- Paperback: 576 pages
- Publisher: Tor; Reprints edition (5 Nov. 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0330521373
- ISBN-13: 978-0330521376
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 3.6 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 49,742 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Brass Man (Agent Cormac) Paperback – 5 Nov 2010
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"Asher does time travel and he does it damn well, taking the reader on a journey that would make one hell of a theme park ride!-"SFRevu.com"
"Time travel, ultraviolence, big dinosaurs -- the perfect mind-blasting SF cocktail."-"SFX" magazine
"Asher has lit up the sky of Science Fiction like a new sun."-Tanith Lee
Asher does time travel and he does it damn well, taking the reader on a journey that would make one hell of a theme park ride! "SFRevu.com"
Time travel, ultraviolence, big dinosaurs -- the perfect mind-blasting SF cocktail. "SFX magazine"
Asher has lit up the sky of Science Fiction like a new sun. "Tanith Lee""
"Asher does time travel and he does it damn well, taking the reader on a journey that would make one hell of a theme park ride!" --SFRevu.com
"Time travel, ultraviolence, big dinosaurs -- the perfect mind-blasting SF cocktail." --SFX magazine
"Asher has lit up the sky of Science Fiction like a new sun." --Tanith Lee--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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There was a lot of digression into stuff that never quite seemed important - the fate of the human colonists - I never really cared that much about them, because they were never really developed as characters. Putting them then in peril didn't really grab me that much.
But some excellent technology, and for the first time he explores the motivations of the various AI denizens of his universe, although the Polity is starting to resemble the Culture quite markedly - not bad thing in some ways, but Banks skirts the border of Deus Ex Machine very closely at times, and not many authors could do that without stepping over the line.
This book is at its best when in the hard science mode - some of the technology ideas are excellent and could be explained even further.
Overall an enjoyable read, but not up to the standard of 'Consider Phlebas', or even Asher's early 'Gridlinked'.
After the events of The Line of Polity and the apparent destruction of Skellor and the deadly Jain technology he discovered and used, Masada and all those that were in contact with the technology are quarantined. Jerusalem, the vast AI starship whose sole job it is to monitor, study and restrict Jain technology, is now involved in the clean up from the fall out, but not all is back to normal. When a salvage ship discovers the bridge of the Occam Razor it's clear that Skellor and the Jain tech were not destroyed, and this one find leads events to Cull, to Dragon, and the resurecction of a dangerous brass Golem known as Mr Crane.
Brass Man is very much the second half of the story started in The Line of Polity, and while this is part of a five book series, tLoP and BM feel like a self-contained duology. This is good as there were some interesting things left over from the previous book that cried out for further development.Read more ›
Keeping the above in mind I think one of the problems that I had with the early part of this novel is the torrent of information I had to absorb. Saying that Asher’s universe is big, does not do it justice it is a masterwork of the imagination - but having to try and come to terms of it was hard going.
This is where not starting at the beginning has an effect. Had I read the first book I am sure everything there would have been a competent lead in to a very well thought out and advanced universe and I would have been able to sail through the books easily. Instead I was thrown in the deep world and had to doggy-paddle as I tried to catch up. Once I had done so though I found myself enjoying the book immensely. Asher has created a universe that is rich in detail and technology that twists the mind with it’s concepts and pure invention. A society ruled my Artificial Intelligences that have as much personality as the humans around them. Humans, if they can be called that, who have the chance to live forever, able to move between bodies, cloned or artificially created things called Golems.
The novel is the home of many characters, but at it’s core there are two characters, Ian Cormac and the titular Brass Man, Mr. Crane.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Another excellent book from Neal Asher ,lots going on and enough to keep you reading.I liked the continuity from his last book but hope that the next story changes to a different... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
I think the 'brass man' is my favourite character ..hat, toys attachments and violence..good mixPublished 14 months ago by Ingrid Salomonsen
I stumbled across Neil Asher's Cormac series and boy am I glad that I did. This is the pick of the bunch so far. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Dan
Love the Polity stories and the ones about agent Cormac in particular, only problem is there aren't enough books in the series! Read morePublished on 3 April 2015 by Eric Whitmore