Thorvald Spear's only goal was to get his revenge on the rogue artificial intelligence, Penny Royal. The AI apparently left him to die and killed thousands of his comrades in the process. But things aren't as clear-cut as they seem. Can he truly rely on his own version of events? And has Penny Royal been meddling with his memories and his very identity?
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If this is your first Asher, put it down NOW. Go and read at least six of his others, and definitely #1 of this series.
As I read this I kept picturing Asher working in an biggish room with whiteboards from floor to ceiling. On one wall he lists all the facts he has laid out about each character. On another, he maps where everyone is at the current plot moment. On the third ...more
As is typical in Mr. Asher’s work a broad range of characters from past works, particularly Dark Intelligence, take part in the chaos that unfolds. As the title infers the central plot focuses around AI with seemingly God like abilities finding the original factory it was created in. The mach ...more
Are simply not enough to describe how much I loved this book from Neal Asher. I am a true fan boy of his and War Factory seemed to be written just for me. Who would ever think that an action packed space opera featuring next to no humans would be so identifiable and real. I devoured this one and will read every book that Asher writes.
An excellent follow on in the series and one that closes out some threads while making a whole new quilt along the way. Additionally, I'm not even certain those closed threads will remain that way as death is a mere inconvenience in this universe.
Now the long dark wait till the next one.
I will always read him. Jain-speed Asher.
The ultimate confrontation between these characters, and a new character the AI that created Penny Roy ...more
The dark AI, Penny Royal, appears to be just less obscure, provides more explanations that serve this sequel well. Continued structure of sub-chapters assigned to particular character still works and i liked it. Great story telling with coherent pacing, deep characters, and fantastic tec ...more
This is so far Neal's best book I've read. It's structurally a better book, the narrative races along, the epic space battles are even more epic and all the subplots are equally engaging. It does a great job at keeping you informed about what's going on and occasionally catches up the plot which can ...more
From the publisher:
One seeks judgement, another faces damnation and one man will have his revenge . . .
Thorvald Spear is losing his mi ...more
Although the balanc ...more
Wowzers! What a read! This is the second of three books in the Transformation series. And it picks up about a nanosecond after the first one ends. Or maybe that's a femto second? The pacing is tight, and the plot seems to start at berserk and then go into hyperdrive. We have several subplots, each by a different character, who's have each somehow, been changed by being in contact with Penny Royal. Penny Royal is the galaxy's Most Wanted AI, and for se ...more
Wow! This is a high octane sci-fi thriller!
The story is complicated and convoluted (particularly if you have not read the previous book in this series). The glossary and cast of characters in the front proved to be necessary in getting the basics of the story.
The action is virtually non-stop and at times unsettling, I frequently found myself going back to reread portions to ensure I understood what was happening. This is not a book you take alo ...more
Thankfully War Factory didn't let me down. Now I'm not a fan of the transition between first and third person but it works to highlight the main character I guess. I also kind of would have liked a few more jovial/sarcastic AIs. They're all a little bit psychopathic but that's kind of the point of the book!
So if you like psychopathic AIs then you should read this book. No re ...more
When gods are AI and students are next version man only the likes of Neal Asher can take you out past the edge of crazy and make you like the trip there and back ... I hope there is another book are three to take us even further !!!
Love his world view and the places we get to visit when he writes ... May you write 200.300.400 more great stories with this scope
I love the way Neal Asher is weaving his universe together. I love human / AI / monster-crab hybrids (I mean who doesn't?).
But the writing style is so ADD, so many characters PoV in such short choppy chapters. As soon as I really get into one thread it cuts to the next one.
I found it super hard to focus and took ages to finish it.
I've always enjoyed the Neal Asher Polity novels as cutting edge sci-fi but this trilogy definitely "ups the game". I wish I knew how he thinks this stuff up but it's good enough for me that he does. I eagerly await the next book!