Sound familiar? Well, yeah, it is. But still! Lots of modern concepts thrown in, from virtual realities, fake-matter pocket universes, and bio-enhanced pheromone-enslaved monstrous race of aliens.
Add elements, mix well, and let the fur fly!
Seriously, I've read much worse and the quality *is* pretty top notch. There's even a few easter eggs for you peeps who want a little poe ...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
The Polity universe is quite interesting: a multitude of worlds inhabited by humans and run by AIs. Some like it, some don’t. This story here follows the first encounter between humans and an alien race, Pradors, resembling crabs. As expected, they are not a friendly one and war ignited between the two.
The accent is put on action; there ...more
That’s what this novel boils down to, and if that isn’t a great pitch for Jerry Bruckheimer/Michael Bay film, I don’t know what is. I expect Neal Asher will be getting a massive advance for Prador Moon, to be filmed as Crab Harbour: Age of Crustacean (IN SPACE, NO-ONE CAN HEAR YOU SCUTTLE.) sometime soon.
Seriously though, while reducing the novel to that simple premise makes it sound well…. Rubbish, this is actually a fun and engaging novel ...more
Normally if I read SF reviews that describe "epic space battles" "lots of action" even "evil aliens" I would immediately avoid it as I tend to HATE action and ...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
"Tom Clancy goes to space"
I think "Prador Moon" is a good example of the so-called new (or modern) space opera (or not so new, at least for the last two decades). However, I think this novel -my first, I don't know for the rest of the series- do not reach in excellence other authors known in this subgenre like the masters Peter F. Hamilton or the missed Iain Banks.
What is about “Prador Moon”? In two sentences: The Polity is an human interstellar empire ruled by artificial intelligenc ...more
on par with The Culture books,you can also catch two ships running after each other there also ,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
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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
While the story is simple and the antagonists unapologetically and irredeemably evil (p ...more
I tried to chalk my dislike of this novel up to the fact that military sci fi isn't really my genre, but that's not it. I don't dislike military sci fi when done well. This book was simply not done well. However, if military sci fi is your genre, you might be able to overlook some of its flaws.
First of all, the book is riddled with typos and quite poorly written. I kept getting pulled out of the story because of the awkwardness of a sentence, or because a passage was rendered incomprehensible on...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
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
My Rating - A big pile of stinking poo/5
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
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
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
Put it this way, this book going to put you off seafood for ...more
Strangely, it reads less silly than it sounds.
A highly enjoyable Sci-Fi story, setting up the rest of the series nicely.
This is not so much a rejection, but just the realization that came to me in the second half of this novel, having completed the Transformation trilogy last year, that this one hits a lot of the same notes with less of the exploration of identity and morality of the later series.
I like the futuristic, outer-space based human/AI setting of the Polity universe. The pacing comes at a fast clip, and there are five or so plots from various points of ...more