- Hardcover: 512 pages
- Publisher: Tor (20 Aug. 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0230708749
- ISBN-13: 978-0230708747
- Product Dimensions: 16 x 4.2 x 24.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 577,272 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Technician (Polity 4) Hardcover – 20 Aug 2010
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The new standalone novel by Neal Asher featuring two of his favourite Polity creations - the hooder and the gabbleduck --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
It's too long, the characters are childishly simplistic, not a lot of it makes sense, it resorts to hard sci-fi to try and drive the plot but fails monumentally (Greg Egan does it a whole lot better. Much, much better), and it is inhabited by some of the dumbest artificial intelligence personalities you can imagine.
On that point, imagine a scenario: giant dangerous (but unintelligent) beasties densely roaming an area. You are a large, dangerous artificial being equipped with no end of exotic made up technologies like force fields and various weapons that would entertain a teenager for weeks, and in addition you are overwhelmingly intelligent. You are trying to ensure the safety of a few people unlucky enough to be in the midst of it all. Said beasties cannot fly and they cannot burrow. You can move as fast or faster than them. You have endless tricks. You may be able to fly, surely you are able to dig. At the very least you could pick up these people in one of your magical force fields and naff off at speed. What to do? Obviously, you engage them with purely physical strength in what amounts to an arm wrestle.
If you want intelligent AIs, read Iain Banks. You won't find them here.
There's no real moral dilemma either. When it comes down to it Tombs the Proctor, in a position of authority in a very brutal political system, turns out to be a Jolly Nice Chap after all and not in the least fond of hurting anyone. No, too easy.
Anyway, it certainly had enough oddities to make it interesting as a one-off but it's an avalanche of colourful but ill-linked and ill-explained ideas that won't bring me back for any more by this author.
I still strongly recomend it although if you havent had the pleasure of the earlier ones its best to read them in order. I look forward to the next although this time I may well wait for a friends review or a second hard paperback. I hope not as an on form Asher is worth the price of a hardback
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was looking for some gung-ho space opera snd chanced on Neal Asher. Picked the first Cormac novel Gridlinked and am still riding the lovely wave that is Asher's Polity epic. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Tangential
Depth and breadth comparable with Brin, Hamilton. Not quite getting to Banks levels, but not far off.
Sorry, no spoilers - go read the book.
A highly competent book from an author whose works I have started to read extensively. Well worth reading and typical of the complex plots with coherence that Neal Asher... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Discerning viewer
Over the past 6 months I've begun to read the Asher books and I'm hooked in a way I haven't been for years. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Thomas Dowling
Another great book from Neal Asher,not what I expected in terms of plot and story line.Enjoyed it mostly but not one of my favourites. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer