Tuesday, October 12, 2004

Altered Carbon

I generally don't read a lot of fiction, sci-fi or otherwise. Most of my reading is focused on computers and philosophy, with general science topics coming in third. However, sometimes I take a break and read some fiction for fun.

Over the past week I've been reading Altered Carbon by Richard Morgan and I am enjoying it greatly. I will definitely pick up his second novel, Broken Angels.

This book is a brutal portrayal of the future so be warned: if this were a movie it would be rated NC-17. Graphic sex and violence make up a good portion of the reading. However, I don't have a problem with any of that as I am a big fan of graphic sex and violence.

My only problem with the book is that Mr. Morgan evidently is not aware of the correct definition of the word "ironic." I'm a little over half-way through the book and he has used the word incorrectly twice so far. People, dictionaries do more than state the correct spelling and pronunciation of words, they also tell you the correct definition. Please try using one and stop mangling the language.


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