- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 1541 KB
- Print Length: 260 pages
- Publisher: Wildside Press (8 Jan. 2014)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00HSR4JUK
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 37 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #112,936 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
|Print List Price:||£10.99|
Save £8.21 (75%)
The Engineer ReConditioned Kindle Edition
|New from||Used from|
Customers who bought this item also bought
Would you like to tell us about a lower price?
What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
My one complaint is that the book is very poorly edited - many typos and even missing words, which surprised me since most of the stories were published earlier. Even the page numbers in the table of contents was screwed up.
But, still, if you enjoy Asher's novels, you will be sure to enjoy these stories. And, unlike the first reviewer, I liked the very short blurbs prefacing each story. It is interesting to get a sense of the person "behind" the author.
These stories aren't quite as good as his more recent novels but any fan of his is really going to enjoy this novella and short stories.
But there is a huge problem with this book, and it has nothing to do with the stories themselves. I've never seen a professionally produced book before with so many amateurish mistakes and this goes far beyond just typos and even characters being called by the wrong names.
Several stories don't appear in the contents list at the front. Small problem you might think, but several of these stories are missing their titles and have been stuck on the end of the previous story as if it was just a new paragraph. This happens once after the story 'The Engineer' and TWICE after the story 'Spatterjay'.
If you can read around these problems there are some enjoyable stories here, but this particular edition is a shoddy mess.
Snairls - 3/5 - Giant aerial snails filled with passengers are being internally observed by a human and its contingent of a hornets Mind. 18 pages
Spatterjay - 2/5 - Too short, unsatisfying prequel to Asher's The Skinner novel. 19 pages
`The Sea Fage' - 4/5 - Ship crew get a nasty surprise aboard and the captain gets the rotten end of the stick. 14 pages
`Paul the Orbonnai' - 3/5 - Pre-sentient alien attracts the Church but the Polity doesn't like bible beaters... or Thrakai thrompers. 19 pages
Proctors - 4/5 - Mysterious Proctors take an unusual interest in human affairs and murder investigation on a colony planet loosely looked over by the Owner. 34 pages
The Owner - 3/5 - Ensemble of humans quest into Forbidden Zone to find answers about the missing Proctors. 39 pages
The Tor-Beast's Prison - 2/5 - Takes place in the Cowl universe, but it too hasty and too muddled to settle well. 13 pages
Tiger Tiger - 3/5 - Owner non-believers take it in their interest to hunt and kill a suspected tiger. 17 pages
The Gurnard - 3/5 - Baptiser and Earther leave on religious rite. 26 pages
Not quite as cerbral as Iain M Banks, not quite as nasty + violent as Richard Morgan, and not quite as politically charged as Ken MacLeod, but if you're fans of either (or more) of those three you should find something here to pique your interest.
There's stories in this collection that touch on all of the major book series he's written and provide some interesting insights and connections. While I'm a big fan of the Owner series the short stories didn't grab me as much as the novels did. They're an interesting hint as to the Owner's future and it also reminded me of the adage of sufficiently advanced technology being indistinguishable from magic.
Overall I enjoyed these stories, not quite as much as the author's novels but they were a fine read.
Would you like to see more reviews about this item?
Most recent customer reviews
Mostly I can't be bothered with short stories; I'm lazy, and want a continuing narrative, with escapism, and characters that I can follow..Read more