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Cowl by Neal Asher

Cowl (original 2004; edition 2005)

by Neal Asher

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Authors:Neal Asher
Info:Tor Books (2005), Edition: First Thus, Paperback, 320 pages
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Cowl by Neal Asher (2004)



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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 |
About the most gonzo, space operatic time-travel tale I have ever read. Awesome villains, dark heroes, crazy science. Sort of reminded me of Richard K. Morgan's novel, Altered Carbon, where he takes a killer high-science idea and then drives the story forward at a blistering pace with it, looking at it from a dozen different angles.

The killer idea this time is a unique theory on time travel that involves multiple time streams, quantum paradoxes, probability slopes, and takes place over a time span of hundreds of millions of years, from a post human society to before the Primordial Sea. It can be as confusing as heck at times, but it still feels like it hangs together even when I don't quite understand how.

And hey, it makes for some very trippy fight scenes by the end. ( )
  dgmillo | Jun 2, 2013 |
Interesting story based around time-travel and long exhausting war that spreads millions of years starting from the future backwards - yup you read it well, backwards :)[return][return]Characters are great - maybe not too fleshed out but nevertheless very well portrayed. Main characters seem to be of the Asher's favorite type - good person forced to live at the edge of society and do things that others find awful and distasteful and the brutish merciless one, perfect killing machine bred for war, assassinations and combat who finally discovers himself to be a person - not a robot. Now mix this with the most unexpected sort of time travelers and you are in for a treat.[return][return]Great read. Recommended. ( )
  Zare | Dec 4, 2012 |
The is a bizarre but engaging book, despite its unnecessarily grim dystopian opening, worth a look for its unusual take on time travel. Although the main plot essentially boils down to "hunt the monster", the characters are genuinely interesting, the ideas big and bold, and the subplot twists and turns plentiful. It all makes for an enjoyable read, even if the first 20 pages are more than a little off-putting. ( )
  jerevo | Apr 3, 2011 |
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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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