- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 1483 KB
- Print Length: 143 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1983095028
- Publisher: Neal Asher (12 Mar. 2011)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004RZIC6S
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 25 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #129,773 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The parasite is actually the second of his published books, more a novella than on his main books. Written 5 years before the Polity would be unleashed on the world. Yet on reading this book you find that much of the ground work for what would become the Polity is in here. There are mentions of AI's and Golems, Alien virus' (the central concept of the book) and the illegal weapons so dangerous they should never be used. In fact one of the weapons would later appear in the second of the Spatterjay books, The Voyage of the Sable Keech.
Jack Smith is a comet miner, a job that is being phased out as manufacturing plants can now easily reproduce the rare elements found on these comets. But there is something else on this asteroid and it is something that will come back with Jack Smith to Earth.
This is a tight and fast paced book, coming in at around 130 pages, I blasted through it in about two nights. While not tied to any of his pre-existing Polity universe, as mentioned above, you can see many of the themes that will occur in many of his later books. In particular the virus/parasite taking over and the change in humanity.
My only problem with the entire story is that one character is abandoned in the final parts of the book with no follow up or closure. It is hinted at that the character has a problem (don't want to say more than that for ruining the story). Other than this little blip it is an excellent story and well worth the money.
The Wonder Horse recommends this to anyone in need of a short escape with a thoughtful book.
The story itself while short, has a few surprises. The premature resolution of a central issue leaves you wondering where the story is going to go. The new direction for the story is where open ends are left. Personally I was left wanting to know what happened next. As its quite an old story I'm not sure if the author is going to expand it with a follow on so I may never know.
Overall, its a good story and a pleasure to read.
As for the story, I was gripped from beginning to end and am now on my second full length novel, when is the next one out...
One other thing, this book is *extremely* difficult to get a hold of. The publisher Tanjen is apparently bankrupt (from the horses mouth) and thus any copy anyone has may be worth something, someday...