Market Forces by Richard Morgan (Hardback, 2004)
John Jarrold SFX : It's a bleak, violent portrait of a world which is only a few heartbeats and regime changes from our own. Imagine Michael Moore, George Orwell and Philip K Dick collaborating on a novel and you're halfway to realising what a mind-blowing book this is. George Walkley Ink Magazine : Morgan's depictions of road battles are truly stunning -- I challenge you to fold the page and put the book down in the middle of one -- you simply can't do it. Another Certificate 18 killer read that you'd be a fool to miss!
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Place-Names of Glamorgan Paperback. The physical violence in the story is a metaphor for the mechanisms behind capitalism. Non-violent competition is viewed as a novelty or ineffective, like playing chess or publishing opinion essays. The existence of winners and losers and the duality of "haves and the have-nots"   are contrasted. By illustrating how the First World exploits the Third World and the corporate executive's use of the ghetto areas, the novel challenges the idea that the have-nots are there by choice or that they competed and lost.
The hardcover was released simultaneously in along with the ebook and audiobook versions. The book was awarded the John W. Clarke Award for best science fiction novel first published in the United Kingdom.
Numerous reviewers commented on the action sequences and violence with several noting they were better suited to a theatrical version rather than literature. On the other hand, I found a lot of the corporate and corp-rat behavior ranged from disturbing to disgusting. The inventive language, punk dialogue and feverish action create sustained tension throughout It's hell-on-wheels fiction—entertainment that will appeal to many, particularly those who are hot car enthusiasts.
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Numerous reviewers commented on Morgan's writing and story. In The Seattle Times , journalist and science fiction author Nisi Shawl tied the writing quality to the action scenes, "Morgan's talent for tension-building is matched by the clarity with which he describes the sideswiping, rubber-burning, rear-end-ramming, full-contact racing scenes. And both these skills are quietly eclipsed by his word-for-word writing ability.
Apt metaphors and similes abound. With the right artist, Market Forces might still make a compelling—and necessarily shorter—graphic novel. The novel might have been unremittingly bleak if it weren't for the moral center provided by Faulkner, who is a genuinely likable guy. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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This article is about the science fiction novel. For the economic principle, see Market. Dewey Decimal. One thing that every Conflict Investment client Chris had ever dealt with had in common was their love of developed world technotoys. It was basic CI wisdom, handed down from partners to analysts everywhere in the trade. Don't stint on toys. At the top of every hardware gift list, you placed your state-of-the-art global communications gadgetry.
That, and personalised airliners. Then the military stuff. Always in that order, it never failed. Market Forces is a strange and not always successful mix of corporate satire, video game thriller and progressive essay. The violence is often brutal and graphic, and none of the characters, even the conflicted Faulkner, is particularly heroic or sympathetic. But it succeeds because Morgan keeps his storytelling front and center, aside from the occasional pointed speech by one of his characters.
And he also makes sure that his future, no matter how violent or shocking, is a reasonable extrapolation of present-day corporate culture. New York Times Book Review : San Francisco Chronicle. The Seattle Times. Evening Times. Glasgow , Scotland. The Canberra Times. Canberra, Australia.
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