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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Tor; Reprints edition (2 Sept. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330528467
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330528467
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.5 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 101,402 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A thrilling, adventure-packed prequel to dramatic events unfolding in his Spatterjay novels

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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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I have to say that this was a bit too much like Starship Troopers for my liking; a bunch of evil, cannibalistic aliens (taking on the guise of overgrown shrimp as opposed to insects) threaten mankind with superior weaponry but are defeated by humanity's AI-aided intellectual genius.. the character development of the protagonists was on the shallow side, and the subplots (e.g., galactic greens in the form of human anti-artificial intelligence activists trying to sell out humanity to the baddies to end AI as a force in society) weak. I think I've read better Asher
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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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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 end....so 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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Very enjoyable book, fast paced and has several PoV's which all join-up nicely. Would recommend it, I'm now working my way through the rest of the Polity books so it obviously hit the right note with me.
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Prador Moon is a standalone novel set in the Polity universe from popular science fiction author Neal Asher. When humans meet the aggressive Prador race of crab like creatures an epic interstella war ensues. Packed with high-tech space opera action this is a fast and furious blast of pure energy. If you like the Gridlinked Agent Cormac series of books by Neal Asher then I’d recommend this as a short fix of escapism from the same author. The story is told from multiple points of view and is crammed with tech weapons, starships, weird creatures and fantastic devices. For beginners and the curious this is a great way to start getting into Asher’s Polity Universe books. To summarise this is not stuffy boring sci-fi but fast paced, space fiction from a very talented author. Enjoy.
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An interesting entry in the series of polity novels. It fleshes out a bit more of the backstory between humans and the Prador, and recounts an early encounter in the war in which the humans use an audacious tactic to win an early skirmish.

The desperate planning on the human side, as they attempt to outwit and outgun a technologically superior species with an utterly different psychology, is related in a breathless and edge of the seat style that reminded me of the first owner novel. This part of the book is very pact, and a real page turner.

Another enjoyable entry to the canon, although I wouldn't say it was his best.
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