Broken Angels (Takeshi Kovacs, #2) by Richard K. MorganA very different book from Altered Carbon. And not nearly as good. Is this one of those cases where a successful author isnt subject to as much editorial control?
A difference that doesnt bother me is that Broken Angels is more SF and less murder mystery than Altered Carbon. But then theres the rest:
1. He has. This. Really annoying. Use. Of. Periods. To show pauses. Or something. Which is not only distracting but also makes it hard to parse. The sentences. Hey. Richard. Try an. Ellipsis. Or. An em dash. Or maybe just let the reader figure out the subtleties of phrasing on their own, like most writers do. Youre not writing stage direction.
2. The sex in the first book fit with the plot. The sex in the second book seemed more because the author wants to get his Kovacs character laid. I also get somewhat of an impression that the author is revealing his own appetites, which makes me uncomfortable.
3. The body count is just ridiculous. And thats not even counting the war in the background.
4. Theres discontinuity. Hes mooning over a character from Altered Carbon that he wasnt actually mooning over at the end of that book. Granted, Our Hero musing over lost love or the like may serve to offer character depth for a reader who didnt read the first book, but for me it was grating.
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He is offered the chance to join a covert team chasing a prize whose value is limitless -- and whose dangers are endless. Here is a novel that takes mankind to the brink. BROKEN ANGELS melds SF, the war novel and the spy thriller to take the reader below the surface of this future and lay bare the treacheries, betrayals and follies that leave man so ill-prepared for the legacy he has been given: the stars. This is SF at its dizzying best: superb, yet subtle, world-building; strong yet sensitive characterisation; awesome yet believable technology, thilling yet profound writing. Richard Morgan is set to join the genre's world-wide elite.
O n my way to meet Richard Morgan, I pass a poster for Altered Carbon, the new Netflix series based on his hardboiled cyberpunk novel about a future Earth where humans can transfer into different bodies. This slice of dystopian noir made an instant name for Morgan when it was published in Warner Brothers wrote Morgan a seven-figure cheque, which enabled him to give up his job teaching English as a foreign language. And then he waited for the film to be made and waited and waited and waited. But they never did anything.
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Published in June Issue 97 words. We open with our main character, Takeshi Kovacs Byron Mann , gunned down by soldiers in his apartment. Then we jump forward years into the future, where Takeshi Kovacs Joel Kinnaman wakes up in an unfamiliar body. As we later learn in flashbacks to his training, Takeshi Kovacs Will Yun Lee is an Envoy, a super-soldier trained to have a preternatural understanding of human behavior and an impossible eye for detail. This is the world of Altered Carbon , a thrilling cyberpunk dystopia based on the first novel of a trilogy by Richard K.