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  • Some Short Stories to Lockdown

    Neal Asher’s Lockdown Tales are six separate stories in the future after the fall of the Polity Universe.  The first story is titled The Relic, and is concerning the War Machine that looks like a Scorpion, and needs to be ‘dug up’ and activated by a Golem posing as a human male.  It’s a fair first story. But the crowning achievement of Lockdown Tales is the story Plenty, about 120 pages, with a fine forecasting that had me remembering Andy Weir’s The Martian.  A crash landed shuttle, from a larger vessel in space, brings about one survivor.  Who creates a single home alone upon a dead Bio/Physical planet.  The story is good on its own but then the man finds a damaged female Golem buried in the ground, ANNA, for over a thousand years and the man attempts to activate it.  A sort of sexually charged relationship happens with the Golem and the man, who himself is dying and  needs extensive care from the Golem, Anna to return to health.  This particular story had me not wanting to put the book down.  And it seems to me that Mr. Asher would want to continue with the story as it ends with any number of questions.  He and the female Golem and what would be next certainly would be of a readers further interest.  A must story to read if you know the work of Asher. Penny Royal makes an appearance in Dr. Whip who becomes yet another of her most unique transformations.  Whip becomes a somewhat grotesque but accomplished healer to some great extent.  Whip's thirst to know Penny Royal brings him to her for a few moments but is a futile gesture.  Yet with most snake like results, Whip becomes that which he felt incorrect to his profession, meaning two snakes, instead of one. Raising Moloch is another fine story of this most enjoyable book.  I’d never read short stories from Neil Asher.  In this story an astute Hooper scientist, Jonas is enlisted by a nefarious man of leisure, Ganzen who forces him to raise a Hooper from an embryo to be sold to renegade Prador living in Graveyard space.  This is done to some effect but then Jonas incorporates the original genetics of the Hooper’s creators, the Atheter into his Hooper.  Thus a true War Creature with great intelligence comes alive.  This isn't 'ding dong' Jurassic Park nonsense here! Doing so is Jonas who is hoping to escape the nefarious meanie Ganzen who enlisted “Mr. Giggles” A Bio Bot, to skin Jonas alive, once or twice.  All to say that Lockdown Tales is a success in more than one ways. 

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  • Pure Asher

    Asher at his awsome best. Keep on writing Neal you deserve an intergalactic medal & 5 supernovae sized stars

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  • He's still got it

    Great read and enjoyable stories set in remonisiant environs.

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  • Polity Universe in the far future

    Excellent read. Kept me interested from the first page to the last.

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