Altered Carbon – The Wrong Man (Season 01 Episode 05)

  • Episode length: 53 minutes
  • Number of pages: 49
  • Number of chapters: 4

We’re back to the show and the book falling in line with each other. Kind of.

I had a few issues figuring out where to stop reading since a fair few things that happened in the show haven’t happened in the book. And I don’t mean like the single event that the episode ended on. I mean like 3 different things.  

SPOILERS AHEAD – WON’T RUIN THE SHOW BUT WILL TELL YOU SOME THINGS YOU MIGHT NOT WANT TO KNOW BEFORE WATCHING/READING IT

SHOWBOOK
The interview with Kadmin was done illegally in a real bodyThe interview with Kadmin was done legitimately in virtual reality
The Raven finds out about Bancroft being at the fight ring and Kovacs tells OrtegaThe visit Kovacs and Ortega pay to Kadmin’s lawyers is how they find out about the fight ring
The fight ringleader shows them footage of Bancroft getting into a fight with his son in the standsThe fight ringleader answers some questions but has no footage to show them and appears to be holding back on info
Ortega is badly wounded while Bautista is killed after interviewing KadminThis doesn’t happen in the book at all

I didn’t find too many similarities in this section of the book as we seem to be getting more and more variations. As more and more little things change the flow on effects mean more changes need to be made as well.

We may see some things circling back and being shown/read later down the line but I’m not going to know until I get to them.

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Altered Carbon – Force of Evil (Season 01 Episode 04)

  • Episode length: 53 minutes
  • Pages read: 32
  • Chapters read: 3

As I continue my comparison of the book to the TV show, I’ve found that they are in line again. But will it continue?

SPOILERS AHEAD – WON’T RUIN THE SHOW BUT WILL TELL YOU SOME THINGS YOU MIGHT NOT WANT TO KNOW BEFORE WATCHING/READING IT

SHOWBOOK
Kovacs wakes up in his own body with no enhancements and some defaultsKovacs wakes up in a female body with no enhancements
Kovacs remembers his training with Falconer to beat the virtual tortureKovacs remembers his friend Jimmy to beat the virtual torture
Kovacs gives the speech after waking up that convinces them to unlock himKovacs gives the speech in virtual that gets him released from the torture
Kovacs kills everyone in the facility after getting free and before leavingKovacs leaves with an escort then kills them while in the flying car
Kovacs leaves with Kadmins headKovacs leaves with a doctor’s head
Kovacs sees Ortega at the hotelKovacs goes back to kill everyone after escaping the car and avoids the cops as they arrive

Although Kovacs was tortured in both the book and the show, the show was much more graphic and detailed. Which explains why the book was short compared to it being so accurate to the show. Given books generally have more time and space to be more graphic I was a little surprised that this was the case.

The overall feel of the episode followed the book; however, I’m starting to see more and more differences. Which is ok!

Adapting a book to a film version does mean changes will happen. Which is great coz we get to see the writer’s interpretation of the book. And I’m excited to see what those changes will include!

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Wrap Up – March

Holy crap this month seems to have been a crazy month where the whole world went a little crazy with coronavirus. Like how does a beer’s stock price fall just coz some virus shares some of it’s name?! How silly can people be?!

In that time I’ve been able to kick start a new series and still posted 11 reviews.

I’ve been working a little more this month so haven’t spent as much time reading and I’ve also been spending time watching Altered Carbon and reading that for the series comparisons. Which means I’ve only read like 5 books this month.

I’m hoping by the time this goes live that it’s 6 books. But I’m not making any promises!

My Fav

This is a last minute change for me. I honestly can’t wait to be able to read the next book in the series and hope it won’t be too long until I can.

Because of this, I had to change from my previous choice, Summer in Provence. You’ll be able to see my full review in April.

My Least Fav

This honestly wasn’t a bad book and I have a review coming for this next week. Yet it had more flaws than the other books I read this month so somehow ended up here.

I also hate doing this coz it’s by an Aussie author and I don’t read many of those and I want to promote them rather than shoot them down.

So please come back next week to see all my thoughts about it!

Bookish Goals Progress

I was able to start my first book to film comparison with Altered Carbon and I’m feeling good about the progress. Especially given the positive feedback I’ve been getting for it. Although I’d still do it even if I didn’t have it since I don’t focus on stats and stuff too much.

I’ve managed to hold strong with Rachel’s tours so I can also get around to the NetGalley and other ARCs I have. Although I have been able to keep up with at least one book read a week which is good.

Once I finish reading Altered Carbon I’ll be 50% of the way through the A-Z Character challenge, while I’ve also been able to read one book for the Aussie Author Bingo challenge.

Personal Goals Progress

So fitness wise I took a slight backwards step from a couple of injuries but I’m getting back into it. I just need to be careful now that it’s starting to get colder so my asthma doesn’t flare up and really take me out of action.

Although with coronavirus going around, and talk of us all needing to self-isolate I’m not sure how all of that’s going to go. Although the gym I go to is giving us workouts we can do at home which is awesome.

Bones is also making some progress with his reactions to other dogs. We’re getting closer and closer to getting him to make his first doggy friend. I’m hoping with a few more buckets of water and some time we’ll get there. Slowly… O so slowly…

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Altered Carbon – In a Lonely Place (Season 01 Episode 03)

  • Episode length: 51 minutes
  • Pages read: 25
  • Chapters read: 2

The episode and the book are so different this time! Like SOOOO different!!

SPOILERS AHEAD – WON’T RUIN THE SHOW BUT WILL TELL YOU SOME THINGS YOU MIGHT NOT WANT TO KNOW BEFORE WATCHING/READING IT

SHOWBOOK
Kovacs is invited and went to dinner party at Bancroft’sNo invite was issued, and no party happened
Elliot takes Kovacs to get weaponsKovacs goes to the armourer Bancroft recommended
The knife bio-weapon goes to the tipThe knife bio-weapon is no where near the edges to ensure the owner doesn’t get poisoned
The hooker, Louise, drugs KovacsKovacs goes with them willingly and is drugged at the facility

Since there was so many differences between the two in this episode, there’s not too many similarities to look at. So let’s have a look at them.

Other than Kovacs getting weapons, seeing Louise and being kidnapped, there’s like no similarities between the book and the show. Which isn’t surprising given that this makes up all of like 10 minutes of the episode and only 25 pages.

Not much time to have anything really happen.

I’m kinda hoping that the dinner party happens later in the book so that I can see some of those bits playing out in more detail.

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Altered Carbon – Fallen Angel ( Season 01 Episode 02)

  • Episode length: 57 minutes
  • Number of pages: 51
  • Number of chapters: 4

This episode follows the book pretty much to a tee. Theres hardly any differences between the two, although I’ve outlined them below for you.

SPOILERS AHEAD – WON’T RUIN THE SHOW BUT WILL TELL YOU SOME THINGS YOU MIGHT NOT WANT TO KNOW BEFORE WATCHING/READING IT

You can see the differences summarised in the table.

SHOWBOOK
Kovacs is woken up by Prescott (the lawyer) being in his roomKovacs is woken up by the hotel with news that Prescott is on her way up
Kovacs sees the re-sleeving facility and interviews Mr and Mrs Bancroft while thereKovacs goes to Alcatraz to see the storage and re-sleeving facility Bancroft owns and uses
Kovacs reviews all the death threats with the AI from The RavenKovacs reviews all the death threats with Prescott
Elliot is a black man who has his daughters stack in VRElliot is an old white man sitting on a bench
Elliot needs to be forced to talk about what happened to his daughterElliot freely talks about what happened to his daughter
Kovacs chases a guy to cause a fight outside of the brothelKovacs is jumped by Elliot and then others
Ortega arrests Kovacs for organic damageOrtega saves Kovacs from the guy he was chasing

Although there are minor differences in how these are presented, I think I can understand why. I don’t think there was as much awareness around diversity back in 2002 when Altered Carbon was first published as there was 16 years later when Netflix released the TV show. Given the lack of black representation in a country that has such a huge black community I can understand wanting to make a few characters black that may not have originally been.

Although there are minor differences in how these are presented, I think I can understand why. I don’t think there was as much awareness around diversity back in 2002 when Altered Carbon was first published as there was 16 years later when Netflix released the TV show. Given the lack of black representation in a country that has such a huge black community I can understand wanting to make a few characters black that may not have originally been.

I think because this episode so closely resembled the book, they were only able to get through 4 chapters (51 pages) compared to the 6 chapters (72 pages) of the first episode. I’m looking forward to seeing the spread of the remaining episodes in the coming weeks.  

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Altered Carbon – Out of the Past ( Season 01 Episode 01)

In case you missed it, I decided to compare the books to the TV show Altered Carbon. It’s a trilogy with both seasons 1 and 2 currently available on Netflix so I’ll be knocking out one episode a week for you over the next 18 weeks.

  • Episode length: 59 minutes
  • Pages read: 72
  • Chapters read: 6

I’m really looking forward to bringing you my thoughts on each episode compared to the book. Even though I almost instantly found differences between the show and the book, by the end of the 6th chapter I was able to say that the main points happened in each.

SPOILERS AHEAD – WON’T RUIN THE SHOW BUT WILL TELL YOU SOME THINGS YOU MIGHT NOT WANT TO KNOW BEFORE WATCHING/READING IT

To give you a summary, I’ve broken the differences and similarities down into dot points.

SHOWBOOK
Flashbacks happen throughout the episode Flashback is the prologue only
The girlfriend is murdered by the Protectorates in cold blood Sarah (the girlfriend) is gunned down while trying to shoot the Protectorates
Kovacs is made a martyr Kovacs is show in the chest before he realises what’s happened while reaching for his gun
Bancroft lives in some tower structure where all the rich people live Bancroft lives in an estate out of the city, overlooking the Reach
Kovac knows what a Songtree is Kovac doesn’t know what a Songtree is
Ortega has a drink with Kovac while he’s tripping on various drugs before checking into a hotel Ortega has a drink with Kovac in his hotel room after he’s attacked
Kovacs knows The Raven is an AI hotel before going into it Kovacs finds out The Hendrix is an AI hotel after the firefight happens
Kovac is attached by like 5 or 6 guys (including one woman) Kovac is attached by one guy and one woman
Kovac tried to avoid working for Bancroft Kovac never tried to avoid working for Bancroft

Pretty much everything from when they wake Kovac up until he get’s to Bancroft’s place is slightly different as well. Little things like the process of being woken up, being discharged, knowing vs not knowing the cops are escorting him to Bancroft, being given a letter from Bancroft before being discharged explaining why he’s been brought back. Little things like that are more detailed in the book.

Yet I understand they needed to change it so show you what the narration of the book tells us. Unless they felt like narrating every episode, I can see why they chose to do this a little differently.

The similarities are straight forward in that the general timeline and progress Kovac’s makes in the book and the show are pretty bang on. There’s a detour in the show where Kovac’s goes to get high and drink whereas in the book he questions Bancroft and his wife.

However, if I remember correctly the scene I read in the book where Miriam (Bancroft’s wife) is questioned, that happens in a later episode. It could have just been creative license to get interest in the series early.

Unlike with books, you’ve got one to two episodes to get the audience interested. If you weigh those episodes down with boring stuff like someone being questioned, you might lose the audience and cost the show success. Which is exactly why the show is “based on” the book. Not a direct adaptation of the book.

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Altered Carbon – Intro

A few years ago, a new sci-fi, steampunk series was released on Netflix; Altered Carbon. As soon as I saw the trailer, I knew it was one I wanted to see, so when it finally dropped, I binged it over a single weekend. The following month I was able to keep reliving each episode as my work friends worked their way through the series and I was able to talk about it with them.

We dissected each episode from the choice of actors, the cinematics, the way it was shown and what they could have done differently to make it better. When I started my book blog a couple months later, these same friends suggested I do a comparison of the book to the Netflix adaptation.

Before Christmas I saw the announcement that Season 2 would be dropping in Quarter 1 of 2020 so I realised I needed to get a move on with my comparison of Season 1 if I wanted to keep up. Especially since there are only 3 books!

To help with this I asked for a Secret Santa to give me a copy of Altered Carbon, and I was lucky enough to get it! Yay!

Unfortunately, I’d signed up for so many book tours in January and February I knew I couldn’t get to it until March. So even though Season 2 dropped a week ago I’ll be reviewing Season 1 with the first book over the next 10 weeks. Then I’ll go straight into Season 2 over the following 8 weeks.

Whether you’re a fan of the books or the show, come back every week on a Wednesday to see how the show and the book are the same or different, and who did it better. Feel free to disagree or even point out anything I’ve missed coz I’m only human and I may see or interpret things differently to you.

Come back in a week for my comparison of the first episode of Season 1!

You can also keep track of each episode and book over on my Altered Carbon page.

Image credit: Fanbolt

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Wrap Up – February

Another month done and dusted, and I made it through all the review’s I’d agreed to do! Yay!

Who knew I’d be able to pump out 15 reviews in the space of 28 days? I’ve updated the layout of these so you can click on the banner of each to go to their review. There’s 9 romances (with a mixture of sub-genres), 5 sci-fi/fantasys and one suspense/murder mystery.

Next week I’ll be going to a new schedule with my standard reviews on Mondays, series reviews on Fridays and on Wednesday I’ll be launching a new discussion kind of series, so make sure you come and find out what that will be! I have 14 reviews/posts scheduled with only one additional review that falls outside of my regular posting days.

Continuing on from last month, the below two books are books I’ve READ in February, not necessarily reviewed in February.

My Fav

My review for this is coming up on Monday so you don’t have long to wait until you can find out exactly what I thought of this.

Suffice it to say, when I finished reading this book I immediately noted down that I thought it’d be my fav for the month. I really hope you’ll come back on Monday for this review.

My Least Fav

I just reviewed this on Wednesday and if you saw that review you’ll know I just couldn’t connect with the characters. I’m thinking I’m not a fan of Zoe’s writing style even though the stories sound like they’ll be great.

Because of this I’ll probably skip any tour offers for her books in the future. I don’t want to give negative reviews knowing I probably won’t like the book. Since I’ve read two of her books now I feel comfortable saying I’m not really a fan based on my reading tastes.

Bookish Goals Progress

I’m continuing to work on my series reviews (also FINALLY updated the landing page for the series I’ve read), those goals will get ticked off as time goes on and my reviews are released. One of the goals will be ticked off on Wednesday hehehe, that’ll be good and I’m looking forward to launching that!

In terms of not overwhelming myself with Rachel’s tours. She was very understanding when I told her I had to go on a ban for her tours so I wouldn’t overwhelm myself. So far so good and I’m keeping myself under strict control!

Sci-fi books are slowly getting into my reading list. Slowly slowly. Although not having a chance to work on my database probably isn’t helping lol! And same thing with my new look. I’m thinking that might need to be a behind the scene’s slow progress to do a big re-brand launch later in the year. I’ll have to see how I go with that one.

I’ve yet to start the Aussie Bingo challenge, although I’m about halfway through the A-Z Characters challenge. Chances are in March I’ll make a lot of progress in both of those as I get to my NetGalley requests to tick off a bunch in both challenges.

With 4 days to go of the month, I’ve read 8 books, started another (that one will take a while coz I’m doing just a little bit each week) and I may possibly finish a 9th book. If I don’t finish the 9th book, I’ll get pretty close to finishing it.

Personal Goals Progress

I totally forgot to mention it last month but I did start video editing. Although that’s taken a backseat this month coz of how much I’ve needed to read. But I’m hoping I can get back into it in March coz I still have my trip to Perth and The Big Bounce Australia day to edit and publish videos for.

I’m a complete noob at video editing but if you’re interested in checking out what I managed to cobble together you can check out the video’s on YouTube.

In other news. I’m working on the running and Bones is having a great time running with me, he’s even looking at me like “can we walk yet?” as I’m able to run for longer and longer each week. I’m sure he’ll be happy when we’re just running for ages but I gotta get there. Fingers crossed by the time I get to 5km he’ll actually get tired by the end of it!

I also managed to get my first client for my business! YAY!!! I should hopefully have started working on it by the time this goes live, just need to finalise the contract and details first 🙂

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Wrap Up – January

I can’t believe it’s already the end of January! We’re already one twelfth of the way through the year.

I don’t feel like I’ve made much progress with my reading this month which means I’m starting to stress about all the reviews I’ve committed to in February. Finger’s crossed I get there. Worst case scenario I’m going to have to talk to the tour organisers to see about changing up how I do the reviews.

8 reviews in one month feels like a lot. Yet when I look at my schedule for February and see 14 reviews I’ve committed to I feel like this was nothing. Fingers crossed I don’t go mental trying to get all of next months reading done!

I’m going to change up this next section (My Fav and My Least Fav) compared to how I did it last yr. Since I’m now tracking all my reading stats I’d like to focus this next section on the books I’ve read in January rather than the ones I’ve reviewed.

My Fav

Whenever I wasn’t reading Of Night and Dark Obscurity, I was thinking about it.

What were all the clues pointing towards?

Were my theories right? Was I even on the right track?

I honestly kept thinking through this, all the clues, how authors think etc trying to figure out what was happening.

My Least Fav

It’s not like I DIDN’T like Lilian and the Irresistible Duke. It just didn’t engage me and stay with me like some of the others did.

I enjoyed reading it.

I just wasn’t totally absorbed into the world wanting to know more.

Bookish Goals Progress

Not much progress has been made here. And I don’t think much will be made for another month or so.

I haven’t started the Aussie Author Bingo challenge yet since none of the review’s I’ve committed to in Jan-March contribute to this. However, for the A-Z Characters challenge I’m 22% (5 books) done! YAY!

I’m also having a lot of fun with my reading stats spreadsheet. I had to make several changes early in the month when I realised things like the graph layouts/labels and the dates (I’m Aussie, we do DD/MM/YYYY not MM/DD/YYYY) weren’t how I like them. But otherwise they’re good!

Personal Goals Progress

Ok, so THIS is where I’ve made some progress!!! And I’m super excited to share these updates with you!

I’m getting close to that size 6. Cutting down to two meals a day (although they are bigger than what I was eating before) has contributed to this. But I also think something else helped. Keep reading to find out what!

I’ve booked in a trip to the Maldives for 5 nights in November for my 30th. My birthday is in September but that’s still in monsoon season so wanted to hold off until later in the yr so I’d get a better chance of getting nice weather.

I’m super, super, SUPER excited about this coz we got an ALL INCLUSIVE (and I mean, any booze you want all day long) package at the Pullman Maamutaa Resort with an overwater bungalow with a pool . Which also includes stuff like a massage or jet ski tour and a sunset fishing trip.

This holiday will be a once in a lifetime kind of a trip and I’m so glad I found us such a great deal. It’s all paid for and I made sure to get travel insurance straight away so we don’t lose that in case something happens.

ARE YOU READY FOR IT?!

All my life I’ve wanted a dog. And you may remember that I had rescuing a dog as one of the things I want to do this yr.

Well, while I was in Perth I was keeping an eye on some rescues that were available and found a little guy who caught my eye. I put through an application the day before we were due to fly back home and got a call from his foster mum while we were at the airport relaxing before our flight.

Now that I’ve had this little guy for 2 weeks and we’re definitely keeping him I thought I should officially introduce you to BONES!

Keep scrolling to learn a few facts about him!

And I really do mean he loves cuddles. If I’m on a couch he’s allowed on he likes being in my lap. Even if I need to use him to hold my Kindle.
And he LOVES dragging his face along the ground like this! The amount of weird looks I get from people when he does this is quite funny. If I try to stop him he gets annoyed and keeps trying to do it until I let him.

And, yes. I have realised I’ve become one of those mums who is always taking photos of her baby. I can’t help it! He’s so cute!!!

If you want me to include Bones as a regular feature in my Wrap Ups let me know. I know I’ll have heaps of photos to use if you want updates on his progress!

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