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Subject: Thirteen by Richard Morgan
Date Posted: 2/13/2008 10:12 AM ET
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Anyone read this yet?  Any opinions?

I read Altered Carbon by him and really enjoyed it so I figured this one might be a good read although not in the same series.  It is a bit hefty at almost 600 pages so I'm looking for a few opinions.  I also have Sun of Suns by Karl Shroeder which is about 200 pages less so it is a toss up right now between the 2.

 

Thanks for any input,

 

Phil

Date Posted: 2/21/2008 5:42 PM ET
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I have not read "Thirteen" yet, BUT I am looking forward to doing so in the next six months. I have heard SO MANY good things about it. I just got "Altered Carbon" actually!

I hope someone replies and let us know how good "Thirteen" is!

Date Posted: 2/22/2008 10:37 AM ET
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Hey Michael,

I decided to start Thirteen and am about 1/2 through it now.  It grabbed me just like Altered Carbon did when I read that one.  I couldn't put it down unless I had to.  I think you will enjoy this one.  I loved Altered Carbon.  I know there were some mixed reviews about that book but for me it was just what I was looking for at the time.  I wasn't disappointed.  Thirteen is also just what I was looking for.   Let me know what you think of Altered Carbon.

Phil

p.s.  I have also read Revelation Space(which is on your tbr).  I enjoyed that one too.

Date Posted: 2/22/2008 12:38 PM ET
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Excellent! I appreciate that news. I am glad that a number of British authors are starting to get the recognotion they deserve in this country in the Sci-Fi arena. For a long time it felt like that it had gotten pretty stale, and then Richard K . Morgan, Alastair Reynolds and Ken MacLeod popped-up (and others). I am glad. It shows you that the genre is still vibrant.

Although, I go outside the genre often now (unlike when I was younger), I still enjoy the right Sci-Fi adventure!

Date Posted: 2/28/2008 1:00 PM ET
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Hey Michael,

There are so many British  science fiction authors to choose from now I can't keep up.  In fact I can't keep up with all of the current science fiction authors.  I have a tbr list that is a mile long and it gets added to every few days.  It is not all confined to science fiction though, I just read what grabs me at the time.  It doesn't help either that my wife is a librarian and is always reading one book or another(although her preference is mainly non-fiction).

Regarding Thirteen:  I was overdue on that book a week at the library and had to take it back, unfortunately.  I have 200 pages to go.  I hope it comes in soon.

Phil

P.S.  I picked up Ysabel while I was at the library.  Not my typical preference but the storyline looked interesting.  Have you read this one?

Date Posted: 2/28/2008 1:11 PM ET
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God! I love Guy Gavriel Kay. "Tigana" is my favorite fantasy novel of all time! I have "Ysabel" on Auto Request "Yes" on my Wish List, but I am afraid, I will be forced to buy it soon.....

I keep trying to put "Shantaram" down, but then I turn a page, and I keep getting impressed. It's a great book, but it is so darned long.....

I can't wait to read "Ysabel".

Date Posted: 3/21/2008 9:21 AM ET
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Hey Michael,

Well I finally got the book back from the library last week and finished it yesterday.  Great story.  Definitely worth the wait and time.  If you like Altered Carbon you will like this one in my opinion.

Now I hope I can get back into Ysabel.  I had to put it down when Thirteen came back in and I have lost some momentum on it.  I'm going to try to start reading it again this weekend.  I think I should be able to get interested in it again.  It started out great so we'll see.

Phil

Date Posted: 3/21/2008 10:02 AM ET
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Thank you so much Phil!

 

Appreciate the report!

Date Posted: 4/13/2008 11:07 AM ET
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Thirteen is a brilliant book.  I love the Altered Carbon series, and Thirteen (original title: "Black Man" ) is even better in many ways.  Its not quite as fast paced as AC, but it is even more layered with meaning and has more complex characters.  Richard Morgan has brilliant world building, and these are all classic Sci-Fi books as far as I'm concerened--they have a lot to say about current events, wrapped up in a great noir-style story. 

I highly recommend Thirteen!