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The Steel Remains by Richard Morgan
  

The Steel Remains

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Maxim Jakubowski's view...

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.

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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.

If you like Richard Morgan you might also like to read books by Neal Asher, Michael Marshall Smith and Joe Abercrombie.

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The Steel Remains by Richard Morgan

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.

Reviews

"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

About the Author

Richard Morgan

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 run.

What is your philosophy for life?

As summed up in the Milcho Manchevski movie Dust – "Live your own life – because you die your own death."

Did you always want to be an author? If not, what did you originally want to be and when and why did you change your mind?
Yep – been scribbling stories since I was about eight or nine. Only took me the best part of the next thirty years to get published!

Who do you most admire and why?
My father – because he's worked hard all his life, often under conditions of crushing adversity, has never once backed away from his obligations and responsibilities, and has still managed to retain an incredible generosity of spirit that I've rarely seen equalled.

What jobs did you have before you started writing?
In my time I've been a rent collector, a furniture mover and a barman, to name but three of the more interesting. Mostly, though, I worked as a globe-trotting English as a Foreign Language teacher, with spells in Istanbul and Madrid.

Tell us about your best or worst holiday experience.
Best so far has to be walking the Inca trail to Machu Picchu – I'd wanted to do it ever since I was a kid and my expectations were huge, but it still more than lived up to them. One to remember when you're old.

What is the most embarrassing thing that has happened to you?
As a young man, sidling up to an older woman I thought fancied me, putting a hand on her leg and discovering I had utterly, utterly misread the signals. Cringe!!!! Happened long ago when I was young and inept, but it still makes me blush to recall it nearly two decades later.

What is a typical writing day?
An impossible dream – I seem either to sit around staring into space and writing nothing, or lock on obsessively and spend dawn 'til dusk scrawling without a break. You'd think at my age I'd have learnt a little moderation (and time management), but sadly, no.

What single thing might people be surprised to learn about you?
That my violent tendencies are limited to non-existent.

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Publication date

9th July 2009

Author

Richard Morgan

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Publisher

Orion Publishing Co

Format

Paperback
400 pages

Categories

Fantasy
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ISBN

9780575084810

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