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Mason's Rats
Mason's Rats
by Neal Asher
Edition: Paperback

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard to Find but very much worth the effort., 11 Jan. 2007
This review is from: Mason's Rats (Paperback)
If you've read anything of Mr. Asher's this particular early work will be very much appreciated, and if not, it remains delightfully charming. The tale breaks down to a farmer of the future, dealing with a rat infestation. sounds simple? not so much, actually. these rat's of the farmer Mason have taken a few steps up the evolutionary latter, and aren't particularly interested in being exterminated. Thus, conflict is introduced. Man against Uber rat, tooth and nail (that's a pun, you'll find out.) how *will* they resolve their issues? oddly, the playing field changes dramatically with the introduction of the great equalizer: booze.

If you can find it, it is simply *not* to be missed. You'll find whilst browsing my other reviews, i am a screaming Asher Fanboy, but despite my love for his incredible space opera type books, and far flung future time traveling tales, Mason's Rats holds a special place for me, and i think you'll find, gentle reader,for you as well.

The Voyage of the Sable Keech (Spatterjay)
The Voyage of the Sable Keech (Spatterjay)
by Neal Asher
Edition: Hardcover

17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Neal just gets better, 17 Mar. 2006
I can't quite lay my finger on what exactly makes Mr. Asher's stuff flow so smoothly, or how he seems to create such a fantastic futuristic but dead real seeming world.
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.
it's art.
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.

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