Altered Carbon

Altered Carbon

Book - 2003
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * NOW AN EXCITING NEW SERIES FROM NETFLIX * The shell that blew a hole in his chest was only the beginning in this "tour de force of genre-bending, a brilliantly realized exercise in science fiction."-- The New York Times Book Review

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.

Praise for Altered Carbon

"Compelling . . . immensely entertaining . . . [Richard] Morgan's writing is vivid and his plotting inventive." -- The Philadelphia Inquirer

"A fascinating trip . . . Pure high-octane science fiction mixes with the classic noir private-eye tale." -- Orlando Sentinel

"Gritty and vivid . . . looks as if we have another interstellar hero on our hands." -- USA Today
Publisher: New York : Del Rey/Ballantine Books, 2003, c2002.
Edition: 1st American ed.
ISBN: 9780345457684
Branch Call Number: FIC Mor
Characteristics: 375 p. ; 24 cm.


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Apr 22, 2019

There's a concept in advertising that I think can also be applied to writing, when trying to attract attention to your piece of writing, write important stuff first. At first, it seemed like thats where this book was going, there was a cool concept, a cool gag about how this character has the perfect stereotypical investigator body, complete with average looks and an addiction to smoking, but also an interesting commentary on how religious groups could see this new technology that are "sleeves". It's set up began well, but then the tone shifted dramatically, the author found it necessary to describe how horny nearly everyone is in the book. He takes the time to lay out a scene in which an attractive woman leads the protagonist to the millionaire who wants to give him an assignment, but puts a lot of emphasis on describing the woman's boobs, and how horny the protagonist is and a painting they pass that depicts a rocket that "didn't help" the investigator calm down. Not what I signed up for.

Feb 02, 2019

I tried but this one didn't pass the 50 page test. Sorry Mr. Morgan. If you want to read a GOOD noir mystery, try Jim Thompson or the master of the pulp fiction/mystery genre, Cornell Woolrich.

Feb 02, 2019

Got a good review from a website I frequent , so checked it out but it was too far out for me to read. Wasn't believable like it could happen in the future. Belongs in the science fiction fantasy realm .

ArapahoeSiddra May 03, 2018

A lot of sci fi with extra murder mystery sprinkled on top. If you liked Blade Runner give this a try.

movieangel Apr 21, 2018

If you like detective noir and hard science fiction, this is the book for you. The world is interesting and complex with a lot to explore. I only gave it three and a half stars because the story can get too caught up in side plot and details, making it hard to follow, and some of the world concepts aren't well-explained.

Mar 26, 2017

This book is more a murder mystery than good science fiction. There are better murder mysteries and science fiction books out there.

May 27, 2016

Although the author did a great job getting the "sensory" parts of this book down (mood, atmosphere, sensory perception), the plot was too scattered and un-focused for my liking. As such, I could only give it 2 stars. But since it was the author's first book, I'll likely try one of his later works as well.

Nov 24, 2013

I liked the book. It pushes past the reliogous nuts in this world that want to insult something they dont understand.

Jun 03, 2011

Interesting concept of swapping to various bodies - liked it and will try the next one now.

Sep 08, 2010

Despite the fact that Mr. Kovacs never met a female he didn't want to boink (and generally does)... plus the occasional feeling that this was a "hard-boiled" detective novel disguised as science fiction (I like SF... I don't like detective novels)... plus the movie script feel to the whole thing (no messy star contracts for the studio, the hero can be played by anyone!).... despite all that, I enjoyed this well enough to propel me into the next Takeshi Kovacs novel.

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