The Line Of Polity
Outlink station Miranda has been destroyed by a nanomycelium, and the very nature of this sabotage suggests that the alien bioconstruct Dragon - a creature as untrustworthy as it is gigantic - is somehow involved. Sent out on a titanic Polity dreadnought, the Occam Razor, agent Cormac must investigate the disaster.
Meanwhile, on the remote planet Masada, the long-term rebe...more
It´s how the old ideas are carved to new forms, how they are mixed, combined and confronted with each other and how much is condensed in this amazing novel.
And the man is funny, probably just Banks, Scalzi, Hamilton, and some authors mix quick laughs with cool, pointy wit and badass comments and deeper humor, build on the perfectly constructed scenes, plotlin ...more
- Gabbleduck quote
(very) Short review
This book (and the Polity series so far) is friggin’ awesome, read it! The end.
(fairly) Long review
The Outlink stations were poised on the surface of the sometimes expanding and sometimes contracting sphere of the Human Polity. They marked the line beyond which AI governance and Polity law no longer applied. Most of this sphere’s border lay in intergalactic space, but on the edge of it facing towards the ...more
First thing I noticed was how deep and detailed the worldbuilding was. I loved the whole mixture of the Theocracy, all the huge amounts of biotech and symbiotes that allowed the benighted locals live on the planet, and the idea that th ...more
Loosen your belt and brace yourself for a big meal from page one - The Line of Polity is supersize-me SF, with a dump-truck bucket of giant-warship fries and an Olympic swimming pool-sized alien-threat coke.
And - like the tastiest burger binge - you can’t help but keep going at it until every last bite is gone. I was up into the small hours with this book - I couldn’t resist one more page, o ...more
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 cre ...more
The prequel to the polity series Prador Moon is my all time favourite action SF, an a ...more
Neal is one of those authors that has really captured the essence of what I enjoy about Sci-Fi / Action Adventure books. Putting fun spins on some of my favorite sci-fi tropes (I don't consider tropes a bad thing by default), while not seeming overly derivative. At this point I'm very invested in the Polity universe, and moving right on to Brass Man. Or should I sleep? Ok, Brass Man to ...more
Have you ever read epic fantasy or sci-fi, where the author sets up many seemingly independent characters and plot-lines that seem to just effortlessly merge and collide towards a final crescendo. This bo ...more
This was my first Asher but not my last, although this a sequal to a others I found it didn't really matter.
Which is why, when finishing this, I thought "3.5" bu ...more
Actually, I’m not that guy. It’s true I didn’t read Gridlinked, and while I’m wishing I had, it’s not because I found The Line of Polity hard to grok. Rather, I enjoyed this book so much I’m thi ...more
The second Cormac book in the series takes us to a whole new level of 'other' entities. As you can see from the description above it is all a tad out there.
Whilst I did enjoy this one, it didn't grip me as much as book one, but I still would say that it was a throughly good read. We didn ...more
Fortunately, it changes up the formula in some decent ways, and manages to improve o ...more
Items I didn't care for: even though this was the protagonists vengeance against Cormac, Cormac really wasn't the main story. ...more
Well, it makes a lot more sense now having read Prador Moon. I like how Asher doesn't talk down to his audience -- you either know what he's talking about or just go along for the ride. When you read them in order, you see a larger story arc emerging as well. Adding a star because things make more sense when you read them in order. ...more
Mentally-challenged, mustache-twirling villains? Check.
Boring two-dimensional characters? Check.
Bloated plot with irrelevant filler material? Check.
Detailed descriptions of 'cool' stuff that serves little purpose outside of being 'cool'? Check.
Worth my time? Nope.
This was my third and last Neal Asher novel. I'd rather read something that doesn't feel like a complete waste of time.
This book is a solid 3.5. Better than 60%, not good enough for 80%.
Not going to win any Pulitzers or Bookers but like the other Asher books I've read it was thoroughly entertaining, action packed escapism. I didn't want to put it down.
This is, so far, the best Polity book I have read. Though it is part of the Agent Cormac series, Cormac himself is not featured as heavily as in the previous two books, but is just one of the main characters.
I feel that this is the first time Asher has a complete grip on his world and world-building as the stories of different characters (some of which we have met in Asher's previous books) converge on the planet Masada, ruled by the vicious Theocracy. The genius separatist scientist me ...more
Funnily enough, I think even Asher realized that cause Cormac is barely in this damn book. He disappears for huge ...more
It's a bit more ...more