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Comments

June 15, 2008

Com Wedge said:

Oh my god, Joel Silver is doing it if anyone ruins a good story its him and Warner Bros. Doesn’t look like they have assigned a director yet. But here is some more info:

Writers
Richard Morgan Novel
Albert Torres Screenplay - the only thing he has been credited for as a writer in the past is - Henry Poole Is Here. A few future screenplays so he is a noob in Hollywood.

Producers
Navid McIlhargey … executive producer
Joel Silver … producer

June 16, 2008

Kevin Bacon said:

Too true.

I think we can truly look for star performances from Kevin Bacon and Sandra Bullock. Angelina Jolie will play a role somewhere and they’ll probably get some C lister from Buffy the Vampire or Firefly as a baddie!

June 24, 2008

John said:

I can’t believe how overhyped this book is. I can’t believe i’ve wasted some hours
from my life reading it. I can’t possibly believe it got an award. Standards must be
pretty fucking low these days.

“New king of cyberpunk” —> No fucking way
“Better than Gibson” —> Not even close, _not even in the same universe_

Whilst anything by Gibson reads like “poetry of the streets” is gritty, _REALISTIC_
and RAW, the abomination that calls itself Altered Carbon has few redeeming qualities.

What can i say about the cliches, the cheap/unrealistic/boring dialogue and
uninspiring premise. The book has fuck all to do with CYBERPUNK. It can be
accuratelly described as a mismash of pseudo-noir and combination of SF cliches with Tom Clancy.

The characters are wooden and totally fake. Morgan’s imagination of a dystopian future is extremelly shallow whilst at the same time ripping off writers with
_talent_ left and right but never quite capturing the essense. And that is my problem with the book. When it all comes down to it, its SHALLOW and reads like
a cheap mindless action novel cattered to brainless idiots who need everything
pointed out and explained.

If this is the new wave of cyberpunk, the term should be abolished and the genre
declared dead:

“No Reileen. This is about you and me. You should have left Sarah alone. You should have left me alone while you could.”

“Ohhh,” she cooed, mock maternal. “Did you get manipulated. I’m sorry.” She dropped the tone just as abruptly. “You’re an Envoy, Kovacs. You live by manipulation. We all do. We all live in the great manipulation matrix and it’s just one big struggle to stay on top.”

I shook my head. “I didn’t ask to be dealt in.”

“Kovacs, Kovacs.” Kawahara’s expression was suddenly almost tender. “None of us ask to be dealt in. You think I asked to be born in Fission City, with a web-fingered dwarf for a father and a psychotic whore for a mother. You think I asked for that? We’re not dealt in, we’re thrown in, and after that it’s just about keeping your head above water.”

July 31, 2008

APX said:

This book is fantastic, it’s fast, haves lots of sex and violence, and some really cool ideas.
I really enjoyed reading it.

For sure isn’t Gibson and lacks that street feeling Gibson haves, but I recommend this book anyway.

The next two of the series… sucked… totally… the 3rd one I didn’t even finish reading it.

July 26, 2009

SolidFake said:

I’ve finally ordered the book and read through it, and I must say, I really liked it!
The idea of the stacks is really interesting, it makes you think a lot about it.
The only negative aspect I recognized was that it was really boring to read at the beginning, but in the end it grows to a action filled detective thriller.

February 4, 2010

NoCoastPunk said:

Am I the only one that didn’t truly appreciate Gibson? His books to me read so slowly. It was like watching Gone With The Wind or some other classic; while truly groundbreaking and great in it’s own right and time, reading it just felt painful and fatiguing.

NOT SO with Altered Carbon. This is by far one of my favorite books of any genre, let alone sci-fi/cyberpunk! This book was one of those books I couldn’t put down, that I wanted to get home and read rather than do anything else…and that’s really hard for any book to do to me.

Cliches or not, this book was witty, dark, Kovacs is a badass, sex, violence…you got everything here (besides, how is the whole sleeving aspect cliche John?!). The noir feel is over the top and I love it! I feel too many sci-fi novels focus too much on the sci-fi aspect and not enough on entertaining me. Does this make the book cheap and dumbed down? I don’t know and I don’t care, this is a MUST read if you ask me if you are into sci-fi, cyberpunk, noir, hardboiled, detective novels.

Too bad the sequels got poor reviews. I was really psyched to read them after Altered Carbon, but decided against it after reading so many bad reviews of them. Shame really.

October 24, 2010

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April 11, 2012

Lok said:

Gibson is good with the tactile feel he throws into the hodgepodge futuristic landscapes he creates, but he can be tedious to read at times. That being said I still own all of his books.

Altered Carbon is the next best thing since Gibson has largely given up on the cyberpunk genre to explore the gestalt of today and our gradual development, fun but not as fun as cyberpunk.

For those who decry or haven’t read Fallen Angels or Woken Furies, you should. I liked both, but then I’ve also taken the time to dig into the underlying message about a thoroughly corrupt society and the way it functions. In Gibson’s stories it’s there but evolved into a complete hyper eccentricism whereas with Morgan’s writing, it’s a nasty in your face common denominator, personally I prefer a combination of the two. But in an either or universe I’d take the in your face type.

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