The Gabble - And Other Stories (Polity) Paperback – 2 Sep 2011
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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.'
'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 --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
'Thirteen marvellously inventive and action-packed short stories.' --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.See all Product Description
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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.
These stories also represent an author finding his niche as a science ficiton writer. Sometimes called "post-cyberpunk" but really just action/horror/noir, the author can see the author settling into the niche which has made him famous... and so deep in the pit that I don't think the author could ever redefine himself. Whereas his previous collection was dating from 1995-2001, this collection mainly includes stories from 2001-2008.
Softly Spoke the Gabbleduck (2005 novelette) - 3/5 - Incestuous siblings on homicide safari: Tameera, Tholan, and his assistant Anders hire a safari guide on the planet Myral. When Tameera snipes a C-grade sentient and later becomes abducted by the hextet of Sheq, the shagging siblings take revenge upon the Sheq, and the assistant and the safari guide who have witnessed the crime. When the gabbleduck appears in the shrouded mist of a valley waterfall, someone is bound to die.Read more ›
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...
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.
If you're into the whole AI/polity scenario then this is a must read book.
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Thoroughly enjoyable set of short stories from an accomplished Sci-fi author.Published 17 days ago by Stephen Heathman
Not worth the money. Shame on the people responsible for this half story book.
Nothing more is needed to be said
Neal Asher is one of my favourite authors alongside Ian Banks and James Corey. Always well written with interesting ideas, believable worlds and charactersPublished 17 months ago by Andrew Scooter Guy
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 morePublished 23 months ago by Dev Prashad
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... Read morePublished on 21 Feb. 2014 by Stephen Nuth
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. Read more
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