I could not get into this book at all! It is one of those rare instances when I really think a movie will be better than the book (it's supposedly optioned for a movie). It was hard to grasp the concepts, it was all sooooo futuristic that I really couldn't connect.......
Also, while this genre does tend to be very sexual for some reason, it was too much.... gratuitous, and I'm not real prudish about that sort of thing......Just not a book I care for. But I will see the movie, I think the story is pretty alright.
I have been a member of audible.com for about 2 years and this is the first book that I did not enjoy at all. The story draged on and on and was hard to follow. This is not good SiFi
I think my issues with this book were more the reader than anything. He made the Takashi character sound corny and added a "machismo" to his delivery that the text didn't need. As for the story -- it's a fun idea about how different identities held by the same person can lead to wondrous and disastrous consequences. It holds its own in the cyberpunk genre, which is saying a lot these days. Read this if you like detective thrillers with a sci-fi edge, sex (it's pretty graphic), and some smart, violent action.
Don't mind the sex, don't mind the language, but after a couple of hours I expect to be able to be cheering or booing for something. Narration is flat, but what I really didn't like was that I didn't care about the characters. The vision and creative imagination of the author are cool for awhile but lost it's appeal without characters to care about.
I'm a politically conservative, technologically inclined, open-minded, all American citizen of this great terrestrial ball we call home. I keep my head in the clouds, I love Sci-Fi and Fantasy novels but I keep my feet on the ground, I stay informed on news and current events, and I love the fact that I can still form and express my own opinions in this great nation we call The Untied States.
I liked the cover of the book and the summary of the story and had some extra credits so I thought "What the heck?" and got it. I enjoyed the story and the authors use of imagery to bring me right into the story. A very good read.
The Takeshi Kovacs trilogy is scifi at its best. Extremely original, you can never predict what comes next; the stories are tight and the characters always interesting. Very addictive and entertaining.
I personally enjoyed this book and the later two, but be warned that they are not for family listening - both the sex and the violence are very graphic. I like to listen to books on long family drives, but this series won't work for that!