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Altered Carbon by Richard K. Morgan
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Mar 04, 2008

it was amazing

One of the best books I have ever had the pleasure of reading. While not as grand in scope as the other two Kovacs novels (Broken Angels and Woken Furies) Altered Carbon serves as a perfect introduction to Morgans protagonist Takeshi Kovacs. Altered Carbon is a gritty fast paced sci-fi action/detective story set on a far future version of earth were death has became something of an inconvenience to those who can afford new bodies. Kovacs is contracted to investigate the death of Laurens Bancroft, which has been dismissed as suicide by everyone except Laurens Bancroft his employer.

Thought provoking and entertaining at the same time, the philosophical questions about mortality never become too heavy for the casual reader, not due to a lack of depth but because Richard Morgan isn't above splattering someones brains across a wall to make a meaningful point. On the note of philosophy Kovacs often quotes fictitious revolutionary Quellcrest Falconer and you may find yourself doing the same by the time your done reading.

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