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As for the rest, it is a rehashing and recycling of plots he has already used. Asher has got to slow down on the production as he seems to have run out of ideas. The Cormack novels started with fireworks and ended with page flipping wanting to get it over with.
There is I think a finite limit to the number of times I want to read the word "virus" and "mycelium" in my life. So once again we have a misfit band of brothers going up to battle against opponents with godlike powers that border on magic.
I wonder how it's all going to turn out *this* time.
Asher created a very rich world, he owes it to himself to slow down the production and give us something a bit more interesting than this recycled stuff. It's not a bad book, die hard fans will eat it up I'm sure, but it's definitely not as good as what comes before it because it's recycled the structure and plot.
Not that there is anything wrong with the novel per se, but Asher's earlier work was richer and more sophisticated, with a level of introspection and emotional tension that "Orbus" fails to provide. Basically, Asher's Spatterjay cast have become so indestructible that there is little worry as a reader that something untoward might actually happen to them.
In "Orbus", this ability to absorb punishment extends from the familiar humans of novels such as "The Skinner" and "The Voyage of the Sable Keech" to the apparent arch enemy, the Prador. Fair enough, for the Spatterjay virus is known to be virulent and indiscriminate. But eventually these interchangeable "can't be killed" characters make for trivial reading. They don't really suffer much - the Prador protagonist has various arms, eyes and legs pulled off but give him a chapter...or a few pages...and they've grown back again, better than before. Even our eponymous Orbus endures steadily mounting damage with little more than a headache and a massive appetite.
But enough of that. What's "Orbus" all about, anyway?
The basic scenario is pretty simple. Orbus is leaving the planet Spatterjay in order to find himself - bad things have been done to him, and he's done bad things himself, so redemption and personal exploration seem to be at the heart of his motivation. His long-standing sidekick, Iannus Drooble, comes along for the ride because he's Orbus' side-kick and that's what a side-kick does, apparently.Read more ›
Second things second...To truly appreciate the characters, personalities, and Polity infrastructure of Orbus I highly recommend you at least read the two previous Spatterjay novels..."The Skinner" and "The Voyage of the Sable Keach" prior to reading "Orbus". Although the cover jacket for Orbus states this is a Spatterjay novel, it seemed more like a self-contained stand alone novel populated with Spatterjay characters persuing the type of political interests and intrigues usually found in his Ian Cormac ECS Polity Agent storylines.
I am going to quote Budd from Kill Bill to help set the parameters for this review...
"If you're gonna compare a Hanzo sword, you compare it to every other sword ever made...that wasn't made by Hattori Hanzo."
Likewise...this Neal Asher story compared to any other sci-fi space opera novel that wasn't written by Neal Asher would garnish an enthusiastic 5 star rating, but compared to his earlier work it seems to fall just a little short.
What's great about Orbus...
Orbus-an Old Captain...to steal and paraphrase from Jerry Maguire..."You had me at Old Captain", I love these ancient, intelligent, belligerent, interesting, and immensely powerful characters.
Sniper-War Drone...a mechanical version of an Old Captain.Read more ›
My favorite Asher Novel is The Skinner. I would read any book he published although a few, such as Cowl, can be slow going. For those who might like to read Asher for the first time, The Skinner would be a fine rousing start.
Gridlinked would be another good start, though it's early and from the time before he achieved his stride with the Polity series. Gridlinked may have been the first of his novels to be published, though not the first written(?)
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I love the polity. I would make it my home if only it were possible. The writing of Neal Asher satisfies a craving. Like ice cream on hot day. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
It's a great book, but sadly the end of the trilogy. As the name implies, it follows Orbus, with additional viewpoints from other characters. What can I say? It was awesome. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Amazon Customer
Not as good as the other books in the Spatterjay series. The flow was broken up by the intersessions. Also written in 1st person narrator, except when it wasn't. Read morePublished 13 days ago by robert walker
We all should be reading nonfiction books on serious topics. Or at least gritty works of sober social realism that deepen our understanding of the human condition. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Doctor Benway
If you ever wonder if there are aliens out there, then read this and you will pray the answer is no. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Betts Family
The conclusion to this Spatterjay series is full of imaginary twists with a great plot.Published 7 months ago by fredwage
Loved this book a must Read for sci-fi fans. May want to read some previous Asher books.but buy it read it enjoy itPublished 10 months ago by Amazon Customer