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nealasher
Posted on Wednesday, March 30, 2005 - 01:58 am:   

Brass Man review here at Crowsnest: http://www.sfcrowsnest.co.uk/articles/books/2005/nz7728.php
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nealasher
Posted on Thursday, March 31, 2005 - 06:14 am:   

btw, its out from Macmillan on April 15th.
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nealasher
Posted on Sunday, April 03, 2005 - 10:02 am:   

Another here: http://sfrevu.com/Review-id.php?id=2693
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JKS
Posted on Tuesday, July 05, 2005 - 01:52 pm:   

Hi Neal,

Nice review of Brass Man in the new Locus (July 05), but do you really have:

"A fascination with voracity, enslavement, internal subversion, involuntary and deliberate transformation, natural selection, and struggles for liberation"? (*Whew*, must've missed those first time round).

In any case, I agree with the concluding sentiments:

"I'll gladly buy a ticket for the next roller-coaster ride/grand Guignol/bug-hunt and worry about the politics later".

Me too!

best,

Jonathan K. Stephens
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nealasher
Posted on Wednesday, July 06, 2005 - 12:43 am:   

Thanks, Jonathan.
All of those things I am apparently fascinated with are forms of conflict and, as John Braine said in his book 'Writing a Novel', which I read many many years ago, "You need conflict on every page." Of course I thought conflict meant exploding spaceships, flesh-eating monsters and nasty buggers with large guns. Hur hur.
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nealasher
Posted on Wednesday, July 27, 2005 - 02:55 am:   

A picture of the new mass-market paperback cover of Brass Man is now available on my website http://freespace.virgin.net/n.asher under ‘Books’. I’ve also put up the cover of Year’s Best SF 10 which includes my short story Strood – previously published in Asimov’s. It can be found under ‘Anthologies’.
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Neal Asher
Posted on Monday, April 10, 2006 - 12:51 am:   

Here's some more reviews of Brass Man: http://www.greenmanreview.com/book/book_asher_brassman.html http://www.sfsite.com/09b/bm208.htm http://trashotron.com/agony/reviews/2005/asher-brass_man.htm http://www.sunpig.com/reviews/quick/archives/001604.html http://www.infinityplus.co.uk/nonfiction/brassman.htm http://www.zone-sf.com/wordworks/brassman.html
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Neal Asher
Posted on Friday, December 01, 2006 - 09:59 am:   

News from the front:

"I'm delighted to inform you about the Polaris' offer Brass Man. This will be a 4 year licence. Polaris intend to publish within 12 months."

I like getting stuff published in Czechoslovakia ... The Skinner won the Salamander Award there and Gridlinked was shortlisted for it the following year. They're publishing The Line of Polity next, so are following through with the order of the Cormac books.
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Charles Kent
Posted on Thursday, March 29, 2007 - 02:49 pm:   

Hi Neal,

I'm currently half way through reading Brass Man, and tonight whilst I was watching a film from my remastered Basil Rathbone, Sherlock Holmes collection on DVD. I was struck by the remarkable similarity of Mr Crane and the character The Creeper from the film "Sherlock Holmes and The Pearl of Death".

Is that just a coincidence or was The Creeper a source of inspiration for Mr Crane?
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Neal Asher
Posted on Tuesday, April 03, 2007 - 09:41 am:   

I have to say I've never heard of The Creeper. I'd say the inspiration for Mr Crane is part terminator, part 'man with no name' and part spooky Stephen-King -like scarecrow. I dunno, something like a shady character of a 40s street corner in a long coat and trilby, only, when you lift that trilby what lies underneath isn't human. He comes from somewhere deep down in my twisted mind.
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Charles
Posted on Friday, April 06, 2007 - 11:36 am:   

Well I'll be honest I'd never heard of The Creeper either until I saw the film the other night. But the resemblance between Mr Crane and The Creeper was so uncanny that I just had to ask if there was any influence there.

I can recommend getting the "Sherlock Holmes - The Definitive Collection (Digitally Remastered" DVD box set which contains all the Basil Rathbone films. The restoration job on them is superb and they're great films to relax to; just dim the lights and sit back with a nice mug of cocoa.

If Mr Crane comes from deep down in your twisted mind then Skellor must be scraped off the bottom some where because he really is one helluva nasty bugger. ;)

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