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Gridlinked By Neal Asher,

  • Title: Gridlinked
  • Author: Neal Asher
  • ISBN: 9780330512541
  • Page: 208
  • Format: Paperback
  • Gridlinked is the talented Neal Asher s first full length SF novel, an accomplished rapid action thriller crammed with high technology, obsessed characters, and the glittering boys toys of advanced weaponry Cormac is a legendary Earth Central Security agent, the James Bond of a wealthy future where runcible transmitters allow interstellar travel in an eye blink UnforGridlinked is the talented Neal Asher s first full length SF novel, an accomplished rapid action thriller crammed with high technology, obsessed characters, and the glittering boys toys of advanced weaponry Cormac is a legendary Earth Central Security agent, the James Bond of a wealthy future where runcible transmitters allow interstellar travel in an eye blink Unfortunately Cormac is nearly burnt out, gridlinked to the AI net so long that his humanity has drained away He has to take the cold turkey cure and shake his addiction to instant online access, even while investigating the unique runcible disaster that s wiped out the entire human colony on planet Samarkand in a 30 megaton explosion Hot on Cormac s heels is vengeful terrorist Pelter, backed up by his unstoppable, psychotic android killer Mr Crane and a goon squad of mercenaries Other trouble has been brewing since 27 years earlier, when Cormac was humanity s ambassador to a vast, incomprehensible alien that called itself Dragon Deep beneath Samarkand s surface there are buried mysteries, fiercely guarded And is it true that Cormac s enigmatic boss is an immortal who s lived half a millennium and was born in the 20th century Asher s galaxy is full of colour and sleaze, and his story rattles along at speed There are surprises, double crosses, elaborate lies to be seen through, astonishing escapes from certain death, and last minute reversals Though the ultimate fates of the lesser villains seem mildly anticlimactic, the true bad guy is dealt with in spectacular style Sequels are hinted Fast moving, edge of the seat entertainment David Langford
    Gridlinked Gridlinked is the talented Neal Asher s first full length SF novel an accomplished rapid action thriller crammed with high technology obsessed characters and the glittering boys toys of advanced we

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    1. Taking a break from fantasy romance mystery, i picked this book up because my brother recommended it And it was TOTALLY worth it If you read a lot of my reviews you know I adore Iain Banks work, and this book felt like a cousin of his work Basically we re dealing with a deep future society depended on vast machines, and an overarching mystery of a sabateur, a James Bond like main character, and a side plot of a psychopath s ruthless need for revenge at any cost I dunno how to describe it much , [...]

    2. Oh dear For pure reading experience this probably deserves a one star, or even negative stars.The world building is great, absolutely fascinating and if some of the concepts are not entirely new, well they are certainly freshly presented The book would probably be improved by knocking 200 pages off it because I have no idea why it takes up 522 when it hurts to read than a page or two at a time The characters unfortunately are about as engaging as cold black coffee Instant coffee Inscrutable anc [...]

    3. This book is just bad Let s list some things Interstellar dragon that acts as histrionic and pathetic as a chubby junior high goth kid Check.Amateurish attempts at creating false tension by using the word as as in he moved slowly as he pulled out his gun my quote, not from the book All over the place.Use of the word suddenly You betcha.Horrendously awkward sexual encounters Of course.Seemingly random motivations and wild mood swings amongst the protagonist and antagonist Don t get me started.Ter [...]

    4. 5.0 stars Excellent debut novel and a terrific read Never boring, great characters and even better world building Will definitely read from this author Recommended

    5. 4 StarsMy first Neal Asher novel and it did not let me down I have had his series on my to read list for far too long.Sprawling, creative, dark, and dirty space opera Artificial Intelligence run the Polity universe, a place like ours in the near future There is plenty of creative science in here and Asher often spends time detailing his creations Political wars, common enemies, and god like monsters to fear Cormac is a good lead protagonist, a high tech 007, who is not afraid to do things his wa [...]

    6. Well well well Hello Neal Asher a new author well new for me who has me completely engrossed in SciFi again Reading Asher is like reading a story written by Alistair Reynolds and China Mieville There is your high tech scifi and weird augmentation bits I think what i like about Asher is he seems to have the best bits of Reynolds and Mieville, great believable advanced technologies with wonderfully descriptive monsters, body improvements and world building.This story I think is around book three i [...]

    7. Perfectly serviceable mystery space op sci fantasy Not up there with Banks or Bear or Watts at their best but if you re after a book where an FTL culture still allegedly lives in a pre scarcity economy and follows an action lit plot line you could do far worse.Two criticisms I ve had to pick out, if only because of the extreme strange ness, though SPOILERS1 Asher didn t seem to realise that our favourite characters were The Baddest Baddies Pelter and Mr Crane in fact, the series titular characte [...]

    8. This was the 3rd Neal Asher book I read The consensus among fans seems to be to start with the prequel Prador Moon and I agree 100% Prador Moon was a tight, focused, non stop thrill ride Gridlinked kind of ambled here and there and I found it a little hard to get into or care about.Even while I was reading it I had a hard time retaining what I had read Several times I would be reading about a minor character and wonder who is this person and why am I supposed to care about them again Then a Chap [...]

    9. 3 5 5 Space opera entretenida, para pasar un buen rato con los ingredientes t picos del subg nero, pero no esper is que os deje poso.dreamsofelvex 201

    10. I ve been trying lately to pin down, in some quantifiable way, how I read books When I first started my blog I started giving everything a rating It didn t make sense after awhile so I abandoned it I decided that my reviews have to stand on their own So I ve been trying to find a way to describe why some books fill me with pure hatred and others with pure glee For instance I don t know why I love Robert Jordan s books but read Dan Brown with the kind of loathing that is actually joy at all the h [...]

    11. I was expecting to read a cross between the grittiness of Neuromancer and the epic storyline of Dune I can only assume that s what Neal Asher was going for by writing us a cyberpunk plot full of cheap death and shady characters set in a pan galactic universe where faster than light travel is a trivial matter Unfortunately, the story is terribly rushed Where Neuromancer and Dune are full of details that add life to those stories Gridlinked glosses over anything that isn t gore or action Both main [...]

    12. About 85% done according to Kindle a brawny, masculine book about an insensitive super agent The story is about action than sense or motivations Characters are introduced and killed without compassion A cold book that reminds me of action movies such as Mission Impossible or Captain America, where the entertainment is in the blasting, furious activity, tantalizing the eyes but light on the humanity and eminently forgettable I realize that Asher wrote many books in the same universe and maybe th [...]

    13. The first full book from Asher I ve read here Published quite a while back now, it seems to have set the standard for a few of his novels and his style Quite a long and good sized book, not space opera but features things like various planets, spaceships, AI and alien species Like an action adventure sci fi movie, it moves along steady, never really slowing down too often Good interesting lead character and others around him If this is your kind of sci fi thing, it probably will not let you down [...]

    14. This book is a fantastic melange between intelligent plot, great action, interesting characters and some very profound questions.

    15. First of all, a big shout out to Ellen, the owner of Colophon Books in Ithaca, NY, who recommended Neal Asher to me when I was in her shop earlier this year You can check out the shop s website at colophonbooks Gridlinked starts out with a bang and I really enjoyed it from the outset However, I got really bogged down in the middle section of the book and it took me forever to finish I finally finished it while traveling over the course of the last couple of weeks and remembered what I liked abou [...]

    16. In the prequel to the series, it had been determined that Cormac has an autism spectrum disorder which could be seen in his extreme focus on the knowledge and lack of social skills Imagine a man like that connected for 30 years to the AI grid When his performance on the field as an ECS agent starts to suffer because of the lack of empathy and recognition of human emotions, he was given an ultimatum get off from the grid or resign Disconnected from the grid, Cormac has to investigate a potential [...]

    17. Yet another of the cadre of great British science fiction writers which, I maintain, is where all the best new sci fi is coming from these days.This is a spy story The protagonist is James Bond ish, but with a critical weakness he s been hooked into the AI net for so long that he s lost his connection with his fellow humans So, the AIs cut him off and he s now forced to do his job which involves thwarting the plans of an enigmatic alien without his usual advantage Kind of an interesting twist an [...]

    18. I found this pretty disappointing The world didn t make much sense to me, which I think is a pretty bad failure for SF Why are these people squabbling over petty change when they have energy surpluses large enough to quickly terraform ice planets Why do the AIs let humans make the important choices If linking human and AI minds leads to such amazing advances, why has it only been done once If the main character s antique weapon is so powerful, why doesn t everyone use things like that Overlookin [...]

    19. I enjoyed this book and would normally have given it 5 stars There is something of Peter Hamilton s Commonwealth Saga in this book in that Asher presents us with a well formed and thought out human society, The Polity, in which his stories unfold I like science fiction in which there is a sense of a larger world than just the what the main characters are directly experiencing I think I will read the next book in the Cormac series just to see how this universe gets expanded upon in the subsequent [...]

    20. I ll get it out in the open, I m a giant Neal Asher fan Right now, I can t find another author who writes entertaining stories.I read DARK INTELLIGENCE a few weeks ago, maybe a couple months ago, and when I finished that book I was at a loss for words It checked every box on my non existent Things that make a science fiction book great checklist I stayed away from Neal s books for a little bit after I finished DARK INTELLIGENCE If the book is so great that I could not nitpick even the smallest [...]

    21. f you are looking for creative, colorful, violent, and frightening science fiction novels, then pick up a Neal Asher In the past few years I read Cowl and the Skinner, and I just read his first, Gridlinked His books are set in the shared Polity universe, generally set a few hundred years from today where human society is ruled by AIs, connected via instantaneous travel and beset by enemies like the crablike Prador and the human Separatists Holding back these terrors is Earth Central Security and [...]

    22. This was essentially a great read, with the rushing about space good guys bad guys with some complexity a bit of romance the need to save, if not humanity, at least a good portion of it high tech, and Asher has quite the imagination, and I think his handling of linking augmentation is better than most In terms of character, he s got some of the usual usual suspects for scifi and some exceptionally wonderful characters So why only 3 stars At times Asher gets too caught up in detail, losing the s [...]

    23. Another recent author I ve been meaning to try for a while Well, I ve read a short story or two but this is the first novel This, apparently, is an introduction to the world of Ian Cormac, a legendary ECS agent on the side of law enforcement He s had his brain hooked up to the information grid gridlinked for so long that he s losing his edge and now he s expected to carry out his next mission without it in an attempt to restore his humanity But there is to it than meets the eye and it s not hel [...]

    24. The positive side of Gridlinked revolves around the author s ability to create interesting characters, set forth a compelling conflict among those characters and describe the action using descriptions of biology and technology that are almost sufficiently detailed to qualify as Hard SF However, in the end, Asher writes Space Operas Which is fine because that s what I like.On the negative side, for this novel, the author seems to intoduce a few too many elements and perhaps characters into the mi [...]

    25. This book was absolute dogcrap The kind of book you need to read sometimes just to remind you how god awful some of the books out there are I love sci fi, but I forget how much futuristic crap there is out there Seriously, just because your main character talks in a gravelly voice all the time doesn t mean your book is gritty One of the important secondary characters is an immortal Japanese guy who picks up a Southern drawl half way through These are only some of the many, many problems with th [...]

    26. A most excellent book A faced paced science fiction book as science fiction should be written in my opinion A bit space opera, a bit interstellar intrigue, a bit cyberware The kind of book I like to read This is the first book with Ian Cormac, agent extroidinaire I believe there are now 5 books in the series There is much I wish to discuss about this book, but don t want to give anything away Go read the book Nuff said.

    27. There were only 2 to my mind interesting things about this book the character of Dragon and the story of how Cormac deals with being cut off from his gridlink The rest of the merc tech weapon pr0n really seemed boring and excessive Even though this was Asher s first novel, I don t think I would suggest this book to others As always, YMMV.

    28. 6 10From the now distant 2001 that brought his first novel to the public, and pushed his writing career to another level, Neal Asher although he hasn t received the same recognition as other, renown SF writers has managed up to this day to build a huge universe through his works and still continues strong.And in Gridlinked, the first book of the series with Agent Ian Cormac, Asher puts the foundations of the universe of Polity, taking us deep into a hard, cyberpunk story that does not hesitate [...]

    29. Abandoned because of ContentI was really enjoying this one, so you can imagine my disappointment when the author decided to include a little too much detail for certain scenes between characters when such details are better kept private A story can have characters getting together, but I don t need to know the deets This is something I can do without in books that I read There was also a good amount of bad language in the book as well So if that s something else you don t want, then you have bee [...]

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