THE CYBERPUNK DEBUT THAT LIVED UP TO THE HYPE
A noir murder mystery in a future where death has been rendered obsolete by technology.
(Takeshi Kovacs Trilogy, Book 1)
Richard K. Morgan
Genre: Science Fiction, Cyberpunk, Mystery
Format: Paperback, 534 Pages
Date: 4th September 2008 (First Published 2002)
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Hip-hop legends, Public Enemy, once famously proclaimed: Don’t believe the hype. It is a sentiment that I have adhered to all my adult life, helping to shield me from numerous disappointments. So the first time I picked up the novel, Altered Carbon, a decade or so ago, I was unmoved by all the critical praise it had garnered, and unimpressed by the accolades it had received. The comparisons to Philip K. Dick were unconvincing, as such a comparison must surely be an unjustified exaggeration, especially for a first time author. And as for the reports that the film rights had been gobbled up by Hollywood, looking for the next Matrix; this was not a big deal. But once I had finished reading the book I was pleasantly surprised to discover that all the hype was more than justified.