Jan. 5th, 2013

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Jan. 5th, 2013 10:29 pm
meirwen_1988: (scifi)
Altered CarbonAltered Carbon by Richard K. Morgan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I'm not sure what I expected when I decided to read this book. I honestly don't remember why I put it on the shelf, or what mood I was in when I picked it off the shelf. I remember not being all that happy with the beginning scene. That scene felt tired, and cliche, and hackneyed.

And then the book actually started.

This was a strange ride, in a future universe where the roots in our own are clear, but where the unintended consequences of our technology and philosophies have led to a world that never entered my mind, yet now, having read this book, will never leave it.

This is a futuristic noir detective novel, and I figured out the central "whodunnit" very early, but that doesn't matter, because in the scheme of enjoying the novel that is as ultimately irrelevant as it is to the larger plot itself. This book is about the nature of "self," the value of the individual human life, and the limits of longevity. It is compelling, and complex, and has some very memorable characters. I am immensely glad I read it.

There are more books with this protagonist, but I'm not sure I'll read them. I want this book to stand alone in my memory--a perfectly cut diamond solitaire of a book.

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