Cowl Paperback – 15 Apr 2005
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"Asher has lit up the sky of Science Fiction like a new sun."
"Time travel, ultraviolence, big dinosaurs -- the perfect mind-blasting SF cocktail."
"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.
TEST The latest high-octane galactic adventure from Britain's new master of wide-screen science fiction --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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Asher has sat down, come up with a series of fabulous SF ideas (biological time machines anyone?), thought up two lead characters that you care about - and yes, might even like and then put them up against a truly diabolical baddie. It sounds simple - but so many books don't get these basics right.
Enjoy the rollicking good pace, the superb action and the novel characterisations - Cowl is a fine book that stands apart on shelves filled with derivative bloated monstrosities.
A good read nonetheless but I don't think it's as good as Gridlinked or The Skinner, both of which are absolutely excellent.
The core of the book is the story of two characters in our future who travel back into the distant past. Chronologically they travel a long way but geographically most of the story is set in Essex. You'll probably only appreciate this if you live in East Anglia.
To comment further would risk spoiling the book - buy it and enjoy it. I love reading books a second time and I think this book will get even better when re-read.
Draawing on some of his earlier short stories he takes an alternitive view of humanities future, this time with eugenic ssuper-humans in charge instead of Benevoloant A.I (HAH!) Alot of its setting of it rings true with the modern world, increasingly toltalitarin centeral government, endless taxes, and over reliance on things that aren't really that good for us, and where this may end up.
The characters are abcolutly fantasttic, who needs a super villian when you have Cowl or the Umbrathane who seem to live by a hybrid of Spatan, Dawrinist and Macivellian ideals. There are no good guys, they are all shades of grey, and thats what makes Asher's work so compelling, his characters have depth, they may do good, but that doesn't mean that they are nice people.
This is a great book, so why the 4 stars, well because there isn't a four and a half option, and this nearly scrapes a five but isn't quite there. The ending feels a little bit too rushed but this does leave room for a sequal.
I too just want to see dinosaurs.
Could have been a lot better but still worth a read.
I have no idea how to even start describing 'Cowl'. Most of his novels are set within his 'Polity' universe, but 'Cowl' is that awkward beast that is the stand-alone story. Set on Earth, we first meet Polly, a 22nd century prostitute, whose friend Marjae has recently died. When Marjae's brother Nandru, an ex-military type, turns up blaming Polly for his sister's death, he implants her with an AI device. When she awakes he tells her (in her head, through the device) that some people will turn up looking for her and he will tell her what to do when that happens. Sure enough, within minutes, U-Gov agents, led by a genetically engineered super-assassin called Tack, turn up and demand to know where Nandru has left a particular item. Through the AI device, Nandru gives Polly directions and she leads the agents to a mysterious item that looks something like a thorny vambrace, called a tor. Mayhem ensues (naturally), and she grabs the tor, which immediately (and bloodily) fixes itself to her arm and promptly drags her and the nearby Tack back in time.Read more ›
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Really enjoyed this one. Too late to say much more. Really should be getting some sleep . . . .Published 8 months ago by William
I love Neal Asher's Polity universe and it took me a while to get used to this book. As with all time travel stories you need to keep your head screwed on kid!Published 9 months ago by Anonymous Coward
Not one of Neal's best and whilst I could just about grasp the time travel method, the beast was just plain silly. Read morePublished 21 months ago by S. Harris