The Steel Remains by Richard K. Morgan

When a man you know to be of sound mind tells you his recently deceased mother has just tried to climb in his bedroom window and eat him, you only have two basic options.

The Steel Remains

The first lines hooked me.

After a day of reading, I am halfway through it. Janaki tried to read it while I read it and I wrestled her and then gave her another book to get her off this one’s trail.

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39 thoughts on “The Steel Remains by Richard K. Morgan

  1. Can I point you at Joe Abercrombie afterwards?

    “If you’re fond of bloodless, turgid fantasy with characters as thin as newspaper and as boring as plaster saints, Joe Abercrombie is really going to ruin your day. A long career for this guy would be a gift to our genre.”

    Scott Lynch, author of The Lies of Locke Lamora

    Intriguing characters, slip-and-collapse-in-a-heap swordfights … everytime you think it’s going to be the same old fantasy it blows past those expectations.

    Doug.

  2. Can I point you at Joe Abercrombie afterwards?

    “If you’re fond of bloodless, turgid fantasy with characters as thin as newspaper and as boring as plaster saints, Joe Abercrombie is really going to ruin your day. A long career for this guy would be a gift to our genre.”

    Scott Lynch, author of The Lies of Locke Lamora

    Intriguing characters, slip-and-collapse-in-a-heap swordfights … everytime you think it’s going to be the same old fantasy it blows past those expectations.

    Doug.

  3. Can I point you at Joe Abercrombie afterwards?

    “If you’re fond of bloodless, turgid fantasy with characters as thin as newspaper and as boring as plaster saints, Joe Abercrombie is really going to ruin your day. A long career for this guy would be a gift to our genre.”

    Scott Lynch, author of The Lies of Locke Lamora

    Intriguing characters, slip-and-collapse-in-a-heap swordfights … everytime you think it’s going to be the same old fantasy it blows past those expectations.

    Doug.

  4. I really enjoyed The Blade Itself — haven’t gone looking for any follow-ups yet, though. That said, TBI was fantastic, if, admittedly, spending a bit more time than I’d want with characters I didn’t like. 🙂

  5. That said, this one got the idea of a wizard right. Every time the one in this book opened up, I sat up in my seat, leaned forward, and paid really close attention. Somehow, each time, magic always took me by surprise. That’s something.

  6. Haven’t read anything by Morgan, but I think Altered Carbon has been on my amazon list since I saw Neil Gaiman talking about him some time back. Is that book a good intro to his work?

    • Altered Carbon is a great intro to his work. Post-cyberpunk, sci-fi noir with lots of sex and violence.

      My review from goodreads.com:

      Harsh violence, graphic sex, a gripping science fiction world with quasi-immortals, memories downloaded into bodies called sleeves and a nifty vision of future earth.

      I dig.

      If Dashiell Hammet and William Gibson got into a knife fight in a dark alley, with only one knife between them while it rained, the winner would get up and write a book like this.

    • Altered Carbon is a great intro to his work. Post-cyberpunk, sci-fi noir with lots of sex and violence.

      My review from goodreads.com:

      Harsh violence, graphic sex, a gripping science fiction world with quasi-immortals, memories downloaded into bodies called sleeves and a nifty vision of future earth.

      I dig.

      If Dashiell Hammet and William Gibson got into a knife fight in a dark alley, with only one knife between them while it rained, the winner would get up and write a book like this.

  7. Haven’t read anything by Morgan, but I think Altered Carbon has been on my amazon list since I saw Neil Gaiman talking about him some time back. Is that book a good intro to his work?

  8. Haven’t read anything by Morgan, but I think Altered Carbon has been on my amazon list since I saw Neil Gaiman talking about him some time back. Is that book a good intro to his work?

  9. Altered Carbon is a great intro to his work. Post-cyberpunk, sci-fi noir with lots of sex and violence.

    My review from goodreads.com:

    Harsh violence, graphic sex, a gripping science fiction world with quasi-immortals, memories downloaded into bodies called sleeves and a nifty vision of future earth.

    I dig.

    If Dashiell Hammet and William Gibson got into a knife fight in a dark alley, with only one knife between them while it rained, the winner would get up and write a book like this.

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