Black Man

Black Man

Richard K. Morgan / Dec 13, 2019

Black Man The future isn t what it used to be since Richard K Morgan arrived on the scene He unleashed Takeshi Kovacs private eye soldier of fortune and all purpose antihero into the body swapping hard boile

  • Title: Black Man
  • Author: Richard K. Morgan
  • ISBN: 9780575075139
  • Page: 195
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The future isn t what it used to be since Richard K Morgan arrived on the scene He unleashed Takeshi Kovacs private eye, soldier of fortune, and all purpose antihero into the body swapping, hard boiled, urban jungle of tomorrow in Altered Carbon, Broken Angels, and Woken Furies, winning the Philip K Dick Award in the process In Market Forces, he launched corporate gladThe future isn t what it used to be since Richard K Morgan arrived on the scene He unleashed Takeshi Kovacs private eye, soldier of fortune, and all purpose antihero into the body swapping, hard boiled, urban jungle of tomorrow in Altered Carbon, Broken Angels, and Woken Furies, winning the Philip K Dick Award in the process In Market Forces, he launched corporate gladiator Chris Faulkner into the brave new business of war for profit Now, in Thirteen, Morgan radically reshapes and recharges science fiction yet again, with a new and unforgettable hero in Carl Marsalis hybrid, hired gun, and a man without a country or a planet Marsalis is one of a new breed Literally Genetically engineered by the U.S government to embody the naked aggression and primal survival skills that centuries of civilization have erased from humankind, Thirteens were intended to be the ultimate military fighting force The project was scuttled, however, when a fearful public branded the supersoldiers dangerous mutants, dooming the Thirteens to forced exile on Earth s distant, desolate Mars colony But Marsalis found a way to slip back and into a lucrative living as a bounty hunter and hit man before a police sting landed him in prison a fate worse than Mars, and much dangerous Luckily, his enhanced life also seems to be a charmed one A new chance at freedom beckons, courtesy of the government All Marsalis has to do is use his superior skills to bring in another fugitive But this one is no common criminal He s another Thirteen one who s already shanghaied a space shuttle, butchered its crew, and left a trail of bodies in his wake on a bloody cross country spree And like his pursuer, he was bred to fight to the death Still, there s no question Marsalis will take the job Though it will draw him deep into violence, treachery, corruption, and painful confrontation with himself, anything is better than remaining a prisoner The real question is can he remain sane and alive long enough to succeed From the Hardcover edition.

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        Librarian Note There is than one author in the GoodReads database with this name See this thread for information Richard K Morgan sometimes credited as Richard Morgan is a science fiction and fantasy writer.


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    1. Richard K. Morgan is kind of hot shit in the sci-fi world these days, but this book does not demonstrate why. At 550 pages, it's a ridiculously long thriller wrapped in a shroud of William Gibson-esque cyperpunk. Morgan has a lot of interesting ideas about human genetic modification in the future, and how it all ties into the political intrigue of the time, but his actual plot, at least in this book, is an overly complicated murder mystery that fails to pay off in any way whatsoever. The main ch [...]


    2. SF thrillers or just regular kind its hard to find someone who writes as good,hardcore noirish thrillers as Morgan. He stands out, his action scenes are better than most authors in the same fields. He writes about main characters like Carl Marslais who you could never in a million years call a hero and who is a violent, amoral noir protagonist. Still he makes seem him more human than you would expect. He doesnt write simple thriller stories where the good and bad guys are clear.Something i must [...]


    3. 6.0 stars. IMHO, second only to Market Forces as Morgan's best book and he is one of my favorite authors. Winner: Arthur C. Clarke Award for Best Science Fiction NovelNominee: British Science Fiction Award for Best Science Fiction NovelNominee: Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel


    4. Well, I made several discoveries here. First I discovered I'm deeply grateful that I got this from the library and didn't purchase it. Second I discovered that I probably won't be seeking out any other of Mr. Morgan's work.Thirdly? I've discovered that the four letter "f" word that ends in k (f**k) is apparently Richard K. Morgan's favorite word in the entire English language. He uses it as a noun, a verb, an adjective, an adverb a participlemetimes a dangling participle. It just depends on whet [...]


    5. I don't particularly enjoy the cyberpunk subgenre and I was worried when I saw that the book (the romanian edition, at least) has more than 800 pages. But this book it is not only with cybernetworks, virtual realities and so. No, it is gritty, violent, sad, has depth, characters, commentaries (about politics, about history, about media and so on), and everything you can ask from a good book. Although the pace it is quite slow sometimes and the author forgets that this is fiction, overall the rea [...]


    6. Genre: scifi / cyberpunkBrainycat's 5 'B's:boobs: 4 // blood 4 // bombs 2 // bondage 1 // blasphemy 4Currently listening to: Alien Vampires: Harshlizer CD2Richard K. Morgan has again established himself as one of my very mostest all time favorite authors. As a reader, I've often gone through endless numbers of book descriptions online, or browsed the shelves at bookstores, and felt like nobody is writing a book just for me. Sure, there's more 'good' or even 'great' books out there that I'd enjoy [...]


    7. Richard Morgan doesn't conceal his source material, intellectual or stylistic. His acknowledgments at the beginning of the book are a great jumping off point for exploring some of the themes that "Thirteen" tackles, and there are plenty of them. Stylistically he weaves a noirish blend that owes a great deal to Dick, Gibson and Chandler, and echoes cinematic sources as well as literary. The last scenes evoke "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" in the slant of the light and the quiet punctuated b [...]


    8. Two hundred pages in and great fun. This is intelligent science fiction, a look at social and cultural change and geopolitics, all interwoven with 21st century genetics and artificial intelligence. It would make a good movie, just the kind my husband would love, lots of action, great visuals and clever plotting. Why haven't I read Morgan before?Well, I'm almost finished this and I have a problem. I think there are two books here. One is an intriguing proper sci-fi novel about an outsider negotia [...]


    9. A violent sci fi thriller, an enhanced super soldier on the hunt for another of his kind who is killing people. Good subject matter for a thriller, but too slow to sustain the tension or excitement. This is aimed at a certain audience - and I'm not a member. A high body count, lots of blood and gore flying, and random sex. I didn't mind the politics or philosophizing, since that was actually more interesting to me than the killing machine dudes, but this was just too long. People started repeati [...]


    10. Carl Marsalis is not a lucky man. A genetic variant, the thirteenth result of humankind's tinkering with their own DNA, Carl is engineered to be the perfect soldier. He's cold, emotionless, able to shunt away knowledge of pain and avoid human concepts like community and dependence. He and his kind were very good at what they were designed for, a little too good according to the humans they supposedly protected. So, once peace again descended on this 22nd Century globe, the Thirteens were offered [...]


    11. This was ok, it had some interesting ideas about what it means to be human, and an especially bleak look at our possible future, but besides that the book was very predictable, even when it was throwing in big plot curve balls. For all the convoluted twist and turns the book is essentially an action / adventure story in the vein of something like the Penetrator. A big guy who women can't keep their hands off of goes around and kills all the bad guys that get in the way between him and his righte [...]


    12. Prelude: Carl Marsalis, the protagonist of this novel, should be played by Idris Elba. He would rock the shit out of this role.Nature vs. Nurture, Black vs. White, Blue State vs. Red State and Faith vs. Reason collide with lots of sex and violence in this modern Blade Runner. If you are upset by the graphic sex but not upset by the vicious violence that counter-balances it, I don't know what to tell ya other than Morgan isn't the writer for you.My only complaint about this book is that it was na [...]


    13. Got 150 pgs in. The prose is clear and gripping but I'm not super grabbed because all the characters blurred too much. They're all vaguely angry for no reason because that's more tense or something. IDK. When I read the blurb on the back again I was like 'Oh this sounds quite interesting' but I'd already read through loads of the book's plot points and not realised, so, see ya!Anyway! So this was published in 2007 and I guess they changed the title from the version I found in a charity shop beca [...]


    14. 2 stars for me, despite what I admit is some good writing in places. The premise of this book is that we have killed off all the disruptive, aggressive “hunters” in society since we invented agriculture and became civilized. The “thirteens” are the results of the effort to reinvigorate our gene pool through genetic modification, developing a strain of feral soldiers and law enforcement not found in the societies of the near future. What a bunch of crap! Ya think UBL thought in those last [...]


    15. Enjoyable stuff, but perhaps far too heavy on the polemics for some. A couple of times I felt the urge to skip bits, especially some of the long conversations serving as vehicles for social commentary, but I didn’t skip because by then Mr Morgan had hooked me. Also, for someone who very definitely can illustrate the shades of grey in human existence, Morgan goes blind to them when writing about what seem to be his pet hates: religious fundamentalism and right wing politics. Taking a whole lump [...]


    16. I wrote in a status update, while I was still reading the book, that this book was basically Wolverine hunting Sabretooth. After I've finished with it, it still feels that way, although it became more of a modern political thriller by increments than a science-fiction novel. And I wonder, with the way China Mieville has been writing these days, if that isn't the current trend in sci-fi. At least for the Brits.Another reviewer said she keeps coming back to Morgan because of his essential Scottish [...]


    17. Morgan at his best which is not saying much. Gratuitous violence, unnecessary, unnecessarily graphic sex scenes, at least a hundred pages of preaching about the emasculation of the modern world and how we need a huge dose of testosterone to solve all of our problems. Especially us poor, stupid women who need a real man to come along and f*ck us to happiness (a. word. that. was. definitely. overused). There are a plethora of cuss words in the English language, not to mention culturally specific o [...]


    18. F*@%in' A, Thirteen is another awesome book by Richard K. Morgan! Mr. Morgan is one of my top three favorite current authors and I can't rightfully say why I just now finally got around to reading Thirteen but it's more than worth the wait. Genetically modified humans is nothing new to SCI-FI but I haven't ran across any where the building material came from the savage hunter/killers that had long since been bred out of the human race. Carl Maralis is the product of such genetic engineering call [...]




    19. La Terre au début du XXIIe siècle. Le génie génétique a produit des « variantes » humaines adaptées à de nouveaux besoins (la colonisation des planètes) et à d'autres plus anciens (le sexe, la guerre). L'une d'elles est la variante 13 inspirée des mâles alpha de notre époque préhistorique, avant que l'humanité se « féminise » et crée les premières civilisations. Pourvues d'autant d'empathie qu'une kalachnikov, les variantes 13 sont utilisées pour la guerre et autres « sal [...]


    20. Carl Marsalis seems like a lucky man. Thirty-odd years ago the US and UK created genetically modified soldiers, called "Thirteens", but when public horror shut the project down, the Thirteens were put into camps or shipped off to Mars. Carl is one of the few permitted to roam free--on the condition that he hunt down other Thirteens, who have left their reservations without permission. His latest mission is to stop Merrin, a Thirteen who tortured, ate, and mutilated the corpses of his fellow pass [...]


    21. igazán jó alfahímes ötlet. semmi vámpír, semmi vérfarkas, csak a pőre alfag egy csomó vér és hulla. sztem eddigi olvasmányaim közül ebben a könyvben a legtöbb az egy lapra jutó halottak száma. Morgan igazán kegyetlen alak. külön plusz pont, hogy nincs happy end, bár pont nem bántam volna, ha mégis lett volna.


    22. Originally published on my blog here in August 2007.On the assumption that any technology developed by the human race will be used in for short term gain without consideration of the consequences or of ethics, the outlook for genetic engineering is frightening. That is the basic premise of Black Man, Richard Morgan's latest novel (published in the US as Thirteen, presumably because the publishers there - Del Rey - don't want readers to assume that it is about racism). Richard Morgan envisages th [...]


    23. It's early in the 22nd century. Genetic engineering has produced a number of human "variants": bonobos, which are submissive female super-geishas; hibernoids, who possess superhuman focus but go into a catatonic sleep state four months a year; and thirteens, an alpha-male throwback variant, last seen in pre-civilization, pre-agricultural times. Thirteens are stronger, tougher, more remorseless and single-minded than mere humans. All the variants trigger some level of resentment and fear from "no [...]


    24. My first reaction to this novel was what a brave book this was in today’s current political and social climate. Richard, who could hardly be accused of holding much back in his earlier novels, has extrapolated some very interesting and scary ideas of the future. In doing so he has included comments on race (though the name ‘Black Man’ has clearly more than one meaning here), and society, politics, religion, economics, science and space pioneering. At a time when the discussion of such issu [...]


    25. An exoskeletal of a story supported by too cavernous a premise to stop it from collapsing upon itself. Richard Morgan’s Thirteen* carries big themes, which would have been more successfully executed had it a credible foundation. The weight of its ambition buckles the knees of its protagonist, Marsalis, a genetically-enhanced super-mercenary, whose legs were kicked out by inconsistencies.Much rests on Marsalis to carry the show. Marsalis, along with his brethren, the “Thirteens” or “varia [...]


    26. I liked this so much more than Altered Carbon. I think it was the layer of added complexity and the implicit questions the book brought up -- of nature vs. nurture, gender roles, the nature of connection and emotional attachment, and of humanity. But there were troubling things too. Like, that in a society where all kinds of human genetic modification are possible, there doesn't seem to be access to effective and unobtrusive contraception. Also, for all the interesting examination of racial assu [...]


    27. No me guista! I was NOT a fan of this novel at least not the first 100 pages or so. That's as far as I got, I'm afraid.Morgan's writing style is adequate and at times, interesting, but the total lack of anything resembling a conscience in any of the characters the novel had introduced left me feeling, well, pretty lousy. I need my novel's heroes to have SOMETHING for me to cling to. Everyone I got to meet in this novel seemed morally bankrupt, depressed or was completely forgettable.The tipping [...]


    28. In Thirteen Richard Morgan explores many different concepts of genetic engineering. Humans have created what are called "variants". Hibernoids that must go into a sleep state for four months out of a year. Bonobos that are female super-geishas. And then there are the Thirteens, who are stronger and tougher then normal humans. They are conditioned to tap into a primal rage, and are more remorseless and single minded then modern humans.This book is what I think I can now call classic Richard Morga [...]


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