Altered Carbon by Richard K Morgan
A 1990s trenchcoats-and-mirrorshades action film published in the 21st century with 1950s gender roles. An odd, frustrating, throwback of a book.
Three things it taught me about writing:
- Be careful when porting an old genre to a new skin. Bringing along the social mores along with the other elements will make your book feel dated from the start.
- Taking an otherwise-competent character and pushing them out of their element is a great way to both explore a new world and make it challenging for them.
- In sci-fi, it's not enough that the names of things -- computers, cars, etc -- change. Our relationship with them needs to change, too, or it's just window dressing.