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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2007

    Best Sci Fi Novel I ever read

    This novel takes place in the near future and puts into place so many great ideas and concepts of a living breathing sci-fi world. The best part about the story is that you are totally immersed in the story's setting. Read the other reviews for a basic plot out line...i read this book over a year ago and will pick it up again to re-read it. Richard Morgan's stuff is just begging to be made into movies and this novel is his best. I cannot wait for the sequel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2007

    Much better towards the end

    I will attempt to avoid the more political aspects of this novel, as some reviewers here have focussed on, and instead try to approach it as a Richard K. Morgan thriller, pure and simple. As a reader of his Takeshi Kovacs sci-noir novels, I was approaching this book as a welcome change of pace from the 25th Century and quite looking forward to it. I was a little chagrined to see that, unlike the abrupt change of genre William Gibson took in 'Pattern Recognition,' Morgan still based his new novel in a late-21st Century setting, vaguely recognizable but still different. Disappointed in this, and not at all pleased at seeing Morgan (self-admittedly) wear the influences of 'Rollerball' and 'Mad Max' on his sleeve, I very much adopted a 'who cares?' attitude towards this book and was frankly tired of Morgan's anti-laissez-faire-capitalism stance by the first third or so of the story. Also, Chris Faulkner's marital problems and full-blown plunging into the decadence of corporate life at Shorn Associates seemed very out of character for him and, though vital to an appreciation of Faulkner's motivations, especially in the latter stages of the story, was not at all well-explained. Nevertheless, the further time you spend with the story, the more you realize that, just as happens with Chris Faulkner, the manic pace of this period's corporate society will indeed confuse and bewilder you much as it does Faulkner. There is still so much that is a cipher in this book -- frankly, I cannot believe that even mega-corporations will ever be allowed to suspend civil liberties in their respective nations, much less the Third World, to the extent seen in 'Market Forces.' Nor, frankly, does Morgan provide a compelling reason why this in fact happened in his story. In this fashion, while not as severely, Morgan falls into the same trap with his world-building as George Orwell did in '1984:' namely, the macrocosmic situation serves merely to service the plot and does not really stand up to scrutiny. However, again as with '1984,' by the time you get to the final third of 'Market Forces,' you won't mind too much, as Morgan ramps up the action and emotions quite well, in a totally believable fashion that makes you wonder, frankly, just HOW anti-corporation Morgan truly is. In the end, 'Market Forces,' while still nowhere near Morgan's best Takeshi Kovacs effort, is a satisfying novel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2006

    Survival of the fittest

    This is an interesting book that postulates a future 'de-evolution' of modern society. With greedy corporations calling all the global shots, the gulf between the have and have-nots has grown to alarming proportions. A handful of investment firms now dictate world economic policy, with an eye to keeping themselves firmly entrenched in power and the powerless right where they are. A pecking order is established among those vying for number one status through a unique kind of duel- not with guns, but cars. It becomes standard policy to challenge your corporate rivals to a violent road race where only the most ruthless survive, a clear metaphor for a primitive, Darwinian survival of the fittest. The unbridled violence unleashed by this winner-take-all free-for-all keeps the story moving at a fast clip, as gory as it is. Far from being a novel of redemption as you might expect at the end, Market Forces is instead a somber speculation of what could happen if corporations were unleashed to do whatever it takes to fatten their bottom line, with no regard whatsoever for the well being of the less fortunate. While there are glimpses of a kind of Wild West justice at times, mostly the story is sobering in its portray of a future society where pure capitalism without charity rules, where only those totally lacking in morals or compassion become celebrities and hold all the cards. It¿s a fascinating future to imagine, but one that would be disastrous in reality. More than anything, Market Forces is a warning about the direction we might take (or are taking, as some would say) as corporations grow bigger, executives wealthier, and the average worker marginalized, outsourced, or sent packing. Recommended. Also read An Audience for Einstein by Mark Wakely, a clever story about a major medical discovery with worrisome implications for the future of mankind.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    gloom and doom future

    In the middle of the twenty-first century, the market place controls all aspects of life with no governmental redistribution of wealth to interfere. In this global economy the big money makers are those who peddle Conflict Investments; there is a large and continuous market for the selling of all types of arms to small insurgent bands at a phenomenal price while encouraging the guerilla bands to make war not love. Recently safety has become an issue for the affluent.--- Chris Faulkner of Shorn Associates has become a successful salesman peddling arms and related equipment. The Brit enjoys his literally cut throat job especially the executive perks such as driving a car and killing other road hogs. However, he has recently made a mistake by allowing mercy to someone he defeated during a road rage skirmish. He vows to never again allow his conscience to get in the way of his lifestyle. His chance surfaces when the eternal South American coup d¿etat may be out of control. Though wary and thinking back excessively to his ghetto roots, Chris plans to rectify this problem.--- This gloom and doom future will not be one to worry about social security as no social or security seems to be the norm in Richard K. Morgan¿s dark satirical spin of MARKET FORCES out of control. The story line paints a grim future in which to paraphrase Jessie Ventura as the wrestler not the governor that it is not whether you win or lose, but how well you cheat. Though Chris¿ growing disaffection is not adequately explained, the Enron and Bush-Blair economics are taken to the extreme in this powerful condemnation of a systematic handout to the rich while everyone else pays the price.

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