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Altered Carbon [Epub] ➟ Altered Carbon Author Richard K. Morgan – It's the twenty fifth century and advances in technology have redefined life itself A person's consciousness can now be stored in the brain and downloaded into a new body or sleeve making death nothin It's the twenty fifth century and advances in technology have redefined life itself A person's consciousness can now be stored in the brain and downloaded into a new body or sleeve making death nothing than a minor blip on a screen Onetime UN Envoy Takeshi Kovacs has been killed before but his last death was particularly painful Resleeved into a body in Bay City formerly San Francisco 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 For Kovacs the shell that blew a hole in his chest was only the beginning.

10 thoughts on “Altered Carbon

  1. Emily (Books with Emily Fox) Emily (Books with Emily Fox) says:

    I haven't DNFed a book in a while but I just can't seem to get into this oneI don't need to know that the character's penis is getting hard while staring at the boobs of the woman he's interviewing about the death of her husband twice in 3 pagesI don't need to know he's half ass masturbating back in his hotel room I don't need to know about the boobs of every female characters especially if you're going to call them elusive globesI don't need a cringy sex scene and all of this before page 120 I just don'tThis was sold to me as a great sci fi book with clones but it read like a bad porn written by a 15yo Not for meFor salt

  2. Patrick Patrick says:

    Folks have been recommending I read Richard Morgan for years But I've got a to read stack longer than my arm and my reading time is rather precious It's a big risk to try a longish book by an author I've never read before In a nutshell I loved it About halfway through the book I looked it up online and saw that it won a bunch of awards It deserves them I don't read as much Sci fi as I used to but I'm no newbie The world is uniue and fresh Good characters Interesting mystery Yeah Good stuff I'll be reading his other books shortly

  3. Kevin Kelsey Kevin Kelsey says:

    I walked beside the woman I had killed last week and tried to hold up my end of a conversation about catsA solid neo noir cyberpunk detective story that plays out in a fascinating science fiction universe If you’re a fan of the genre you owe it to yourself to pick this one up It's pitch black dark brutally ultra violent and fun as hell I particularly loved the concept of “sleeving” and the method by which characters undergo interstellar travel This is a cold difficult reality in which Kovacs exists and it feels lived in with a lot of backstory beneath the surface I’m hoping that backstory is explored later in the series because it’s seriously intriguing The pacing feels a little slow around the 80% mark but that could just be a symptom of how fast paced it is everywhere else There's also a chapter near the end that feels almost entirely superfluous Personally I think the book would've been better without its inclusion This book also contains the most unintentionally hilarious sex scene I’ve ever read Ever You’ll know what I’m talking about when you get to it It’s interesting The novel has a fairly complicated plot that comes together almost flawlessly in the end I could see this being even better on the second read I'll definitely be reading the rest of this series

  4. Matthew Matthew says:

    Confusing books lead to bullet point reviews It's the best way for me to gather my thoughts3 to 35 starsI liked the book but I didn't love it I had been hoping to like it much than I did My wife and I are reading it at the same time with plans to follow it up with the Netflix show After reading I may not be rushing into watching itPositives Very uniue and creative While it does have some shades of other darkgritty sci fi I have read or seen the concepts were fresh and intriguing To expand on the last bullet point there were scenes throughout the book that were very fascinating The futuristic possibilities technologies devices politics etc expanded upon by the author are pretty freaking coolNegatives Some may say that this is an intelligent novel that makes you think For me it was just a very confusing novel Every time I thought I knew what happened there would be some weird shift seemingly out of left field and I was lost again Often I was not sure where they were or what they were doing Then as before I would start to think I knew what was happening and the shift would happen again Maybe this is appropriate for a book where people keep switching bodies I was a theater major in college and had to take a class on naked vs nude in art Naked being gratuitous and mainly for shock value and nude actually advancing the plot and increasing the artistic value The sex and violence in this book are very heavy on the naked side Not that I mind a little gore or some steamy hanky panky but it was kind of extreme in this book and I am not sure it was truly needed for the plot Audiobook this part is not really a complaint about the book so I tried my hardest not to include it in my overall impression but it is hard to separate The audiobook was not great The narrator was monotone and whispery Half the time I could barely hear him The other half of the time I wondered if he cared all that much Definitely not at the top of my audiobook suggestionsNeutral He compares getting your nose broken to biting into a stalk of celery So there is that Recommended for Fans of dark and gritty Sci fi stories People who must read the book before watching the series Lovers of complex twisty out there plotsAvoid if You are confused easily You don't care for gratuitous sex and violence

  5. April April says:

    Hearing that Netflix new series is based off this series made me want to read this even Only hope the show is as good as the book is

  6. carol. carol. says:

    A fun and fast paced thrill ride almost impossible for me to put down Picture a hard boiled noir the solitary weary worldly detective blunted emotional skills stepping on toes as he investigates Merge that plot and character with innovative science fiction–digitized personalities that can be downloaded into new bodies with the right reasons or enough cash and the result is eminently readableFull review posted at

  7. William Kalb William Kalb says:

    I hate this book Hate hate hate it I hate the characters I hate the plot I hate the cover I hate the way it smells and I hate the way it knocked over a lamp when I frisbeed it across the room in a fit of literary angst It came to me highly recommended by a number of friends good friends caring kind and well read friends who share with me a love of speculative fiction We all love Snow Crash and Neuromancer and Babylon 5 and we all hate football and direct sunlight We are all science or engineering majors and therefore we spent our socially awkward bespectacled childhoods sitting in the back of French class surreptitiously reading The Lord of the Rings under our desks while Monsieur Charpentier tried to teach us the subjunctive mood What I'm trying to say is that yes I have a certain amount of nerd cred and come from a background well suited to an appreciation of cyberpunk So when I heard about Altered Carbon I didn’t hesitate to pick it upMy main problem with this book can be summed up as everythingSeriously everything Every single aspect of this book conspired together to instill in me a strange mixture of despair anger and boredom To call the characters one dimensional would be an insult to the number line The plot is convoluted and nonsensical The protagonist Takeshi Kovacs is an Envoy a sort of highly trained elite interstellar soldier and one of the most blitheringly stupid morons I’ve had the displeasure of reading about New technologies are condensed out of thin air to arbitrarily move the plot along Every character to whom the reader is supposed to be sympathetic is either an unlikable asshole an idiot or bothChoose two Incompetent unlikable cliché Bam you’ve described a character in Altered CarbonAnd then there’s the violence Now I thoroughly enjoyed The Repossession Mambo renamed Repo Men after the movie came out a book so blood soaked that it’s practically a biohazard Somehow Morgan has managed to craft a work of prose so exuisitely brutish that it made me uncomfortable That’s actually kind of impressive Good jobMorgan also seems to have a fascination with the word “enzyme” It gets a little weirdAt the end of the day I ended up putting this book down six sevenths of the way through because I found out there was a seuel dashing my hopes that Kovacs would permanently die in a horrible way on the last page By around the halfway point I was literally reading Altered Carbon out of pure spite I hate this book I hate Richard Morgan and I hate you Not because you deserve it you are probably a perfectly fine human being or a reasonable facsimile thereof but because any time I think about Altered Carbon I am unable to experience any emotion but unending bitter sobbing hatred I read most of Altered Carbon and came out the other side a changed man and not for the better Please for the love of all that you hold dear don’t read this book And if you do don’t tell me that you enjoyed it or I might just vomit all over you andor punch you in the solar plexus before you have a chance to say “postmodern”Now if you’ll excuse me I am going to hug a cat and watch a Pixar movie If that doesn’t cheer me up I’ll probably be forced to check out every copy of Altered Carbon from a library light them on fire throw the ashes into a river and listen to Smile Empty Soul songs until I can’t feel emotions any

  8. Dan Schwent Dan Schwent says:

    Takeshi Kovacs is killed on an another world and re sleeved in Bay City in the body of a disgraced cop His mission find out who killed Laurens Bancroft a Meth short for Methusaleh billionaire Bancroft and is offering Kovacs his freedom as a reward Only a lot of people don't want anyone to know why Bancroft killed himself Can Kovacs get to the bottom of things before the demons in Bancroft's private life get him?I bought this for a buck and it languished on my shelf for a couple years Was it worth a buck? Damn right it wasKovacs' uest takes him through the seedy underworld of the Bay City sex trade among other places The supporting cast namely Ortega Miriam Bancroft Kadmin and Trepp keep the plot going fairly smoothly The action is fast and furious and the sci fi elements enhance the mystery rather than being set pieces The mystery itself has so many twists and turns that it was hard to keep track I like when a mystery surprises me this much Kovacs wouldn't be out of place in any number of crime novels Bay City is a like a futuristic and dirtier San Francisco and is fairly well realized as a setting It's hard to believe this was Morgan's first novelBut Dan? you ask Why only a three? Why not a four or even a five? Well I liked this book but I sure wasn't in love with it First the sex scenes were unnecessary and frankly kind of repetitive Let's just say 69 is a popular number in the future Also for what the book was it seemed slow in the middle like fifty to seventy pages could've have been lost without missing much The plot zigged and zagged so much I'd nearly forgotten about the Bancrofts by the end Other than that I've got no complaints If you like your sci fi with an action bend andor are a fan of crime novels this should keep you occupied for a few hours

  9. Lyn Lyn says:

    Gritty neo noir post modern cyberpunk sexual violent and fun than a barrel of monkeysRichard K Morgan’s 2002 introduction to BADASS Takeshi Kovacs was to literature as a triple bacon cheeseburger is to fine cuisine – a guilty but fun throat punch and kick to the groinFirst of all Morgan’s world building is TASTY Check this out to get around faster than light travel or generational ship logistics consciousness can be downloaded to a chip and then uploaded to a waiting human shell called a “sleeve” And that’s just where the fun starts a sleeve isn’t necessarily some grown for that purpose clone this can be a criminal or victim whose consciousness has been stored and then the body is available for purchase So you can hang out with your neighbor friend or lover – except it’s not them just the body walking around with someone else looking out through the old eyes Morgan doesn’t let this scenario go unplumbed eitherBuilt around a weird murder mystery – except the “victim” is trying to solve his own death – and you know what I’m not even going to try and explain that you just gotta read it – BUT I will say that the victim is a tool called a Meth short for Methusaleh meaning rich folks who can afford to live forever Morgan doesn’t let this scenario go unplumbed eitherAnyway fun fun fun Speculative fiction fans will want to don some latex gloves grab a tetanus shot and curl up with this NASTY bit of make believe

  10. Bradley Bradley says:

    Re read 22718I had to pick this up again and hop on to the second and third books mostly because I was guilted into it by the Netflix production I really enjoyed the show and found myself misremembering some plot pointsIt turns out I didn't misremember The tv show was close to 90% faithful The other bits might be reveals pulled forward from the subseuent books which I haven't read I honestly don't know And that's why I'm doing the re read So did I enjoy it the second time around? Yep I did I really appreciate the whole concept of post cyberpunk societies running with the technological development and getting established darkly We're all just meat suits No one really dies unless you get your implant destroyed or your backups corrupted but in the meantime you can get a new meat suit Or if you have a religious outlook that prevents it you can't Starting from there it's a great crime drama a private PI with a dark past and enough twists and turns to turn most regular mysteries into cheap trash So do I recommend? Hell ya Original reviewGreat genre writing even if it is a perfect mix of noir and post cyberpunk I know I know cyberpunk is generally associated with noir 50's style tough guy private eye pulp only with the shinyThis is different because it is POST cyberpunk in the great tradition I love to associate with Brin's Kiln People or any of the hard sci Stross or some of the best of Stephenson You know the sci taken to the second or the third steps and then twisted and here you've got a stock character thrown into this really messed up science fiction world and it all depends on how well the story is written and yes oh yes it is written very well and is very enjoyable

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