Harsh raw worlds, run by wars and politics, by rich people who will never die. Souls and memory stored digitally, and death just means having to worry if you can afford the next body, or 'sleeve'. Except for the rich, who can grow their own clones, ready to put on like clothing when they wished.
And in this harsh reality, a 'Meth', or Methusila, is murdered, and when his backup is restored, missing the last 24 hours of his life, he's pissed. He can't believe he'd kill himself, so he 'hires' Takeshi Kovacs to find his murder.
With Bladerunner bleakness, old Earth is full of those who'd be dying, if Real Death were even a thing anymore. An interesting take, and some good (if ugly) world building. The violence is pretty graphic, and unrelenting at times, but not only the mystery pulled me in, but watching Takeshi work as well. The character was interesting enough to keep my interested, even through the story's most violent scenes. Because deep down he is a “positive” character who, despite all the violence, manages to keep his conscience and soul intact. Recommended.
Mondi duri e crudi, pervasi da guerre e politica, da gente ricca che non morirà mai. Anime e memoria memorizzate digitalmente, e la morte significa solo doversi preoccupare se ci si può permettere il prossimo corpo, o "guscio". Tranne che per i ricchi, che possono coltivare i propri cloni, pronti da indossare come abiti quando lo desiderano. E in questa dura realtà, un 'Meth', o Methusila (Matusalemme), viene assassinato, e quando il suo backup viene ripristinato, mancando le ultime 24 ore della sua vita, è arrabbiato. Non può credere che si sia suicidato, così "ingaggia" Takeshi Kovacs per trovare il suo assassino.
Con la desolazione di Bladerunner, la vecchia Terra e' piena di persone che morirebbero, se la Vera Morte esistesse ancora. Un approccio interessante, e qualche buona (anche se orribile) costruzione del mondo. La violenza è piuttosto grafica, e a volte implacabile, ma non solo il mistero mi ha trascinato dentro il romanzo, ma anche il vedere Takeshi al lavoro. Il personaggio è stato abbastanza interessante da mantenere vivo il mio interesse, anche attraverso le scene più violente della storia. Perché in fondo in fondo è un personaggio “positivo” che, nonostante tutta la violenza, riesce a mantenere la sua coscienza e anima intatte. Consigliato.
I had a hard time getting into this one, and I have to admit I wasn't always so sure what was going on, but in the end I enjoyed it. I haven't found much sci-fi lately that I've liked so this was a nice surprise.
I used to read sci-fi all the time. And then something somewhere slipped - my sense of adventure, my technological interest (its hard when you work in the field to get excited by it) and the lack of decent sci-fi on supermarket bookshelves (I have a mortgage now, no excuses).
I was leant this book in an experiment - a challenge to myself to read something I would not normally pick up and something to inject some fun into reading. The unknown - how i felt years ago before the Da Vinci code ruined my opinion of humanity.
This book delivered that in spades - the story is cracking from start to finish, a real page turner despite some of the heavy prose, full of twists and turns. Essentially this is old fashioned "hard boiled" detective noir pasted into a rich tapestry of future technology. Even the writing style is straight from the 20th C, but with stunningly depicted future backdrops.
The real cleverness of the book is its ability to introduce technological advances with a brief mention or underhanded description - just like passing comment on that mundane coffe table. It makes you feel like you're their - you even feel like you've been dragged across the universe with Kovacs the central character at the beggining of the book, such is the power of the descriptions.
All I can say is this book has whetted my appetite for more - more Richard Morgan and more Takeshi Kovacs.
An excellent (and surprising) novel.......Continua