Altered Carbon

Altered Carbon

eBook - 2003
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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: Del Rey,, 2003
ISBN: 9780345457707
0345457706
Call Number: EBOOK AXIS 360
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: Baker & Taylor Axis 360

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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.

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gigantor86
Mar 21, 2018

The concept that the body is a disposable commodity takes our consumerist society to a whole new level and poses questions about who we are and how we interact with our environment and our own selves. Are we really this superficial and exploitative?
It reads like a shallow detective novel, but has underlying questions which leave you up at night wondering about where we're heading as a species.

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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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