Something i must...more
Well, I'm almost finished this and I have a problem. I think there are two books here. One is an intriguing proper sci-fi novel about an outsider negotia...more
On the other hand, there are two things that really trouble me. He seems to have based some of his future genetics on a very reductive gender binary, plus some discredited ideas about early humans. It's possible that this will turn out to be critique - I'm only 1/3 of the way through. But then he's based genetics on it...
He's also splintered off the U.S.into several smaller states, one of them embodying all the worst e...more
But there were troubling things too. Like, that in a society where all kinds of human genetic modification are possible, there doesn't seem to be access to effective and unobtrusive contraception. Also, for all the interesting examination of racial assu...more
On the assumption that any technology developed by the human race will be used in for short term gain without consideration of the consequences or of ethics, the outlook for genetic engineering is frightening. That is the basic premise of Black Man, Richard Morgan's latest novel (published in the US as Thirteen, presumably because the publishers there - Del Rey - don't want readers to assume that it is about racism). Richard Morgan envisages th...more
And this is not that different in style and plot, so I would have expected to like it as well.
However, there were a couple of things that made me rate this down to one star:
ok, the plot is a bit of a mess - which could have easily been resolved by good editing. there is far too much of running around in circles and traveling all over the world which is not needed. Also, honestly, I couldnt really tell you what the story actually...more
The story is, again, ruthless tale of a lonewolf-kinda super soldier on a hunt. Again, the enemies are scrupulous, there are hardly any whites visible from the shades o...more
I give Morgan credit for having some interesting ideas about what it might mean to be an enhanced human living in a less-than-accepting world and a few other smart future extrapolations from today's r...more
Thirteen is another near future setting, though even nearer than Altered Carbon, with the stories occupying a similar universe where the United States has fractured into three sections. During Thirteen, colonization of Mars is underway and progress has been made with...more
Thirdly? I've discovered that the four letter "f" word that ends in k (f**k) is apparently Richard K. Morgan's favorite word in the entire English language. He uses it as a noun, a verb, an adjective, an adverb... a participle...sometimes a dangling participle. It just depends...more
The main problem I had with it was that characters could never just talk to each other in a normal way. Every conversation had to constantly bring up political or technical world issues to further flesh out this extremely complicated future society. All very clever and intricate and well thought out - but none of it...more
Morgan is a good writer. His prose is worth reading because it is written with skill. His characters can be three dimensional. They can even change in the course of the action. When I began reading this book I suspected it wou...more
Update: Monday, April 8 '13
I "finished" this last night. When I reach...more
Brainycat's 5 'B's:
boobs: 4 // blood 4 // bombs 2 // bondage 1 // blasphemy 4
Currently listening to: Alien Vampires: Harshlizer CD2
Richard K. Morgan has again established himself as one of my very mostest all time favorite authors. As a reader, I've often gone through endless numbers of book descriptions online, or browsed the shelves at bookstores, and felt like nobody is writing a book just for me. Sure, there's more 'good' or even 'great' books out there that I'd enjoy...more
Winner of the Philip K. Dick Award for Altered Carbon (see below), his debut novel, and the author of successful follow-ups Broken Angels (**** July/Aug 2004) and Woken Furies, as well as the stand-alone Market Forces (*** May/June 2005), Richard K. Morgan and his characters are hardly strangers to violent dystopias. Thirteen, published simultaneously in Britain as Black Man, tackles some difficult issues, including race and identity. The result is perhaps less compelling than some of Morgan's p...more
Another reviewer said she keeps coming back to Morgan because of his essential Scottish...more
The second issue I have is that this heavy book continued to repeatedly beat me over the head with the race (g...more
I can see why this book angered so many people, Morgan is no fan of religion, nor of rampantant capitalism. For the record neither am I, but I honestly couldn't decide if this book was some kind of map of the future or just kicking a country that can't respond. Got a bit thick at times.
- this is a very gibson-esque cyberpunk/dystopian view of the near future america, with a rich and detailed environment
- the reveal at the end was lame. Nearly 600 pages and the author uses a character-to-character dialogue to explain the mystery?
- the sex was graphic and unnecessary (see all of morgan's other books!)
- the protagonist's hyper violent tendencies make him difficult to empathize with.
However, I did find this book...more
The Variant Thirteens are interesting. The book describes them as getting man pack to its hunter-gahterer roots. I liked to think of it as what would happen in a post US, post globalism, anti-macho society if modern action heroes were introduced.
I really liked how he played...more