Yes, book readers, people really DO talk like this in the blue-collar world. It not "Anne of Green Gables" in any military arena I have ever been.
Also, growing up in the southern bible belt, I have met a lot of Independent preachers that would relish living in a place called Jesusland where "tolerance" is not tolerated..
I watch the polarization of racism toward Republican for whites/Christians and Democrates for minorities/intelectualist and I shiver with the thought that this has the same sci-fi prophecy as Capt. Kirk pulling a flip-phone off his belt in 1966. No society, even one as great as America, will last forever and this author has portrayed a very realistic schism of our society.
This story is interesting but it circles around a lot to get to the point. Very Clancy-ish as well. With very little editing, this story could have taking place in our present time.
Overall, I enjoyed this book. Lots of action, a fairly interesting mystery/manhunt, and characters that had a few surprises.
What I didn't enjoy were the long conversations about the nature of being a 13, lectures on the "feminization" of humanity, blah blah blah... I'm sure it was interesting in the author's head, but by the third time it was discussed, it was just boring.
I'm not usually prudish in my literature, but I found the explicit sex scene a bit much, particularly while driving to work. Gah.
If Morgan wrote mysteries in their tradition setting he would be lifted up as a master; however, he tells with the science fiction slant and it will be a loss for thousands.
This however is not one of Morgan's better tales but still a good read. Excellent narrator!
Imagine combining Bladerunner with the punch of Fight Club and the introspection of a Phillip Roth novel. He was a little heavy on the Roth side for me - characters wore the prejudices and brutal racism raw and bleeding from their ragged sleeves.
I've enjoyed each of Morgan's novels. Thirteen/Black Man continues his good work. He has a talent for creating worlds that immerse the reader. Thirteen has more characters than his earlier work and each character has flesh and unique personalities. The tech is brilliant. He sets up some of the Takeshi Kovacs novel's tech earlier in its evolution. I think it follows the world created for Market Forces. He follows genetic engineering through a very probable societal extrapolation if the technology becomes possible.
I liked Altered Carbon, but I have two bones to pick with Morgan here. First his story tempo and obtuse way of presenting it reminds me of a Kodo Drum recital, loud and forced. Second, I hope he paid Philip K. Dick for channeling the Roy Batty character out of Blade Runner. All this baloney about too graphic sex and anti christian themes leaves me wondering if people were just looking for an excuse. It's just a poor effort by a talented author. I gave up after 7-8 hours.
Seems to me like the author is having a sci-fi genetic philosophy debate with himself, via different characters. The themes of discusion repeat over and over via multiple characters Marcus meets along his journey. I'm trying my best to finish this one, but it keeps putting me to sleep. Yawn.
Thirteen ... It's hard to know even where to begin here. I sincerely want to recommend this book ... but I will do so with a note of caution. It's not an easy read/listen. It is dense and uneven. It is often preachy to the point of distraction. It is violent and explicit. But it is also quite intriguing. It left me wanting to know a lot more about this world and the future as envisioned by Richard K. Morgan. It also left me feeling pretty exhausted. While there is certainly no lack of creativity here, there is also a lot of information overload that goes with it. I had to push a bit to make it through to the end. I'll likely read more of Morgan ... just maybe not right away. In the end, I'll say this: If your sensitive about religion, sex, and violence, keep your distance. But if you can handle those topics, if you like your sci-fi with plenty of technological pop and political chaos, and if you feel lucky, give Thirteen a shot. You could do worse.
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As a fan of Morgan's previous works I was dissapointed with this audiobook. It took a long time to get started and never really made up for the slow start. There are alot more political ramblings than his other books. Although I would imagine we share similar political views it certainly did not make for an exciting story.
There were some exciting points and all of the usual Richard K Morgan ultra-violence, but I was hoping he'd try something new with this novel. Its the usual missunderstood super soldier premise that he's covered in depth before, only less exciting. If you've enjoyed to his other works you might like this one, but its certainly not as good as the Kovacs trilogy.
I'm not a prude by any measure but as usual the author has included unnessary gratuitus sex scenes that do nothing for the story and only serve as a distraction. I think I would have loved this aspect of his writing when I was 12-15 years old, but for any one who's not a teenage boy they come off as boring, amateurish, and overly pornographic.
I could only recomend this audiobook for those who have already enjoyed the Kovacs trilogy and have some extra credits to gamble with.