On the cusp of a black hole, the future of the Polity hangs in the balance.
Several forces are now pursuing the rogue AI Penny Royal, and the Brockle is the most dangerous of all. This criminal swarm-robot AI has escaped its confinement and is upgrading itself, becoming ever more powerful in anticipation of a deadly showdown.
Events escalate aboard Factory Station Room 101,...more
I've been steadily raving about Asher's novels more and more because they just keep getting BETTER and BETTER. This Transformation trilogy has got to be my absolute favorite.
Actually, the whole weaving of all these threads from book one to the end was so thoroughly SATISFYING that I may just start raving about it to non-specialized high-tech space-opera fans and just start pulling in normal SF fans to point and say... "Just look at this trilogy, skip ...more
A great finish to a superb trilogy. All the strings and plots that have been setup previously by Penny Royal are all brought together. Alien tech, mad AI's, galactic politics, time travel paradoxes and human players all combine for a great climax. Bravo, Neal Asher.
ZOMG! Neal Asher takes us to the very edge of space and time in the conclusion to his Transformation series. Let me tell you what, I think I need a cardiologist after reading this book! It was nonstop, pulled no punches, took no quarter, and held no prisoners!
This is a thick book, but with all of the many subplots involved, it had to be. If you have read the first two books, then you understand why. When you drop a rider into the Polity universe, ...more
Weiter, weiter ins verderben. Wir müssen leben bis wir sterben. --RammsteinMy first Neal Asher story was Softly Spoke the Gabbleduck (Asimov's August 2005). Then came The Gabble (Asimov's, March 2006). I was fascinated and intrigued by the wonder and mystery of the Gabbleducks and everything about them. I'd been reading science fiction for forty years; so fascinating and intriguing me was no mean feat. Alien Archae ...more
characters and ideas from other books are used is nothing short of amazing. To me this is the best stuff Mr. Asher has put out, read it if you are not adverse to having fun.
This book involved the Weaver and like when he was introduced in The Technician (I tried to do the insert book/author link but it doesn't work for me, maybe it hates the Edge browser. I don't know. Go look it up...that was a fun book) he is super extra duty enigmatic be ...more
This is the conclusion of his recent trilogy, and it certainly delivers in most areas. But there elements in this book that do not do it for me. It is no spoiler to say that most, if not all of this trilogy is all controlled by one, or two very powerful, intelligent entities, and that everything you read IS part of some huge, massive, intricate plan. Because of this it took me out of the story. When you know that every decision that someone take ...more
This book caps the Transformation series, but also rewards readers of ALL the other books. It's even got Old Captains and an Atheter, and passing references to things we first read decades ago.
If we removed all references to hardfields and printer-bots, this book might be 50 pages shorter, but that's the pseudo-science game, and gosh, Asher is a complete master of it. Things that start out as remotely plausible under wh ...more
The hidden puppet is behind everything: Penny Royal, the black AI that dominates the story from the back. It is a hidden force that moves everything into action on its chess board. The problem for me with that (albeit incredibly origional and intriguing) that I could not identify to someone or something that gives stuff purpose and to root for as Asher chose to not have reader- Penny Royal intera ...more
Tossed in between this is the familiar cast- Thorvald Spear, the assassin drone Riss, Trent Sobel, Capta ...more
This is probably the tenth book I've read if his and they are all increasingly good. I honestly couldn't have thought of a better way to end this series, while continuing the story line of the universe he has created.
Neal Asher's recent hardcover release, completing his Tran ...more
Before I begin to analyse and review this novel, I'll mention that I hadn't read much fiction by Neal Asher prior to reading this novel. It took a bit of time for me to get used to the author's complex and well-created Polity universe, because I had to do research about the previous novels and their happenings, but boy, am I glad I took the opportunity to acquaint myself with them, because the Polity universe is simply amazing!
I admit that this reading experi ...more
Following immediately after the events of the showdown at Room 101, Infinity Engine still follows Penny Royal's pawns as it moves towards its end game. While ...more
The strong side of the trilogy is interesting world-building, somewhat unconventional set-up, some suspense and mystery. Unfortunately, by the time I was reading the third book, some things irked me more and more, and I couldn't enjoy it:
1. Strange editing: Author has a peculiar h ...more
Infinity Engine, the final novel of the trilogy, has blown me away. What a story! What a ending! What a rollercoaster ride of twists ...more
Where is failed, for me personally at least, was the unusual complexity. My ageing mind had a hard time keeping up - "mind bending" certainly fits. With so little time to read anyway, this is a very tough bedtime read, with only minimal glimpses of Asher's ...more
I can't get enough of Asher's writing and after stumbling across the Agent Cormac series last year I have devoured every single one of his books, ...more
One big plus was that these momentous events all managed to come to a head without any more of the main characters having to die. In fact, the book manages to tie off virtually al ...more