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This review is from: The Skinner (Spatterjay) (Paperback)
Neal Asher is one of the best of the current crop of sci-fi writers. The Skinner is as good as his earlier books such as Gridlinked and shows how well the Polity Universe that he created stands alone without the need for previous characters such as Ian Cormac.
The location is a planet with an ecosystem that is so violent and predatory that it only continues due to the effects of a virus that offers protection from injury. Dealing with this location are some genuinely interesting characters and a gripping plot, making this a great sci-fi tale.
Make sure you have a strong stomach though, the decriptive passages of the eponymous villan are fairly brutal.