- Audible Audiobook
- Listening Length: 17 hours and 10 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Tantor Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: April 22, 2005
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0009I6MC8
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When someone asks me for a book recommendation, I do not recommend this book or series if the person is underage, or if the person likes fairies and fluffy dragons, or if the person has never read at least some of the Classic Science Fictions works.
When someone asks me for a book recommendation, and I think that person is smart enough and tough enough to read hardcore blindingly brilliant Science Fiction, I will recommend this book and series with the caveat: "You will either get totally sucked in and miss days of your life, OR you will run screaming.
Your mileage may vary.
Background: I typically buy my Kindle books as part of the Kindle Daily Deals and plan them for airplane reading or times when I am away from home and cannot do more exciting or responsible tasks. This means that my standards are not too high and I am looking for books in the beach read category under the fantasy/sci-fi genres. I try to rate fairly on the star scale and personally consider anything 3 stars and up to be fine.
If you fell in love with the series, I whole heartedly recommend the book but add the caveat that you should be prepared for some significant differences between the two. They're both excellent though.
Of course, that is only if you want an amazingly well-constructed SF work done as futuristic detective "noir" - it's got the plot, the thoughtful working out of how the particular tech referenced by the title affects society, a tough and resourceful protagonist, good/bad male/female cops/perps/vics - you name it.
Finally, it passes a crucial test for me - it holds up quite well over multiple re-reads. Along with the other two books in the "Takeshi Kovacs" series ("Broken Angels" and "Woken Furies"), the author has carved out a universe that is great fun to experience - time and again.
The story itself was very good and drew me in. It was not a casual read; I recognized early on I needed to pay attention :) Character development is an interesting thing in a world where some can attain near-immortality (by sleeving into a new body) and one must adjust to and is influenced by sleeving into the body of another (ex: a non-smoker 'inheriting' the urges and habits once sleeved into the body of a smoker). I look forward to reading the second book!
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