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Altered Carbon by Richard K. Morgan
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Sep 17, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: cyberpunk, science-fiction

A fun fast paced read. Hard-boiled hero in a future where a person's consciousness can be stored in a advanced data chip called a "stack" and "sleeved" into different bodies. Morgan writes a good noir detective story and deftly handles the implications on society of his stack technology. Rated R for sex and violence. His hero is a ex-super special forces soldier who is downloaded into a body to solve a crime for a very rich client. His rich client is hundreds of years old because he has the money to keep a steady supple of new bodies for his use. When one wears out, he moves on to the next one.

Aside from that, the novel is very complex (for a detective thriller). You really have to pay attention to the details or you'll get lost. Even when things are explained, I found myself saying, "Wait a minute--...oh...oh, yeah!...I get it." Even though the book is short in page length, it turned out to be a long read. There was just a lot to absorb in spite of it being a relatively action-packed novel.

Anyway, it was something I enjoyed, and something I would highly recommend.

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Quotes Lee Liked

Richard K. Morgan
“The human eye is a wonderful device. With a little effort, it can fail to see even the most glaring injustice.”
Richard K. Morgan, Altered Carbon

Reading Progress

September 17, 2010 – Shelved
August 19, 2011 – Started Reading
August 19, 2011 –
page 212
August 20, 2011 –
page 300
August 22, 2011 –
page 446
August 23, 2011 – Shelved as: cyberpunk
August 23, 2011 – Shelved as: science-fiction
August 23, 2011 – Finished Reading

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