I’m reading Richard Morgan’s new novel, The Steel Remains, at the moment.Â I dipped into his first novel, Altered Carbon, but honestly never took to it.Â Not entirely sure why.Â Anyway,Â the galley for Morgan’s book showed up a couple weeks ago and I was ready to toss it on the pile and focus on something else when I thought I’d take a peek. He’s very popular, and given that the book is an honest to goodness swords and sorcery novel, it seemed a big change for him. I read a page, then a chapter, and now I’m completely hooked.Â What’s it like? Hmm.Â A little like Poul Anderson’s The Broken Sword re-written by David Morell. It’s a traditional gritty swords and sorcery novel, with a bit of harsh language and graphic description thrown in.Â It’s strength is its plot engine.Â Pick it up and you’ll forget about the hype that comes with it (something I always react poorly to) and the silly names that seem native to a lot of fantasy, and will find yourself sucked into a genuinely gripping story.Â Not sure how it’ll finish or whether the book’s completely successful, but so far so good.Â Would it make me read his SF? I don’t think know. Would I buy another fantasy from him? Absolutely.