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5.0 out of 5 stars good brain candy, 12 Aug. 2012
This review is from: Zero Point (Owner Trilogy 2) (Hardcover)
I tend to regard Neal Asher as a frequent provider of dense brain candy. His writing and characterisations are technically poor (though much better technician onwards) - however his books are also tremendously fun - not good for you just nice and fun. I just devour them. I typically manage to finish one of his books in a day (and that includes work!) - this does involve being very antisocial for 24 hours and losing a bit of sleep!

Zero point carries on from the fantastically nihilistic first book in this series. Every terrible possible manifestation of centralised socialism and totalitarianism is carried onto the most extreme extent - and then some. What makes this so entertaining is the way in which you can see apply the prinicples behind these attrocities every day from the the way in which little hitlers are born and raised in meaningless beurocracies to the dumbing down of education systems.

It is still a little hard to identify with Alan Saul - there is very little to like about him other than his ability to 'kill the bad guys'. Of more interest in the novel is the slippery slide into insanity from the new rulers of earth and the ongoing martian plot. Newer characters on argus station have the potential to develop into something really quite cool in the third novel.

if you are expecting something substantial in the genre of scifi e.g. early (phlebus aside) iain m banks then you will be disapointed

However if what you want is trashy fun scifi then you can't get better than this.
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Initial post: 26 Aug 2012 19:47:59 BDT
Dave James says:
I would have thought that someone who rates a writer's skills as 'poor' and 'trashy' should at least have good writing skills themselves (and know how to use a spellchecker)!

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Sep 2012 16:54:41 BDT
dear dave,
if you have a techincal point to make about the book under discussion then make it.
best wishes

p.s. i've left some spelling mistakes for you to spot - as you seem to have lots of time on your hands.
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