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Altered Carbon by Richard K. Morgan
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Jul 13, 2007

really liked it
bookshelves: sci-fi-fantasy, audiobook
Read from July 31 to August 17, 2012

OOO eee that's a complicated world right there. Keeping up with what chemical does what to which sleeve and where the essence of who someone actually IS resides makes my head spin. Porn doesn't just pop up on your computer - it assaults you with street-casts if you wander too close to their curbside transmissions. There is every sort of virtual and actual sex and, if you have the money - an ability to live forever in a fresh, young body.

This ability to live forever has its drawbacks. Kicks just keep get harder to find. And these cyber-vampire-like rich people can feel like they have all the answers and are apt to ride high on a big ol' power trip.

Takeshi Lev Kovacs is kind of a super soldier who is hired by one of these ancient super-rich and is brought back to life to save the day. Kind of a tricked out deputy dog. And I understand that his character continues to kick ass in 2 other books by Morgan.

It's written a bit like there is a prequel - but there is not.
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