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The Engineer ReConditioned [Kindle Edition]

Neal Asher
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Mysterious aliens ... ruthless terrorists ... androids with attitude ... genetic manipulation ... punch-ups with lasers ... giant spaceships ... what more could you want? This great collection of 10 short stories by the author of Gridlinked, The Skinner, In the Line of Polity, and many more is a great read!

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1860 KB
  • Print Length: 267 pages
  • Publisher: Wildside Press (6 Jan 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HSR4JUK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #19,021 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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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff 11 Oct 2006
By Ed.F TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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I must admit i'm a big fan of Asher's work and this re-issued collection of short stories hasn't caused me to change my opinion of his stuff. This is a collection of quality short fiction loosely bound into slabs which may or may not link in with his other, novel based, work. The little notes from the author, about each story and how hard it is to be a sucessful SF writer, are a mild distraction but don't lessen the enjoyment of the collection. Good stuff.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Short or long, Asher delivers 4 May 2008
Format:Hardcover
Although I don't generally like to read short stories (the longer and more complex the story the better, I say), because I enjoy Asher's novels so much, I gave The Engineer a chance. I enjoyed each of the stories, even though they simply left me wanting more. It was particularly interesting to see characters from a few of his novels (Erlin, for example) before they figured in those novels. Some of the stories are set in the Polity universe, but, with the exception of the novella "The Engineer," the AI minds of the Polity play no role in those stories. Most of the stories take place in backwater or primitive worlds which have lost touch with the technology that brought the inhabitants to those worlds in the first place.

My one complaint is that the book is very poorly edited - many typos and even missing words, which surprised me since most of the stories were published earlier. Even the page numbers in the table of contents was screwed up.

But, still, if you enjoy Asher's novels, you will be sure to enjoy these stories. And, unlike the first reviewer, I liked the very short blurbs prefacing each story. It is interesting to get a sense of the person "behind" the author.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good stories but a really shoddy book 17 Oct 2008
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This is a collection of some of Neal Asher's earlier stories and it gives an interesting glimpse into his first forays into his Runcible universe and the planet Spatterjay.

These stories aren't quite as good as his more recent novels but any fan of his is really going to enjoy this novella and short stories.

But there is a huge problem with this book, and it has nothing to do with the stories themselves. I've never seen a professionally produced book before with so many amateurish mistakes and this goes far beyond just typos and even characters being called by the wrong names.

Several stories don't appear in the contents list at the front. Small problem you might think, but several of these stories are missing their titles and have been stuck on the end of the previous story as if it was just a new paragraph. This happens once after the story 'The Engineer' and TWICE after the story 'Spatterjay'.

If you can read around these problems there are some enjoyable stories here, but this particular edition is a shoddy mess.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great sci-fi 23 Aug 2014
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I'm a big fan of the author's novels but these are the first of his short stories that I've read and I'm pleased to report that they're a fine read. The opening story was the highlight for me and for me is one of those stories that illustrates what I love about science fiction. It tells the story of first contact with an alien that has been dormant for millions of years. What I enjoyed was the attention to detail and the unraveling of the mystery of the Jain (the alien race if you're not familiar with the books).

There's stories in this collection that touch on all of the major book series he's written and provide some interesting insights and connections. While I'm a big fan of the Owner series the short stories didn't grab me as much as the novels did. They're an interesting hint as to the Owner's future and it also reminded me of the adage of sufficiently advanced technology being indistinguishable from magic.

Overall I enjoyed these stories, not quite as much as the author's novels but they were a fine read.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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The Engineer Reconditioned is a collection of short stories by sci-fi author Neal Asher, some in his popular Polity Universe, some not. One thing for sure is that it's well worth reading. Here's what's contained in this great collection:

The Engineer - 8/10
The Engineer is the title novella in this collection and is a story about the discovery of a stasis pod that turns out to hold a Jain, an ancient race that is been extinct for millions of years. The story follows the science ship as it discovers the pod, a Polity dreadnought as it attempts to reach the science ship, and a group of mercenaries totally against any alien life and want to destroy the Jain and anyone that has had contact with it.
If you've read any of Neal's other novels you'll know that the Jain are a highly advanced species, and one that has held quite a bit of interest for many within the human domain. The story itself is enjoyable, starting off at a slow pace when the discovery is made and follows through with an interesting and action packed finale. I think this is a story to read if you're familiar with Neal's previous novels set in the Polity, but not one for newcomers as it does throw you in at the deep end when it comes to prior knowledge of the setting, although some aspects have small explanations.

Snairls - 7/10
Another Polity story, and one focusing on a character we know from The Skinner: Janer. He's still indentured to the hornet hive mind in this one and it's a look at another weird alien creation from Neal. It's not too long, but is Neal through and through, although it contains no action as such.

Spatterjay - 9/10
This is a short story that I really recommend as an intro to the Spatterjay series (The Skinner, Voyage of the Sable Keech, Orbus).
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars which might not suit everyone who are looking for a longer read but...
A set of short stories, which might not suit everyone who are looking for a longer read but Neal tells a good story(s). Eugene
Published 25 days ago by Eugene Beirne
4.0 out of 5 stars Neal Asher writes compelling and interesting sci-fi. While this ...
Neal Asher writes compelling and interesting sci-fi. While this series was compelling, I missed the wit and humour of his other works. A very dark series.
Published 1 month ago by Starboy is Dead
4.0 out of 5 stars A different view of the wold
An interesting and enjoyable read.
Published 2 months ago by Charles MacKinnon
5.0 out of 5 stars Engineer reConditioned
realy good collection of story's ,all could spin to something bigger - very thought provoking -entertained all the way -
Published 3 months ago by dave featherstone
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great stuff - interesting bunch of short stories
Published 3 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Short stories that flesh out the Owner verse
As usual with Neal Asher, the stories are well written and highly entertaining.
They can be a little gruesome in parts but that is the 'verse that his characters live in. Read more
Published 4 months ago by PT
5.0 out of 5 stars Great collection of stories
Great collection of background stories to previous novels. If you are a fan (or not yet) this is a good read. Read more
Published 4 months ago by saigon
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read.
This is a good introduction to Neal Asher however, being a fan already a bit frustrating as I would like the stories to continue.
Published 4 months ago by Mr SRS Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars insightful
What a well written look into the asher universes. Everything from Jain, Cowl, Owner and others worth picking up for when you want that little bit more :-)
Published 4 months ago by hevad
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice collection of short stories
Nice collection of short stories, including the engineer and the a couple about the owner. Nice to have a sought different spin on some of the characters.
Published 4 months ago by Meerkat
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