Blood, guts, Jain tech and Atheters!
Another excellent addition to the Polity Universe.
Shadow of the Scorpion
While I enjoy Asher’s Polity universe, this particular Agent Cormac prequel had enough graphic sexual content that I couldn’t recommend it or truly enjoy it.
Lots of bloody action though.
My least favorite of the Polity novels so far. I just found the whole situation rather boring, to be honest. There wasn’t enough AI humor, or awesome brutality of everything else, to really make me feel like I was reading a good Asher novel.
The first contact/fight between the Polity and the Pradors. Shows the beginnings of the higher end augs/human mix that blur the line between man and machine. Very violent, mainly because of how the prador eat everything.
Not nearly long enough for me. I was hoping for a bit “larger” view of the start of the war. However, this one snapshot filled all my secret needs for ultra-violent’ness. And with HUGE crablike aliens who eat us and each other, man, just what the Dr. ordered.
Very typical Asher, with lots of action, techno dumps and detailed descriptions of horrific things. Not a good book to start the Polity series, but a good fun read part way through.
Polity: Spatterjay #3
I love Asher’s writing. Not a single “human” [as we would think of it] in this book and yet characterization came through loud and clear.
Blood, guts, ichor and science. What a winning combo.
An old captain, a war drone and a Polity ship head to a neutral zone between Polity and the Prador kingdom. The prador from the previous Splatterjay books turns into what the king is, a mutated prador. In the process, it is revealed that the splatterjay virus is actually a form of Jain tech, which emerges and is barely headed off by the King of the Prador, who dies. Closer ties are hinted at between the Pradors and Polity
The Voyage of the Sable Keech
Polity: Spatterjay #2
A good riproaring violent scifi adventure. Where else but the Polity universe do we get robot pteradactyls, sentient wasps, animated corpses, nigh indestructible sailors, giant crablike’ish aliens, supersmart AI’s, sailing boats and lasers?
I couldn’t have asked for a better framework. I think that this novel fits right in with all the other Polity novels by Asher. Not the place to start, but a good continuation.
Polity: Spatterjay #1
Fantastic! I liked this book as much as any of the “Agent Cormac” books by Asher. Action and ideas intertwining and giving the reader the best of both worlds. I found the additional info about the Prador fascinating.
a new storyline dealing with a world called Spatterjay. It has a virus that infects humans and makes them strong, regenerative and nearly immortal. But if they don’t eat Polity foods [ie, human food], they turn into a skinner. A skinner is a creature that kills and destroys. This book was about a polity agent looking for retribution on a gang of Hoopers [what turned humans are called] that participated in the Prador war, on the Prador’s side. Follows the agent, some Hoopers, a Prador and some AI’s as they all come together on Spatterjay and deal with a skinner. I enjoyed this as much, if not more, than the Agent Cormac books.
Polity: Agent Cormac #5
the final book in the Agent Cormac series. Cormac realizes that Earth Central and the other AI’s have allowed the Jain tech to grow so as to spur humanity onward, only they started losing control. Things are brought back under control, but Cormac has become truly post-human and is now the bogeyman to the AI’s. They had better do their best by humanity or Cormac will come and get them. Quite an interesting conclusion and I’m definitely looking forward to reading more in the Polity Universe.
Over prosaic. Too wordy.
But other than that, the over arching plot I found fantastic. Love the idea of Cormac being the bogeyman now. Somebody needs to watch over EC [ie, Skynet] and keep it honest 😉
Polity: Agent Cormac #4
the continuation of the big story about the fight against the Jain artifacts. Find out Blegg IS just a construct of Earth Central but that Cormac might actually BE the first post-human the AI’s are trying to create. Lots of fighting and some stuff with the remaining 2 dragon spheres. Very engaging and plot oriented. Very little character development, but that is ok.
Awesome! The more we see of Jain tech, the worse things get! This is complex, multileveled and just plain cool. Character development is almost nil, but that is ok, but this is a plot driven series and man, does it drive you. Highly recommended.