Saturday, January 31, 2009


Richard K Morgan is one of my favorite authors. I have his prior works, the Altered Carbon series and Market Forces, and enjoyed them greatly. Thirteen (known as Black Man elsewhere) is one of his latest releases and I finally finished it. It wasn't that it was long, its just that I got distracted in the middle of reading it.

Over-simplified summary: In the near future, a genetically engineered dude kicks ass across the planet.

Unlike his previous works, I did not really enjoy this one. The story was good, but the problem was the characters. I did not like or care about any of them. Part of me was hoping for them all to lose. In a way they do, but it wasn't satisfying. Usually Morgan creates a very compelling main character. In Thirteen, he seemed pretty unlikable and one dimensional. Grrr, I'm a badass but it's how I was designed, so grrr!

I wouldn't call it a bad book, but it just wasn't for me. Next up for me to read is The Steel Remains. It is the latest book by Richard K Morgan and also his first journey into fantasy.


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I started reading this one a while back, but couldn't really get started. I enjoyed all of the Takeshi Kovacs books as well, so this surprised me a little.

Thanks for the pointer to The Steel Remains. I'll have to look into that when I get through my current stack.

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