Can't believe it's only his 2nd novel. I enjoyed Altered Carbon but had a hard time following or really getting engaged with the characters. This sequel has a much different feel although Kovach is still central...different sleeve and still sorta Mickey Spillanesque but with some light and warmth in the darkness. You do NOT have to read the first one to appreciate this sequel, but it may jump start you on some of the concepts. The throw-away sidebar ideas are an ideational feast...wish someone would flesh many of them out into full stories. This guy is scary. Can't wait to see what happens when the Martians and/or the real badass aliens come into focus. He creates a fantastic but very coherent world which begs many philosop[hical questions. But more importantly, it's a fast-moving, engaging and fun read...with several interesting twists. I'm ready for volume 3.
The story line -- troops stranded in the Middle East when the ice age and 'flu' epidemic devastated all governments. And their fight to get back home, punctuated by observations about how the political powers that be (you know who you are) screwed up at every turn ... and made things much worse by blindly adhering to their agenda in the face of devastating reality. Like sticking to the global warming story line (and taking actions as if it were really true) when it was obvious that the planet was cooling due to changes in the sun. Scary parallels to today.
Good narrator. Pace and timing good. No complaints. I prefer to listen nowadays.
Political Correctness Meets Reality -- and Kills People.
This isn't for everyone. If you're a lefty, you'll find much to be offended about. As a Libertarian, I didn't agree with his comments about Ayn Rand --- well, most of them anyway. This story, for me, was an unexpected gem. Thanks, Instapundit.
Not much new...except his hype of his brain imaging services. Still seems to be disagreement in the profession on this. I think he's overselling at this point.
Really enjoyed his earlier stuff but this was a snoozer. Probably should have been a short story. A few interesting ideas, but the international-blase-disjointedly hip gestalt left me mildly depressed and sorry I'd slogged through all the way to the end. And puh-leeeze....a techie-chick w/ such an aversion to logos that she gets the hives when exposed to a nike-swoosh and has the branding filed off the buttons of her levis? By trying to be totally up-to-date in geekspeak, it sounds dated (talking about googling someone & hotmail accounts...not the stuff of Neuromancer for sure). But I'm too stupid to cut my losses once I get started on a book...any book...so it's my own damn fault. The early signs were there.
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