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Broken Angels by Richard K. Morgan
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Jun 04, 2011

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Read from June 04 to 06, 2011

The second go-around with the sci-fi-plus-film-noir combo that made Altered Carbon such a fun read. Morgan tries to dodge the curse of second-album-itis by replacing the murder mystery plot with grand scale military sci-fi, complete with space battles and lost Martian civilizations. Mostly this works, although the book comes off a quite a bit more political than the first and with a much higher body count.

He also pulls off a pretty good final page switcheroo, which is always a lot harder than you might think and stands as a testament to his considerable skills as a plot-smith. I'm still not convinced Morgan really understands the implications of the central technological conceit of the books (the cortical stacks, which allow human consciousness to be stored and "re-sleeved" in new bodies), but we'll let it slide for now. At any rate, if you like action movies filmed with letters and words, you'll probably enjoy this book.

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