Morgan’s fantasy

I’m reading Richard Morgan’s new novel, The Steel Remains, at the moment.  I dipped into his first novel, Altered Carbon, but honestly never took to it.  Not entirely sure why.  Anyway,  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.  What’s it like? Hmm.  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.  It’s strength is its plot engine.  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.  Not sure how it’ll finish or whether the book’s completely successful, but so far so good.  Would it make me read his SF? I don’t think know. Would I buy another fantasy from him? Absolutely.

3 thoughts on “Morgan’s fantasy”

  1. Would it make me read his SF? I don’t think know. Would I buy another fantasy from him? Absolutely.

    That’s interesting, because to me the Richard-Morgan-ness of TSR is a more important part of its success than the fantasy-ness. That said, I’ve read a different sample of Morgan than you have, in that I haven’t read Altered Carbon, I read Market Forces and didn’t think much of it, and I read Black Man and was blown away.

  2. It may be that the true divide isn’t his sf vs. his fantasy, but rather his later novels over his earlier ones. Maybe I should read BLACK MAN.

  3. Altered Carbon is certainly more like Black Man than Market Forces is. I agree with Niall that the latter isn’t as good.

    Certainly sounds like my sort of fantasy (and I have liked the couple of Morrell books I have read, too).

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