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PostSubject: Richard K. Morgan   Thu Jun 07, 2007 12:41 pm

I talk about Richard Morgan's books, I kind of take credit for discovering him in my own weird world. Anyway, I really dig his style.

I really suggest picking up Altered Carbon. It's a little graphic at parts. I wouldn't read it to little Timmy or Jenny, that's for sure.

Anyway, this is what Wiki says about the author:

Richard Morgan

Richard Morgan (b. 1965) is a British science fiction author.

Morgan studied history at Queens' College, Cambridge. After graduation he started teaching English in order to travel the world. After fourteen years and a post at Strathclyde University, his first novel was published and he became a full-time writer.

The common theme to Morgan's books is that they take place in a dystopia. His attitude is summed up by the following statement: "Society is, always has been and always will be a structure for the exploitation and oppression of the majority through systems of political force dictated by an élite, enforced by thugs, uniformed or not, and upheld by a willful ignorance and stupidity on the part of the very majority whom the system oppresses."

In 2002 Morgan's first novel Altered Carbon was published, combining elements of cyberpunk and hardboiled detective fiction and featuring the anti-hero Takeshi Kovacs. The film rights for the book sold for a reported figure of $1,000,000 to film producer Joel Silver, enabling Morgan to become a full-time writer. In 2003 the U.S. edition received the Philip K. Dick Award.

In 2003 Broken Angels was published, the sequel to Altered Carbon, again featuring Takeshi Kovacs and blending science fiction and war fiction in a similar way to his cross-genre début. Following was Market Forces Morgan's first non-Kovacs novel, set in the not too distant future. It was originally written as a short story, then a screenplay (both unpublished). After the success of his first two works, it was released as a novel and has also been optioned as a film. His third Kovacs novel Woken Furies was released in the UK in March 2005 and was released in the U.S. in September 2005.

Morgan wrote two six issue miniseries for Marvel Comics under the Marvel Knights imprint. His first story, Black Widow: Homecoming published monthly in 2004 was followed by a second, Black Widow: The Things They Say About Her published monthly in 2005 both are now available in collected editions.

A new sci-fi thriller Black Man (known in the USA as 'Thirteen') is due for release in May 2007 in the UK and June 2007 in the USA.

Bibliography
Altered Carbon (2002)
Broken Angels (2003)
Market Forces (2004)
Woken Furies (2005)
Black Man (2007) ISBN 0-575-07513-9, known as Thirteen in the USA

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PostSubject: Re: Richard K. Morgan   Thu Jun 07, 2007 1:00 pm

Like I said, I read Altered Carbon. Great book. Would be a kick ass movie.

I own Broken Angels. Had both books signed by Morgan when I met him a few years ago. Great guy. Didn't finish Angels though, sat it down, meant to pick it back up but never got around to it. Not out of want or desire, just shit happens.

I just picked up Market Forces and am plowing through it. Great read. It's like a dash of Blade Runner, hint of Mad Max and a sprinkle of Wal Street. Weird recipe but it works.

Going to hit Broken Angels next and go right to Woken Furies.

The "Takeshi Kovacs" trilogy (Carbon, Angels, Furies) has the potential to be great.

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PostSubject: Re: Richard K. Morgan   Sun Feb 15, 2009 10:50 pm

I just got his newest book, The Steel Remains.

Now Richard K. Morgan is going into the fantasy relam, but bringing his kick ass style and storytelling with him.

Amazon.com says:

"Noir SF author Morgan delivers a promising but obscenity-laden epic fantasy trilogy opener. As the Yhelteth Empire recovers from a devastating war, embittered veterans Archeth, Egar and Ringil embark on parallel but vastly different journeys. The emperor sends drug-abusing Archeth to gather details about a rumored invasion. Egar becomes a steppes clanmaster, but the other horsemen despise him for seducing teenagers rather than leading. Ringil attempts to locate and free a cousin sold into slavery. All three soon discover the dwenda, a race of magical beings thought long dead. Despite stereotypical plot elements, including a prophecy that states A dark lord will rise, the well-developed characters and realistic battle scenes ring true, as do some gruesomely explicit sex scenes. The intriguing conclusion to the dark, gritty tale will have readers hoping for a more plot-heavy and less visceral sequel."

Will give a review myself once I finish. Already jamming through it.

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