If that is indeed the case, we can modify your earlier post to indicate this.these images actually appear to have been donated to Neal by another person by the name of John Lewis. So maybe we should just acknowledge credit to him?
You can read Prador Moon and Shadow of the Scorpion in any order, not least because he wrote 'em in any order, but they do have an internal order. And the main five are actually one giant story that should be read in order. I can't remember when Penny Royal appeared. (Somebody needs to do a Polity Concordance or some such - I started The Technician and had to stop because I got confused about whether I was supposed to be remembering some things or not, as one character, especially, seemed familiar but I couldn't place him.) I want to say it was in the latter part of the main five, but I really don't know. And that'll screw up my reading of Dark Intelligence, probably.I's it not possible to read them as stand alone's, picked up at random? I have read Prador Moon and i now have Gridlinked on my shelf as well as Shadow of the Scorpion which according to FF is from a different series. Also where does Penny Royal first appear?
Wow, complicated! Oh I have The Skinner too!You can read Prador Moon and Shadow of the Scorpion in any order, not least because he wrote 'em in any order, but they do have an internal order. And the main five are actually one giant story that should be read in order.
Oh yeah, and regarding Shadow, it's from a different series in the sense that it doesn't have anything to do with Dragon (which is the main five) but it is an Ian Cormac novel (and Cormac is in all the main five). It's set before the main story but doesn't affect it and isn't affected by it. That's actually probably the least impressive Asher novel, to me, but it's still okay. Prador Moon, on the other hand (which is neither Cormac nor Dragon but is in the universe prior to them both) is one of the most impressive, though. (Not everyone shares my opinion, though.)
From the entry in Fantastic Fiction for The Technician:I thought it was The Technician that Penny Royal first appeared in but I may be wrong.
I would at least give the Spatterjay series ago. I think they are brilliant if a little strange.I would suggest following the internal chronological order as set out in the Wikipedia entry:
Neal Asher - Wikipedia
I started with the Ian Cormac series, then went back to read Prador Moon and Shadow of the Scorpion, which provided essential back fill. I've read the Technician (much improved writing over the prior books!) and am starting on the Transformation series now. I am not excited about Spatterjay series from summaries I have read, so unsure if I will read that series.
Seems like Line War jumped forward in time w/o resolving all the characters, so hope for another book or two in that arc. Also The Technician cries out for another book or two.
P.S. It'd be nice if SFF supported a spoiler tag as some other sites do where detail could be discussed but hidden from casual display.