Altered Carbon

Altered Carbon

Book - 2008
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This must-read story is a confident, action-and-violence packed thriller, and future classic noir SF novel from a multi-award-winning author.

Four hundred years from now mankind is strung out across a region of interstellar space inherited from an ancient civilization discovered on Mars. The colonies are linked together by the occasional sublight colony ship voyages and hyperspatial data-casting. Human consciousness is digitally freighted between the stars and downloaded into bodies as a matter of course.

But some things never change. So when ex-envoy, now-convict Takeshi Kovacs has his consciousness and skills downloaded into the body of a nicotine-addicted ex-thug and presented with a catch-22 offer, he really shouldn#65533;t be surprised. Contracted by a billionaire to discover who murdered his last body, Kovacs is drawn into a terrifying conspiracy that stretches across known space and to the very top of society.

For a first-time SF writer to be so surely in command of narrative and technology, so brilliant at world-building, so able to write such readable and enjoyable SF adventure, is simply extraordinary.

Publisher: London : Gollancz, 2008, c2001.
ISBN: 9780575081246
0575081244
Characteristics: 471 p. ;,20 cm.

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Jacques2016
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.

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crepka
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.

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tstcman
Nov 24, 2013

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

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ravensview
Jun 03, 2011

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

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stuvw27
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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goglover
Jul 23, 2009

Tarentino meets Hunter Thompson meets Raymond Chandler

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