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Review: Gridlinked by Neal Asher

Gridlinked by Neal Asher

Blurb:

The runcible buffers on Samarkand have been mysteriously sabotaged, killing many thousands and destroying a terraforming project. Agent Cormac must reach it by ship to begin an investigation. But Cormac has incurred the wrath of a vicious psychopath called Pelter, who is prepared to follow him across the galaxy with a terrifying android in tow.

Despite the sub-zero temperature of Samarkand, Cormac discovers signs of life: they are two ‘dracomen’, alien beasts contrived by an extra-galactic entity calling itself ‘Dragon’, which is a huge creature consisting of four conjoined spheres of flesh each a kilometre in diameter. Caught between the byzantine wiles of the Dragon and the lethal fury of Pelter, Cormac needs to skip very nimbly indeed to rescue the Samarkand project and protect his own life.

Gridlinked is the first sci-fi thriller in Neal Asher’s compelling Agent Cormac series.


This book is a prime example where it’s just not possible for a blurb to sell the book like it was ever intended to do in the first place. In fact, a long synopsis would even be sinful. Agent Cormac thinks whoever came up with these downright nasty ideas should eat a sharp beetle. Sometimes while reading . . . I wanted to tear this book in half. However, great care was taken not even to dog ear this bad boy. I absolutely fell in love with the story of Agent Cormac and the punchy, humorous way the words are laid down on each page. With break neck speed through space with spaceships, atmospheric re-entry and sadistic androids are some of the wettest, pulpy slap-stick environmental constraints of being in the future where things aren’t always as they seem. Your first inclination about why this is, is most definitely wrong, with a tag line of “The Hunter Becomes the Hunted” and things like chameleonware all the way to the neat little lore-type-blurbs at the start of many chapters that explain the human condition in relation to this beautiful, far-out space world.

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Rent Treznor and Holiday Book Haul ’20

RENT TREZNOR FOR A MERE $19.99, but WAIT, THAT’S NOT ALL . . . FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY, YOU GET A *FREE* HORSE ( IN CASE YOU WANT TO GET AWAY FAST ) – YOU CAN PLOT ROCKS ALL DAY, EVERY DAY – NO CATCHES. TOTAL: $19.99 ( DISCLAIMER: THIS THING IS HEAVY ) *NOTE: THIS IS NOT A TAINTED IMAGE.*

Happy Holidays guys and gals and as we inch toward a brand new 2021, I’m elated to share my holiday book haul, which was a very generous offering of physical books and eBooks alike. I’ll be busy for a while with these, gratefully and starting on Asher’s Gridlinked, now. I’ll have ended up with 2 copies of Gridlinked, so I may organize a give away with a couple different books included, soon ( I need to wait for the second one to arrive, first ). Sadly, I don’t always remember where I get these recommendations from, so if you have seen me in your circle and have talked about one of these books, please speak up. Also, beware that this is not a list of books that will get reviewed or not reviewed; it’s a total toss up. But, wait! 😂 That’s not all! There’s four more eBooks at the end, that are not showed in the picture.

A heart-felt thank you to Nana, Grandpa, Uncle Justin, Misty and ol’ St. Nick! 🙂
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Dec. 2020 Book Haul

Welcome to Book Haul post for December 2020, here at SDMcKinley.com. The intention here is to spread good news about . . . you guessed it – books, art, love, peace and tranquility! Many other things besides reading take a place at my table, which means I’m a slow reader and that every book on this list doesn’t always get a review straight away. Don’t ask me what determines that and Don’t even ask me about my eBook Haul 🤣, as these are all physical books.

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Review: The Bosch by Neal Asher

I like this cover. I would have elected for maybe a stroke, especially on the back cover for the white lettering only because it would make it easier to read. Overall, the cover does it’s job well and it does so with bifurcation of light in the form of art. Publication date : April 27, 2020

The Bosch is a short novella of 21,000 words, written after nightmares about a far future biotech world and subsequently leafing through a Hieronymus Bosch art book.

Set in a far future after the Polity of my books has passed into history, The Bosch tells the story of how, when your biotechnology is sufficiently advanced, you can create the monsters others only imagined. When you are the ruler of a world, based on such tech, and have lived for thousands of years, perhaps you have become numb to mere human concerns. But a crime has been committed and restitution must be made, by raising the Bosch.

[Source: NealAsher.co.uk]

The Progenitor has arrived. Man, oh man. Let me start off by saying – If this is anything like the future, equip me with a gamma death ray, caliber 4 miles wide. This novella, titled The Bosch is really something else, let me tell you. I have read some other hard science fiction, namely Neuromancer by William Gibson, but that book didn’t sit too well with me. Thankfully, I didn’t let that fact set the stage in my mind for other works of hard science fiction because this little book knocked my socks off in a special kind of way.