Altered Carbon, Richard Morgan’s first novel, was an enjoyable and easy to read noir sci-fi, a subgenre I never expected to encounter. Chris lent me three books from the Takeshi Kovacs novels, and this is the first I’ve read, after about a year of procrastinating. I thought the book was intelligently written, though it tends towards a bit of a detective crime thiller, and less of an thinking man’s book from time to time. At the end, it’s a cleverly disguised and well-written detective story without much original content outside of the frame in which it operates. That said, the not-subtle criticisms of the Catholic faith were enjoyable and enriching, so it’s hard to hate on the book too much. For easy to read yet satisfying science fiction, it’s hard to beat. 7/10.