Altered Carbon, Paperback Book
4 out of 5 (3 ratings)


Coming to Netflix in 2017, this must-read story is a confident, action-and-violence packed thriller, and future classic noir SF novel from a multi-award-winning author. Four hundred years from now mankind is strung out across a region of interstellar space inherited from an ancient civilization discovered on Mars.

The colonies are linked together by the occasional sublight colony ship voyages and hyperspatial data-casting.

Human consciousness is digitally freighted between the stars and downloaded into bodies as a matter of course. But some things never change. So when ex-envoy, now-convict Takeshi Kovacs has his consciousness and skills downloaded into the body of a nicotine-addicted ex-thug and presented with a catch-22 offer, he really shouldn't be surprised.

Contracted by a billionaire to discover who murdered his last body, Kovacs is drawn into a terrifying conspiracy that stretches across known space and to the very top of society. For a first-time SF writer to be so surely in command of narrative and technology, so brilliant at world-building, so able to write such readable and enjoyable SF adventure, is simply extraordinary.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
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  • Category: Science fiction
  • ISBN: 9780575081246

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A dark and complex murder mystery set in a world where the rich control the power and... oh, sounds familiar? Yeah, true. Except in this world, there is death, and then there is Real Death (TM). A world where the wealthy can live forever while the poor scrape along as usual.Takeshi Kovacs fits somewhere else. He's an Envoy, a trained mercenary and soldier, whose personality is pulled out of storage and put into someone else's sleeve, or body, in order to solve a mystery. They should have known better. Honest.Bloody and grim, it reminded me a lot of the movie 'Chinatown.' Highly recommended for those who enjoy noir mysteries.

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Wonderful. A beautiful classic noir mystery set in a place where bodies are a commodity and life is cheap and possibly permanent.Sex, death, betrayal and crime for the cyber set.The strength of the noir pattern is a backbone for the sf tropes of transcendence and virtuality.SF for those who thought they didn't like it.

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Wow, where to begin?! I loved this book, it has all of the elements of a great Sci-fi, powerful AI's, digital conciousness, immortality, special "neurachem" brain and body enhancing name it! The book's main themes are personality, identity and the transference of conciousness.The story is written in the first person perspective of the protagonist who is a military trained, don't-mess-with-me kind of guy that seems to get very angry. The book is very aggressive but in a cool, anarchist and righteous kind of way. He does bad things for good reasons, a kind of anti-hero. I was initially slightly put off by the very graphic sexual scenes as they normally detract from the sci-fi elements but I got used to them and I think if anything they added something to the character development. Additionally, I got a little bit confused about some of the characters names because there are quite a few of them woven into the plot, and as is common in sci-fi books often strange names at that.This is an action heavy book that would be enjoyed by anyone who likes Bank's culture novels and Reynold's Revaluation Space series, most notably Chasm City which to me is the most similar book.

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