Broken Angels (Takeshi Kovacs #2)
Cynical, quick-on-the-trigger Takeshi Kovacs, the ex-U.N. envoy turned private eye, has changed careers, and bodies, once more . . . trading sleuthing for soldiering as a warrior-for-hire, and helping a far-flung planet’s government put down a bloody revolution.
Recently I've been told I'm tough to please.
Here's what I know about books: their experience is highly subjective. Not only to book details like plot, setting and characterization, but also to the reader's place and time, to their mood, the book format and any distractions.
What appeals to me will not necessarily appeal to you, even if we are best friends. Or hate each other. Or don't know each other. I write these reviews first for me--I have a terrible memory, and if someone asks me if I liked ...more
A difference that doesn't bother me is that Broken Angels is more SF and less murder mystery than Altered Carbon. But then there's the rest:
1. He has. This. Really annoying. Use. Of. Periods. To show pauses. Or something. Which is not only distracting but also makes it hard to parse. The sentences. Hey. Richard. Try an. Ellipsis. Or. A ...more
In the second book Broken Angels , Morgan puts Kovacs in another compelling and very dangerous situation, while stillmaintainingthe character's unlikeability. The themes of the first book, explicit sexuality, corporate greed, capitalist mal ...more
OK, there, I said it. And I mean it.
I can only imagine that writing a follow up to critically acclaimed novel has got to be a bummer. Think about it. You got this big awesome first story with all these great ingredients and an amazingly complex and fascinating protagonist. You also got mad style as a writer. And you definately have a book deal for a sequel that might actually pay the bills for the year and leave you in peace to write. Sounds not so bad hu ...more
This is a very different book than Altered Carbon -- Altered Carbon was a consciously noir mystery set ...more
I found it annoying that. People talk. Like this. A lot. That would be okay if it was an occasional thing for emphasis, but it was really overdone.
The protagonist had some serious psychological issues too this time around, imagining conversations with a character he'd only met for 5 minutes and exchanged a few se ...more
In this far future mess of humanity we find Takeshi Kovacs, the erstwhile protagonist from Altered Carbon, finds himself in the middle of a protracted planetary war ...more
Broken Angels takes place a longish time after the events in Altered Carbon and also follows the adventures of everyone’s favorite Solider-Of-Fortune, Takeshi Kovacs. (He is not to be confused with the earthly ...more
I thought Takeshi Kovacs' debut in Morgan's debut novel Altered Carbon was stunning. Broken Angels is somewhat less so—the shock of the new has worn off a little... but it's still pretty good.
Altered Carbon was instantly familiar, in a way—a solid noir detective novel, set on a retrograde Earth at the heart of a small but growing interstellar human culture. The differences—othe ...more
The strength of Altered Carbon lay primarily in its straightforward gumshoe PI framing. Free of that, the weaknesses start shining through. First and foremost, a serious failure of imagination that you see a lot of when you've read a bunch of ...more
I've seen some complaints about a part ...more
While AC was a postcyberpunk detective fiction murder mystery, this one's a rather more straight-forward treasure hunt. It did capture some of that fabulous joy of finding and interacting with an advanced alien species (which, for me at least, never gets old). There was the cool technology of course. But the overall plot and person-to-person interactions just weren't as good. Still a recommend, though, if y ...more
Damn. That sounded gay. I'm not 100% gay, okay? But goddamn. I'm 90000% gay for Takeshi Kovacs. I guess it's because he's just so good at what he does. He always wins. If it's mind games, a sword fight, a shootout, or a straight-out brawl, Kovacs will win every ti ...more
Taking the chance to join a covert team trying to secure an archaeological prize, Takeshi is dropped into a maelstrom of betrayal that makes the front-line a happy memory. For this is a prize whose value is limitless and whose dangers are endless. It’s a prize that the corporations will kill for.
A prize which will take mankind to the ...more
Good book. Slow burn, gripping in the end, at least in the sense that I couldn't wait until tomorrow to finish it. The initial sex scene seemed unnecessary BUT it did at least have a couple purposes with respect to the plot so it's not like it was just jammed ...more
It deals with the same problems as the first book, in that despite being a sharply intelligent and well-realised story, it's not necessarily fun. The protagonist is well-realised but not particularly likeable, and the story itself is grim.
Then again, that's hardly beyond the pale for noir-esque tales, and it certainly fits the context here.
With that out of the way, considering it's true of the entire series at large ...more
I liked the speculation on how corporations, future archeologists, and mercenaries each would fit into their roll. Some interesting ideas were proposed. There is violence in ...more
The fascination with stack transferrence is still there which has always been a selling point for me as is the tendency to make everything ultraviolent (enhances the story line IMO) but the characters are utterly forgettable. Hand, the corporate shill ...more