On the primitive world Cull, a knight errant called Anderson hunts a dragon, not knowing that elsewhere is a resurrected brass killing machine, Mr Crane, assisting in a similar hunt. Learning that this old enemy still lives, agent Cormac pursues, while scientist Mika begins discovering the horrifying truth about an ancient alien technology.
Each day is a survival struggle...more
It may not seem that way because we're surrounded by more Ship and World-AIs than we can shake a stick at, Jain mushrooms infecting whole civilizations with super-high-tech hacking monstrosities (that are mycelium), androids, cyborgs, messed-up alien ecologies, and alien BDOs that aren't so dumb.
Where's the character-driven stuff? They're now on a tech-race about to turn all the intelligences in the galaxy into greed-monsters incitin ...more
Neal Asher has, in my opinion, really found that magic combination of tropes for my taste. Being a huge fan of the John Carpenter movie "The Thing", a cybernetic virus version of the same is almost too good to be true. While I'm not 100% positive that's what Neal had in mind when creating the Jain, it's close enough for me to enjoy anyway.
In addition to a ...more
That being said, like always, Asher's imagination is vast and often cheeky - w ...more
I love the pol ...more
Brass Man (Agent Cormac #3) by Neal Asher is an action packed science fiction thriller that really has it all. Asher might arguably be the best writer of action based science fiction. I love his writing, his style, his imagination, and his science. Brass Man is a spectacular continuation of the Cormac series.
I loved it.
From Prador Moon, through the short stories of The Engineer Reconditioned to the Cormac stories in Gridlinked and The Line of Polity Asher keeps up a breakneck pace of action, fantastic technologies and fascinating worlds that has regularly kept me glued to his books into the early hours.
Brass Man is another such late night/early morning read, filled with great action set pieces, diabolical villains and planet-sized starships.
It is however, a litt ...more
Mr. Asher's greatest strength is in creating interesting creatures and technologies, more often than not of a sort to kill humans in many and varied ways. Brass Man and the other Asher books I've read could only be turned in ...more
What I love about these books is that set in a space faring universe, civilization uncovers artifacts from a few different ancient and extremely technological advanced races that myste ...more
He little knows that, far away, another man – though now more technology than human flesh – has resurrected a brass killing machine called ‘Mr Crane’ to assist in a similar hunt, but one that encompasses star systems. When agentt Cormac realizes that this old enemy still lives, he sets out in pursuit aboard the attack ship Jack Ketch.
For the inhabitants of Cull, each day proves a struggle t ...more
Keeping the above in mind I think one of the problems that I had with the early part of this novel is the torrent of information I had to absorb. Saying that Asher’s universe is big, does not do it justice it is a masterwork of the imagination - but having to try and come to terms ...more
As for main characters there is Ian Cormac, the protagonist, and there are three antagonists. One is Skellor, an average man in possession of Jain Technology. Mr. Crane, the broken golem from the first book that is resurrected to help in Skellor’s hunt for ...more
Agent Cormac acquits himself well, as usu ...more
I quit reading somewhere between the mention of a corporation named "Cybercorp" (seriously, Asher? this is your A-game?) and a page-long infodump written in all italics. There was plenty more to hate in between -- the shitty, boring dialogue, the lazily-sketched non-characters, the tell-not-show prose style that went beyond merely ham-fisted and became a reading experience akin to being pummeled to death with a whol ...more
Having finished this, I plowed through 'Agent of Polity' in the next 24 hours (just finished), and while that book was good, it doesn't quite compete with this one. Regardless, both entries are much better than the ...more
All his usual elements are in place, super science, snarky AIs, vast alien intelligence's and a huge dollop of body horror and violence.
Never really getting bogged down in super science the Brass man is a fun and easy read despite its rather vomit inducing subject matter at times.
Except that Skellor, the even more evil human who used the scarily super high-tech alien Jain technology to try and take over Masada from both the Dragon and the Polity, is not, after all dead. And he resurrects Mr Crane. Skellor is like a supervillain with ...more
At the end of Gridlinked I was starting think that the Polity faced a serious threat here, and once the Jain tech got into the hands of Skellor in Line of the Polity, it was pretty clear that this had the potential to be civilisation ending, ...more
I dont think these books have a deep message but they are enjoyable enough to keep reading.
The new element of this book is two new characters: ship AI and Dragon. Both of which are very powerful and very human in their behavior and description.
This book is less about Cormac and Skellor; its more of ensemble affair. Curious where the author w ...more
I didn't care much for Mr. Crane before this book, but after this book, I despise the character. Nothing about him makes any sense. In world with advanced technology why should we care about one little psychopathic robot with some extra armor? When the book tries to explain anything about the character gets dumber. With mr. Crane is turtles all the way down.
And Jain technology is the literally Deus Ex Technology.. It ...more
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