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Preview — Black Man by Richard K. Morgan
Winner: Arthur C. Clarke Award for Best Science Fiction Novel
Nominee: British Science Fiction Award for Best Science Fiction Novel
Nominee: Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel
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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
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
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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
Nature vs. Nurture, Black vs. White, Blue State vs. Red State and Faith vs. Reason collide with lots of sex and violence in this modern Blade Runner. If you are upset by the graphic sex but not upset by the vicious violence that counter-balances it, I don't know what to tell ya other than Morgan isn't the writer for you.
My only complaint about this book is that it was na ...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
Another reviewer said she keeps coming back to Morgan because of his essential Scottish ...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
The detective story is interesting enough but really had little to do with the other themes and could just as easily have taken place today (minus the Mars bits).
Also suffers from the same over-analysis of every action along genetic lines and hyper-cynicism ...more
In view of the above information, I'll restrict my ...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
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
The second issue I have is that this heavy book continued to repeatedly beat me over the head with the race (g ...more
- 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
It's too bad that it ended up feeling like a chore, because I really like Morgan's books and his writ ...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