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The Gabble - And Other Stories (Polity)

The Gabble - And Other Stories (Polity) [Kindle Edition]

Neal Asher
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'Excellent, all of it well-worth reading. If you haven't yet read your way through this series, I envy you; if you have, go get your copy of The Gabble and Other Stories right now before it sells out in hardcover!' -- Green Man Review

'Fans of Asher's Polity future history will not be disappointed.' -- The Guardian

'For the established fan this collection makes a great addition and fills out some the Polity universe you've come to know and love. For the newcomer to Neal Asher, you've a treat in store as this will serve as a nice introduction to his work and a neat signpost as to what part of Asher's universe to read next.' -- Sci-Fi-London

'If you've never sampled the delights of Asher's work then this collection would be a very good place to start.'
-- SciFiNow

'Thirteen marvellously inventive and action-packed short stories.' -- Fantasy Book Critic

'economical, crisp and frequently fiendishly clever. The stories featuring...dangerous aliens who `speak' in a nonsensical language, are particularly impressive'
-- BBC Focus


'Thirteen marvellously inventive and action-packed short stories.'

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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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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cracking collection 10 Nov 2008
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I make no secret of being a big fan of Neal Ashers work and this collection of short works set in the Polity universe hasn't changed my opinion one bit. It's excellent. This collection sheds more light on some of the minor characters of the Polity novels, the Gabbleducks and Hooders, Geronamid, Erlin etc and adds more moments of drama and back-story to some and fleshes out the personas of others. There isn't a single weak story in this lot but if I was asked to pick the best, I'd go for "Softly spake the Gabbleduck" which was a claustrophobic chase story with a nicely packaged ending.

One quick note, and no fault of the Author, the longest story in the collection, "Alien Archeology" was also published in the recent "The Mammoth Book of Best New SF 21" anthology edited by Gardner Dozois, which effectively made a 1/4 of the book redundant for me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars More please 31 Jan 2010
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Finally, the truth about gabbleducks - maybe. This fills in a few gaps in the main series of books, and opens up a few more. These are complete, well written stories, not a quick moneyspinner, as many short story collections based on a series of novels are. Fans will approve, new readers will get a taster, and may also become addicted to the worlds of the Polity.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superbly executed scifi collection 6 Dec 2009
By Mr. Roy Ellor VINE VOICE
These short story collections often leave the reader with a somewhat empty feeling in that they can promise much but fail to deliver. This is certainly an exception.

Asher is a cyberpunk/hard scifi writer who can mix it with the best of them. The Gabble is an example of perfect weighting, with stories superbly executed and no padding whatsoever. Set in the Polity universe this collection is eminently readable as a standalone or as part of the wider sequence, without recourse to dense technobabble or any other weak literary device. Asher's frequently humorous style, naming the vicious alien predator which is central to several of these stories, a Gabbleduck is an example of a humanising touch that scifi needs to be truly enjoyable and believable.

Another glorious read from Neal Asher, who is fast becoming top of my list as an essential author to follow.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Neal Asher - The Gabble etc 18 July 2009
A brilliant book. Each story is very easy to get into with believable characters. I love the way Asher draws you a verbal picture of the setting. His imagination must be massive to create such a wealth of characters, creatures, worlds and tales. He is so good at creating unexpected endings and this is very evident with this short stories book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Polity convert. 21 Feb 2014
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Absolutely loved The Gabble, overawed by the breadth and scope of the polity universe. I am definitely a convert and can't wait to immerse myself in some of Neal Asher's other Polity offerings.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect short stories 3 Dec 2013
By Nick
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I don't have time to read the great epic sci if I used to...small child!
These short stories are perfect. I was hooked from the first story. The only trouble is I now want to embark on the longer stories.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I've found a new author to follow... 25 Oct 2013
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I've never read anything of Neal Asher before so bought this book on spec - it was cheap in the kindle store... His writing is clear and pulls you through and well rounded universe at an enjoyable pace.

The book is a collection of short stories that have now left me wanting more of the Polity universe and to find out more about the Gabble-duck...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Top Sci Fi 3 Jan 2013
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Neal Asher does brilliant Aliens, Brilliant tech and Galaxy spanning wars. Violent and sometimes disturbing but always leaves you wanting more
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Another great boom from a brilliant author. Glad my I initial reluctance for short stories was overcome. This book pulls together a raft of the authors previous story lines. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Dev Prashad
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Pucca book Polity rocks!!.
Published 1 month ago by Ian Cleggett ( Cleggsta).
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
These short stories are great and just as good as the longer 'novel' format. They, also, for fans of the polity series, give some background events that are important in the main... Read more
Published 22 months ago by DRACO
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Book
I stumbled into Neal Asher by mistake, I love the Culture books by Iain Banks and bought my first Asher/ Polity book on that basis. Read more
Published on 14 Sep 2012 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Asher finding and filling his niche
Compared to Asher's one other collection, The Engineer ReConditioned, this volume has a better focus on the Polity universe. Read more
Published on 16 May 2012 by M-I-K-E 2theD
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Tales
Stories that show just how careful Asher is to locate his novels in a universe of coherent physics, chemistry and biology, however subtly at odds with what we are familiar with. Read more
Published on 4 Jan 2012 by Mr. S. Rennie
4.0 out of 5 stars Neal Asher on top form
These stories mostly fit in his Polity sequence. While the older ones might not exactly they show the evolution in the ideas behind his favourite universe. Read more
Published on 4 Dec 2009 by D. Patrick
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