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Altered Carbon - Richard K. Morgan
Altered Carbon
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Richard Morgan's debut SF thriller Altered Carbon isn't for the faint-hearted. Its noir private-eye investigation races through extreme violence, hideously imaginative torture and many high-tech firefights. In 2411, death is not forever. Afterward, they can read your personality from an... show more
Richard Morgan's debut SF thriller Altered Carbon isn't for the faint-hearted. Its noir private-eye investigation races through extreme violence, hideously imaginative torture and many high-tech firefights. In 2411, death is not forever. Afterward, they can read your personality from an implanted "cortical stack" and upload you into a new body--at a price. Hero Kovacs has worn many bodies on different worlds as a former member of the UN Envoy Corps, programmed killers to a man. Now the incredibly rich Bancroft brings him to Earth to investigate a killing... of Bancroft himself, restored from his digital backup and rejecting the police theory of suicide. Half the vice-lords of 25th-century San Francisco are soon chasing Kovacs with futuristic surveillance, drugs and weaponry. Virtual-reality interrogation means they can torture you to death, and then start again. There's a bleak slave trade in rented or confiscated bodies--and Kovacs finds his current borrowed face is all too well known to both police and underworld. Ultraviolent set-pieces follow, sprinkled with philosophical asides such as this reflection on a stungun: "It was the single forgiving phrase in the syntax of weaponry I had strapped around me. The rest were unequivocal sentences of death." There are some James-Bondian implausibilities, such as Kovacs's final confrontation with the villain he's sworn to kill: rather than shooting and leaving fast, he discusses the plot for 10 pages until... but that would be telling. This is high-tension SF action, hard to put down--though squeamish readers may shut their eyes rather frequently. --David Langford
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780575073227 (0575073225)
Publisher: Gollancz
Pages no: 404
Edition language: English
Series: Takeshi Kovacs (#1)
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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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