Cheri P, October 31, 2014 (view all comments by Cheri P)
I finally dove into Altered Carbon after receiving a baker's dozen recommendations. I enjoyed it well enough, but it didn't prove to be the knock-my-socks-off experience I thought it may be.
I liked settling into the book. I liked figuring out the world, sleeves, stacks, needlecasts, dipping, viruses, meths, real death... pretty interesting stuff.
I disliked the body count in this book, though. This is one of the more violence-ridden novels I've read in a very long time, and I admit that it put me off. I disliked the torture in this book. I disliked how graphically Morgan detailed the torture, especially when it was done to Kovacs's temporary female sleeve.
That really bugged me.
There are some solid female characters here, that's a plus, though they all seem to use sex as a weapon or tool (with, perhaps, the exception of Trepp... she may be my favorite character in this book). At it's core, this book is about sex, violence, and moral depravity.
Maybe I'll read the next one. If Trepp is in it, I probably will.
Aveeare, April 22, 2008 (view all comments by Aveeare)
I was bored, needed a book, and picked this up after reading the title. Upon finishing it, my coworker told me her husband had read it and talked about it all the time (so much so that she felt she had a grasp of the world it details). At any rate, reading Altered Carbon was like watching Bladerunner again, and the idea of "sleeving" was really interesting. I'm on his second book, and I heartily recommend that as well.
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Alan Thornsberry, December 10, 2007 (view all comments by Alan Thornsberry)
I work TOO much. I dont have time to read for fun. I know for some, they would never understand that. My wife is one of those people. But for this book I will take a brake. - also, I am a robot.
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Del Rey Books -
This debut novel effortlessly blends the techno-fetish of William Gibson, the hardboiled detective narrative of Dashiell Hammett and the rapid-fire heroic bloodshed of the films of John Woo. If you enjoy such cyberpunk classics as Snow Crash and Neuromancer, Altered Carbon deserves a space on your reading list.
by Gerry Donaghy, Powells.com,
"For readers who enjoy their heroes nihilistic and their action raw, Altered Carbon is the must-read book of the year. This is post-millennial storytelling of the highest order: one that raises the bar for future cyberpunk writers." (read the entire Powells.com review)
by Publishers Weekly,
"This fast-paced, densely textured, impressive first novel is an intriguing hybrid of William Gibson's Neuromancer and Norman Spinrad's Deus X....Morgan's 25th-century Earth is convincing, while the questions he poses about how much Self is tied to body chemistry and how the rich believe themselves above the law are especially timely."
by Kirkus Reviews,
"The way ahead is quickly littered with...enough juicy future-detail to make any veteran SF scribe jealous. The body count is high, the gadgetry pure genius, the sex scenes deliriously overwrought, and the worn cynicism thoroughly distasteful: a welcome return to cyberpunk's badass roots."
by London Times,
"This seamless marriage of hardcore cyberpunk and hard-boiled detective tale is an astonishing first novel."
by SF Site,
"An exciting SF/crime hybrid, with an intricate (but always plausible) plot, a powerful noir atmosphere, and enough explosive action to satisfy the most die-hard thriller fan."
by USA Today,
"Altered Carbon plays out like a film in your head. The landscape and vision are gritty and vivid, recalling Blade Runner."
by Regina Schroeder, Booklist,
"This far-future hard-boiled detective story is a lovely virtual-reality romp distinguished by a conspiracy whose strands have the potential to generate several successful sequels, which is just what its publicity promises."
by SFX Magazine,
"An exhilarating and glossy adventure....What makes Altered Carbon a winner is the quality of Morgan?s prose. For every piece of John Woo action there is a stunning piece of reflective description, a compelling sense of place, and abundant 24-karat witticisms."
by Library Journal,
"Morgan's debut novel, the first in a series, combines noir mystery with ultra-high tech science to create a complex sf thriller. Featuring a hard-nosed antihero with his own sense of personal honor and ethics, this is highly recommended for sf collections."
by Gerald Jonas, The New York Times Book Review,
"If you've ever wondered what kind of science fiction Raymond Chandler might have written for a futuristic Philip Marlowe, check out Altered Carbon....[T]he pleasures to be gleaned from such entertainments hardly depend on the exercise of ratiocination. It's been said that not even Chandler could untwist all the kinks in the plot of The Big Sleep."
by Peter Hamilton,
"An astonishing piece of work....A wonderful SF idea....Altered Carbon hits the floor running and then starts to accelerate. Intriguing and inventive in equal proportions and refuses to let go until the last page."
A stunning debut sci-fi/noir thriller reminiscent of Blade Runner — and the beginning of a new series featuring a one-of-a-kind anti-hero: ex-UN envoy Takeshi Kovaks.
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