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Shadow of the Scorpion: A Novel of the Polity (edição 2008)

por Neal Asher

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Raised to adulthood during the end of the war between the human Polity and a vicious alien race, the Prador, Ian Cormac is haunted by childhood memories of a sinister scorpion-shaped war drone and the burden of losses he doesn't remember. Cormac signs up with Earth Central Security and is sent out to help restore and maintain order on worlds devastated by the war. There he discovers that though the Prador remain as murderous as ever, they are not anywhere near as treacherous or dangerous as some of his fellow humans, some closer to him than he would like. Amidst the ruins left by wartime genocides, Cormac will discover in himself a cold capacity for violence and learn some horrible truths about his own past while trying to stay alive on his course of vengeance.… (mais)
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Título:Shadow of the Scorpion: A Novel of the Polity
Autores:Neal Asher
Informação:Night Shade Books (2008), Edition: 1, Paperback, 248 pages
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Avaliação:**1/2
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Sometimes being the omniscient reader can be a bit of a pain. Especially when the author telegraphs the ending so early in the book. By then end you just want to smack our hero. All of the horror has dissipated. Save some surprises for us. I thought the technology was handled very well, which can be a problem in this genre. Very creative. ( )
  billycongo | Jul 22, 2020 |
This one is easily a better novel than the previous one, but I can't quite tell if that's just because the heavy lifting of the tech and aliens has already been long-established from within [b:Prador Moon|1060548|Prador Moon (Polity Universe, #1)|Neal Asher|https://d2arxad8u2l0g7.cloudfront.net/books/1388251982s/1060548.jpg|2175639].

This one moves well beyond a straight high-tech military porn and delves into the creation of Ian Cormac, of whom later novels are focused, and the reveals he slowly learns about his erased childhood, splitting the novel between his adulthood and his formation pretty equally, while also being embroiled in a techno-political thriller years after the main wars have already been waged.

Human separatists are still an issue, of course, as are the Prador.

More interestingly, for me, is the introduction of the new places and the titles of later books and a hint of their importance for later. It's these things that hook me and make me a fan. A good novel is still a good novel, with a full beginning, middle, and end, but without these juicy tidbits of a far-off adventure, I might have stopped here.

I'm not stopping, suffice to say. :)

I'm really getting into this now. It's no longer a fun and fast-paced pew pew popcorn, but a serious character tale, too. :) Yay! ( )
  bradleyhorner | Jun 1, 2020 |
Asher, Neal. Shadow of the Scorpion. Polity Universe No. 2 (Chronological). Tor, 2008.
Here’s how I think it must have gone down. Neal Asher is reading Ian M. Banks’s Culture series in the 1990s and thinks, “That’s cool. I bet I could one-up that.” And maybe he did. In Asher’s Polity Universe there are more AIs in more kinds of machines, more humans, posthumans and aliens, more strange locales, badass beasts, selfish-gene viruses, and more biotech of all kinds. As of April 2020, the series has grown to 17 novels in several different subseries. By 2008, Asher concluded that the Agent Cormac series needed a prequel—Shadow of the Scorpion—that delves into the childhood of Earth Central Security’s super soldier, Agent Ian Cormac (the name has to be an homage). He finds that, because he was traumatized by war as a child, his memories were selectively deleted. It is a neat treatment for post-traumatic stress if you can make it work. But is it a good idea? If you want the trauma back, can the memories be retrieved? How should you feel about the people who did the editing? Which way has more survival value? Eventually, Cormac will have to find out. ( )
  Tom-e | May 29, 2020 |
Origin story of Ian Cormac and the start of his ECS career. Prequel written after the Agent Cormac series. Well written look at the formative early years of his life. Really great Science Fiction. ( )
  amobogio | Jan 14, 2020 |
While I enjoy Asher's Polity universe, this particular Agent Cormac prequel had enough graphic sexual content that I couldn't recommend it or truly enjoy it.

Lots of bloody action though. ( )
  BookstoogeLT | Dec 10, 2016 |
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Despite some infelicities of prose, The Shadow of the Scorpion skilfully combines graphic action and sensitive characterisation and is Asher's most accomplished novel to date.
adicionada por andyl | editarThe Guardian, Eric Brown (Apr 4, 2009)
 
Neal Asher's latest novel, Shadow of the Scorpion, is 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.
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Raised to adulthood during the end of the war between the human Polity and a vicious alien race, the Prador, Ian Cormac is haunted by childhood memories of a sinister scorpion-shaped war drone and the burden of losses he doesn't remember. Cormac signs up with Earth Central Security and is sent out to help restore and maintain order on worlds devastated by the war. There he discovers that though the Prador remain as murderous as ever, they are not anywhere near as treacherous or dangerous as some of his fellow humans, some closer to him than he would like. Amidst the ruins left by wartime genocides, Cormac will discover in himself a cold capacity for violence and learn some horrible truths about his own past while trying to stay alive on his course of vengeance.

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