- Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages
- Publisher: Tor Science Fiction; Reprint edition (May 1 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0765350483
- ISBN-13: 978-0765350480
- Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 3 x 17 cm
- Shipping Weight: 159 g
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #743,536 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Skinner Mass Market Paperback – Apr 28 2005
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“Dune meets Master and Commander . . . This sprawling tale boasts baddies who deserve their torturous fate and heroes who merit further evolution.” ―Entertainment Weekly
“Every age gets the science fiction it deserves. Neal Asher's grimly assured novel The Skinner projects the terror-haunted sensibility of our time into a future of limitless brutality. . . . Asher displays great virtuosity in dramatizing Spatterjay's eat-and-be-eaten ecosystem . . .
Asher keeps raising the stakes so that despite the repetitive nature of the violence, it never becomes merely formulaic. You may not relish your stay on Spatterjay. But you won't easily forget it.” ―The New York Times Book Review
“A rousing space opera . . . Asher will definitely appeal to connoisseurs of sophisticated adventure-oriented SF.” ―Publishers Weekly
“[A] riotous far-future SF yarn . . . The whole impressive, ingenious enterprise hurtles along at a high-octane clip while swinging with nonchalant abandon between horror and comedy: call it black slapstick. In sum: a blast.” ―Kirkus Reviews [Starred Review]
“As if that weren't enough, Asher's characters, alien and human, are drawn with care and depth. Even minor characters . . . are distinctive and engaging, with fully developed personalities. Thanks to Asher's prowess with character, The Skinner, for all its violence, good humor and zestful creativity, is also a poignant, emotionally satisfying read. This is only Asher's second novel, but it serves notice that a talent of the first order has arrived.” ―SF Weekly
“This is a stunning piece of work. . . . The Skinner is a hugely engrossing read and simply a fantastic piece of entertainment that deserves serious consideration for the Arthur C. Clarke award. I strongly recommend it.” ―SFRevu.com
“Crammed full of inventive technology, organic and artificial intelligence, horrible monsters, and a thick mesh of storylines . . . extremely hard to put down.” ―SFX
“If anyone still imagines that likening an SF author's work to action-thriller-horror genres means that it can't really be SF, or that it can't be good SF, then they need to pick up one or both of Asher's novels. Gridlinked and The Skinner demonstrate that zombies, mutants, killer leeches, spies and assassins can all be placed within detailed, scientifically, underpinned and extrapolated worlds, with the strengths of SF literature being used to resurrect dead clichés of popular narrative.” ―Interzone
“An exhilarating tour through one of the most ingeniously, elaborately deadly worlds since Harry Harrison invented Deathworld in the 1960s.” ―Locus
About the Author
Neal Asher lives in Chelmsord, Essex, UK.. This is his second novel.
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If you were tasked with concocting the most dangerous, fascinating, horrific planet in existence you'd be hard pressed to come close to Neals vision of 'Spatterjay'.
Add to that plenty of humour with mind bending sci-fi tech and you've got yourself a brilliant story.
I love the outlandish concepts that Neal weaves into his stories so subtly, like dropping seeds of ideas that later grow into juggernauts as the story unfolds. After reading 'The Skinner' I'm now a Neal Asher fan and have read most of his work.
Read this book, you won't be disappointed. If you are, you're as dead inside as one of Neals 'Reifs' ;)
Three off-worlders arrive that will shake the planetary order. Once a resident of Spatterjay, Erlin wants to die. Her only hope to live rests with her former lover superhuman Old Captain Ambel, if she can find him and he gives her the will to live. Deceased police monitor turned cybernetic cop Keech seeks the abusive psychotic murderers who supported the vicious Prader in the great war seven centuries ago. On a top-secret mission, Janer serves as eyes and ears for the Hornet Hive. These three and others including a rogue Prader come together on an island that is home of a horror that should frighten all of them, the Skinner.
As he did with the exciting GRIDLINKED, Neal Asher furbishes an exhilarant action-packed adventure science fiction thriller. The Spatterjay escapades hook the readers as they become acquainted with the various players, species, monsters that occupy this feral orb. This is defiantly not Kirk's Star Trek, as readers will quickly understand the underlying theme of atrocities caused by species virus or sentient. The final confrontation on Skinner's Island will have fans wondering how Neal Asher will top this jaunt into a wild world.
Written in a style that will appeal to many types of reader, it has aspects of Clive Barkers ability to create a believable environment, amalgamated with an easy readability which reminds me of excitedly reading old Spiderman comics!
The reader learns about the characters, rather than is told about them, a subtlety I enjoyed noticing, almost as if the people you were reading about were dependant on you reading more for them to evolve.
The language is strong and believable, and a dark humour runs throughout the story which at times is Tarentino-esk. I can't fault this book at all. Well worth a read!
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