Thursday, December 2, 2010
Line of Polity by Neal Asher
From Goodreads.com: 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. Sent out on a titanic Polity dreadnought, the Occam Razor, agent Cormac must investigate the disaster.
Published October 9th 2009 by Tor Books (first published 2003)
ISBN0330512560 (ISBN13: 9780330512565)
Original title: The Line of Polity. Agent Cormac #2, Polity Universe #4
I enjoyed this selection for several reasons: the story moved right along, with neither a huge amount of description, unnecessary background building, or grandiose space-physics explanations; the characters were predominantly interesting; the chapter beginnings, where a woman was reading to her child, were quite humorous; and the world Masada was a delight to read about.
Items I didn't care for: even though this was the protagonists vengeance against Cormac, Cormac really wasn't the main story. I would liked to have had him a bit more in the forefront. There were at least three story lines happening at the same time - which is good because it keeps things moving - but often the number of people in each story line became a bit confusing. More than once I found myself going, "Now who was so-and-so again? Oh yeah...that person..." By page 600, that becomes a bit annoying. I also struggled a bit with recalling what happened in book one - it's been over a years since I read Gridlinked, and while I thoroughly enjoyed it, again the whole who was who and who did what to whom became a bit of a blur.
I intent to make a point of reading Brass Man sooner rather than later.