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Prador Moon (Novel of the Polity) Hardcover – Unabridged, 2 Nov 2007

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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Tor (2 Nov. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230531318
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230531314
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 2.2 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 695,118 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Neal Asher lives sometimes in England, sometimes in Crete and mostly at a keyboard. Having over eighteen books published he has been accused of overproduction (despite spending far too much time ranting on his blog, cycling off fat, and drinking too much wine) but doesn't intend to slow down just yet.

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'I cannot recommend it highly enough.' -- Daily Telegraph

'If you want sex, violence and excellent aliens this is your book'
-- SFX

'Sex, violence and giant crabs. Yep, it's business as usual for Neal Asher...Deep it ain't, but its a lot of fun'
-- BBC Focus Magazine

'a book of high enjoyment, dollops of gore and the occasional wry line...a lot of fun.' -- Death Ray

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A thrilling, adventure-packed prequel to dramatic events unfolding in his Spatterjay novels --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Mark Chitty on 11 Feb. 2008
Format: Hardcover
The human Polity, a society run by AI's with technology allowing them to travel instantaneously throughout the galaxy through the use of Runcibles, planet based systems that are run by the AI's. The Polity lives in relative peace, but now the Prador, a species of huge crab-like creatures with technology equal to that of the Polity is discovered. The first meeting between the two has now been arranged and it is with this meeting that the true intentions of the Prador become apparent. Peace is not an option that they consider, they require the immediate surrender of humanity, starting with the station on which the meeting takes place.

Following on from this first meeting, the Prador are attacking planets in Polity space that border their kingdom. Agents from ECS (Earth Central Security) are among those fighting the Prador on the front line, with Jabel 'U-cap' Krong being the most prominent of these, his nickname saying it all: Up Close And Personal. Present on the Avalon Station during the first meeting, he now fights the Prador successfully with many kills to his name, something difficult enough to do to a species that doesn't die easily.

Events are now bringing all the players to one system: Trajeen. It is here that tests are being carried out on a new space based cargo Runcible. Moria is helping the AI with the work, seemingly able to compute far beyond what is normally known thanks to her privately fitted aug designed by a fugitive. The Prador, finally showing an interest in the Runcible technology that they don't possess, are heading to the system with contacts in the human separatist movement that they hope will help them achieve their goals.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By G. Inch on 22 Jun. 2006
Format: Paperback
If you are familiar with Neal Asher's 'Polity' series then 'Prador Moon' clears up a few loose ends. The Prador race were introduced to readers in 'The Skinner' and 'The Voyage of the Sable Keech' but this work paints in far more detail. A bit shorter than some of Asher's other works, but no less brilliant. In fact, you're swept along at such a pace that it's almost impossible to slow down. Fans of Asher's work will buy this book regardless of reviews it receives, but if you've never heard of the Prador, or even Neal Asher, fear not.....I'll spell it out for you. This is a great read.
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By Steve D on 20 Mar. 2012
Format: Paperback
This is actually a prequel to Asher's entire Polity universe, of which the Spatterjay series is a part. It's quite an old-fashioned book, in that it is only 222 pages long and tells a wonderfully concentrated tale. Asher packs so much into the surprisingly few pages that it feels like it holds more content than some authors manage in books three times the size.

The Prador are a species of crab-like aliens, and boy are they NASTY. This book tells the story about how the war between humans and Prador first began, and it's a fantastic read. It rattles along at an amazing pace without foresaking characterisation, and also gives a lot of information without resorting to overlong info-dumps. Much of what happens in this book is quite breathtaking, particularly in the latter stages. It's the sort of book you read in one or two sittings, unable to put it down until you turn the final page.

I actually read this after having read the Spatterjay trilogy, so it was a huge amount of fun to go back and discover the root of all the troubles. Highly recommended.
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I did quite enjoy this book, but I guess the thing that was in my head was that I felt it was close to Iain M Banks' universe (The Culture) - I think I always felt, reading his books, that it was a bit too much everything-will-be-OK-in-the-end, so I think I often felt that there was not all that much suspense. Maybe I'm wrong in making the comparison, but I don't necessarily enjoy reading stuff so much when I feel that I know more or less how it's going to work out.

I also felt like the bad guys were a bit too much like cartoon-style villains - no redeeming features, and ultimately (spoiler alert), you have this feeling that of course the good guys of humanity will win. Actually I think he tells you this well before the it feels more like a question of how.

It was still an OK read for me, but something like Alastair Reynolds' Revelation Space for me created a universe with more depth, and with much more of a sense of foreboding, suspense and uncertainty.
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Format: Paperback
It is set on the outer reaches of the Polity universe that Asher has created, this is about humans encountering alien life.

The Prador are a invertebrate race that have a strictly defined pyramid family structure. They are brutal and callous, cruel and nasty. The family has three levels of children that as they climb the ladder and they are named when they reach to top. The fight to the top is hard and often fatal.

When the civilisations meet the Prador capture kill and eat their human captives. A plan is hatched to stop them getting to other parts of the Polity via the runcible wormholes, but there is a traitor in the Polity. It all leads to a big showdown.

Most enjoyed this, the technology in the book, and the aug's that are computer attached to the brain are excellent. There is lots of action, space battles and fights when they meet, but I thought that the plot was not as strong as it could have been.
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