Shadows of the Apt #2
whoo! This was good! The wasp empire rolls over an ant city, allows another ant city to invade Collegium [which beats them off with help of allies right the end], Totho [the halfbreed in love with Cheerwell Maker] turns traitor and joins the empire, lots of fighting, lots of cool exploring the world of humans with insect characteristics without being stodgy, dry or repetitive.
Tchaikovsky can write. Very well. The story just sucked me in and I in no way felt like I was reading 500+ pages. This is what fantasy should be. Engaging, not over the top, telling a large story but not losing sight of individuals while not getting bogged down in meaningless detail, exploring a new world [to the reader] while not being expositional. Highly recommended!!!
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.
Polity: Agent Cormac #5
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
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.
Polity: Agent Cormac #3
Enjoyed this. Jumping back and forth between two time plots was a little jarring, but Asher made it come together ok.
I found it very interesting to find out more about Mr Crane and his past and some of the hints about his future.
Not a letdown in this “Polity” universe.
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Polity: Agent Cormac #2
I find it so ironic that the ancient technology that is destructrive is called Jain technology, after Jainists. Who are preservers of life, even insects, which seems to be completely opposite of what is in the novel.
A violent, fast paced, scary in its implications scifi thriller. I find myself becoming enthralled by this universe Asher has created and am looking forward to exploring it more and more.
Polity: Agent Cormac #1
Well written, and for the avid scifi fan, not hard to follow the “sciences” of the future.
I found the idea of an AI Meritocracy quite fascinating. Some primal part of me still shivers at the though of AI’s being in control and seeing how it works out piqued my interested.
The raw amount of action was welcome. You didn’t find characters waxing philosophical for pages and pages and pages. Maybe a paragraph or two? Quite handle-able. Looking forward to more of this series.