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Market Forces

3.53 of 5 stars 3.53  ·  rating details  ·  4,406 ratings  ·  212 reviews
A coup in Cambodia. Guns to Guatemala. For the men and women of Shorn Associates, opportunity is calling. In the superheated global village of the near future, big money is made by finding the right little war and supporting one side against the other–in exchange for a share of the spoils. To succeed, Shorn uses a new kind of corporate gladiator: sharp-suited, hard-driving ...more
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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
Morgan Murray
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
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
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
’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
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
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
Richard Saar
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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
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
Graham Crawford
Dear Mr Morgan.
I allow my favourite writers one huge stuff up. Consider yourself served. This book was truly terrible in every way. You say it started life as a short story, and then you turned it into a film script. The sort of B grade sci fi with cheap effects I find myself telling friends "no SF's not really like that - the books are really good...Hollywood always dumbs things down".
Well thankfully this story was too dumb for even Hollywood to make.

What dreadful friends you must have, to co
Mark Harding
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
Nathan Burgoine
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
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
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
Christopher McKitterick
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
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
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
Set in the near future in London, gasoline prices have skyrocketed, fueling an enormous split between the haves and have nots. The middle class and lower are cordoned off into "Zones" while upper middle class and higher have it better. Big money is made by investing in wars, and our main character is working his way up in the hierarchy of an investment company. One of the ways to work one's way up is to have a road battle with someone whose position you want - it sounds silly, but it actually wo ...more
This novel is a departure from Morgan's Takeshi Kovacs universe that I've so enjoyed in the past, but it was a great read. Took me a bit to 'get into it' as I tried to figure out what this new world's rules are, but once I'd settled in, I found the ride interesting and compelling.

Morgan finds a nice balance of trend-extrapolation and mayhem. I found the novel's anti-hero to be complicated and layered. Sometimes I identified with him, sometimes I hated him, most times both simultaneously.

The end
J Higgins
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
Mike Kimera
Morgan creates a future in which large consultancies make money by sponsoring small wars. Requests for tender are literally fought out the different teams and the road is used by an elite who use their cars as weapons to attempt to assassinate each other.

While the premise is a deliberate exaggeration, the flavour and setting of the story reflects my experience of how it feels to work in large elite consultancies.

As usual, Morgan's writing is taut, his storytelling is compelling and his action se
Mike Finn
In "Market Forces", Richard Morgan imagines a near-future Britain future in which large consultancies make money by sponsoring small wars and then selling arms and services and splitting the spoils. Work is put out to tender via Requests for Proposals but the competing teams literally fight to the death in ritualized street combat to win them. The gap between rich and poor has widened. Road use is restricted to an elite, who use their cars as personal combat weapons, attempting to assassinate or ...more
Mar 30, 2015 Yasmine rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Richard K. Morgan fans
Recommended to Yasmine by: Goodreads
Actual rating : 2.5 stars.

You know what ? I think Altered Carbon sucked . Ah, the joys of the unpopular opinion ! I found it bland, pompous, overly long. But even after finishing it, after hating it, I still went on and read a book by the same author. Quality cyberpunk these days is hard to find, and well, authors fuck up sometimes, don't they ?

I must admit my expectations for Market Forces were quite low. Thus, I was not disappointed. Doesn't mean this book was good, either.

First, there's t
Reseña de Lorenzo Martínez · Nota: 9,2 · Reseña en Fantífica

El futuro es incierto, pero las directrices que se toman en el presente sin duda lo moldearán. O por el contrario llegará un momento de inflexión en el que el mundo (en realidad sus habitantes) elegirá un camino que no favorezca a todos por igual, tan solo a los poderosos, a los ricos, a las multinacionales. Ese es el terreno por el que se mueve Richard Morgan en su novela Leyes de mercado, una realidad alternativa ubicada unos cuantos
Mykhe Hesson
I was more than a little let down by this one. I was at page 74 when I was about to give up completely, so I googled some reviews to see if it was worth it. One of the better reviews said "hold on until page 100. It gets much better then." More like page 174, and even then I wasn't that sold. While the end is believable, it was also very expected. Morgan, who is so good at dialogue in both the Takeshi Kovacs and Ringil Eskiath series, goes on at length to very little avail. He could have dispens ...more
Alex Santalo
El putu Patrick Bateman del 2050
Don't let my five stars fool you, this book is far from imperfect. The author also fails to give due homage to people who have done this stuff before, namely Frederick Pohl and Cyril M. Kornbluth.

But it's savage, full of violence, and if you just accept it and go along for the ride it's great fun while having a certain amount of insight into human nature.
"(...) Leyes de mercado muestra un carácter esencialmente visual, donde a través de la letra podemos también acceder con facilidad a la imaginación de escenarios, de lugares, de situaciones o, incluso, el lugar en el espacio que ocupan los personajes. La historia se mueve a una velocidad vertiginosa. El protagonismo total de Chris Faulkner permite transiciones fluidas entre personajes, tiempos y tramas. Pero sobre todo es el diálogo con lo que la l
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.
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