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Altered Carbon: A Takeshi Kovacs Novel (Takeshi Kovacs Novels) Mass Market Paperback – 1600

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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Del Rey (1600)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345457692
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345457691
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 2.9 x 17.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #513,578 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I loved the concept of the book. The idea of digital consciousness is fascinating. However! There is really nasty explicit violence throughout with explicit sex as well. I am totally fine with whatever authors want to write, and rarely find myself out if my comfort zone, but this book is overtly violent with abhorrent animal abuse added in. This book would be inappropriate for younger readers and minimally should come with a warning for 16 and over.
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I inherited this book from a friend of mine who moved to England, and I must say, I wish I'd read it earlier. At first, the levels of violence were a bit of a turn-off (I'm not keen on massive gun-laden stories), but the society inside this Sci-Fi novel is just so interesting and well-crafted, I forgave the violence to enjoy it.
In this future world, everyone is implanted at birth with a "stack," a chip in the back of neck that keeps your memory and personality on file. If you're murdered, and the stack survives, you're "re-sleeved" into another body (synthetic or not) to testify at your trial. Die of old age? Buy a new sleeve, if you can afford it. The amount of "fallout" in this society due to this technology was astounding, and plausible, and done extremely well by Morgan.
At it's heart, this story is a murder mystery, and a story of revenge: someone kills a centuries old "Meth," (Methuselah), who, dutifully backed up every eight hours, comes back, but with no real idea of what happened in those eight hours to lead to his murder, and quite curious about it, and that Meth hires our hero to figure things out. Our hero of the tale is actually a criminal serving time in a virtual jail (his body is, of course, given to someone who needs it more), and he is beamed to earth from his own colony when the Meth hires him. Wearing someone else's body (which has a fallout of its own), the narrator of the tale tries to figure out who would try to kill a man who'd lived centuries, and why...
Between religious and spiritual reasons, hatreds, rivalries, and plain-old-jealousies, there are no shortages of potential murderers, and the tale spins wonderfully. I highly suggest it.
'Nathan
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I read through this novel faster than any I've ever owned. What makes it easy is the overabundance of action and humour.

The reason I finally decided to buy this book was that I'd quoted the sleeving and needlecasting process and wanted a clearer idea of what Morgan actually meant by those terms, in Sci-Fi they are not uncommon but his working implementation of the principles of colony Sci-Fi, though familiar are highly pecimistic.

As a source of inspiration it was disappointing, but for entertainment value it is unparalleled.

I'm recommend Chris Moriarty to anyone who reads Altered Carbon because the styles are near mirror images of each other. As well as the Kevin Anderson Saga of the Seven Stars simply because there are so many of those books that any fan of the genre should find something satisfying within.
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It starts out great with a mystery right out of a noir detective novel in an very interesting world. But then Morgan doesn't what to do with his idea and he just wrote long and novel with a lame plot.
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Richard Morgan's debut novel is a fast-moving, stylish, violent detective thriller set in the distant future. I greatly enjoyed the dry, noir-ish humour and the stack/sleeve technology, which is a pretty slick new package for an existing concept (digitised personalities.) The violence may put off some readers, also the general unpleasantness of Morgan's future society; that world is certainly a cold, hard, ruthless place, ruled by soulless corporations and a monolithic and power-hungry United Nations. However, if you are looking for an action-filled yet thoughtful and well-conceived science fiction novel, look no further. Morgan's newer books are very good too!
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Format: Hardcover
I can't go on enough about how much I enjoyed this novel. My definition of a good book is one that is well written, entertains/enlightens, and is thought provoking...Morgan's latest meets all these criteria. I won't go into about the plot--that's already been done here. Just let me say as someone who has read science fiction for at least 30 years it's rare that I run across a novel this good.
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I've had this book sitting there on my shelves for a few years. And since my latest foray into Richard Morgan territory didn't end up well, I wasn't in any hurry to give him another shot. The more fool me, of course. But everything surrounding my review of The Steal Remains sort of went down the crapper, especially when the Hype Files post went live while I was in Poland.
Still, I should have known better. And since I own everything Morgan has written thus far, I decided to bring Altered Carbon with my as I traveled around Southeast Asia. Let's just say that with all the rave reviews this novel has garnered over the years, my expectations were rather high. Although I didn't think he managed to do it with fantasy, with science fiction Richard Morgan can swing with the best of them. And he packs a powerful KO punch.

Simply put, Altered Carbon is definitely one of the best scifi novels I have read in my life. This seamless blend of science fiction/hard-boiled crime/cyberpunk novel is amazing. The more so when considering that this was Morgan's debut!

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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 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.
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