View Full Version : 'Altered Carbon' by Richard Morgan

18-04-2003, 08:53:26
Fulsome praise from such as Peter Hamilton on the cover blurb. After reading a couple of dozen pages, my recommendation is: Buy this now!

19-04-2003, 07:27:22
Read whole book - thanks IoT. Fantastic...

21-04-2003, 08:03:26
Thanks IoT? But it was Noisy saying to buy that book.

21-04-2003, 16:13:20
IoT is Taz's brother, so he obviously supplied him with a copy ....

Scabrous Birdseed
21-04-2003, 16:27:00
I've heard of Richard Desmond and I've heard of Peirs Morgan, are you sure you're not just mixing them up?

22-04-2003, 11:54:37
Rubbish book, Private Eye set in the future where the human body is now desposable to the human self. I read it months ago, and still regret it, you have to be as nuts as Noisy to want to expose your eyes and brain to this kind of nonesense.

Burn a copy NOW.

22-04-2003, 19:29:42
Only Qweeg can take a term of ringing endorsement, and turn it into a term of screaming disagreement.

Way to go Qweeg!

22-04-2003, 21:29:59
Noisy's 'Buy this NOW!' is much more impressive than Qweeg's 'Burn a copy NOW'. So I'll follow the initial recommendation. :)

23-04-2003, 22:36:51
Originally posted by Noisy
IoT is Taz's brother, so he obviously supplied him with a copy .... Correct! :D

24-04-2003, 06:18:55
So, Noisy is more believable/reliable then Qweeg?

24-04-2003, 09:47:00
Well, Noisy does have support...

24-04-2003, 10:38:29
Look, this isn't a popularity contest, pay your ill-gotten funds and buy the silly book if you want, in fact people like you will probably enjoy it.


24-04-2003, 11:17:21
Or wait until I write a review ... but that may be quite some time!

30-08-2003, 05:02:49
Well, Fictionwise offered me a serious deal to pick this book up for free. Got to say... I find it VERY disappointing. At free, I feel I've paid too much for this book. Apparently, Noisy is completely wrong and Qweeg is right. Not a damn original thought in the whole book. Not one. And I already know who killed the john what's hired the PI as soon as he tells him about it at the beginning. No decent alternatives shown or introduced. Bleah.

Time to go find new stuff to drop on my Pocket PC... for use at work while I'm waiting on them to get my workstation functional.

31-08-2003, 08:10:45
My expectations from the first pages weren't borne out by the book as a whole, it is true, but I would still recommend it. I thought the ideas were well realised and integrated into the universe of the book, but what I particularly liked was the writing style. Style preferences are notoriously individual, but his use of language struck a chord with me.

The book was way too long. Normally I dislike stories that run into trilogies (on principle: I hate paying three times for a single story) but this one tried to cram too much in. I would have much rather that he picked out individual themes and developed them in a short story format. Sadly, the days of the short story anthology seem to have passed.