Altered Carbon: A Takeshi Kovacs Novel (Takeshi Kovacs Novels) Mass Market Paperback – 1600
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Richard Morgan is 39 and was, until his writing career took off, a tutor at Strathclyde University in the English Language Teaching division. He has travelled widely and lived in Spain and Istanbul. He is a fluent Spanish speaker. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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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.
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.
Recommended to everyone - especially William Gibson's fans (trying to make do with his latest, well, dyspeptic novels...)
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I loved every second of this book. I would highly recommend it to anyone with a passing interest in sci fi.Published 13 hours ago by Alexander Peters
great read. Clever concept and story but brilliantly written by an author who is also a verbal craftsman. The language alone almost makes the book worth reading.Published 10 days ago by Johannes Wessels
Great book, hope the new tv series rumored to be is does it justicePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
The book itself is good. The quality of the product I received was not. Two of the disks have holes in them. Should probably have been listed as poor condition rather than fairPublished 6 months ago by John
I found this book recommended as a top 50 SF novel. And I agree. Punchy, visionary and a darn good read!Published on April 14 2013 by Keinnon
Altered Carbon started off well: an interesting, if semi-sociopathic, main character, an intriguing mystery, and rapid pacing. Read morePublished on Oct. 3 2010 by Zafri M.
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... Read morePublished on July 31 2010 by Patrick St-Denis, editor of Pat's Fantasy Hotlist
The plot of this novel is based on a very original idea: the ability to digitize human consciousness. Read morePublished on April 22 2010 by S. Lavigne