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Market Forces

3.56  ·  Rating Details ·  5,330 Ratings  ·  273 Reviews
Die schöne neue Welt, in der wir leben

Was geschieht, wenn die Globalisierung außer Kontrolle gerät? Es entstehen internationale Konzerne, die die Konflikte in der Dritten Welt, mit denen sie Aktiengewinne erzielen, selbst anzetteln. Konzerne, die in ihrer Gier nach Profit ganze Regierungen und Staaten kaufen. Und Konzerne, deren Manager das Wort »Konkurrenzkampf« allzu wör
Published (first published March 1st 2004)
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6.0 stars. On my list of All Time Favorites. Many people who love Richard Morgan's other books think this is his weakest. I believe this is at least as good as anything else he has written. I absolutely loved the plot of the book and the description of the busines of "conflict investments." Road Warrior meets Wall Street meat Blade Runner. HIGHEST POSSIBLE RECOMMENDATION!!

Winner: John W. Campbell Award for Best Science Fiction Novel
Nominee: Arthur C. Clarke Award for Best Science Fiction Novel
Sep 25, 2016 Mangrii rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tbr-2016
Richard Morgan nos envía a un futuro cercano con una novela que me ha resultado realmente hipnótica como reza en su contraportada, atrapándome desde los primeros compases hasta un final muy desolador. Siguiendo el ascenso de Chris Faulkner en la millonaria multinacional Shorn Associattes dentro de la división de Inversión en conflictos, nos adentraremos en una historia que puede reflejar en lo que puede llegar a convertirse el mundo si sigue el mismo rumbo que en la actualidad, y en como un homb ...more
Morgan Murray
Jan 05, 2010 Morgan Murray rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi
What an odd book. Richard Morgan's books always feature heavily on violence and sex, but the Kovacs series seem to hang together a little more coherently than Market Forces - all the way through, there's a sense of viciousness and disgust snarling from the page but I really can't understand about what!

The book tells the story of Chris Faulkner, a Mad Max/Gordon Gecko hybrid who works in Conflict Investment for the Shorn Corporation. The CI arm of the firm bank-roll paramilitary organisations and
Jul 10, 2012 Kyle rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I almost gave this book three stars, but now I realize that third star would have been for the phenomenal discussion of philosophy and economics the text sparked in my class, so assuming you are reading this for a graduate course in English, don't skim it. Otherwise...maybe skim it? Or save it for a plane ride, the beach, or similar.

My experiences thus far indicate that the book appeals more to men, perhaps given its focus on fast armored cars, expensive alcohol, and the occasional porn-star sex
Greg (adds 2 TBR list daily) Hersom
So I almost went with 4 stars for Market Forces, then the last quarter of the book kicked @$$ and I also realized I was really only comparing it to Mr. Morgan's other books. Taking it on it's own, it's definitely a fiver as far as I'm concerned.
I so dig Morgan's stuff. Between his cynical style of writing, his out-there concepts that I can totally believe, and, even his themes that are heavy socialogical. Normally I don't care much for when authors push their personal philosophies and beliefs. N
Maria Arazo
Aug 12, 2016 Maria Arazo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, 2016
The fifth star goes for the last 100-150 pages. And because such a fucked up ending deserves them. I mean, that's not a way to end a book if you want your readers to be happy and at ease. But we readers like this sort of literary betrayal, I suppose.

Anyway, the main flaw of Market Forces is that the first 200 pages or so are slow (this is not the best adjective, but I didn't find a better one). And by slow I mean that there are too many small things happening, lots of information being thrown a
Ramón Nogueras Pérez
Jun 19, 2016 Ramón Nogueras Pérez rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
La mejor ciencia - ficción es la que hace predicciones creíbles hacia dónde podríamos encaminarnos, dadas unas ciertas circunstancias. En ese sentido, este libro es ciencia - ficción de la mejor que hay.

Lo más aterrador del libro es pensar que, al menos en parte, sucesos como los que describe están sucediendo ya ahora. El autor nos muestra una sociedad en la que, simplemente, el neoliberalismo se quita la careta y consigue su sueño, donde la policía empresarial y el gobierno de las empresas se c
’Leyes de mercado’, del inglés Richard K. Morgan, es una novela ágil, escrita de forma directa, con un alto contenido de violencia y sexo. La historia describe una sociedad en la que los ejecutivos de las grandes corporaciones se disputan los contratos en duelos automovilísticos, como si de gladiadores de la carretera se tratase. Y es que los ejecutivos pueden ser retados en cualquier momento por aspirantes a un puesto en estas empresas. A través del protagonista, Chris Faulkner, entramos en est ...more
I'm torn between the fact that I like Morgan's writing -- it's slick, tight, packs a punch -- and the fact that his world is just too ridiculously ultra-violent for me, and the characters I like don't come out well. I liked Chris' wife Carla, but of course, she loses her husband in the worst of way: he's not dead, but he's thrown himself into a life she hates, and refused to accept her help in getting him out of it. And he's cheated on her, of course: let's not forget that.

I find the world-build
Mar 27, 2011 Andreas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After several deep recessions, the rift between rich and poor has widened dramatically. Corporations pretty much run the world, and the only game in town is to work for one, if you have the guts for it. Tenders and positions are battled for on the road with car duels, often to the death. It’s all very cutthroat and cool, but Morgan has somehow kept it just this side of believable. Our hero, Chris Faulkner, works for the Shorn Corporation in the Conflict Investment department. His job is, in simp ...more
Neo Marshkga
Nov 10, 2015 Neo Marshkga rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dystopies
Richard K. Morgan transports us into a world where the only thing that matters is money, where life has a price and where the destiny of whole countries is decided by men who only care about making a profit.
If this sounds s the world we are living in, its is not a coin coincidence, because the book is set in a very near future, where there was a big crisis, and something shifted in civilization.
Whole countries are in ruin, even the ones in the first world, companies are the ones making the calls
Jan 19, 2011 Halden rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Richard Morgan’s Market Forces paints a bleak, disheartening and fairly believable picture of our society in the year 2049. This is a world where the poor are penned in cordoned zones and keep in check by oppressive policing, dugs and lack of education. Corporations hold all the real power and executives (Zek-Tivs) are held to different legal standards. Not such a stretch is it?

The story focuses on the meteoric rise of Chris Faulkner’s career after his brutal killing of a fellow executive to ear
J Higgins
Dec 25, 2008 J Higgins rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a hard-hitting, brutally portrayed satire about global affairs and funding of wars.

The main character, Cris Faulkner, is a corporate deal maker, but in this world, in order to climb the corporate ladder, you are required to kill the person you wish you replace. This is generally done on the highway in fatal road-rage style face offs. Sometimes multiple agents work together against other firms for an account.

One thing I must stress about this book and all of Morgan's books is that while
Guillem López
Sensación agridulce. El planteamiento de inicio es muy arriesgado, pero te lo crees. Ahí Morgan lo borda. ¿Ejecutivos de corporaciones que compiten en las autopistas en carreras mortales? Lo compro. Y te tiras a la piscina. Pero el personaje principal se me hace un tanto pesado y el libro en general es un poco lento para el resultado final. Recomendable, aunque prescindible.
Gritty and noirish, a cyberpunk novel that focuses on what happens in the gleaming towers of post-national corporations and leaves Gibson's "street" to a vague, dirty "other place". Richard's command of his craft is clearly evident, making what would otherwise be another noir negative character arc engaging, lively and fun to read.
Jul 17, 2016 Koreander rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Al fin un libro con un final atrevido. Una lectura bastante salvaje y recomendable. Una historia moderna que, sin embargo, casi parece escrita en los 80.
Richard Saar
Dec 08, 2014 Richard Saar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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It’s coming up to Christmas, the biggest book receiving (and giving) period of the year for me, so in the month of December I enter into a kind of self-imposed book buying exile. All my friends and family have by now received a list of books I’d like, if they’re going to be kind enough to be buying books for me. However, I’m not going to stop reading, so I go back to my bookshelf and pick a few books to re-read before Christmas
Me enganchó al principio, pero el modo de llevar la acción no me convencía. Lo dejé de leer cuando llevaba un quinto de la novela leído antes de pegarme horas con algo que no me convencía. He pecado de arriesgarme poco, pero lo vi claro con este libro. En fin, de todas formas, debo decir que pintaba muy bien el argumento, solo que la ambientación y la acción no encajaban conmigo.
Nathan Burgoine
Mar 20, 2012 Nathan Burgoine rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It would be wrong to say I was totally frustrated with this book. I did finish it, which means it passed the marginal test of "do I even want to bother finishing this?" Well, I finished it. It failed, however, the other marginal test of "should I have bothered finishing this?"

There was one significant strike against it from step one: for whatever the reason, the publisher decided that they would give the book the same style, cover, and font as Morgan's other two books: 'Altered Carbon,' and 'Bro
Mathew Whitney
I had to give this one some time to settle in my mind before sitting down to review it. With Market Forces, Richard K. Morgan puts me in a position as a reader that I haven't found myself in since reading Frederik Pohl's Gateway. I liked the way the story was written, I was interested in the world the author created, and I felt that most of the characters were well-written and the basic premise was good. On the other hand, most of the characters in this book are despicable.

For a little while, th
Thomas Cavano
Confessions: First of all, let me confess that I listened to the audio book, read by Simon Vance on a long drive. Second, let me confess that I now have read all of Richard K. Morgan's published novels, and have loved all of them. They are intelligent, surprising, innovative, full of rough humor and rough characters. They are all to some degree horrifying.

This one was one of the roughest, though not for its violence. It is horrifying because its dystopia is so accessible from where we stand. It
Mark Harding
Mar 07, 2011 Mark Harding rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fascinating book. That Morgan turns such a bleak vision of the world into something that is such fun to read is remarkable.


# Rollerball, Death Race 2000, James Bond (Daniel Craig era)
# Wall Street
# The Godfather
# A Clockwork Orange
# The book is extremely filmic. (In the Acknowledgements you learn the book is derived from a film treatment.)
# Masses of violence, no shortage of sex and a good leavening of wit
# Careful study of a marriage going wrong

As a satire, what is particularly inter
Robert Laird
There's a scene in the book where the characters hear violence in the next apartment, and no one does anything, until our anti-hero gets fed up and goes next door. He ends up shooting the man of the house in the shoulder and knees, and then gives the wife some money to get him patched up.

Well, this story was like that... I was getting fed up with it and wanted to take a gun to the author... not to kill, but simply to maim him by shooting his hands, so he couldn't write any more.

Ok, that's a bit
May 10, 2011 Josh rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I don't know. I just did not like this. I most disliked the bizarre and implausible death car battles by corporate executives. This was crucial to the plot, but thoroughly ridiculous. Other than that, the scenario is an absolutely depressing dystopic vision of capitalism gone wild, where corporate executives toy with and overthrow third world governments for a share of GDP.

All of the characters, with the possible exception of Carla (the protagonist's wife) and her family, are absolutely despica
El Biblionauta
Nov 21, 2016 El Biblionauta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Crees que hemos tocado fondo, que la crisis económica que estamos atravesando es lo peor a lo que se puede llegar, que una sociedad no puede caer más bajo que cuando asiste impasible a la muerte de una vieja incinerada por una vela porque resulta que no se podía permitir pagar la electricidad, y entonces… ¡zas! lees esta novela y Richard Morgan te enseña que no, que hay un futuro aún peor. Leyes de mercado es una distopía brutal y sin concesiones que en tan sólo doce años (el tiempo que va de su ...more
Aug 24, 2015 Bronwyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't think this actually deserves four stars, but I enjoyed the hell out of it. Maybe it was just a bit too timely with all the Amazon sturm and drang of late? Anyway, if you can get past the inherently goofy conceit that corporate battles are now fought not in boardrooms, but on the streets with souped up cars and glocks, then you'll be fine. Much of the usual Morgan ultraviolence, but set in a near future where income inequality has gotten ... um ... intense, and corporations are real upfro ...more
Wow, harsh ending.
I like this author a lot, I love his gritty and harsh anti-hero type characters and the blow 'em up, beat 'em up, shoot 'em up worlds they live in.
Chris Faulkner is my least favorite of his characters so far, not because he is a complete and utter bastard but more because he has these qualms of conscience, like he's a good guy who didn't mean for any of this to happen and isn't quite sure how it did.
The idea of 'Langley' now being contract killers was highly amusing, especia
Apr 24, 2011 Patrick rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spec-fic, sci-fi
Market Forces takes place in a ridiculous near future where investment banking executives control the fate of third world revolutions...and also duel to the death on the highways of England. (Ok, so the IBank stuff is far more plausible.) The story follows the adventures of a young executive named Chris, who I disliked within the first 20 pages, and who became less likable (although occasionally more sympathetic) as the book progressed. In fact, I found most of the characters repulsive.

That said
Christopher McKitterick
Sep 27, 2010 Christopher McKitterick rated it really liked it
I felt this was the best SF novel of the year. This is surprising to write, because one really can't like the protagonist for most of the book. However, as the story progresses, we discover he's just a product of his environment - both his horrid childhood environment (the Zones) and his dog-eat-dog's-whole-family corporate environment that is the current time of the book. These influences have turned him into what he is... and it isn't necessarily a bad thing. He's the best person he could be a ...more
Sep 29, 2011 Lawrence rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one hit the usual morgan highlights: brutally graphic violence, semi antihero protaganist driven by internal fires, and a quick pace that keeps the reader guessing - and turning pages.

This one did have a twist - the family dynamic Or couple dynamic, rather. The story involved many arguments between protagonist and spouse, and those really struck a chord with me (maybe I see those same arguments with my spouse, at least in my mind?). Something about their realism? Not sure exactly what, exce
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