A forceful debut like Altered Carbon is a tough act to follow, and in a sense, Morgan doesn’t try. While Altered Carbon was dark cyber punk channeling classic noir detective stories as it explored the issues of what happens with humanity when your “soul” is detached from your body, Broken Angels is dark science fiction with good measures of warfare thrown in. This doesn’t make it better or worse than Altered Carbon, just a quite different experience.
In Broken Angels Kovacs is a mercenary taking part in a brutal civil war that is tearing a planet apart when he gets involved in a search for an ancient relic that promises to provide vast technological breakthroughs for humanity.
The back story is that humanity has made great advances by using technology left behind by an ancient race that is now mysteriously absent, and great effort is being put into finding more relics and deciphering their use. The novel deals with how the almost cargo-cult like position humanity has found itself in affects the way society functions.
That being said, the novel is packed with ample sex and mayhem, and moves along at a brisk pace.
As long as you don’t expect a copy of Altered Carbon, Broken Angels is a solid read.
Posted Saturday, 30 April, 2005 by Nic Lindh
Another book roundup, including some stellar athletes and soldiers, what might be the most jaded, soul-weary protagonist ever, and some grimdark fantasy.
The Internet is getting creepy, and Nic is breaking out his tinfoil hat after newspaper paywalls push him over the edge.
Nic is tired of tech sites obsessing over Apple’s financials and business strategy. So very tired.
Nic reads a book about the processed food industry and is incensed.
Computers are complicated. This brings out the irrational in people.
Nic proposes the loan word Rechthaberei be incorporated into American English.
The Core Dump is back! Books were read during the hiatus. Includes The Coldest Winter, Oh, Myyy!, Tough Sh*t, The Revolution Was Televised, The Rook, Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore, Gun Machine, Fortress Frontier, Standing in Another Man’s Grave, and The Memory of Light.
This site will return in February.
From a true patriot to a world-weary detective, a dead god, and a civilization about to sublime from the galaxy, this book roundup spans the gamut. Includes Where Men Win Glory, Wild, Inside the Box, The Black Box, Three Parts Dead, Red Country, and The Hydrogen Sonata.
Springsteen gives a concert in Phoenix. It’s fantastic.