin.net/n.asher/

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bloody good read but... 7 Aug 2007
By Ed.F TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Deeply enjoyable, page turner with great characterisation from on of my favorite novelists, but it doesn't get 5 stars from me because I couldn't shake off my nagging concern that this book was shared just a little too many concepts with "Inversions" by Iain M Banks, which isn't that great a book. I know it's ridiculous but my "familiarity" with these narrative devices took the edge of the book for me, even though Asher treats the concepts he shares with Inversions, like the low(er) tech civilisation viewpoint, the hidden agent/observer in a more accessible manner than Banks did but I couldn't help shaking off the feeling of deja-vu as each shared concept clicked into view.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A very boring book 3 Mar 2008
Format:Hardcover
"Hilldiggers" is very much unlike other Asher's books. It is as if it's written by a different person. It's boring.

I love his "Skinner" and still re-read it every now and then; the "Voyage..." is almost just as good. His Cormac books are also finely written. This one, I could barely finish it. The plot is predictable, all characters are flat and the writing style is extremely boring: page after page of monotonous narrative, irrelevant details and dry dialogs. No sense of humor whatsoever, and in fact very little emotions at all.

Despite his obsession with details, Asher doesn't bother to be consistent with his prior Spatterjay books (one example: in both the "Skinner" and the "Voyage..." hoopers occasionally get dunked into the deadly Spatterjay sea and, while being eaten alive by various creatures, they do keep afloat like any normal human would. In "Hilldiggers", the Hooper character McCrooger is for some reason much denser than normal people and would instantly sink to the bottom). Not to mention the idea of sending the Hooper, twice-infected by conflicting viruses, to make first contact with a paranoid and warlike civilization... Not to mention the silly "tiger-on-the-ball" Tigger drone... Or the four obviously suspicious "worm children" so easily allowed to raise to the top of the society...

If you like Asher and don't want to be disappointed, stick to his earlier Spatterjay books and avoid this one.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Is there an editor in the house? 28 Mar 2010
Format:Paperback
It's odd, when you consider all the people who get thanked in Asher's books, that he has no-one to tell him how to actually write. To be fair, Asher has a natural grasp of plot and construction, describes action well, and, curiously, creates convincing machine characters. But his humans vary wildly in their credibility (here they are very hard to take seriously) and his dialogue is the product of someone with a tin ear. (Try saying it out loud, and wince). There are actually some very good things in this book, and a laudable willingness to try new ideas, but let down by cardboard characters and clunky dialogue. Nurse, the blue pencil, please!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Did Neal Asher really write this ???? 9 Nov 2008
By Edd
Format:Paperback
I am a big fan of Neal Asher and have read all his books but this one is his worst by a long way. His books are normally fast moving with strong characters and a story that keeps you pulled in. I have re-read his books many times - especially the "Skinner" ones - but Hilldiggers was a real effort to finish and was dull and predictable . If you have never read a Neal Asher book then please don't start here or it may turn you off and you will miss one of the best writers of today.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Addicted to this author 29 Sep 2014
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Since discovering this author via a friend's recommendation I have become addicted. I started with the Agent Cormac series book Gridlinked, but then found that the third book in the Polity series is also the first book in the Agent Cormac series so put Cormac on hold and went back to the beginning. I often seem to get so hooked into these books that I forget to go to sleep until the wee small hours - always the sign of a good story!
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must-read 21 July 2007
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There are some authors who go on my must read list in the category "get the hardback the moment that comes out". In the sci-fi genre Neal Asher is such an author. His latest is perhaps his best. It's a real page turner, but the story is only a part of the pleasure of reading it - like all his books it is well written and also crackles with ideas and paints a bold, dramatic, detailed and engaging vision of the future that also offers additional details aplenty along the way. His universe is a tough place and pulls no punches, in this tale, which takes place in the aftermath of an interplanetary war, three groups of future-evolved humans engage in a struggle that is more than it seems.

If you have never read Neal Asher before, start now (perhaps with his first book "Gridlinked")- if you are already a fan, then rest assured he is growing in stature and becoming even more of a must-read as he goes on. More anon, I hope.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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This story of two warring nations and the influence of external factors in the resolution of the conflict is excellent. The characters are strongly developed and the plot is well constructed. After I completed the book on holiday my 72 year old father-in-law borrowed the book and he loved it and he is not normally a sci-fi reader (maybe not such a recommendation! - however indicates how entertaining Neil Asher's books are). Recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars First Neil Asher book 7 July 2008
By Wahiba
Format:Paperback
This is the first book of Neil Asher that I have read. I must admit it took a bit of getting into. However, once I had the style sorted out it was a good read.
I will certainly be trying others of his.
Surprised to find that again he was another brit sci-fi author. H G Well certainly spread his genetic influence far and wide.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Asher masterpiece.
once again Neil Asher has produced an exciting and riveting story. Set in the Policy universe we once again entertained by artificial intelligences ruling the human race and at the... Read more
Published 5 months ago by K. Newell
1.0 out of 5 stars not his best
Probably my least favourite book, I like the ideas but it dragged on way to long. You can't expect perfection in all of Neal's books and this is certainly one of them.
Published 6 months ago by Simon Harris
5.0 out of 5 stars good book
Very good book that creates a great description of the dangers faces by the polity interfering in a in-system war.
Published 10 months ago by C. Mundy
3.0 out of 5 stars Sad Turnip says;
Good story line, but hard going in places. Some of the "escapes" were really pushing credibility. The end was weak
Published 13 months ago by Sad turnip
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Sci Fi
Neal Asher does brilliant Aliens, Brilliant tech and Galaxy spanning wars. Violent and sometimes disturbing but always leaves you wanting more
Published 22 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent premise tapers off in last half
Hilldiggers is an Asher novel which takes place in his unique Polity universe but does not follow the Cormac series or the Spatterjay series. Read more
Published on 11 Oct 2011 by 2theD
4.0 out of 5 stars Plenty of Polity Politics and Background...
The current fashion for `show, don't tell' that writers keep being nagged to follow by editors has clearly by-passed Asher. Read more
Published on 23 Jan 2011 by sjhigbee
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit gutted
As with many others I've a fan and have all Mr Ashers books. I was expecting Csorian or Atheter object. Read more
Published on 7 Jun 2010 by Mr. G. Finch
4.0 out of 5 stars thoroughly enjoyable saga.
A different spin in this from other tales of his,I do see aspects of Iain Banks in Ashers work,coarser and certainly'lesser',but excellent in any case and fun.
Published on 31 July 2009 by ANDY
1.0 out of 5 stars Oh, dear
I suppose all authors have to turn out a stinker at some point, and this is Neal Asher's. I've really enjoyed all his books up until now, but this was poorly plotted, over-long and... Read more
Published on 12 Mar 2009 by Zumbruk
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