- Paperback: 592 pages
- Publisher: Tor; Reprints edition (5 Nov. 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0330521357
- ISBN-13: 978-0330521352
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 4 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 89,147 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Voyage of the Sable Keech (Spatterjay) Paperback – 5 Nov 2010
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'As well as...narrative energy, another of Asher's strengths lies in his world-creation...his detailed imagining of a demented ecology...' -- Interzone
'What's most striking about The Voyage of the Sable Keech is its sense of supreme story-telling confidence' -- Interzone
'a thrilling page-turner, but...also an unsettling reinvention of an already monstrous world...and a hell of a lot of fun.' -- Interzone --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The Sable Keech of the title is a boat built for 'Reifications'. These 'Reifs' are people who have been killed but their bodies and minds held together by technology. The name of the boat refers to the only reification who ever successfully 'rose from the dead' through a combination of the Spatterjay virus and nanotechnology and whose re-animation has inspired a cult to follow in his footsteps.
Nothing is quite as it seems however: the WindCatchers getting 'auged' and waking up to the possibilities of their world, the re-appearance of a Prador adult, the robot drone Sniper getting his new (and fully militarised) drone body after 10 years as the planets AI warden and a coup amongst the Reifs and, of course the normal everyday issues of trying to survive on a planet where pretty much everything is lethal.
Neal Asher is one of the few British sci-fi writers that can be mentioned in the same name as Iain M Banks. He has a fluid writing style with a great sense of plot timing that makes for a gripping and exciting story set in an entirely believable possible future. If I have any issues with this book, it's the authors tendency to rely a little too much on the lifeforms of Spatterjay and other Polity planets at the expense of the developments of the main characters but that is really a minor gripe compared to the excellence of the book.
You will enjoy this book more if you have read the previous book [...], but this book is certainly good enough to stand on it's own. A definite 5 stars.
By placing the action in the same setting with the same characters, the book comes off as a bit twee. The eponymous Sable Keech has easily enough character to act as the principle in another work, but it would need to be away from Splatterjay to avoid retreading old ground.
Asher shows some real flare when he writes of Sniper, but allot of the action with the Hoopers was just too familiar to be really gripping.
It is the curse of a great author to be held to extremely demanding standards, but at the end of the day it would be another of his books that I would recommend to a friend, or to you.
The book is only for the serious fan and should be avoided by any new reader to Mr Asher's work, who should start with Gridlinked, The Skinner or Cowl
Voyage, despite my promises to read it slowly, is one of those books that just swiftly changes your priorities for you. Neal has mastered the art of switching focus between plots and sub-plots, main characters and minor to such a degree, that he switches plots at the exact right moment to hold up momentum for the plot being switched from and cleanly into the next.
voyage comes as a follow up to the classic "the skinner" which i suggest you read first, though, he does a brilliant job of making the book stand on it's on, with just the right amount of back story.
the world is Spatterjay, where a virus left to it's own devices for untold time, has produced immortality in it's hosts.
combine this with a dark past with human slave trade with an alien race known as Prador, and mysterious Hive minds jockeying for possession of Sprine, the one substance known to kill the Spatterjay virus, and it's host, and it virtual chaos, as a ship full of "reifs" attempt to re-create the voyage of Sable Keech, the own known reif to successfully come back from the dead.
seems like this would be to busy of a storyline, but asher weaves it together in a style i personally have grown to love.
five stars isn't enough.
Perhaps its greatest merit is that it remains so highly entertaining throughout, in spite of being above average length, with a surprisingly large number of likable characters (my favourite being an AI drone - an idea Asher thanks I.M.Banks for).
This is my first Asher book but definitely not my last.
One of the things that made the skinner so readable was the sheer interesting amount of back story going on and the slow burning style which built up to some truly shocking revelations. However the main driving "interesting" plotline in this book involving Vrell, sniper and a sadistic sea captain is mostly given away having read Orbus on top of this it is put aside. With the more central events involving a bunch or reifications going on a journey in the hopes achieving resurrection in the same vain of sable keech. But this story simply bored in very strong ways therefore dispite the fact that I didn't know how this story was going to turn out I just simply did not care. Therefore - knowing how the main events were going to take place - I put the book down and read Prador moon instead.
So in closing thoughts don't do what I did read the skinner first and then this and then Orbus if you want the proper experience but be warned half the plot of this is dull and that's a big shame.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Engrossing as always. Perhaps a touch "more of the same" following on from the 1st in this series (and it's essential that you read them in sequence), and the minor plot... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Keith Trangmar
Always good. Amazing detail. And long, I hate books that end in a few days when you're just getting started.Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
As usual a good Asher book although a little tedious .
I hope the third book has more mettle as this one left me feeling a bit bored , which says a lot coming from me as I... Read more
Another weird and wonderful tale from the vicious planet of the aptly named Spatterjay from Neal Asher. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Usul
love neil asher's work, hard sf with great story lines. 4 stars because I have enjoyed his other books a little more, but still a great read. recommendedPublished 23 months ago by Mr. J. K. Whitehead