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The Line Of Polity by Neal Asher
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Jan 17, 12

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Read from January 15 to 16, 2012

4 Stars

This is a wildly frenetic, imaginative, and non stop pseudo hard science fiction action novel. I confess, that this type of sci fi is a guilty pleasure of mine, and as a result my review will probably be a bit biased.

This is the second Cormac novel, and also the second Neal Asher novel that I have read. It does not quite live up to the level of Gridlinked, as their is much less character development in this one. This book is extremely imaginative, in both the science involved, and the creatures and environment within. Not since I read the cheesy novel Fragment, by Warren Fahy, have I read such a vivid environment with incredible creatures, animals, and monsters, as well as fauna that is equally awesome and deadly. There are far too many really cool made up beasts to mention, but suffice it say that this book almost plays out as a creature feature first, and a science fiction second. I was blown away. 

The really great stuff includes:
Polity hybrids, Dracomen, Golem, and Cyborgs!!! 
Mad scientists, Angry agents, a Deadly Dragon, and a massive Dreadnought!
Explosive non stop action, shoot outs, and space chases!
Political strife, religious madness, and some with a god complex!
A grass plain that I would never want to cross!
And much more...

The stuff that was not so great:
Not nearly enough time with our main hero Cormac.
No further backstory on Cormac.
Too many alternative POV's, actually made it difficult to follow at times.
The book is so incredibly frenetic that you are left feeling strung out and exhausted.
A tad too long!

Well, with the dramatic changes between these first two Asher novels I can safely say that I am now a huge fan.  Asher is not afraid to write big, and it pays off for those of us that are a fan of the genre. I had fun reading this book and look forward to the next.
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Meera Flame Pretty much agree with all you said. It's only my 4th Asher but I too am hooked! More time with Cormac would deffo have been good here. There's a lot of his back story in Shadow of the Scorpion, that's an amazing read!! Totally awesome war drone in it!
I also really loved Jebel "U-cap" Krong, in Prador Moon, what a hero!!!


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