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Altered Carbon: A Takeshi Kovacs Novel…
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Altered Carbon: A Takeshi Kovacs Novel (Takeshi Kovacs Novels) (original 2002; udgave 2006)

af Richard K. Morgan

Serier: Takeshi Kovacs (1)

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5,8171861,301 (3.99)1 / 216
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¿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.… (mere)
Medlem:AKmary
Titel:Altered Carbon: A Takeshi Kovacs Novel (Takeshi Kovacs Novels)
Forfattere:Richard K. Morgan
Info:Del Rey (2006), Edition: Reprint, Mass Market Paperback, 526 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
Vurdering:****
Nøgleord:Ingen

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Altered Carbon af Richard K. Morgan (2002)

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    Kiln People af David Brin (reading_fox)
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    Snow Crash af Neal Stephenson (electronicmemory)
  3. 31
    Sandman Slim af Richard Kadrey (Anonym bruger)
    Anonym bruger: Both these novels are told in first person by men who are not averse to a bit of violence every now and then, and who have a certain attitude towards the universe. Altered Carbon is SF, while Sandman Slim is more of a Supernatural Urban Fantasy.… (mere)
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    Cyteen af C. J. Cherryh (VictoriaPL)
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    Heroes Die af Matthew Woodring Stover (nsblumenfeld)
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    Sleepless af Charlie Huston (sturlington)
  7. 10
    Burning Chrome and other stories af William Gibson (electronicmemory)
  8. 10
    God's War af Kameron Hurley (bookwormelf)
    bookwormelf: Nyx and Takeshi are quite similar protagonists. Dark sci-fi, crapsack world, specially trained government assassins gone freelance
  9. 10
    Chasm City af Alastair Reynolds (voodoochilli)
    voodoochilli: Very similar.
  10. 10
    Emissaries from the Dead af Adam-Troy Castro (majkia)
    majkia: Another mystery set in a sci fi universe. Altered Carbon is darker in tone, but equally focused on solving a murder (or several)
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    Permutation City af Greg Egan (jekier)
    jekier: Heavily features mind uploading.
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    Gridlinked af Neal Asher (reading_fox)
    reading_fox: Similar themes
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    The Blackouts af Robert Brockway (TomWaitsTables)
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    Dancing with Eternity af John Patrick Lowrie (viking2917)
    viking2917: exploration of personality downloads, immortality
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    Valleyguy: Dark and noirish with an anti-hero and a well thought out sci-fi element
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A science fiction detective story of a immortal man hiring a rough, violent person to solve his alleged suicide. The main story is similar to the TV show, but a lot of the details are different. The writing is good, but focuses a lot on being overly descriptive at times especially during a very long sex scene. The detective piece is great and there are a lot of interesting characters. The best part though is how the author delves into the cyberpunk themes and the ability to transfer consciousness to any body. ( )
  renbedell | Jun 13, 2021 |
I read this as part of my ongoing investigation of science fiction about mind transference and life extension; it's set in a world where people can move their minds into different bodies ("sleeves") as easily as you or I might change our clothes-- at least, if you have the money for it. It's a hardboiled detective story, about someone investigating the murder of a man who didn't die, because his mind was restored from a backup and loaded into a clone.

At first it's fun. Morgan gets the style of hardboiled down very well, and he explores a lot of the different ways, little and big, that this kind of mind transference technology might affect a society. It's 516 pages, though, and I ended up feeling that there was maybe about 400 pages of actual incident and ideas in it; I hit a point where I was just waiting for the end to come because it seemed nothing new was really happening anymore. I kind of lost track of why the protagonist was doing what he was doing.

Still, the book raises some good issues about this kind of technology and has plenty that entertains. I think I will be teaching it my class on sf and life extension, and I definitely will get around to the sequels someday, too.
  Stevil2001 | Jun 4, 2021 |
The Netflix series was better.
  amoderndaybelle | May 27, 2021 |
"Pobre Muerte, no estaba a la altura de las circunstancias, nada pudo hacer contra la potencia del carbono alterado y las tecnologías de almacenaje y recuperación de datos. Hubo un tiempo en que vivíamos aterrados esperando su llegada. Ahora coqueteamos con su sombría dignidad, y los seres como ellos ni siquiera la dejan entrar por la puerta de servicio..."

Una historia bien narrada, que te va atrapando de a poco y que, aunque pueda parecer algo enredada, permite con facilidad llevar el hilo. El desarrollo de los personajes se va dando bien, especialmente con el protagonista, aunque faltó un poco más en otros.

De todas formas, es un libro dinámico, de lectura fácil (en mi caso) y que combina, para mi gusto, de correcta manera, la veta policial-detectivesca con la ciencia ficción. Ahora bien, si por algún motivo se enreda en la trama (puede pasar), apóyese en la serie de Netflix que, aunque se pierde pasos, facilita el entendimiento. Y (oh, sorpresa) es hasta mejor que el libro. ( )
  JoseContrerasC | Apr 24, 2021 |
An entertaining sci-fi noir that could have done with a little less narration by the main character on anatomy.

For those that have seen the show, both have their strengths and weaknesses but one salient non-spoiler point I wish they would have kept for the show: Kovacs is not one of the last envoys alive. He was not part of the rebellions. The Protectorate actually created the envoys as super-human soldiers to combat said resistance. The envoys still exist - super soldiers without a war. Which is hinted at as causing issues throughout the galaxy. ( )
  illmunkeys | Apr 22, 2021 |
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In this rousing first novel, Morgan reimagines Chandler's "Big Sleep" as 25th-century noir, with a Philip Marlowe-esque protagonist trying to avoid "real death" in a world where serial resurrection is a privilege of the rich and ruthless.
 

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This book is for my father and mother: JOHN for his iron endurance and unflagging generosity of spirit in the face of adversity & MARGARET for the white hot rage that dwells in compassion and a refusal to turn away.
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Pull on the new flesh like borrowed gloves
And burn your fingers once again.
An electronic demon, a malignant spirit that dwelled in altered carbon and emerged only to possess flesh and wreak havoc.
“Credit access will cease in thirty second,’ said the hotel patiently. ‘Please key in your DNA signature now.’
‘Mr. Kovacs won’t be needing his reservation,’ said the man behind me, putting a hand on my shoulder. ‘Come on, Kovacs, we’re going for a ride.’
‘I cannot assume host prerogatives without payment,’ said the woman on the screen.
Something in the tone of that phrase stopped me as I was turning, and on impulse I forced out a sudden, racking cough.
‘What—”
Bending forward with the force of the cough, I raised a hand to my mouth and licked my thumb.
‘The fuck are you playing at, Kovacs?’
I straightened again and snapped my hand out to the keypad beside the screen. Traces of spittle smeared over the matte black receiver. A split second later a calloused palm edge cracked into the left side of my skull and I collapsed to my hands and knees on the floor. A boot lashed into my face and I went the rest of the way down.
‘Thank you sir.’ I heard the voice of the hotel through a roaring in my head. ‘Your account is being processed.’
I tried to get up and got a second boot in the ribs for the trouble. Blood dripped from my nose onto the carpet. The barrel of the gun ground into my neck.
‘That wasn’t smart, Kovacs.’ The voice was marginally less calm. ‘If you think the cops are going to trace us where you’re going, then the stack must have fucked your brain. Now get up!’
He was pulling me to my feet when the thunder cut loose.
Why someone had seen fit to equip the Hendrix’s security systems with twenty-millimetre automatic cannon was beyond me, but they did the job with devastating totality. Out of the corner of one eye I glimpsed the twin-mounted autoturret come snaking down from the ceiling just a moment before it channeled a three-second burst of fire through my primary assailant. Enough firepower to bring down a small aircraft. The noise was deafening.
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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¿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.

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