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Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Broken Angels:Richard Morgan

3 stars

I enjoyed this book on its own, but don't read it expecting a detective novel on the level of Altered Carbon. The premise is that Takeshi Kovacs is a mercenary for hire, but he is bored working for the police force that is putting down a rebellion in one of the human colonies. He finds an opportunity to leave and work on a side project hunting for valuable martian artifiacts (spaceship). The first half of the story is spent putting together the team working on the project. I think perhaps one or two of these people could have been left off to spare the reader from remembering their background and motivations.

The end was slightly confusing. You might end up wondering if the author revealed something new, or if you should have put some pieces together to arrive at the same conclusion. Not everything is resolved, so don't mind the details or they might drive you batty.

EOL:Don't read it expecting a sequel to Altered Carbon.


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  • I really liked Altered Carbon, and I've had Broken Angels on my "to read" list for a while, although I'm a little more hesitant now that I know it's not really a sequel.

    By bshort, at 4:16 PM  

  • Altered Carbon was cool. Not that it didn't have problems, but I like SciFi that struggles with the bigger questions (well, a little bit, but not too much, you know). Did Broken Angels drop the whole question of personal identity?

    Plus, who couldn't like the AI hotel? Constantly "seeking to ensure continued guest status."

    By jch1530, at 10:01 PM  

  • He struggles with his identity in the end I think. The novel gets turned upside down a little when tru loyalties/identities are somewhat revealed. A big no to the ending from me. I did enjoy the martians, but I hated that he called them that.

    By Jason, at 1:17 PM  

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