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Good stories but a really shoddy book
on 17 October 2008
This is a collection of some of Neal Asher's earlier stories and it gives an interesting glimpse into his first forays into his Runcible universe and the planet Spatterjay.
These stories aren't quite as good as his more recent novels but any fan of his is really going to enjoy this novella and short stories.
But there is a huge problem with this book, and it has nothing to do with the stories themselves. I've never seen a professionally produced book before with so many amateurish mistakes and this goes far beyond just typos and even characters being called by the wrong names.
Several stories don't appear in the contents list at the front. Small problem you might think, but several of these stories are missing their titles and have been stuck on the end of the previous story as if it was just a new paragraph. This happens once after the story 'The Engineer' and TWICE after the story 'Spatterjay'.
If you can read around these problems there are some enjoyable stories here, but this particular edition is a shoddy mess.