Sunday, October 3, 2010
Altered Carbon started off well: an interesting, if semi-sociopathic, main character, an intriguing mystery, and rapid pacing. The pacing continues until about halfway through the novel where the twists and turns and added characters began to muddle things a bit for me. Perhaps it is because I tend not to read as much mystery as other genres, but I didn't have these kinds of feelings of confusion reading any of the Dresden Files novels or "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo." There is a formidable use of language modification in giving the futuristic society its own edge and feel, but I still can't help but feel this novel is flawed in the ways previously mentioned. Many others seem to like it, so you might want to give it a try anyways, but it wouldn't be a recommendation from me.