Prador Moon (Polity Universe (chronological order) #1)
The Polity Collective, which benignly rules numerous star systems, has come up against a chilling opponent. The crablike Prador are bloodthirsty aliens bent on crushing the Polity and stealing its runcible technology . . . and they possess a frightening superiority in space warfare. Two wild-card humans, a vengeance-driven soldier and a runcible technician, must now combi...more
Neal Asher makes Alastair Reynolds look like soft science fiction, and Vernor Vinge look like fantasy.
I picked up this book after hearing that a) Neal Asher was a lot like Alastair Reynolds, and b) that this particular book was a good place to start his Polity series. And, I will admit, the plot sounded just ridiculous enough to be a good summer read: humans finally meet their first non-human sentient species, only to be appalled to find that they're ginormous carnivorous crab-like cr ...more
I am a huge Neal Asher fan and absolutely loved the Spatterjay series. I have read several other novels of his and decided to go back to the beginning. Wow, it really paid off being well versed in world of the Polity. I loved this book and could not put it from down. This is an action novel and a thriller about alien contact. It works as a state to the massive world of the Polity and the Prador. Jebel U-Cap Krong is one serious bad ass dude that I loved.
What a fun read and amazing start ...more
In internal chronological order this is the first book in a series of Neal Asher's Polity stories. Some of the books are stand alone novels while others are part of a story arc. I don't think he intended this book to be an introduction to his world but it is where I started. Story wise it has the format of a d ...more
While the story is simple and the antagonists unapologetically and irredeemably evil (p ...more
The novel describes the beginning of the war between the Polity (human/AI union) and crab-like Prador. While they do not possess artificial intelligence, they achieved the technological advancement on their own and it is uniquely suitable for war. ...more
on par with The Culture books,you can also catch two ships running after each other also there ,and now that i thought about ,there is also people who rebel against the AI machines as a main theme in the story (Ha 4 alsos that must be a record )
and i have read recently an article about how the brain works ,and it sends all the mind augmentation theories to the shitter
and most of the science here is super pretenti ...more
Put it this way, this book going to put you off seafood for ...more
The cast is large and diffused enough (as the narrative jumps to their points of view) to get the reader fully engaged but keep the energy up.
Interesting subplot about human society bei ...more
Sure theres not much character development, sure the whole thing seems a bit disorganized, the end is fulfilling and it lapses into techno babble BUT its enjoyable.
Theres a profound sense of childish joy and reading about giant murderous well armed crabs tearing across human world.
Somehow super camp badguys, space battles and crab death matches make up for th ...more
Forming the backdrop to the majority of Asher’s books, the Polity is a vast human empire run by (mostly) beneficent Artificial Intelligences. It is the home of luxury, tolerance and generally fulfilling lives for its billions of citizens. In a galaxy studded with the archeological remains of long-dead races, there’s been no contact with an extant space-faring civilisation. Until now.
Prador Moon details the ...more
If you're looking for deep character arcs with people staring at their navels and coming to a realization of their inner motivation or something - this ain't the place. This is pure, rip roaring, hold onto your pan ...more
I've already read Gridlinked, Line of the Polity, Brass Man, and Polity Agent, which are in the Agent Cormac series. Polity comes before those in a loose timeline.
This book starts off gripping, becomes thoroughly engaging, and is a lot like a twisty windy covered water slide: you know you're going somewhere fast, it's intense, and will end with a big Splash!
For starters, the Prador were some of the creepiest, nastiest aliens I have ...more
Several other reviewers has complained that this book might not be as good as Neal Asher is supposed to be. And having read it, I think I can see that: there is capacity here, there's good pacing, and interesting characters. However, there's also a shallowness in the story, the worl ...more
In the future humans no longer control their universe, that pesky bit of work has been taken over by AI's and while many seem content to work and live well under AI hegemony some do not. But in all the centuries that humans have expanded to the stars they had not met another spacefaring species until they met the Prador but the Prador have been elusi ...more
It's basically a piece of pulp science fiction, it reads like a novelisation of a 50s B movie. It's a hackneyed plot of bug like, flesh eating aliens attacking humanity and the subsequent war between them. There's a brief side plot of a separatist (humanity is now ruled by Artificial I ...more
This book was at times very interesting, and but at most times, it was dis-jointed and never felt that had any focus. Solid writing, and some very good characters. Despite being very short, the book never felt that it had any focus. The intial story of the attack by the Pardor is interesting, and I quite liked it, but after that attack, we are move ...more