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Lockdown Tales de Neal Asher
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Lockdown Tales (edició 2020)

de Neal Asher (Autor)

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Títol:Lockdown Tales
Autors:Neal Asher (Autor)
Informació:Newcon Press (2020), 384 pages
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Neal Asher’s polity universe, developed in his Rise of the Jain trilogy, adds context to this five-story anthology. The stories in Lockdown Tales take place a thousand years after the fall of Jain biotechnology. It is a time of searching for forgotten science, biotech artifacts, and human devolution, a story made real by the recognizable pursuit of food, shelter, and life’s purpose needs.

There is not a bad story in this book. Every one of them kept me engaged and made it hard to put the book down. The stories are all stand-alone; none needing a polity universe background to enjoy. At my slow reading speed, each story took about two hours to read which, for me, a bedtime reader, required two evenings.

Neal Asher is a creative writer whose polity biotech explanations sometimes lose me. But pushing on, I was rewarded by literary action and touched by human emotional contact.

If you like Neal Asher’s writings or you’re a Sci-Fi futurist, then you’ll enjoy reading Lockdown Tales. ( )
  ronploude | Jan 10, 2021 |
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This book collects several short stories by Neal Asher, written (mostly) during 2020's lockdown. Asher is best known for his novels set in the Polity universe, but I've never read any of them. I have read and enjoyed quite a bit of his short fiction.

These were good, solid stories, but for the most part didn't really appeal to me. Almost all the protagonists were difficult to like, and made decisions so horribly and obviously bad that the obvious (and even predicted) consequences were less tragic than frustrating. Perhaps if I were immersed in the novels where most or all of the stories were set, I'd feel differently. But as it is, my reaction to most of the plots ranged from frustration to indifference.

That's not to say the stories aren't good - they're well-written, with plenty of action and well-grounded universe building/expanding/illuminating. I didn't feel drawn back to pick up the book to see what happened next, but I never regretting doing so either. ( )
1 vota Landwaster | Dec 30, 2020 |
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Lockdown Tales is a collections of six novellas or short novels, most around 25k words, with two exceptions that are significantly longer.
The overarching plot and the protagonists' motivations and backstories are often underdeveloped, but the pace and quality of the writing are good enough to keep you going. Asher is well in control of his craft, writes tense action scenes, and creates interesting scenery, but the shallow characerterisation and plotting keep this book at the level of good fun but nothing more.
- "The Relict" (**)
- "Monitor Logan" (**)
- "Bad Boy" (***)
- "Plenty" (***)
- "Dr Whip" (*)
- "Raising Moloch" (**) ( )
  igorken | Dec 27, 2020 |
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I enjoyed this more than I expected. It's a collection of tales set in Asher's Polity universe, of which I'd read the first book a long time ago, and made a mental note to try some others at some stage, but hadn't got around to it.

The Polity is very loosely like the more famous Culture from Iain Banks, except that I didn't like any of the stories Banks wrote, and these seem crafted more towards my preferred reading style. AIs have transcended to independent intelligences and many humans joined them in distributed consciousnesses but other's remained with varying degrees of augmentation. Then there was a substantial galaxy wide war with an alien race, in which both (all three if the AIs are a faction on their own) perpetuated atrocities, and finally an uneasy peace resumed. These stories are all set later down the timeline, although also quite distinct from each other. Most feature an AI in some form that's gone rogue in some manner or other, whether for the horrors of the war, or from other unspecified causes, and a human again of some degree of augmentation who ends up in position of interacting with the AI. I found all the tales on the dark side, but perfectly understandable without previous Polity knowledge, even if I'm sure I missed some of the nuances here and there.

Certainly worth it for Polity fans, and not a bad introduction to the universe if you haven't come across it before. ( )
1 vota reading_fox | Dec 13, 2020 |
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I've been interested in checking Neal Asher out for some time now. He has a lot of books to choose from and it's hard to know where to start. I thought this collection of short stories would be a good place to get a feel for his style.

On the whole I found the stories to be a bit of a mixed bag. I really liked some of the ideas in there but many of them felt like they were very close to Iain M Banks 'Culture' novels. They were fast paced and easy reading but lacked the depth of Banks, although as short stories maybe that is to be expected.

It may be that someone more familiar with the worlds of Asher would enjoy this more than I did as I don't know how the stories tied in with his other work. Although this book didn't grab me, I felt like there was enough there to make me want to check out one of his full length novels. ( )
  tribalwolf | Dec 12, 2020 |
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