Richard Morgan has always been one of our most successful SF authors with his fast-moving and brutal storylines, blistering plots and a powerful social conscience behind his work.
And now he's back, with his first SF novel for eight years . . . and it promises to be a publication to remember.
An ex-corporate enforcer, Hakan Veil, is forced to bodyguard Madison Madekwe, part...more
Hakan Veil, ex-Overrider and now muscle for hire, is running hot after coming out of his four month hibernoid sleep rotation. All systems are cranked high, with emotion and aggression responses dialled right up to max, and that’s before everything turns to shit. Someone in the criminal underworld has aggressively disappeared a client he stepped in to protect on his last waking cycle and that’s the kind of disrespect ...more
It's an automatic Hell Yes. I'm a big fan of Cyberpunk and Noir fiction and this has all the same great features (if less technologically advanced) as Altered Carbon. Think Noir disgraced military turned gumshoe but put him firmly on a Mars surrounded by corruption, nasty corporate tricks, an ...more
Hakan Veil is an ex-black ops operative who is now dabbling in crime to keep himself alive. He is a manufactured product developed by a corporation to help them 'solve' problems - usually permanently. He is now unemployed but still has to pay for hibernation. As character, I really liked Hakan. He starts off as an amoral person but soon we get to see hidden depths in him with elements of humanity tha ...more
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Hakan Veil is an ex-overrider, a genetically-engineered and cybernetically-enhanced human essentially ...more
Thin Air spins off from Morgan’s 2007 novel Thirteen (known as Black Man in the UK), another noir-ish action novel about a ...more
It is, essentially, a hard-boiled noir detective story set on the Red Planet. Think of Mike Hammer on Mars! Although set in the same universe as Thirteen, it is a stand alone novel and completely separate from its' predecessor. Meaning, if you haven't read Thirteen, no worries, you will have no problem with starting here. In many ways, I think Thin Air is superior in style and overall fun. It is a great combination of old fashioned detective n ...more
Richard K. Morgan's novel Altered Carbon amazed me—twice, in fact, most recently in 2011—and its popular, high-profile Netflix screen adaptation just came out in 2018. Perhaps that's enough to explain why Morgan's new novel mentions Altered Carbon so prominently on its front cover, and why the quotes on the back are all abo ...more
Every so often when the corruption of this World gets too high, I need a hit of cynical ultraviolent scifi, and who better to deliver this than Richard K Morgan? His first two Takeshi Kovacs novels (Altered Carbon and Woken Furies) are among my all time favorite books, his world-building and character development were phenomenal (forget the obscene corporate saccharine wankfest television series designed for maximum appeal to a brain-dead publicum).
Like most (all?) RKM books ...more
Morgan writes sci-fi that is heavily, heavily influenced by hard-boiled mysteries. Beneath all the whiz-bang high-tech wrappings of interstellar colonization, cybernetic augments, and next-gen weaponry, there's a grizzled take on the classic PI - do ...more
Over all I enjoyed the book, and I liked this character conceit (a bio-engineered "Overrider" who is designed to be sleepless for eight months out of every twelve and comatose for the remaining four; he is designed to be a failsafe on long-haul ships, awakened ...more
As catchy mantras go, I like it, ... and it grew on me (... no, I didn't get it at first, maybe I was a little slow... but), as a warning, a harbinger, or, I dunno, a curse.... If they end up making this one into a movie (or a Netflix series), I expect don't wake the overrider.... could be right up there with I'll be back.... or, I dunno, Jumanji or, for that matter, Beetlejuice, ... it's not exactly a summoning of a demon, ... but I digress.
In any event, it's been y ...more
If you check out the Amazon.com information for this book it shows 544 pages, the Goodreads info shows 400. I can tell you it definitely feels more like the 544. And it started off so well with Richard K Morgan getting the noir element just perfectly blended with the science fiction. I was fully on board with Hakan Veil and his backstory of the four months of the year cryo sleep, coming out o ...more
When the chance came to read a new sci-fi book of his that was set on Mars, I jumped at the opportunity as I love everything Mars. Hak is an overrider exiled to Mars. He’s been bred as an elite soldier/warrior and has en ...more
Constructive criticism for the publisher, Del Rey: make better covers. This cover is the worst. What is this? A b-movie for the ...more
Well this should be interesting
I threw in the towel at 40%.
It just wasn't a good story and the telling of it wasn't good either.
Mars is being audited by Accountants/IRS agents sent from Earth and some people are unhappy with that. An investigation into widespread corruption on Mars. Am i missing something here? Did you say audit?
Part of the problem with this book is the main character. Hakan Veil is just not interesting. I was looking for someone like Han ...more
Part of the problem is the main character. Hakan Veil is both a "hibernoid" and an "o ...more
Thin Air is a vastly reward ...more
The Bad: an overly complicated mystery involving way too many characters, red herrings and corporate espionage. Despite careful reading (and often re-reading) I wasn't really sure who did wha ...more
Second, well... It wasn't great. Not even really all that good. Thin Air has its moments, but uh. Not enough of them. Few and far between.
As usual, Morgan tosses the reader in blind and lets them catch up. The 'lingo, the terms, the plot; pretty much figure it out yourself. It worked in Altered Carbon, and to a lesser extent in Thirt3en. It doesn't work in Thin Air. Not enough is explained, well, ever. Some things are, but most ...more