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Altered Carbon - Richard K. Morgan
Altered Carbon
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In the twenty-fifth century, humankind has spread throughout the galaxy, monitored by the watchful eye of the U.N. While divisions in race, religion, and class still exist, advances in technology have redefined life itself. Now, assuming one can afford the expensive procedure, a person’s... show more
In the twenty-fifth century, humankind has spread throughout the galaxy, monitored by the watchful eye of the U.N. While divisions in race, religion, and class still exist, advances in technology have redefined life itself. Now, assuming one can afford the expensive procedure, a person’s consciousness can be stored in a cortical stack at the base of the brain and easily downloaded into a new body (or “sleeve”) making death nothing more than a minor blip on a screen.Ex-U.N. envoy Takeshi Kovacs has been killed before, but his last death was particularly painful. Dispatched one hundred eighty light-years from home, re-sleeved into a body in Bay City (formerly San Francisco, now with a rusted, dilapidated Golden Gate Bridge), Kovacs is thrown into the dark heart of a shady, far-reaching conspiracy that is vicious even by the standards of a society that treats “existence” as something that can be bought and sold. For Kovacs, the shell that blew a hole in his chest was only the beginning. . . .From the Trade Paperback edition.
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Format: mass market paperback
ISBN: 9780345457691 (0345457692)
Publisher: Del Rey Books
Pages no: 526
Edition language: English
Series: Takeshi Kovacs (#1)
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bookaneer rated it
4.5 "Pull on new flesh like borrowed gloves / And burn your fingers once again."
Altered Carbon by Richard K Morgan Murder, intrigue, and digital human freight. For me, speculative-hardboiled genre melds are a deeply satisfying blend of the familiar and the alien. Hardboiled is an incredibly restrictive, trope-driven genre: there’s the jaded hero, the mean streets, the femme f...
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3.0 Altered Carbon
This book took me to nasty places, and it was too early in the journey that I had to resign myself to having committed my time to a crime novel — which is all well and good if it is intricate crimes and well thought out deaths that you're after, but the sci fi elements were so intriguing that I had ...
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4.5 Altered Carbon.
A fun and fast-paced thrill ride, almost impossible for me to put down. Picture a hard-boiled noir, the solitary, weary worldly detective, blunted emotional skills, stepping on toes as he investigates. Merge that plot and character with innovative science fiction–digitized personalities that can be ...
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1.0 Altered Carbon (Gollancz Sf S.)
Some of the ideas were fine. The violence totally spoiled it. At the end I felt polluted by it.
William's Book Blog
William's Book Blog rated it
1.0 Altered Carbon
Some of the ideas were fine. The violence totally spoiled it. At the end I felt polluted by it.
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