I probably shouldn't have read this so soon after reading Pandora's Star
, since they are both about transferring consciousness from one body to another. I think the whole topic was dealt with much better in Pandora's Star, and it didn't have all the crudeness and sex and had much more believable characters.
Altered Carbon had way too many random characters that would disappear for a hundred-plus pages and then pop back in without any sort of reintroduction. It was hard to keep track of who I was supposed to remember and who was new. The storyline was all over the place to me. We're reading about one crime, then following clues about another, then looping back around to getting revenge on someone for something in the past that we never even really know what it is. Kind of a crazy ride, and not in a good way.
The violence in the book didn't bother me, but wowser, there were some rated-R sex scenes, which honestly added nothing to the story. Morgan just seemed to be adding in all the elements he could think of to make a book sell.
I did finish reading the book, mainly because I had nothing else to read at the time, but I don't recommend this for anyone I know. Not worth the time.