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Woken Furies (2005)

by Richard K. Morgan

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Series: Takeshi Kovacs (3)

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Richard K. Morgan has received widespread praise for his astounding twenty-fifth-century novels featuring Takeshi Kovacs, and has established a growing legion of fans. Mixing classic noir sensibilities with a searing futuristic vision of an age when death is nearly meaningless, Morgan returns to his saga of betrayal, mystery, and revenge, as Takeshi Kovacs, in one fatal moment, joins forces with a mysterious woman who may have the power to shatter Harlan's World forever. Once a gang member, then a marine, then a galaxy-hopping Envoy trained to wreak slaughter and suppression across the stars, a bleeding, wounded Kovacs was chilling out in a New Hokkaido bar when some so-called holy men descended on a slim beauty with tangled, hyperwired hair. An act of quixotic chivalry later and Kovacs was in deep: mixed up with a woman with two names, many powers, and one explosive history. In a world where the real and virtual are one and the same and the dead can come back to life, the damsel in distress may be none other than the infamous Quellcrist Falconer, the vaporized symbol of a freedom now gone from Harlan's World. Kovacs can deal with the madness of AI. He can do his part in a battle against biomachines gone wild, search for a three-centuries-old missing weapons system, and live with a blood feud with the yakuza, and even with the betrayal of people he once trusted. But when his relationship with "the" Falconer brings him an enemy specially designed to destroy him, he knows it's time to be afraid. After all, the guy sent to kill him is himself: but younger, stronger, and straight out of hell. Wild, provocative, and riveting, Woken Furies is a full-bore science fiction spectacular of the highest order-from one of the most original and spellbinding storytellers at work today. "The author's eye for detail and feel for the atmosphere and nuances of sf noir result in a story packed with action and angst that will also appeal to general suspense readers. Highly recommended for most sf and popular fiction collections."--Library Journal… (more)
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Weakest of the three. Between the jumps in alliances as well as changes in location it was hard to keep straight what was going on. The twists weren't enjoyable because after a time you realize there's no way you could have predicted them because they come out of nowhere and then quickly disappear back into nowhere ( )
  martialalex92 | Dec 10, 2022 |
Pass. Hardboiled schtick gets old ( )
  dualmon | Nov 17, 2021 |
Richard K. Morgan continues the worldbuilding he began in Altered Carbon, a futuristic world where death can be indefinitely postponed. Though it does not focus on the ramifications of this as much as the first novel, it feels more important than it did in Broken Angels.

Woken Furies still doesn't quite capture the noir of Altered Carbon, though it isn't leaning heavily into action sci-fi like Broken Angels. The balance can be appreciated, but it doesn't always work. Kovacs begins with a revenge plot to kill followers of the New Revelation, an extremist religious group. Strangely, the normally composed Kovacs can barely contain his anger whenever one of them is around. After a certain point in the plot, this religion isn't mentioned again.

The somewhat meandering plot is the novel's weakness. Kovac's hatred towards a religion seemed a bit out there for him. After sustaining an injury, he gets swept up in events that he has no stake in and goes along for the ride. The continues for most of the novel, and I'm always wondering why Kovacs put aside his (admittedly out of character) vendetta.

The supporting characters gave some help here, but the initial group of deComs are gone just as you begin to care about them. The characters that come in later, all connected to Kovacs' past didn't get the same development.

The final chapters were a bit rushed. After spending the second half of the book wondering if a ghost from the past is real, the alien technology of Harlan's World takes a weird twist. The orbitals that destroy anything that flies too high some how also preserve what they hit, including the personalities of those it kills. My reaction to this: "What?"

This is a tough one, it does have some good action moments. The early group of supporting characters were fun, and the world felt lived in. Unfortunately, the overall plot couldn't hold it together. ( )
  High_Enginseer | Sep 29, 2021 |
It's funny, I finished this yesterday, and yet, today, I've been sitting here for ten minutes trying to decided on a score for this novel. And I still am. Decided to write out the review first, then decide on how many stars.

The positives are many. Morgan is a master at world and tech building, and this novel is no different. The tech is fascinating, and I frequently had the thought that Morgan is the logical successor to William Gibson when it comes to building a technologically advanced society and running down all the ramifications of the tech.

Also, I do enjoy Morgan's characters, especially when he's bringing in characters from Kovacs' past.

And finally, the story as a whole works.

On the down side, we are once again treated to Morgan's requisite two fully overly-explicit sex scenes. Honestly, I'm wondering if I went back to the previous two books and checked where the two sex scenes in each occurred, I'd be willing to bet they happened at similar page counts in both. I'm not a prude by any means, but three books in, it feels a little formulaic.

Also, while the story as a whole works, as stated above, there were times where it did seem to unnecessarily complex. And I also simply couldn't buy into a global security network that blasts things out of the sky as also a data collection system. Makes no sense to me whatsoever.

Other than that, as a whole, I have to compliment Morgan on not writing the same novel each time. He took some risks and, most of the time they paid off.

One final note. The audio production on this novel was terrible. The reader was great, but whoever's decision it was to throw a pile of reverb on any sequence that occurred in the past was terrible. And there were just random decisions to treat the voice with other effects that served no purpose other than to annoy.

And the fact that the reader continually referred to the protagonist as Takeshi Kov-ACKS, instead of Kov-ACH was quite annoying, after all the work Morgan put into the proper pronunciation in the first novel. ( )
  TobinElliott | Sep 3, 2021 |
lol ( )
  sframe | May 10, 2021 |
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Morgan not only delivers what he proved extremely efficient on in his previous novels, which is: Hollywood-style action, laconic one-liners, heaps of manslaughter and a fast-paced, darting-around plot; he also shows new qualities and such that have been only vaguely discernible until now.
 
The culmination of everything Richard Morgan has been building towards since he began his Takeshi Kovacs novels in 2002, Woken Furies is better than both Altered Carbon and Broken Angels by an order of magnitude. Lacking both the first novel's derivative obsession with style and the second's unredeeming, bleak worldview, Woken Furies marries breathtaking suspense and action with a more consistent and intellectually fulfilling plot that explores the dynamics of power and consequences of revolution from a perspective neither idealistic nor overly cynical and jaundiced. Furthermore, Takeshi Kovacs himself comes into his own as a hero, not merely a long-black-coat clad, boilerplate antihero; this is the first volume of the saga where I found him, at last, a likable and relatable character.
 
Faisons simple, le principal élément moteur de Furies Déchaînées, c’est l’action. Bagarres, fuites, fusillades, sexe... Richard Morgan fait tout pour ne pas laisser un seul instant de répits au lecteur. Un lecteur qui va de scène d’action en scène d’action au point parfois d’être un peu perdu dans ce mélange de gros muscles, de zones de guerre, d’éléments cyberpunk et quelques gouttes de polar. Un fourre-tout qui donne un peu le tournis... il faut reconnaître à Richard Morgan un vrai don pour décrire des ambiances dures et âpres qui ont le mérite d’être accrocheuses. Un vrai bon auteur, un peu rentre-dedans et très prometteur. Ceux d’entre vous qui ont lu les deux premiers tomes des aventures de Kovacs seront sans doute ravis de le retrouver et d’en savoir un peu plus sur lui. Attention pour les autres à ne pas se perdre dans les entrelacs d’une intrigue parfois épaisse.
 

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Fury (n): 1a intense, disordered and often destructive rage... 2 wild, disordered force or activity 3a any of the three avenging deities who in Greek mythology punished crimes 3b an angry or vengeful woman The New Penguin English Dictionary, 2001
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This book is for my wife, Virginia Cottinelli, who knows of impediment.
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The place they woke me in would have been carefully prepared. (prologue)
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Impaler drifted in sideways toward an unused section of the dock. Her grapples fired and chewed holes in the evercrete. A couple of them hit rotten patches and tugged loose as soon as they started to crank taut. The hovelolader backed off slightly in a mound of stirred-up water and shredded belaweed. The grapples wound back and fired again. Something behind me wailed. At first, some stupid part of me thought it was Virginia Vidaura finally venting her pent-up grief. A fraction of a second later I caught up with the machine tone of the sound and identified it for what it was - an alarm. Time seemed to slam to a halt. Seconds turned into ponderous slabs of perception; everything moved with the lazy calm of motion underwater. - Liebeck, spinning away from the water's edge, lit spliff tumbling from her open mouth, bouncing off the upper slope of her breast in a brief splutter of embers - - Murakami, yelling at my ear, moving past me toward the grav sled - The monitor system built into the sled screaming, a whole rack of data coil systems flaring to life like candles along one side of Sylvie Oshima's suddenly twitching body - Sylvie's eyes, wide open and fixed on mine as the gravity of her stare drags my own gaze in - The alarm, unfamiliar as the new Tseng hardware, but only one possible meaning behind it - And Murakami's arm, raised, hand filled with the Kalashnikov as he clears it from his belt - My own yell, stretching out and blending with his as I throw myself foward to block him, hands still bound, hoplesessly slow - And then the clouds ripped open in the east, and vomited angelfire. And the dock lit up with light and fury. And the sky fell in.
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Richard K. Morgan has received widespread praise for his astounding twenty-fifth-century novels featuring Takeshi Kovacs, and has established a growing legion of fans. Mixing classic noir sensibilities with a searing futuristic vision of an age when death is nearly meaningless, Morgan returns to his saga of betrayal, mystery, and revenge, as Takeshi Kovacs, in one fatal moment, joins forces with a mysterious woman who may have the power to shatter Harlan's World forever. Once a gang member, then a marine, then a galaxy-hopping Envoy trained to wreak slaughter and suppression across the stars, a bleeding, wounded Kovacs was chilling out in a New Hokkaido bar when some so-called holy men descended on a slim beauty with tangled, hyperwired hair. An act of quixotic chivalry later and Kovacs was in deep: mixed up with a woman with two names, many powers, and one explosive history. In a world where the real and virtual are one and the same and the dead can come back to life, the damsel in distress may be none other than the infamous Quellcrist Falconer, the vaporized symbol of a freedom now gone from Harlan's World. Kovacs can deal with the madness of AI. He can do his part in a battle against biomachines gone wild, search for a three-centuries-old missing weapons system, and live with a blood feud with the yakuza, and even with the betrayal of people he once trusted. But when his relationship with "the" Falconer brings him an enemy specially designed to destroy him, he knows it's time to be afraid. After all, the guy sent to kill him is himself: but younger, stronger, and straight out of hell. Wild, provocative, and riveting, Woken Furies is a full-bore science fiction spectacular of the highest order-from one of the most original and spellbinding storytellers at work today. "The author's eye for detail and feel for the atmosphere and nuances of sf noir result in a story packed with action and angst that will also appeal to general suspense readers. Highly recommended for most sf and popular fiction collections."--Library Journal

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