The Engineer ReConditioned Hardcover – 3 Feb 2006
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About the Author
Neal Asher lives in Chelmsord, Essex, UK.. This is his second novel.
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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.
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.
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..
So, I suppose, these are not "Good" sci-fi short stories: they take ideas that the the author has already explored in novels, and add some small details..
Good details, though.
They can be a little gruesome in parts but that is the 'verse that his characters live in. Bad things happen to good people (and bad people and people who just happened to be passing by).
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I came to this after reading most of the polity series and found it very interesting how certain recurring Asher themes seemed to have their early life here. Read morePublished 11 months ago by michaelgarnham
Neal Asher is one of my favourite authors alongside Ian Banks and James Corey. Always well written with interesting ideas, believable worlds and charactersPublished 17 months ago by Andrew Scooter Guy
A set of short stories, which might not suit everyone who are looking for a longer read but Neal tells a good story(s). EugenePublished 22 months ago by Eugene Beirne
Neal Asher writes compelling and interesting sci-fi. While this series was compelling, I missed the wit and humour of his other works. A very dark series.Published 23 months ago by starboy is dead