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The Engineer ReConditioned [Kindle Edition]

Neal Asher
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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: 260 pages
  • Publisher: Wildside Press (6 Jan. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #28,294 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.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff 11 Oct. 2006
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
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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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Short or long, Asher delivers 4 May 2008
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
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
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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3.0 out of 5 stars Average Asher, nothing to wow the reader 11 Oct. 2011
By 2theD
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The Engineer - 4/5 - Science ship discovers a Jain alien with its artifact, separatists in action to destroy and the Polity come to bail the scientists out. 103 pages

Snairls - 3/5 - Giant aerial snails filled with passengers are being internally observed by a human and its contingent of a hornets Mind. 18 pages

Spatterjay - 2/5 - Too short, unsatisfying prequel to Asher's The Skinner novel. 19 pages

`The Sea Fage' - 4/5 - Ship crew get a nasty surprise aboard and the captain gets the rotten end of the stick. 14 pages

`Paul the Orbonnai' - 3/5 - Pre-sentient alien attracts the Church but the Polity doesn't like bible beaters... or Thrakai thrompers. 19 pages

Proctors - 4/5 - Mysterious Proctors take an unusual interest in human affairs and murder investigation on a colony planet loosely looked over by the Owner. 34 pages

The Owner - 3/5 - Ensemble of humans quest into Forbidden Zone to find answers about the missing Proctors. 39 pages

The Tor-Beast's Prison - 2/5 - Takes place in the Cowl universe, but it too hasty and too muddled to settle well. 13 pages

Tiger Tiger - 3/5 - Owner non-believers take it in their interest to hunt and kill a suspected tiger. 17 pages

The Gurnard - 3/5 - Baptiser and Earther leave on religious rite. 26 pages
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars An introduction to Asher 28 Feb. 2011
By Dan224
The Engineer (Recondtioned) is a good place to start if you haven't read any of the erstwhile Mr Asher's books as it gives a fair sampling of his works - the Polity (or Ian Cormac) novels (massive weapons and sneaky AIs with their own agendas), Spatterjay novels (vicious monsters and sneaky AIs with their own agendas), and some standalone works (which may or may not involve sneaky AIs with their own agendas) all underpinned with some interesting specultations and extrapolations of the kind of biological systems they don't teach you in school.
Not quite as cerbral as Iain M Banks, not quite as nasty + violent as Richard Morgan, and not quite as politically charged as Ken MacLeod, but if you're fans of either (or more) of those three you should find something here to pique your interest.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great author!
Published 23 days ago by AGotas
5.0 out of 5 stars Neal Asher is one of my favourite authors alongside Ian Banks and...
Neal Asher is one of my favourite authors alongside Ian Banks and James Corey. Always well written with interesting ideas, believable worlds and characters
Published 1 month ago by Andrew Scooter Guy
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Not my kind of sci-fi.
Published 2 months ago by buyerbeware
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Enjoyable read!
Published 5 months ago by Very Hardly
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 6 months 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 6 months ago by Starboy is Dead
4.0 out of 5 stars A different view of the wold
An interesting and enjoyable read.
Published 7 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 8 months ago by dave featherstone
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great stuff - interesting bunch of short stories
Published 8 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 9 months ago by PT
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