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Slab City Blues

(Slab City Blues #1)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  441 ratings  ·  27 reviews
Welcome to the Slab. A vast orbiting slum where rats grow big and sweat falls in rain. There’s a stranger in town, a stranger with claws and a penchant for killing assassins. Finding him is the job of Inspector Alex McLeod, detective, disfigured war veteran and reluctant widower. Some days are worse than others on the Slab but today is going to be a gem.
Kindle Edition, 28 pages
Published September 8th 2014 (first published April 1st 2011)
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This Anthony Ryan - he gave me the same thrill that I got reading Neuromancer and The Young Ladies Illustrated Primer all those years ago. If Ryan can do with a novella what Gibson and Stephson did with full novels, then this gentleman is one to watch. I am definitely now a fan. In only 7494 words Ryan in his terse, almost abrupt style can not only build an orbiting world, describe people, describe all the layers of a murderer case and solving said case, but he also makes the whole thing credibl ...more
Mar 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books, read-2016
4 Stars

What is not to love in this action packed science fiction novella.

. Amazing author
. Cool space location, a space station called the Slab
. Hybrids of every type thanks to DNA manipulating
. ROUS's that are also Intelligent. Rats of unusual size
. Dark noir like feel to this police story
. Fun

This was a good read.
Apr 23, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Klasična detektivska priča. Ima interesantnih likova pošto je budućnost sa likovima koje su mešali DNK sa živuljkama. Sem toga ništa interesantno.

I suviše kratko da bi i napravio nešto od interesantne postavke. Može se zaobići.
3.5 stars

A short story set on the orbital station - Slab - and one of the Autonomous Orbital States after war with the Downside (Earth). The protagonist is a war veteran Inspector Alex McLeod. His wife, another war veteran, is hooked on a life support system. Trapped in a virtual perfect world and hating his new perfect face, she wants Alex to pull the plug on her.

While there is a case in the story, it was the world building that makes the story great. The intelligent rats, DNA splicing that ma
An interesting short story which is as much mystery as science fiction. Raises moral issues of death and dying in a unique way.

A good read.
well written short story (as of now it is free on the author's website) in keeping with what I came to expect from the author of the awesome Blood Song, but otherwise fairly standard stuff I've seen million times and moreover stuff I am not that excited about so would not have even looked at but for being written by Anthony Ryan ...more
Austin Poulsen
Sep 29, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-if
Very rough. Could have used a few more revisions. Pretty hard to follow.
Jul 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sf
Very impressive how much world building, character development and just plain plot the author managed to cram into one short novella. Good story too.
Could use a wee bit of editing for grammar and typos in places but a good story. I will read more of the Slab City series.
Dec 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a really short and quick read being just under 30 pages. I had a lot of fun reading and found myself somehow invested in this weird world immediately. The main character Alex was awesome and can’t forget about Freak s/he was perfect too.

Honestly, for being as short as it is I didn’t think I would feel all the emotions I felt when reading this. It really makes me look forward to the other Slab City Blues stories and more of Anthony Ryans books.
Joe Lynn
Apr 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don’t know how I missed this book when going through a list of AR’s books but I really enjoyed it. Fantastic entertainment great characters and as always the fight scenes are amazing. Good break from the normal fantasy I read.
Warring  Wings
Oct 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
So much plot, world building and so many characters in such a nice little package! I want to get to know them all a lot better. So I'll definitely be picking up the next novellas of the series! ...more
Jan 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I would have liked if this had been a full length novel, maybe when he’s finished with Vaelin Al Sorna, we’ll get a novel series.
Jul 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
Promising start of the series
L.K. Evans
Nov 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What can I say? I'd be surprised if Mr. Ryan ever wrote a book I didn't like. Why, you might ask? Well, it's because of his characters. If a writer can deliver me an in-depth, inner turmoil, haunted type person, then I'm sold. And McLeod is just that character. After the first page, I was submersed in a different world and didn't leave it for the next 75 pages. The world is crazy with tons of references to stuff that Mr. Ryan explains without the dreaded info dump. It just worked itself into my ...more
This was a really good story for a short. Alas, a short story does not really allow for the depth of intrigue or world building that I would prefer from a tale such as this. Having said that, there is something here, a spark within this world. I would love to see Ryan do a longer novella or full length book set in this world.

Sep 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
Free for a limited time on Amazon's Kindle

This was an interesting short story set on a planet in a futuristic society. I liked Alex (the detective), and the other cast, including Father Bob and Freak. This was completely different from Anthony Ryan's fantasy series, but it was well written and engaging. I'll likely keep going with these!
Dec 01, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
More mystery than sci fi (which is fine, just different from Blood Song, which is a masterpiece). The world was so complex, it was as if it was a real place, I found myself wishing I could see the places and people he described. This would play out well as a TV series. The main character reminded me of an old fashioned private eye, but there was nothing old about this story.
The world building of the short story was amazing. Set in the far distant future after many wars and new cohabitants centered around a Vet detective. While I love the world, I'm not sure of my take on the main character, wasn't enough time for development for me to be sure if I like him or not. ...more
Aaron Advani
Mar 31, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
a good short story that just gets going then ends which is why I gave it 4 stars could have done with being abit longer, will read the next one to see if it keeps the quality level but adds more depth.
A short story prequel to Slab City Blues: A Hymn to Gods Long Dead. Setting reminds me of Katherine Kerr's Polar City Blues with the roughness of 1930's Chicago. Main character is a cop but he has more in common with a 1930's private dective. ...more
Al Britten
Jul 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really fun sci-fi short... The setting reminded me of The Ballad Of Halo Jones and has definitely whetted my appetite for the others in the series.
Kristoffer Jarvis sr.
Great short book. Loved it
Jul 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Neat little read. Awaiting my copy of Blood Song(curse my local bookstore's order speed!), decided to try Slab city and gad I did. Downloaded Slab City Blues immediately after. Four Stars! ...more
Dec 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very noir. A real good read.
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Anthony Ryan was born in Scotland in 1970 but spent much of his adult life living and working in London. After a long career in the British Civil Service he took up writing full time after the success of his first novel Blood Song, Book One of the Raven’s Shadow trilogy. He has a degree in history, and his interests include art, science and the unending quest for the perfect pint of real ale.

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