Book Review: Line of Polity

I know its been a while since I’ve posted a review, and I feel just awful about it. Even worse (in my opinion) is that not only is not even a review for Fantasy Book Addict, its not even a fantasy book or a upcoming book.


As you no doubt have gathered, I’ve been under the gun a lot the last few months. Next weekend is Easter, followed by April Fools – just about the busiest day of the year a little monkey driven shop like ThinkGeek experiences (in terms of traffic, at least). As you can imagine, that makes my job tough, and things like reading (this, it turns out, is the only book I’ve successfully read in March), writing, blogging, or just being plain sociable have gone out the window until its over.

But you opened this page for a book review, not for me to prattle on. Enjoy, get the books, then hit @nealasher over the head with a pulse cannon and tell him you enjoyed it.

The Line Of PolityThe Line Of Polity by Neal Asher

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

There is a certain ineffable quality to Neal Asher’s books. They are first and formost high tech, far future adventure stories. The rare scenes of an idyllic worldscape are usually shattered in moments by explosions, nanomanipulating alien technology, or the occasional AI trying to make the world a safer place. Line of Polity carries that burden well. Following shortly after the events of Gridlinked, Line of Polity continues to follow Ian Cormac, along with a small cast of characters working with and against him. Outlink station Miranda has been destroyed in a way that hints at Dragon, and if anyone is going to go after something related to the moonsized alien, it’s Ian Cormac. Asher writes an action packed story well, and this book is no exception. There is a point about 3/4 of the way through that the action began to feel repetitive, but the last 1/4 of the book elevates the crescendo – and the stakes – bringing the book to a most satisfactory conclusion (read: couldn’t put the book down for the last 100 pages, really dissapointed it was over).

Beware the gabbleduck, friends.

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