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The Tarantino of British SF, Morgan moves like a magician between dark fantasy and hard SF, from Conan characters with 4 letter words to rough and tough space mercenaries and private eyes, but my own favourite is MARKET FORCES, which presents an almost world gone bonkers, where business corporations dominate with a chilling sense of evil afoot.
There was a lot of hype around this book as Richard Morgan moved away from his usual science fiction and in to the fantasy realm but the hype is pretty well justified. This may be a little too hard hitting for some, with very strong language and graphic sex scenes not necessarily for the faint hearted, but it is a brilliant story and thoroughly enjoyable.
Ringil, the hero of the bloody slaughter at Gallows Gap is a legend to all who don't know him and a twisted degenerate to those that do. A veteren of the wars against the lizards he makes a living from telling credulous travellers of his exploits. Until one day he is pulled away from his life and into the depths of the Empire's slave trade. Where he will discover a secret infinitely more frightening than the trade in lives.
Archeth - pragmatist, cynic and engineer, the last of her race - is called from her work at the whim of the most powerful man in the Empire and sent to its farthest reaches to investigate a demonic incursion against the Empire's borders.
Egar Dragonbane, steppe-nomad, one-time fighter for the Empire finds himself entangled in a small-town battle between common sense and religious fervour. But out in the wider world there is something on the move far more alien than any of his tribe's petty gods.
Anti-social, anti-heroic, and decidedly irritated, all three of them are about to be sent unwillingly forth into a vicious, vigorous and thoroughly unsuspecting fantasy world. Called upon by an Empire that owes them everything and gave them nothing.
Richard Morgan brings his trademark visceral writing style, turbo-driven plotting and thought provoking characterisation to the fantasy genre and produces a landmark work with his first foray.
"It compels you to read on with its gritty, visceral writing and intelligent plot. It's tense and fascinatingly people and given that the follow ups will doubtless be tremendous, you're encouraged to jump on from the start. Just, ahem, steel yourself." Dave Bradley, SFX
Publication date: 09/07/2009
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
|Publication date:||9th July 2009|
|Publisher:||Orion Publishing Co|
|Genres:||eBook Favourites, Fantasy,|
Richard Morgan is 39 and was, until his writing career took off, a tutor at Strathclyde University in the English Language Teaching division. He has travelled widely and lived in Spain and Istanbul. He is a fluent Spanish speaker. Below is a Q & A with this author. Who’s your favourite author?Haruki Murakami.What’s the first book you remember reading?First adult book – Ian Fleming's From Russia with Love.What's the greatest influence on your writing?Probably the noir crime tradition. That, coupled with an intense political rage at the way the world is ...More About Richard Morgan