Altered Carbon (Takeshi Kovacs #1)
Four hundred years from now mankind is strung out across a region of interstellar space inherited from an ancient civilization discovered on Mars. The colonies are linked together by the occasional sublight colony ship voyages and hyperspatial data-casting. Human consciousness is digitally freighted between the stars and downloaded into bodies as a matter of course.
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In the novel you discover there are people rich enough to practically live forever. They backup their brain state within a certain set time interval and can transfer their identity to younger, or synthetic bodies. They are called Methuselah's after the longest aged man in the bible or "meth" for shorthand.
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In a nutshell. I loved it. About halfway through the book I looked it up online and saw that it won a bunch of awards. It deserves them.
I don't read as much Sci-fi as I used to, but I'm no newbie. The world is unique and fresh. Good characters. Interesting mystery.
Yeah. G ...more
I bought this for a buck and it languished on my shelf for a couple years. Wa ...more
“The human eye is a wonderful device. With a little effort, it can fail to see even the most glaring injustice.”
― Richard K. Morgan, Altered Carbon
It takes something special for a book to keep me burning through the pages until 3 a.m. Altered Carbon by Richard K. Morgan is a helluva read.
Winner of the Philip K. Dick Award for Best Novel, 2003
Morgan is a wicked blend of Philip K. Dick and William Gibson. There is even a touch of Gene Roddenber ...more
Not spectacularly written, but hardly unusual for a book in this genre. It was interesting enough for me to plod through it, and at one point I enjoyed it briefly, but I thought it was full of logical flaws and jumps ...more
Altered Carbon by Richard Morgan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Blurb: In the twenty-fifth century, humankind has spread throughout the galaxy, monitored by the watchful eye of the U.N. While divisions in race, religion, and class still exist, advances in technology have redefined life itself. Now, assuming one can afford the expensive procedure, a person’s consciousness can be stored in a cortical stack at the base of the brain and easily downloaded into a new body (or “sleeve”) making death nothing ...more
Sarah was turning her aim on the figures beyond the wall when the second commando of the night appeared braced in the kitchen doorway and hosed her away with his assault rifle.
Still on my knees, I watched her die with chemical clarity. It all went so slowly it was like a video playback on frame advance. The commando kept his aim low, holding the Kalashnikov down against the hyper-rapid-fire recoil it was famous for. The bed went first, erupting in ...more
A fun and fast-paced thrill ride, almost impossible for me to put down. Picture a hard-boiled noir, the solitary, weary worldly detective, blunted emotional skills, stepping on toes as he investigates. Merge that plot and character with innovative science fiction–digitized personalities that can be downloaded into new bodies with the right reasons or enough cash, and the result is eminently readable.
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Winner: Philip K. Dick Award for Best Novel (2004)
Nominee: Locus Award for Best First Novel (2003)
Audio book: The narration was OK, but not great. Todd McLaren has a decent enough voice, but isn't very good at accents. I think I would have preferred if he just read it rather than trying to do voices. They weren't so bad as to distract me from the story though.
The actual quality of the audiobook is awful. I'm not ...more
Tom Merritt said he picked this up as an airport paperback and that kinda coloured his view of the book – and honestly, it does feel like that type of book – but I still loved it. Plenty of Blockbuster style action, a couple over the top sex scenes which I could do ...more
I love the world Morgan created but I hate every one of his characters. A 4 star rating for the world. A 2 star rating for the characters.
My experience with cyberpunk is limited, something which I would like to ex ...more
I didn't know this was Morgan's first novel but now that I do, yes, of course I'm impressed. This was smartly written and tight. I thought it was the perfect marriage of introspection and action. It kept me guessing to the end which is rare for me.
Have to admit I think I enjoyed this book for my own fairly eccentric reasons:
- The Hendrix: I ...more
The characters are well done, with men, women & all races treated equally, as they have to be. His hero is very interesting, as well. Not exactly amoral, but close. Takeshi is very easy to identify with as he makes his way through the complex ...more
World-building (5 stars) ...more
Remniscent of When Gravity Fails, this book had an unwilling protaganist running around trying to save his own loved ones by solving a crime.
The technology has to do with 'sleeving'. The ability to download personalities into 'spare' bodies. Now of course those bodies are supplied from somewhere, and that bitter taste never really leaves ...more
There is the potential for a space opera here - the world of Altered Carbon is a far future in which humans have spread to the stars, and the protagonist, Takeshi Kovacs, was born on another planet, but this story takes place entirely on Earth, in "Bay City" (what used to be San Francisco). That and all the Japa ...more
Audio Quality and Narration: 1 star
Set in the far future, the story is told in the first person point of view by U.N. Takeshi Kovacs. In this future world, people have "stacks" implanted in their brains. At intervals, people can upload their personalities and memories into a central repository. When a person dies, as long as his stack is undamaged, his memories can be reinstalled into another body, in a procedure known as "sleeving". As a result, some people live on for hundreds ...more
So I tried to read it and reached page 10, then I quit. Then I tried to read it again and reached page 12, then I qu ...more
Cyber dio nije pretežak, nešto malo save&restore osobnosti, malo borbenih implantata te malkice virtualne stvarnosti da začini stvar.
Uglavnom "pucačina" od početka do kraja, a oko pedesetak stranica je moglo biti zaboravljeno kako bi se još podigla dinamika.
U "pucačina" djelima ne tragam za nijansiranjem karaktera likova - tko bolje "puca" ostaje na terenu - ostali odoše u ...more
Now I think "Why the hell did I wait so long?" This book isn't slow and stodgy. It's a drug-fuelled, gun-pa ...more
However, I didn’t care much about Kovacs’ macho attitude and the crude (some plain vulgar) remarks of the characters, unnecessary and repetitive cussing, violence, torture and sex scenes. The plot is overwrought, the drug induced hallucinations, the ma ...more
Murder, intrigue, and digital human freight.
For me, speculative-hardboiled genre melds are a deeply satisfying blend of the familiar and the alien. Hardboiled is an incredibly restrictive, trope-driven genre: there’s the jaded hero, the mean streets, the femme fatales, the plot that tangles together threads of aristocrats and gangsters and conspiracies that are rooted in the apex of society. Speculative fiction--and science fiction in particular-- is all about the alien, the different, the f ...more
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