- 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 (54 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 652,571 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...
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.
Top Customer Reviews
Time for a new tack, Neal.
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Convoluted and turgid to start with but came good in the end.
He really has milked this whole Masada/Atheta theme dry.
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 9 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 11 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 13 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 15 months ago by Amazon Customer