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Shadow of the Scorpion: A Novel of the Polity Paperback – 28 Jun 2008

4.2 out of 5 stars 44 customer reviews

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  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Night Shade Books; 1 edition (28 Jun. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1597801399
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597801393
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.9 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 44 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,679,972 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Shadow of the Scorpion skillfully combines graphic action and sensitive characterisation and is Asher's most accomplished novel to date. (Guardian)

A powerhouse cocktail of lurid violence, evocative world-building and typically grotesque monsters, but it’s amazing how much emotion he’s also layered into what could have been a simplistic SF potboiler. Asking difficult questions while still delivering plenty of full-tilt adventure and widescreen action, this is top-notch stuff from an author well and truly at the top of his game. (SFX)

Ian Cormac is, it seems, here to stay in the collective consciousness of sci-fi literature… Thoroughly enjoyable stuff. (SciFiNow)

An insane, sexy war story full of giant explosions on alien worlds. It's also a well-plotted exploration of the way violence destroys everything, even memory. (Io9)

The novel manages to raise some interesting points about what it means to be human in a society where the lines between man and machine have blurred: robots are capable of emulating emotions and humans may be technologically augmented and live indefinitely. When it is possible to have traumatic memories erased from the human brain, the novel questions the wisdom of doing so and suggests that memories and pain shape our psyche. (The Book Bag) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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A stunning space drama featuring a young agent Cormac and the horrific legacy of the Prador Wars. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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