The Line Of Polity

The Line Of Polity

Neal Asher / Feb 28, 2020
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 i
  • Title: The Line Of Polity
  • Author: Neal Asher
  • ISBN: 9780330484350
  • Page: 143
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • 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.
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      • Neal Asher

        I ve been an engineer, barman, skip lorry driver, coalman, boat window manufacturer, contract grass cutter and builder Now I write science fiction books, and am slowly getting over the feeling that someone is going to find me out, and can call myself a writer without wincing and ducking my head As professions go, I prefer this one I don t have to clock in, change my clothes after work, nor scrub sensitive parts of my body with detergent I think I ll hang around.Source blogger profile 139339


    495 Comments

    1. 4 StarsThis 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 creatu [...]


    2. 4.5 stars Neal Asher is so damn good at action based Science Fiction His Polity universe is an interesting take on AI controlled future where things are good enough that there is no real threat of uprising while at the same time people are aware the fate of humanity now rests with machine governance He has familiar and excellent tech, novel weapons but his real strength is alien characters and alien biology.The prequel to the polity series Prador Moon is my all time favourite action SF, an absol [...]


    3. 4.5 stars Excellent sequel to the amazing Gridlinked and the second book in the Ian Cormac series Set in the far future where an extremely advanced group of AIs directs i.e controls most of the thousand worlds colonized by humans known as The Polity Most people are content but there is a large and growing movement of separatists that resent AI control and desire to govern themselves Add to this a mysterious god like alien bio construct known only as Dragon and the remnants of a extremely powerfu [...]


    4. Hi Remember me I m that guy who drops into one of your favourite series without reading the first book, writes a lukewarm review, and then leaves Because why should I have any sense of continuity or context before I go on about how the book was confusing or didn t explain any of its basic concepts 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 thinking I l [...]


    5. 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.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 t learn [...]


    6. I ve got an idea for an Agent Ian Cormac novel Let s introduce some super powerful alien thing millions of years beyond our technology that presents an existential threat to humanity It can putter around for 400 600 pages and then Agent Ian Cormac can view spoiler blow it up hide spoiler.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 book attem [...]


    7. In summary, this book sounds really similar to Gridlinked, the first Ian Cormac book I noticed the blurb for the book after I d already purchased it, and I had this fear that every book would end up being the same deal, with Cormac having to foil Dragon s newest wacky scheme, while an extremist group tries to hunt him down, and it all ending with Dragon howling, I ll get you next time, Cormac Next tiiiiiiime Fortunately, it changes up the formula in some decent ways, and manages to improve on th [...]


    8. This book was a definite improvement upon it s predecessor, but still somehow failed to impress me enough to make it to four stars For some reason, it just felt like a Three Stars even though it was in every way possible better than before well, there you go It is what it is The plot line is much interesting this time around There is no slow introductory period that you have to trudge through to find the good stuff This book takes off from the very word go However, having said that, it still su [...]


    9. 4.5 starsThis 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 melded [...]


    10. 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 an [...]


    11. I greatly enjoyed the first of Neal Asher s Ian Cormac books, and this, the second, is, if anything, an improvement Cormac himself doesn t feature quite so much in this one, although he s still a major presence But we also have a wider cast of supporting characters getting their moment in the spotlight in a plot concerning a religious dictatorship and a madman with access to planet destroying technology It s explicitly military than the first novel, and manages to explore some different aspects [...]


    12. A useful follow to Gridlinked, but two dimensional comic bookish I was pretty impressed with Dark Intelligence, and wanted the Polity backstory, but this just doesn t satisfy I ll probably continue reading , as I do find the universe interesting, and post Iain M Banks, it s quite enjoyable Hopefully, later books will show Asher s growing experience better.


    13. Predictable and cliched plot Check.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.


    14. Not done yet, but Jarvellis being the lady in the epigraphs was a legitimate surprise, and what I actually feel was the best reveal, though that might be because from reading Brass Man I already know that the Elysium will destroy the Occam Razor Maybe it s better that I m not smart enough to predict what s coming, haha Is there a functional difference between a reveal and a twist After finishing, really good overall I felt some of the Eldene religion moments were kind of forced, but the second h [...]


    15. Much better than Gridlinked, this book introduces us to a much convincing evil character, against whom even agent Cormac has little chances As this is just a piece of a bigger puzzle, expect many characters and loose ends to tie up much later on.Overall, the pace is quite good, we get many unexpected twists and some expected and we have quite an interesting backdrop for the overall story.I liked the fact that there was much better character evolution than in Gridlinked and the open ending, whic [...]


    16. I read the first book of this series Gridlinked a long time ago and to be honest didn t warm to it and didn t continue in the series That said it didn t stop me from picking up and really enjoying other Neal Asher novels and it was in the Prador series novel Shadow of the Scorpion that the character of Ian Cormac was introduced, as a prequel backstory to the Polity Agent series That book I really enjoyed and it prompted me to revisit the Agent Cormac series with this book I did enjoy this consid [...]


    17. The Polity series did a great job of attempting to fill the Iain M Banks shaped hole in my ok ul Whatever The point is I read a respectable amount of Sci fi and pretty much each and every Polity book was of a MUCH higher quality than I had gotten used to as a result of a long stretch of disappointing mediocrity that will not be specified in this review.The Agent Cormac stories kind of blend together for me, you could say I marathoned the entire Polity, and I have a crappy memory I do remember th [...]


    18. Cormac heads to Masada where the autocratic regime, The Theocracy is the ruling elite In a separate thread, an ancient technology is discovered and promises to be provide a serious challenge to the Polity in the hands of Skellor.It s great to be back in the Polity Universe, and Asher introduces and explores various interesting future tech, including golems, AI, Polity starships, intelligent weapons The world of Masada is pretty much full of stuff that wants to eat you, not particularly high on m [...]


    19. Much better than the Grindlinked and I liked as much as the Skinner Asher created so rich universe that I always look forward for another action, new crazy worlds, technologies, aliens A in this book was also much better antagonist than in the Grindlinked On the other hand, sometimes stories are stretched and some shortening may improve it Nonetheless, I recommend it.


    20. This one was a bit slower burn for me, and it had many characters and plot threads going that all came together in the end Ian Cormac was there, but not as visible IMHO as in the last bookybe as there were too many other characters to share time with Still it was still a good book, and will be ready to read the next one very soon.


    21. Published 2003 I really shouldn t read the3se out of sequence as the plot lines get complicated enough without trying to ignore book 3 when you re reading book 2 Great Asher Read it but start with book 1 my suggestion.


    22. a really good book, great read It jumped around between characters a bit too much for me, but still a great read.


    23. Militaristic, action ladden science fiction for fans of series like Richard K Morgan s Takeshi Kovacs trilogy or John Scalzi s Old Man s War



    24. Liked the book needed editingAsher continues this fun series A could fun ideas, well executed, but a medium to large part of the story could have been editing out completely and made the story better.An additional problem is the POV transitions.1 LABEL THEM 2 too many transitions, too often make the book less readable.


    25. The Line of Polity is the second novel in Neal Asher s Cormac series, following on from events in Gridlinked I read Gridlinked quite a while back and enjoyed it and I ve also read plenty of other works by Asher that I ve thoroughly enjoyed I picked up the complete series some time ago but, for some reason that eludes me at present, never got around to reading the sequels Well, despite the long gap between reading the first and second I jumped straight in wondering what exactly I d be getting her [...]


    26. This is where Neal Asher comes into his own with regards story telling, alien monsters.Masada, the planet where most of this book is set, is full of weird and wonderful, but deadly alien creatures, and the level of detail is incredible There is an ecology to this planet that feels it could very much be real Gabbleducks If you don t know what a Gabbleduck is, read this book.Also the main story of the Ian Cormac series kicks off from this book onwards We are introduced to much of the Polity, AI s [...]


    27. Asher s style of fast paced action doesn t disappoint, but it s nice to see him evolve in character development Whilst this is only the second book I ve read by this author, i m really growing to love his narrative style and the continuity of his plots Definitely recommended, especially for those who, like me, feel deprived recently of well written space operas Can t wait to move on to book 3 of the Agent cormac series and see how the AI s react to the threat of the Jain menace.


    28. Had to force myself to finish this.Having read the good Polity Agent first, I thought I needed to know the little useful stuff that happened before Wrong This feels like a completely different author The style is clunky, characters uninteresting, plot slow and boring Added next to nothing to the saga.


    29. It seems somewhat strange to review the second book in Asher s James Bond I mean Agent Cormac series, but I have been loaded up with life both goo baseball games, vacations and camping trips and bad work Some of which has been conducive to reading but none of it really worked for reviewing But now that I am back on the road againI should have some opportunity to catch up even if the sequence of my book reviews becomes somewhat Joycian.Agent Cormac is a hard, focused man That much we learn in Gri [...]


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