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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Tor; Reprints edition (4 Feb. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330457624
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330457620
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 3.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
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The new standalone novel by Neal Asher featuring two of his favourite Polity creations - the hooder and the gabbleduck

About the Author

Neal Asher was born in Billericay, Essex, and divides his time between here and Crete. His previous full-length novels are Gridlinked, The Skinner, The Line of Polity, Cowl, Brass Man, The Voyage of the Sable Keech, Polity Agent, Hilldiggers, Prador Moon, Line War, Shadow of the Scorpion and Orbus.


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This is one of the better Asher's with a good story line which sort of gets to a conclusion, but leaves plenty of room for more (and of course there is). He does loves his blood and guts but the whole Hooder thing is clever and l have a soft spot for the Gabbleduck (read the short story). As ever Asher wanders off into over elaborate techy 'descriptions' and the odd bit of gratuitous sex. But overall one of his better efforts
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Gripped my attention from the startand found myself getting pissed off when the phone battery had to.be recharged so i could finishthis book(the main reason i use a smart phone Lol
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Neal Asher does it again another absorbing si-fi thriller.I urge you to read all his books
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I read this after finishing Orbus, and while The Technician is the considerably stronger of the two, again, I'm forced to consider that Asher is running out of ideas a bit. The Technician of the title is a specific Masadan "hooder" (see The Line of Polity and The Gabble), and it pretty much wraps up the available storyline fodder for the Aetheter, one of Asher's 3 ancient alien races in his Polity universe. Orbus does something similar for the Jain, and a short story in The Gabble does the same for the Csorians.

Time for a new tack, Neal.
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This review is for readers who are unfamiliar with Neal Asher's work because...let's face it. If you're already a fan of his work, you're not reading this review because you're already reading the book! And when you're done you'll be all disappointed because you now have to wait for the next one.

So for readers who have not read any of Asher's work before, I have to say...Don't buy this book. Wait! What? Sorry, but while this book is great, it's not the book you want to start with. Technically, you can, as it's not *really* a sequel, but the events in this book take place after events in previous books and many characters from previous books are referenced. And more to the point...this book ties together many loose ends, so if you read this book and like it (which you will), you'll want to go back and read his earlier books. And you'll be missing out a lot since this book is somewhat "spoilerific".

So stop here and go read his earlier Polity books. Specifically, the "Cormac" series, starting with Gridlinked. [...]
You won't be sorry.

And when you're done with those (and this book), pick up the "SpatterJay" series. And then his stand-alone's. And then the short story collections. And then re-read them all again, while marveling at the universe he has created. And then wait anxiously and impatiently for his next book.

But when you've become a raving Neal Asher fan, don't blame me because remember...I told you not to buy the book.
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As a big fan of Neal Asher, I was very much looking forward to a new Polity novel. Those familiar with the previous books will find the setting familiar (Masada), and will be interested to find out more about Amistad (the war drone that featured in Shadow of the Scorpion). The book also follows-up matters introduced in previous Polity novels, as well as some of Asher's short stories about the gabbleducks and the fate of the Atheter. However, I did find this particular novel less compelling than some of the earlier Polity novels. The pacing is much slower than we are accustomed to from Asher, and his typical pyrotechnics only appear towards the end. One of the things perhaps missing for me was also Asher's trademark irreverant humour - The Technician is rather sombre is tone, without the comic relief that he usually provides in the form of witty asides or amusing characters (such as Sniper and Thirteen from the Spatterjay novels). This is by no means a bad novel, and will undoubtedly be enjoyed by fans of the Polity universe. However, it's not Asher's best to my mind...
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The Technician can be enjoyed as a standalone novel but you will get more out of it if you read the Cormac novels first. Visiting Masada again for me that have is a bit like coming home and I get to enjoy some of the characters from previous books. The Line of the Polity is the one with most Masada in it.

As usual with Neal's books this one also has an intriguing and well developed back story that tightly fits together with what happened before. I can understand why he went back to Masada. It is such a wonderful quirky place with huge hooder predators that can swallow a man or a minor car and gabbleducks walking around copying human talk but not making any sense; the whole world is wrapped in the mystery of a disappeared alien civilization called the Atheter. On top of this an oppressive theocracy was toppled by rebellion facilitated by the Dragon's destruction of their orbital lasers. Masada is also the homeworld of the Dracomen created when the Dragons crashed on the planet.

Amistad the war drone from Shadow of the Scorpion is back in charge of Atheter research as events set in motion by the Dragon once again threatens humanity. Amistad is one of my favorites. With him we get to follow a bit of personal growth and development, ai style.

I might be the only one but I thought it was hilarious when Blue, the only blue Dracowoman was introduced, I immediately thought; Neal your rascal, you sneaked in a Na'vi on us. The other explanation that came to mind was the blue pill from Matrix in reverse.

The plot centers on Jeremiah Tombs and his journey back to sanity. A theme he also used success with Mr Crane/The Brass Man. Tombs is not the only point of view or main character in this novel but I enjoyed him most because he changes the most.
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