Book: Altered Carbon
Author: Richard K. Morgan
Publisher: Del Rey
I just read the coolest sci-fi novel. I haven't read a lot of Sci-Fi lately as I have been so engrossed in the suspence writers recently, but this one caught my eye.
Richard K. Morgan, who was inspired by Phillip Dick, has created a new series of novels focusing on a hero named Takeshi Kovacs. The cool thing about this series is that it is written like an old Marlowe or Sam Spade noir novel, but with the twist of taking place in the 25th century where technology has made death itself irrelevant. It is like a 25th Century detective novel, but the main character, instead of being an ordinary private detective, is an ex-supercommando type that tends to resolve situations in his own favor.
When a person dies in the 25th century, their conscience can simply be "resleeved" into a new or used body, thus allowing one to never die.This little twist makes for a lot of great conceptual plot lines and allows for a new line of thought.
The setting is very noir, and the writing is very stylized to allow for a sense of the character. Although not quite at the level of Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, Morgan does justice to his mentor and creates a very believable, world where almost everything seems to have been thought of.
The deconstructionist future setting and noir stylizations make this a very readable book for sci-fi fans and if you like adventure novels like Cussler's, You will find this just as satisfying.
P.S. The sequel, Broken Angels is almost as good.