- By Neal Asher

The Voyage of the Sable Keech

  • Title: The Voyage of the Sable Keech
  • Author: Neal Asher
  • ISBN: 9780330521352
  • Page: 383
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Voyage of the Sable Keech Sable Keech is a walking dead man and the only one to have been resurrected by a nanochanger Did he succeed because he was infected by the Spatterjay virus or because he came late to resurrection in

    Sable Keech is a walking dead man, and the only one to have been resurrected by a nanochanger Did he succeed because he was infected by the Spatterjay virus, or because he came late to resurrection in a tank of seawater Taylor Bloc wants to know the truth and he also wants adulation, power and control.

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    1. Oooh boy, where to start. Having loved the HECK out of The Skinner, I think my expectations for Voyage may have been a bit too high. Let's see.The GoodWe're back on Spatterjay with its tremendous fauna, whose cast includes a 20-metre tall whelk with eyes the size of dinner plates. Whoa. Plus, of course, attendant leeches and the rest of Hooper's carnivorous food chain. Also, hooders. HOODERS! Awesome.The BadWhile in The Skinner, we were introduced to said food chain via a story unfolding alongsi [...]

    2. I gave it four stars not because it's brilliant, but because it's pure Asher. The followup to The Skinner. It's the same story. Not really, but sorta. There are almost all the same major players as last time, strange sea creatures, drones, Prador, etc, etc, etc. A bunch of stuff is happening and everyone has a hidden agenda. As the story unfolds all those agendas are revealed as all events and actions merge to become a great climax. Sounds pretty normal for an Asher book huh? Reads like a movie [...]

    3. The second book set on the world of Spatterjay. The setting manages to combine old style pirates with far future tech and an incredibly dangerous ecology. Asher's writing style is a joy to read and there are some great characters in here (especially the AIs). I also love the little snippets about what the local wildlife is doing (mostly eating each other). A brilliant book by a brilliant author.

    4. Meine Hassliebe mit Neal Asher setzt sich fort. Nach dem originellen Cowl war ich gespannt auf die Fortsetzung zu Skinner, die eine Rückkehr nach Spatterjay bedeutet. Worum geht's?Reifikationen sind Menschen, die gestorben sind und durch Geräte künstlich am Leben gehalten werden. Totes Gewebe bleibt tot, aber der Zerfallungsprozess des restlichen Körpers wird gestoppt. Normale Menschen betrachten sie mit Abscheu, weil sie keine echten, lebendigen Menschen mehr sind. Sable Keech war der erste [...]

    5. 3 Stars Neal Asher is one of my favorite authors and Skinner book one of the Spatterjay series was fantastic. The Voyage of the Sable Keech, book two was simply just OK. Where book one was an original piece of a science fiction horror creature feature, this one is simply just more. I really would have thought that I would enjoy this one more as all the cool creatures, characters, and The Captains are back for another adventure. Instead, The Voyage of the Sable Keech just feels long. It is crazy [...]

    6. Good fun. I just finished a Greg Egan novel and I needed something lighter. Not that this is fluff. Asher has built an intriguing and complex set, filled it with interesting and complex characters, started them going in mostly-credible ways, and figured out some plot complications to nudge the plot along. He may have overdone it a little with the enormous cast of nasty creatures, but I'll credit him for a lot of work in figuring out how they must all interact. The Old Captains are a great idea. [...]

    7. 2.5 starsWhile it had some interesting scenes and, like always, war drones and Old Captains rock, The Voyage of the Sable Keech was mainly mind-blowingly boring. Yes, that is right. It is certainly one of the weaker books in the series. It was as if Asher was so fascinated with Spatterjay world, which he caught so well in the previous book, that he couldn't let it go. When the big part of the book revolves around murderous fish, the main antagonist is a boring, mustache-twirling villain and one [...]

    8. Further awesomeness from Asher. Continues with the adventures of our friends from the Skinner, and adds some good plot twists. Plus a hooder, and a really big whelk. Slightly insane characters and hive minds also come in for a share of the action, and our favorite war drone takes delivery of a new body. Loved it!

    9. Such an amazing imagination - how do you create an entire universe and all the life-forms that evolve in it? Great story and interesting characters - and a great blurring of the lines between alive and not quite The Hive mind didn't quite impress me, but otherwise this series is highly recommended - along with pretty much anything Mr Asher writes.

    10. Not quite as kinetic, horrific, and high-paced as the first book in the series, but good enough to have me buying the third in the series by the time I was half way through it.Plenty of wince-inducing brutality, coated in grim humour, set in one of the most voraciously aggressive ecosystems I've read of. When I finish the third book I'm confident I'll move on to more of Asher's work.

    11. Neal Asher's "The Voyage of Sable Keech" (2006) is the 12th novel in his "Polity Universe" series and the 2nd in his "Spatterjay" sub-series. Even though the book reads very much like the other books in the "Polity" series, I do have a couple of issues that are probably related to "book time" vs "author time." In "Dark Intelligence," Asher brings up a "relationship" between Hooders and Jain technology that should have affected some behavior in this book. "Dark Intelligence," though situated 3 bo [...]

    12. While not nearly as good as The Skinner, still a good book, and a deeper look into the world of Spatterjay. Most rewarding are the unorthodox characters of an abandoned Prador, and probably the best character in the book a giant whelk (sea monster). The passages about the whelk are always interesting following its inner battles between instinctual impulses vs rapid consciousness brought on by the need to learn and seek revenge. One particular sequence would have Japanese tentacle fans squealing [...]

    13. Disclaimer: I haven't finished the book.This book is the sequel to The Skinner, which I really enjoyed. And it has all the same cool stuff as the first book -- sailing ships, a virus that renders people practically immortal, a planet full of lethal wildlife, reanimated dead people, and so forth. The problem is, I got more than a third of the way through this rather thick paperback and there doesn't seem to be anything new yet. It's the same world and mostly the same characters with a few new fac [...]

    14. I loved The Skinner, but this follow-up did not deliver for me. I found the plot disjointed, there was no character I could even vaguely identify with, and the fascinating snippets on the local fauna and flora that informed and guided me through the plot in The Skinner seem formulaic and gratuitous here. I am a seasoned Sci-fi reader, but my suspense of disbelief was rather stretched in this volume. Maybe this is because I have formal training in Zoology and animal genetics - that whole rapid on [...]

    15. Great book, much improved from the first one. The italicized parts are much better than in the previous book, they are now purely details regarding the different native lifeforms on Spatterjay. There is also fewer descriptions of the captains fishing, something that was very irritating in the first book. The story itself was not that exciting, the most exciting thing being the Prador presence and the consequences of that, this is what I want to read about and I hope the 3rd book explains it.

    16. A whopping big fish story in a Sci-fi setting. A page turner.The narrative is a little loose with a sizable list of characters that make for a fun read. I'll have to leave it at that, my Kindle has kicked me back to the book 3 times while I've been typing this review

    17. While not quite as good as The Skinner, it does have its predecessor's sense of relentless forward momentum. Brass Man and The Technician are definitely Asher's best works but the planet of Spatterjay is by far his best creation. It makes the rest of his Polity universe look tame in comparison.

    18. This second in the series was way too scattered (perhaps spattered?)- it was just trying too hard and consequently, the story is all over the place. It should have been more focused. Too many characters, critters, more unbelievable scenarios, too many interactions. It was a headache at times.

    19. Nice book. Was glad to return on Spatterjay and read about it.Neal Asher made great work at describing fauna.

    20. Published 2006. Sequel to "The Skinner" and another rousing complicated adventure from Asher. When he's on a roll he's great.

    21. Neal Asher writes about a post-singularity society driven by AI spanning a galactic empire. He sees no reason why that shouldn't involve zombies, pirate captains and, for some reason, a giant squid.(The stuff from the giant squid's perspective was definitely the highlight)

    22. Crossposted from: linguisticturn.wordpress/2Neal Asher's The Voyage of the Sable Keech raises an important question: how many extremely graphic episodes of giant whelk rape is too many? As the book conclusively demonstrates, the answer is: even one.But, asks Asher -- pursuing this intriguing line of thought -- is it perhaps acceptable to recount a rapacious male whelk "extruding the long, tubular, glassy corkscrew of his penis" and using it to "grop[e] around between her organs" while the female [...]

    23. Neal Asher now has a fairly long catalogue of science fiction thrillers to his name. They are not attempts to examine political or social or philosophical questions or to investigate "the human condition." They are entertainments. This is neither the best nor the worst of them.Asher takes us back to the wet and violent world of Spatterjay, first encountered in Skinner, where a virus with astonishing properties infects every type of animal and confers on them longevity and the ability to survive [...]

    24. The Voyage of the Sable Keech is the sequel to Neal Asher's acclaimed Skinner, set again on the Line planet Spatterjay: a world of many monsters, some of them human. So pull up a stool, matey, pour a mug of seacane rum, and listen to more salty tales of titanic man-eating whelks, leeches the size of sperm-whales, swarms of vicious rhinoworms, glisters and heirodonts.Spatterjay is a hellhole, in the fine old SFnal tradition of Harry Harrison's Deathworld, where life is hard, men are harder, and p [...]

    25. I do not want to do this with my favourite author, but I have too with giving this one star. It is disjointed, with too many plot threads and too many characters. Some plot threads are simply boring, and what could be an interesting slice of life point of view are just dimply people on a boat slowly going nowhere and ultimately achieving nothing. One character in the first book who is a major player and has an awesome backstory is relegated to being chased by a giant whelk. No joke.One or two ch [...]

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