Richard K. Morgan – Altered Carbon (Takeshi Kovacs #1) (audiobook)

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Grāmatas apraksts no Goodreads/Synopsis from Goodreads:

It’s the twenty-fifth century, and advances in technology have redefined life itself. A person’s consciousness can now be stored in the brain and downloaded into a new body (or “sleeve”), making death nothing more than a minor blip on a screen. Onetime U.N. Envoy Takeshi Kovacs has been killed before, but his last death was particularly painful. Resleeved into a body in Bay City (formerly San Francisco), Kovacs is thrown into the dark heart of a shady, far-reaching conspiracy that is vicious even by the standards of a society that treats existence as something that can be bought and sold. For Kovacs, the shell that blew a hole in his chest was only the beginning.

Izdevniecība/Publisher: Tantor Media

Kā tiku pie šīs grāmatas?/How I got this book?

Lejuplādēju no www. Izvēlējos no Top 100 Sci-Fi Books grāmatu listes.

Vērtējums/Rating: 2.75/5

Mana recenzija (pārdomas)/My (thoughts) review

Pasaulē, kur vārds nāve ir ieguvusi jaunu nozīmi, Takeši Kovačs tiek ‘’atdzīvināts’’, lai izmeklētu miljardiera Lorensa slepkavību. Viņu nolīgst pats Lorens, jo policija to norakstījusi kā pašnāvību un lieta slēgta, viss!

Gan jau kāds tagad cītīgi domā, kā gan nogalinātais var kādu nolīgt? :O Varbūt diemžēl, vai labi ka tā, bet zombiji tie nav :D.

Tātad, ir izdomāts, kā augšupielādēt cilvēka prātu, un, ja kādam būsi nepieciešams pēc nāves, tiksi lejupielādēts jaunā ķermenī; vienīgais pastāv liela iespēja, ka ne savā. Protams, ja var atļauties, ir iespēja jau laicīgi uztaisīt savu klonu. Bet tādiem kā Lorensa (tautā un varas iestādēs ne pārāk ieredzētiem, kaut gan nauda visus dara draudzīgākus) tā nav pilnīgi nekāda problēma. Līdz ar to arī soda mēri par kriminālām aktivitātēm izmainījušies un tikuši adaptēti.

No sākotnēji šķietamas vienkāršas lietas, lai atrastu slepkavu, izvēršas daudz plašākā un piņķerīgākā mudžeklī. Lai saprastu, kuram var uzticēties, kurš ko zina vai nē, Takeši var vien vēlēties sava ķermeņa ērtības. Situāciju nepadara vieglāku nedz Takeši darba devējs, nedz viņa sieva. Var vien piebilst, ka audio formāts, grāmatai varētu nebūt tas piemērotākais, jo notikumu izklāsts ir no Takeši perspektīvas, kurš ne vienmēr apgaismos lasītāju par saviem atklājumiem.

Ideja un koncepts patika un bija labs, bet nezinu, vai detektīva/izmeklēšanas žanram tas der. Būtu interesanti, kā šāda sistēma tiktu izmantota Visuma izpētē, piemēram, garajos ceļojumos, kur noteiktu rastos labs ietaupījums resursos. Par šo tēmu vien pateikts tas, ka Takeši pirms tam dzīvojis uz citas planētas daudz jo daudz gaismas gadu attālumā.

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In a world where the meaning for word ‘’death’’ has changed Takeshi Kovacs is sort of revived to investigate the murder of billionaire Laurens Bancroft. He is hired by Bancroft himself because the police closed the case as suicide and that’s it!

I can imagined than some are frowning thinking how can a dead guy hire someone? :O Maybe it’s unfortunate (or thankfully not) but those ain’t zombies. :D

So, the way to upload a human’s mind is invented and if someday you’re needed than voila and you are in a new body; only drawback is that it probably won’t be your own. Of course if you can afford (like Bancroft who has no problem at all to do that) you can prepare multiple clones, just in case. Subsequently also the penalties for crimes have changed too.

If at the beginning the case was simple, to find a killer, then as the book goes on everything gets more messy and complex. It’s hard to understand who to trust, do they really don’t know it anymore or are just pretending; Takeshi can only wish in these situations to have the advantage of your own body. The situation isn’t made easier neither by Bancroft or his wife. I can only add that maybe the audio for this book isn’t the best possible form as the book is told from Takeshi’s POV who isn’t the most reliable narrator and doesn’t always reveals to the reader what he has found out.

But the idea and the concept were good, but not that sure if crime is the best way to exploit it. Would be more interesting to read how it is used in space exploration, for example, during the long travel between stars and planets. The only thing that is said about this theme is that Takeshi is brought to Earth from another plane many light years away.

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