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Cowl (original 2004; edition 2005)

by Neal Asher

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Title:Cowl
Authors:Neal Asher
Info:Tor Books (2005), Edition: First Thus, Paperback, 320 pages
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I read Cowl some years ago,, closer to its original publication date. I am acquiring copies of all Asher's novels, so decided to reread Cowl when I found a copy in a local bookstore. Somehow, I had confused it with another time travel novel and remembered only bits of it accurately. The other novel (don't ask, I don't remember) was interesting but not as engaging as Asher's work so I was pleasantly surprised to enjoy this "time travel opera" which contains some elements common to Asher's other fiction, and some unique features. A good read. ( )
  nmele | Apr 6, 2017 |
Confusing start and lots of scientific'y talk about time travel and chronal possibility, blah blah blah.

It comes down to lots of fighting and people killing things and each other.

I liked this more than Asher's [b:The Departure. by Neal Asher|10648878|The Departure. by Neal Asher|Neal Asher|http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51wHp8+2KmL._SL75_.jpg|15557835], but not as much as the Polity Universe. ( )
  BookstoogeLT | Dec 10, 2016 |
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  Lunapilot | Jul 19, 2016 |
O tema Viagens no tempo é algo q me fascina e o livro "A Máquina do Tempo" é p mim o exemplo de escrita mais brilhante q alguma vez já existiu sobre este tema.
Infelizmente este livro revelou-se uma desilusão total e absoluta. Uma misturada de explicações científicas sem nexo nenhum com muito pouco interesse sobre a estrutura da história. ( )
  bruc79 | Jul 31, 2015 |
Time travel in a way H G Wells never imagined. A complicated plot with so many shifts of scenes and fight scenes that it got to be uninteresting. ( )
  skraft001 | Mar 30, 2014 |
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Après L’écorcheur, un premier roman prometteur, qui avait soulevé l’intérêt de la critique et du public, la collection Rendez-Vous Ailleurs nous propose un nouveau roman de Neal Asher, écrivain au flegme et à l’humour so british.
Autant le dire tout de suite : l’enthousiasme suscité par la lecture de L’écorcheur ne suffira peut-être pas pour convaincre à nouveau, encore faudrait-il que l’auteur ait gommé toutes les petites faiblesses qui entachaient sa première œuvre.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0765315122, Paperback)

In the far future, the Heliothane Dominion is triumphant in the solar system, after a bitter war with their Umbrathane progenitors. But some of the Umbrathane have escaped into the distant past, where they can position themselves to wreak havoc across time and undo their defeat. The most fanatical of them is the superhuman Cowl, more monstrous than any of the creatures outside his prehistoric redoubt.

Cowl sends his terrifying hyperdimensional pet, the torbeast, hunting through all the timelines for human specimens. It sheds its scales -- each one an organic time machine -- where its master orders. Anyone who picks one up is dragged back to the dawn of time, where Cowl awaits. Then the beast can feed, growing ever larger . . .

In our own near-future, Tack is one of U-gov's programmable killers. When a scale latches onto him, his doom seems inevitable, but the Heliothane have other ideas: they can use Tack against Cowl. Tack is no stranger to violence, but the Heliothane, hardened in their struggle for humanity's very existence, have much to teach him. He will need it all for his encounter with Cowl.

Once one of Tack's targets, Polly escaped with her life when a torbeast scale snatched her. Now, like Tack, she must learn fast as she is dragged back to Day Zero. To cheat death again, she will have to help him save the human race.

With Cowl, Neal Asher, acclaimed author of Gridlinked and The Skinner, has created his most powerful novel yet.

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In the far future, the Heliothane Dominion is triumphant in the solar system, after a bitter war with their Umbrathane progenitors. But some of the enemy have escaped into the past, intent on wreaking havoc across time. The worst of these is Cowl, an artificially forced advance human evolution.… (more)

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