Paperback: 528 pages
Publisher: Tor; New Ed edition (6 Oct 2006)
Category(ies): Science Fiction
OK, I want to do a Flowers For Algernon sort of story
Sounds interesting. Done before, but you have a twist?
Yes, I want it to be a vengeful whale pursuing a sea captain across the oceans.
Didn't Melville do Moby Dick already?
Good point. I'll tell you what, instead of a hundred ton whale, I'll make it a two hundred ton ... whelk.
OK, that's a deeply silly story. It's also not the main story, but a continuing subplot. The main plot is ... well, quite deeply confusing, mainly because much of what happens here is built on previous novels. If you've not read Asher before, this is probably not the best point to start. I hadn't read him, and I was getting the feeling I was reading the third book in a trilogy, there was so much reference to things that had gone before. In the end, I broke, and read
Line of Polityin the middle, which cleared up some of the situation (though far from all). But as you may guess from the fact that I did go and buy other books of his, this one impressed me.
Best read after the earlier novels.