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The Technician (Polity 4) Hardcover – 20 Aug 2010

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  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Tor (20 Aug. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230708749
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230708747
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 4.2 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 446,450 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The new standalone novel by Neal Asher featuring two of his favourite Polity creations - the hooder and the gabbleduck --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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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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.
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As a big fan of Neal Asher, I was very much looking forward to a new Polity novel. Those familiar with the previous books will find the setting familiar (Masada), and will be interested to find out more about Amistad (the war drone that featured in Shadow of the Scorpion). The book also follows-up matters introduced in previous Polity novels, as well as some of Asher's short stories about the gabbleducks and the fate of the Atheter. However, I did find this particular novel less compelling than some of the earlier Polity novels. The pacing is much slower than we are accustomed to from Asher, and his typical pyrotechnics only appear towards the end. One of the things perhaps missing for me was also Asher's trademark irreverant humour - The Technician is rather sombre is tone, without the comic relief that he usually provides in the form of witty asides or amusing characters (such as Sniper and Thirteen from the Spatterjay novels). This is by no means a bad novel, and will undoubtedly be enjoyed by fans of the Polity universe. However, it's not Asher's best to my mind...
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The Technician is Neal Asher's latest novel and marks the completion of my resolution to get up to date on all of his releases. I've not done too badly, this being the fifth book of his I've got through since January, each being just as enjoyable as the previous one. I'm actually quite glad I've done it this way, especially as much of what happens in The Technician relates to the Cormac series, mainly the events in The Line of Polity which is set on the same planet. I thoroughly enjoyed completing the Cormac series and was eager to once again see what was happening in the Polity, but Neal didn't meet my expectations. He exceeded them.

The Technician is set on Masada, a planet recently freed from a theocratic rule that kept the powerful in their orbital habitats away from the dangers on the surface while the workers were forced to live day to day in squaller, risking their lives so the higher echelons could benefit from their work. The Polity is now in control after the events in The Line of Polity brought about intervention, granting amnesty to those in the Theocracy and raising the living conditions of all on the planet. With Masada being under quarantine for many years after the Jain threat that caused the intervention, it has been a slow and steady climb for the population adjusting to the Polity. But there are still some who feel amnesty is unacceptable - the Tidy Squad. This group conducts its covert operations with the sole aim of bringing ultimate justice to former Theocracy members. And Jeremiah Tombs, the only man ever to survive a Hooder attack, has been in their sights for a long, long time.

Tombs is a mess, living in isolation under the eyes of the Polity AI's, supervised by Sanders and still believing the Theocracy is ruling strong after so many years in captivity.
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More of a review of the whole series of Polity books and their spin offs than this book in particular.

Neal Ashers books are really, really, REALLY good fun, a somewhat strange thing to say about the subject when dealing with massive, virtually indestructible alien constructs, stellar warfare, hegemonising swarms (yoink! nicked from IMB) planets teeming with flora and fauna that can and very much will kill you in a wonderfully escalating series of nasty ways and a whole plethora of supporting thugs, mad robots, evil villains and a race of aliens that could give the Affront a run for their money on sheer outrageous bloody-minded cruelty and viciousness!

You get the sense from these books that Neal is having a rollicking good time writing them, and it feeds through the pages to make you chuckle at all the right places, and merrily buzzsaw through one of his books in one sitting and finish it with a smile on your face and a feeling of 'I'm coming back to read you again on a grey, rainy winters day for sure' when slotted into the bookshelf

There is also a miniscule undercurrent of slight silliness, especially in the Splatterjay novels, that cuts through his work but it is a masterstroke of writing that you revel in it rather than think 'Oh now come on, you are just being daft! I mean, its a giant snail for crying out loud!' which again just make his books very difficult to put down once started.

I for one have worked my way merrily through the entire back catalogue of his work and every new release gets added to my wish list as soon as they appear, and if you want some very good science fiction, that is a lot more fun and enjoyable to read than it really should be allowed to get away with, even when being deadly serious then hunt out and delve into the Polity universe, you won't regret it!
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