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Market Forces

3.58  ·  Rating details ·  5,856 Ratings  ·  312 Reviews
A coup in Cambodia. Guns to Guatemala. For the men and women of Shorn Associates, opportunity is calling. In the superheated global village of the near future, big money is made by finding the right little war and supporting one side against the other–in exchange for a share of the spoils. To succeed, Shorn uses a new kind of corporate gladiator: sharp-suited, hard-driving ...more
Paperback, 464 pages
Published March 1st 2005 by Ballantine Books (first published March 1st 2004)
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6.0 stars. On my list of All Time Favorites. Many people who love Richard Morgan's other books think this is his weakest. I believe this is at least as good as anything else he has written. I absolutely loved the plot of the book and the description of the busines of "conflict investments." Road Warrior meets Wall Street meat Blade Runner. HIGHEST POSSIBLE RECOMMENDATION!!

Winner: John W. Campbell Award for Best Science Fiction Novel
Nominee: Arthur C. Clarke Award for Best Science Fiction Novel
Sep 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Richard Morgan nos envía a un futuro cercano con una novela que me ha resultado realmente hipnótica como reza en su contraportada, atrapándome desde los primeros compases hasta un final muy desolador. Siguiendo el ascenso de Chris Faulkner en la millonaria multinacional Shorn Associattes dentro de la división de Inversión en conflictos, nos adentraremos en una historia que puede reflejar en lo que puede llegar a convertirse el mundo si sigue el mismo rumbo que en la actualidad, y en como un homb ...more
Morgan Murray
Jan 05, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: scifi
What an odd book. Richard Morgan's books always feature heavily on violence and sex, but the Kovacs series seem to hang together a little more coherently than Market Forces - all the way through, there's a sense of viciousness and disgust snarling from the page but I really can't understand about what!

The book tells the story of Chris Faulkner, a Mad Max/Gordon Gecko hybrid who works in Conflict Investment for the Shorn Corporation. The CI arm of the firm bank-roll paramilitary organisations and
Jul 10, 2012 rated it it was ok
I almost gave this book three stars, but now I realize that third star would have been for the phenomenal discussion of philosophy and economics the text sparked in my class, so assuming you are reading this for a course, don't skim it. Otherwise...maybe skim it? Or save it for a plane ride, the beach, or similar.

My experiences thus far indicate that the book appeals more to men, perhaps given its focus on fast armored cars, expensive alcohol, and the occasional porn-star sex scene (none of whic
Richard K. Morgan tiene la –siempre para mi gusto, claro- fabulosa “Solo el Acero”. 5 estrellas.

Richard K. Morgan tiene la –muy buena “Carbono alterado”. 4 estrellas.

Y tiene esta.

(Podéis dejar de leer, las frases anteriores+las 3 estrellas lo definen todo.

Si sois de los que quieren más impresiones pues que no tiene ni la fuerza de “Solo el acero” ni la originalidad de “Carbono alterado”. La trama de megacorporaciones que tiene todo el poder mundial por encima de los estados tampoco es lo más ori
Ramón Nogueras Pérez
Nov 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
La mejor ciencia - ficción es la que hace predicciones creíbles hacia dónde podríamos encaminarnos, dadas unas ciertas circunstancias. En ese sentido, este libro es ciencia - ficción de la mejor que hay.

Lo más aterrador del libro es pensar que, al menos en parte, sucesos como los que describe están sucediendo ya ahora. El autor nos muestra una sociedad en la que, simplemente, el neoliberalismo se quita la careta y consigue su sueño, donde la policía empresarial y el gobierno de las empresas se c
Megan Baxter
Jan 11, 2017 rated it liked it
This book is ludicrous. The premise really doesn't hold up to the minutest bit of scrutiny, and yet the writing isn't quite as pointed as necessary for a satire. But for all that, it was an enjoyable read, once I resolved to stop trying to think if anything like this would ever happen. Because, after all, even if it's ludicrous, Mad Max in the modern corporate world is pretty fun.

Note: The rest of this review has been withheld due to the changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement. You can read
Greg (adds 2 TBR list daily) Hersom
So I almost went with 4 stars for Market Forces, then the last quarter of the book kicked @$$ and I also realized I was really only comparing it to Mr. Morgan's other books. Taking it on it's own, it's definitely a fiver as far as I'm concerned.
I so dig Morgan's stuff. Between his cynical style of writing, his out-there concepts that I can totally believe, and, even his themes that are heavy socialogical. Normally I don't care much for when authors push their personal philosophies and beliefs. N
Maria Arazo
Jul 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, favorites
The fifth star goes for the last 100-150 pages. And because such a fucked up ending deserves them. I mean, that's not a way to end a book if you want your readers to be happy and at ease. But we readers like this sort of literary betrayal, I suppose.

Anyway, the main flaw of Market Forces is that the first 200 pages or so are slow (this is not the best adjective, but I didn't find a better one). And by slow I mean that there are too many small things happening, lots of information being thrown a
’Leyes de mercado’, del inglés Richard K. Morgan, es una novela ágil, escrita de forma directa, con un alto contenido de violencia y sexo. La historia describe una sociedad en la que los ejecutivos de las grandes corporaciones se disputan los contratos en duelos automovilísticos, como si de gladiadores de la carretera se tratase. Y es que los ejecutivos pueden ser retados en cualquier momento por aspirantes a un puesto en estas empresas. A través del protagonista, Chris Faulkner, entramos en est ...more
May 01, 2014 rated it liked it
I'm torn between the fact that I like Morgan's writing -- it's slick, tight, packs a punch -- and the fact that his world is just too ridiculously ultra-violent for me, and the characters I like don't come out well. I liked Chris' wife Carla, but of course, she loses her husband in the worst of way: he's not dead, but he's thrown himself into a life she hates, and refused to accept her help in getting him out of it. And he's cheated on her, of course: let's not forget that.

I find the world-build
-Distopía que huele a sangre, combustible, dinero e inmisericordia neoliberal.-

Género. Ciencia ficción (no exactamente, la verdad, pero es la mejor forma de clasificar la novela).

Lo que nos cuenta. El libro Leyes de mercado (publicación original: Market Forces, 2004) nos presenta a Christopher Faulkner, un ejecutivo recién contratado por la firma londinense Shorn Associates. Su trabajo en la división de Mercados Emergentes en Hammett McColl, y la forma en que superó a su jefe allí, le han labrad
Nathan Burgoine
Mar 20, 2012 rated it it was ok
It would be wrong to say I was totally frustrated with this book. I did finish it, which means it passed the marginal test of "do I even want to bother finishing this?" Well, I finished it. It failed, however, the other marginal test of "should I have bothered finishing this?"

There was one significant strike against it from step one: for whatever the reason, the publisher decided that they would give the book the same style, cover, and font as Morgan's other two books: 'Altered Carbon,' and 'Bro
Mar 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
After several deep recessions, the rift between rich and poor has widened dramatically. Corporations pretty much run the world, and the only game in town is to work for one, if you have the guts for it. Tenders and positions are battled for on the road with car duels, often to the death. It’s all very cutthroat and cool, but Morgan has somehow kept it just this side of believable. Our hero, Chris Faulkner, works for the Shorn Corporation in the Conflict Investment department. His job is, in simp ...more
Neo Marshkga
Aug 21, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: dystopies, cyberpunk
Richard K. Morgan transports us into a world where the only thing that matters is money, where life has a price and where the destiny of whole countries is decided by men who only care about making a profit.
If this sounds s the world we are living in, its is not a coin coincidence, because the book is set in a very near future, where there was a big crisis, and something shifted in civilization.
Whole countries are in ruin, even the ones in the first world, companies are the ones making the calls
Jan 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
Richard Morgan’s Market Forces paints a bleak, disheartening and fairly believable picture of our society in the year 2049. This is a world where the poor are penned in cordoned zones and keep in check by oppressive policing, dugs and lack of education. Corporations hold all the real power and executives (Zek-Tivs) are held to different legal standards. Not such a stretch is it?

The story focuses on the meteoric rise of Chris Faulkner’s career after his brutal killing of a fellow executive to ear
J Higgins
Dec 25, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This is a hard-hitting, brutally portrayed satire about global affairs and funding of wars.

The main character, Cris Faulkner, is a corporate deal maker, but in this world, in order to climb the corporate ladder, you are required to kill the person you wish you replace. This is generally done on the highway in fatal road-rage style face offs. Sometimes multiple agents work together against other firms for an account.

One thing I must stress about this book and all of Morgan's books is that while
Gritty and noirish, a cyberpunk novel that focuses on what happens in the gleaming towers of post-national corporations and leaves Gibson's "street" to a vague, dirty "other place". Richard's command of his craft is clearly evident, making what would otherwise be another noir negative character arc engaging, lively and fun to read.
Peter Tillman
Jan 27, 2016 rated it liked it
A-, very fine thriller with WSOD problems. An entertaining, cinematic and very fast-paced book.
Jul 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Al fin un libro con un final atrevido. Una lectura bastante salvaje y recomendable. Una historia moderna que, sin embargo, casi parece escrita en los 80.
Nicholas Avedon
Apr 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un libro imprescindible, en mayúsculas si te gusta el ciberpunk.

Puede no gustarte parte del estilo de Morgan pero si algo le caracteriza es por crear mundos, de una imaginación portentosa, y además, ahogarte en ellos sin piedad. Lo hizo con Carbono Alterado, y lo vuelve a hacer con Leyes de mercado. Una novela brutal que nos narra la vida dentro de una megacorporación a través de Faulkner, su protagonista. Gracias a él podemos experimentar y ver el ciberpunk desde el otro lado, el de los ganador
Me ha gustado el retrato desquiciado de la sociedad capitalista, con los entretenidos duelos como su máxima expresión. Quizá me ha faltado más profundidad en los personajes para que todavía me pareciese más interesante. No puedo evitar compararla con Carbono alterado y creo que sale perdiendo.
Richard Saar
Dec 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Graham Crawford
Nov 23, 2011 rated it it was ok
Dear Mr Morgan.
I allow my favourite writers one huge stuff up. Consider yourself served. This book was truly terrible in every way. You say it started life as a short story, and then you turned it into a film script. The sort of B grade sci fi with cheap effects I find myself telling friends "no SF's not really like that - the books are really good...Hollywood always dumbs things down".
Well thankfully this story was too dumb for even Hollywood to make.

What dreadful friends you must have, to co
Mathew Whitney
Jul 16, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2015
I had to give this one some time to settle in my mind before sitting down to review it. With Market Forces, Richard K. Morgan puts me in a position as a reader that I haven't found myself in since reading Frederik Pohl's Gateway. I liked the way the story was written, I was interested in the world the author created, and I felt that most of the characters were well-written and the basic premise was good. On the other hand, most of the characters in this book are despicable.

For a little while, th
Thomas Cavano
Dec 03, 2012 rated it liked it
Confessions: First of all, let me confess that I listened to the audio book, read by Simon Vance on a long drive. Second, let me confess that I now have read all of Richard K. Morgan's published novels, and have loved all of them. They are intelligent, surprising, innovative, full of rough humor and rough characters. They are all to some degree horrifying.

This one was one of the roughest, though not for its violence. It is horrifying because its dystopia is so accessible from where we stand. It
Mark Harding
Mar 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
A fascinating book. That Morgan turns such a bleak vision of the world into something that is such fun to read is remarkable.


# Rollerball, Death Race 2000, James Bond (Daniel Craig era)
# Wall Street
# The Godfather
# A Clockwork Orange
# The book is extremely filmic. (In the Acknowledgements you learn the book is derived from a film treatment.)
# Masses of violence, no shortage of sex and a good leavening of wit
# Careful study of a marriage going wrong

As a satire, what is particularly inter
Robert Laird
Nov 29, 2009 rated it it was ok
There's a scene in the book where the characters hear violence in the next apartment, and no one does anything, until our anti-hero gets fed up and goes next door. He ends up shooting the man of the house in the shoulder and knees, and then gives the wife some money to get him patched up.

Well, this story was like that... I was getting fed up with it and wanted to take a gun to the author... not to kill, but simply to maim him by shooting his hands, so he couldn't write any more.

Ok, that's a bit
May 07, 2011 rated it it was ok
I don't know. I just did not like this. I most disliked the bizarre and implausible death car battles by corporate executives. This was crucial to the plot, but thoroughly ridiculous. Other than that, the scenario is an absolutely depressing dystopic vision of capitalism gone wild, where corporate executives toy with and overthrow third world governments for a share of GDP.

All of the characters, with the possible exception of Carla (the protagonist's wife) and her family, are absolutely despica
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