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Richard K. Morgan - Altered Carbon (Takeshi Kovacs Novels Book 1) Kindle Edition eBook $1.99 @ Amazon.com
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*Philip K. Dick Award Best Novel winner 2003
*TV Series being developed by Netflix [wikipedia.org]

I'm about 2/3 through the Audible version of this book and I'm enjoying it. This is not for the faint of heart though, as it has lots of gory violence and some explicit sex scenes. I'm curious how this will translate to TV, so will probably watch it on Netflix when it is released.

The main premise behind the series is that human conciousness can be backed up and downloaded into a new body. This might sound like immortality, but it is far from it. If your chip is utterly destroyed and you are not rich enough to afford remote backups, you are really dead. Almost all crime is punished by hibernation of your conciousness for X amount of years. Over 100 year debt is not uncommon for serious crimes. There is also a huge financial burden to getting a new "sleeve" body as it is referred to in the book. At one point in the book I recall getting more than a second sleeve is hard unless you have family connections to help pay for it. The main character is pulled out of a sentence by a rich guy to investigate his "suicide". If successfully, he'll earn his freedom, otherwise he's going back to finish out his sentence.

It doesn't look like this book has a reduced price on the audible version. I've read that the 3rd book is by a different narrator, which everyone HATES, primarily because he mispronounces the main character's name. Should be "Kova_ch_" not "Kova_k_s". Apparently the new narrator never listend to the original or even read the first book which early on details the main character's annoyance to his name being mispronounced. I really wish there was a sale for the 3rd book, because I agree it would be annoying to hear it said wrong over an over after hearing it normally for 2 books. It is sad because I've thoroughly enjoyed this 2nd narrator read Anathem by Neal Stephenson [scifi-review.net] (William Dufris)
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I can't wait for the Netflix show.
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Huh. The description reminds me of "White Christmas" episode of Black Mirror show.
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Amazing book from one of this generations greatest sci-fi authors. Arguably his best. Wish I could give 10 thumbs up.
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I'm not a huge fan of cyber punk or noir, but what the heck, for $2 I'll give it a try. Thanks, OP.
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Wow. Love the books. Didn't know they were making it into a show.

Always considered this one of those book series that wouldn't translate well to TV because people change bodies like we change clothes. Wonder how they're going to portray that in the show...

If the main guy changes bodies, how does the audience know it's still the same guy? Hope it's not something cheesey like the same person having the same eye color in each body he/she inhabits...
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I really enjoyed this book and the sequels. Just a warning, if you are bothered my graphic sex scenes, you might want to skip this.
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Is this a stand alone story? Or a trilogy covering the same story arc? I see that there are three books in the series. If the same story continues over books two and three then I may not bite. Those books are at full retail, and have enough of a reading backlog already. However, if all three are stand alone stories set in the same universe then I don't mind picking this up. I do like the premise mentioned by the OP.
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I really enjoyed this book and the sequels. Just a warning, if you are bothered my graphic sex scenes, you might want to skip this.
Yes, this novel has IIRC 2? graphic sex scenes. One of the things I liked about this novel is that Morgan uses the one main sex scene to really hammer home how completely societal change would be based on the novels leap in technology. The characters do things unimaginable with todays tech.

Unlike his more recent fantasy stuff, where he just splashes in a couple gay sex scenes for flavor. Ah well, still a great writer.

The whole novel is fascinating to think over, and Morgan has a keen insight for human nature. What would humans DO with this tech? Morgan postulates: create better warriors, and allow the elite to live forever.

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Is this a stand alone story? Or a trilogy covering the same story arc? I see that there are three books in the series. If the same story continues over books two and three then I may not bite. Those books are at full retail, and have enough of a reading backlog already. However, if all three are stand alone stories set in the same universe then I don't mind picking this up. I do like the premise mentioned by the OP.
Its three stories with the same main character, but they are each standalone. The first is an excellent sci-fi 'murder mystery', the later two are more action/political.
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I enjoyed this book thoroughly. The follow ups follow a similar formula, but are still a good read
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Sci-fi junkie, in for $2.
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thanks for reminding me. i really need to finish this book. it is quite good and even though i haven't read it in about a year i can pick up right where i left off with little problem thanks to the heavy descriptions and memorable story and characters.
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thanks for reminding me. i really need to finish this book. it is quite good and even though i haven't read it in about a year i can pick up right where i left off with little problem thanks to the heavy descriptions and memorable story and characters.
Any particular reason why you didn't finish? I just wrapped this up today and enjoyed it. Maybe 4/5 stars or close to it. The ending was a bit crazy, but satisfying. Looking forward to #2 and #3. I guess the deal is still good, so anyone on the fence, go ahead and grab it, definitely worth $2.
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Any particular reason why you didn't finish? I just wrapped this up today and enjoyed it. Maybe 4/5 stars or close to it. The ending was a bit crazy, but satisfying. Looking forward to #2 and #3. I guess the deal is still good, so anyone on the fence, go ahead and grab it, definitely worth $2.
I don't think it is any fault of the book, I just ended up reading it because I had insomnia last summer, then the insomnia went away and I stopped reading. I mainly read all day at work, so I tend to watch movies or play games when I want to relax.

However, I just loaded it up on my tablet and phone again, and I'm pretty sure I'm going to give it another go.

If you want to read more of the books, you can get the whole SF collection via epub.
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