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The Gabble and Other Stories (Polity - stand alone short stories)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  1,059 Ratings  ·  43 Reviews
'What has six arms, a large beak, looks like a pyramid, has more eyes than you'd expect and talks nonsense? If you don't know the answer to that, then 1) you should and 2) you haven't been reading Neal Asher (see point 1)' Jon Courtenay Grimwood In the eight years since his first full-length novel Gridlinked was published by Pan Macmillan, Neal Asher has firmly established ...more
Paperback, 366 pages
Published November 1st 2009 by Tor Books (first published October 21st 2008)
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Mogsy (MMOGC)
3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

The Gabble and Other Stories is a collection of short fiction set in the universe of the Polity series by Neal Asher. I’ve been curious about his books for a long time now, especially since his work has been described as being close to Splatterpunk, a sub-genre often characterized by its depiction of gory graphic violence, fast-paced action, and a tendency to push the boundaries especially in horror-themed sci-fi.

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Mar 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
The stories in this collection:

Softly Spoke the Gabbleduck
Gard and Geronamid
The Sea of Death
Alien Archeology
Acephalous Dreams
Snow in the Desert
The Gabble

First, look at that cover. The gabbleduck in all it magnificence. So cool.

While the ten stories all happen in and around the Polity, they are centered on the more exotic elements of Aher's world. From the mysterious gabbleduck, aliens ensconced in ice to albino immortals, the range and depth of Asher's imagination
Michael Fierce
After separately reading the short story, Snow in the Desert, included within, I picked up this book of short stories by Neal Asher, based in his Polity Universe, and though I do like the cover art of the edition I purchased, I prefer the cover below a bit more.


*Going to be a perfect read for when I swing back into reading Space Opera!
Nov 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Asher nikdy nezklame a ani tenhle výběr není výjimka. Jsou to nápadité povídky plné akce a sympatických oblud, přesně jak jsme u něj zvyklí.
Některé z povídek už jsem sice četl jinde, to ale nebylo na závadu, třeba "Sníh na poušti" jsem si rád připomněl.
Guy Haley
Dec 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ten tales of the Polity from the entertaining Mr Asher.

I love Asher's futuristic hard men, weird monsters and chillingly pragmatic AI. This book serves up a dozen "short" stories set in his Polity universe (we say "short" because some of them scrape novella length). I'd like to grumble, his heroes are similar to one another (all super-tough killers, with the occasional journalist or researcher thrown in) but we just can't. Fact is, Asher's stories do have a fairly narrow range of themes to them,
Ben Bates
I have to state up front that I love Neal Asher books so I knew I would enjoy this. In all honesty there are few others for whom I'd bother reading short story collections. I generally believe that short stories, if they are of any merit, will be developed into novellas and so what you have in a short story collection is ideas that didn't make the cut but where the author didn't quite want to bin them either. Is this the case with the Gabble? Yeah, sort of. Some of the stories here are little mo ...more
I really like Asher's novels and the universe in which they are set, but his short-stories, although set in the same universe (and therefore in theory benefitting from all that background) are somehow unsatisfying. They feel... thin. A recurring problem is insufficient character development, in other cases not enough happens in the plot. I liked the book, but I'm not surprised that he didn't manage to sell his short stories until after his novels were successful.
Jul 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I'm a huge Neal Asher fan girl so its really unfair of me to rate this book, when I pretty much love everything the man writes. I bow to his world building skills and I must say that "The Gabble and Other Stories" just impresses me all the more. There are several stories which hark back to his Spatterjay and Ian Cormac sagas, blending tech, biology, energy weapons and weird science into tales of betrayal, love, revenge and nobility. Truelly for Asher fans, this one is a must!!
Jim Mcclanahan
Oct 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A series of short stories set primarily in the Polity universe, I found them to not only be entertaining, but also informative on several fronts regarding detail of things in his novels which are not clearly spelled out otherwise. Aiding in this are a set of thumbnail blurbs for each tale which provide context. Anyone reading the Cormac tales will love these.
Sep 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mõnusaid lugusid on siin küllaga, aga Polity-huvilistele kohustuslik juba ainuüksi kolme gabbleducki loo pärast (Softly Spoke the Gabbleduck, Alien Archaeology ja The Gabble). Asher kontsentreeritud kujul, väga võimas.
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