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Woken Furies (Takeshi Kovacs #3)

4.1  ·  Rating Details ·  14,939 Ratings  ·  413 Reviews
Takeshi Kovacs has come home. Twice.

The gains of the Quellist revolution are lost. The First Families, corporations and Yakuza battle to exploit even the dregs of Harlan’s World. And Kovacs has returned to extract revenge for his murdered dreams. As, it is whispered, has Quellcrist Falconer…

Mutterings of a second rebellion stir in a maelstrom of political intrigue, and in
Paperback, 565 pages
Published September 4th 2008 by Gollancz (first published March 17th 2005)
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Oct 01, 2015 Carol. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: hard-core Morgan fans
Shelves: sci-fi
Some times a book doesn’t get to be judged as a stand-alone work. When it’s the third book in a loosely connected series featuring the same lead character, what happens in books one and two are going to affect book three’s read. After enjoying Broken Angels (second in the series, review here), I immediately requested Woken Furies from the library. Sadly, it was a serious disappointment both as a series installment and as a stand-alone read. Be warned: this is a long review, mostly because I want ...more
David Sven
Aug 28, 2015 David Sven rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A good conclusion to the series. Richard K Morgan brings all the elements together that have built the legend of Takeshi Kovacs over the past two books.Those elements that were previously background become the main story.

Elements like Kovacs' home world Harlan's World and the surrounding orbitals which rain down angel fire on anything that flies, unleashing the fury of Martian ghosts on any machinery that tries to rise over 400 feet in the air.

Then there's the oft referred to Virginia Vidaura, K
Matthew Iden
Dec 10, 2012 Matthew Iden rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: dystopic science fiction fans, hard boiled futuristic [think Blade Runner] aficionados
Shelves: science-fiction
Actual rating: 4.25

I heard once that in Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai, the weather--so starkly and powerfully portrayed--is often considered a character in the movie as much as any of the actors.

In exactly the same way, Woken Furies is less about the protagonist, Takeshi Kovacs, than it is about the world and the culture of his dystopic future. Morgan's world-building is so overpowering that Kovacs isn't so much a character in the novel as a journalist, bringing us a report from the front lines
5.0 stars. Book three in the Takeshi Kovacs series. Each installment has been amazing and this installment certainly continues that trend. Can not wait for the next one. HIGHEST POSSIBLE RECOMMENDATION!!
Nov 22, 2010 Brainycat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of sci-fi, dark fiction, antiheroes, post-cyberpunk
Altered Carbon
Broken Angels

The third and final installment in the Takeshi Kovacs trilogy Woken Furies was a bittersweet read for me. On the one hand, Takeshi is probably the best protagonist I've come across in years. I sincerely want to be him when I grow up, and I feel a special kinship to him. Richard Morgan is a fantastic storyteller with an incredible command of the language, making his books a joy to read. Unfortunately, this is the last planned book featuring Takeshi. I tried to draw it o
Oct 06, 2012 Bill rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
From the abbreviated experience I've had reading Mr. Morgan's books, I've come to the conclusion that he's a better scenarist than he is at building a thorough plot. Books like Thirteen and Altered Carbon are all over the place, tossing in characters, set-pieces and, if there's room, the kitchen sink that tend to distract from the overall story. What Mr. Morgan excels at is creating a believable and enticing future world. Thirteen featured an America divided into a few liberal outlying states su ...more
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Jan 13, 2010 Gar rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Jessica Evans
A rare book where the ending is substantially stronger than what leads up to it. I was considering rating this a 4, but a strong finish doesn't really make up for a plenitude of filler; especially since that filler is still largely juvenile in the same capacity as the previous two books in the series. I mean for Quellcrist's sake Morgan, you don't need to make the main character fuck every significant female in the entire series. It just kind of cheapens it, turns it into blatant wish fulfillmen ...more
Emily (BellaGrace)
I couldn't finish this. I've been picking at it for months. I just can't get into it. It's boring. I'm more than half way through and can't muster up any interest. Altered Carbon was fantastic. Kovacs was a believable bad ass. The rest of the series sucks. This book was just really long descriptions of places and a lot of "envoy senses" explaining everything. There was no mystery, no interesting characters, meh. I also don't believe that the backup copy of Kovacs would agree to hunt down and kil ...more
Jun 09, 2011 MadProfessah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first two Takeshi Kovacsnovels by Richard K. Morgan, Altered Carbon and Broken Angels , are pretty amazing, so it's bittersweet to be reading and reviewing Woken Furies, which is billed as the third and last of the series.

Each of the three books featuring Takeshi Kovacs written by Morgan is so different it's hard to call them part of the same series, but they do all feature Kovacs, a hard-bitten, world-weary, brutally efficient killing machine and violent mercenary with his own unique sens
Kieran Delaney
Jan 05, 2012 Kieran Delaney rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was utterly taken by Altered Carbon, Morgans first Takeshi Kovacs book - his second, Broken Angels, however was not great and felt like both the character and his writer were treading water. Woken Furies is a return to form, though not necessarily in the style of the original. Its still hard and fast, descriptive and intelligent but gone is the hard boiled detective noir to be replaced by grim action thriller that is positively epic in scale. An adventure that rolls from side to side of an ali ...more
Kevin Veale
Oct 16, 2012 Kevin Veale rated it really liked it
The last, and in some ways the most interesting of the Takeshi Kovacs series.

Disclaimer right at the start: Like the rest of the series, this book is well-written and imaginative with a well-realised protagonist. That protagonist is not nice. The setting is not nice. These can lead to people reading a very good book that is not Fun.

So it goes.

Woken Furies begins with Takeshi Kovacs coming apart at the seams. He's done too much. Seen too much. When someone like him comes apart at the seams, the i
Apr 22, 2008 Robert rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This one was a mixed bag and I may be coming down on it too hard. On one hand, three Takeshi Kovacs books read so closely together is a bit much for me.

All the hard-boiled machismo kind of wears thin after a while and it all comes of like a Brock Samson rampage. And the sex in the series has kind of annoyed me, at least in the second and third books. I don't mind explicit sexual content if it has purpose within the context of the overall work -- and I felt like it did in "Altered Carbon." Howev
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Mar 17, 2013 Mike rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
After recently reading Broken Angels, I was eager to get this third volume. Although the differences between the first two books should have made me less certain, from the title alone, I anticipated that in this book the Martians would make an appearance. After all, they have wings, the “Furies” of Greco-Roman mythology are often depicted as having wings, and the Martians seem well suited to bring retribution to mankind.

Oh, silly me. Mr. Morgan is subtler than that. Not that I was completely, ab
Thomas Cavano
Jan 21, 2013 Thomas Cavano rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First, I have to say that to get to this book, you have to read Altered Carbon, and Broken Angels first. Don't worry, it won't be a burden. Richard K. Morgan writes a Sci Fi Noire that satisfies deeply. His hero, Takeshi Kovacs, is wry, unamused, insightful and, by the time we pick up his story,too wounded by his own loyalties. He is also funny, resourceful and as his own narrator, he knows how to tell a story.

Existential separation of mind and body is developed to the extreme in these novels,
Celia Powell
Oct 24, 2007 Celia Powell rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
I enjoyed this a little less than the other two books in this loose series - by which I mean they have the same central character, Takeshi Kovacs, but don't particularly lead on from one another story-wise.

I found "Woken Furies" rather confusing - Takeshi is back on Harlan's World, his birth planet, and is embroiled in its internal politics - a new revolution is brewing. Tak has his own agenda, and it all gets terribly involved - I rather preferred the other stories where he was somewhat of an
Jun 30, 2014 Joseph rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Takeshi Kovacs goes on a voyage of self-discovery ... Well, OK, maybe not so much. But the book opens with a very young Kovacs waking up in a new sleeve, only to discover that he's been decanted from a centuries-old back-up recording to hunt down the Kovacs we've met in the previous books; then we join "our" Kovacs as he's in the process of causing a ruckus and trying to retrieve his original body.

The setting this time is Kovacs' original home planet, Harlan's World. He's been here for a while f
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Book three is as first rate as the other two in the series. It has the most different tone from the other two as it involves traveling around Takeshi's home planet with different companions as the plot morphs from one adventure involving certain motivations to another journey with different people, but our hero is not a man with a horse to race in this last book as he was in the other two. While the author has fun developing how his universe works with three distinct themes in each book (deprave ...more
Twerking To Beethoven
"All of a sudden Sylvie's face is terribly sexual."

Ok, I'm done.
Jo Skårderud
Feb 11, 2016 Jo Skårderud rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Woken Furies er siste boka i triologien om Takeshi Kovacs. Den tidligere (super) elitesoldaten, yrkeskriminelle og desillusjonerte raddisen, er tilbake på hjemplaneten sin, Harlans World, like selvhatende og deppa som alltid. Der bruker tiden sin på det eneste han har igjen som ikke føles helt meningsløst - hevn.

Strålende utgangspunkt for en avslutning på triologien, med andre ord. Ikke bare er denne boka bra, men den er så bra at den gjør de to foregående bøkene i serien bedre. Jeg likte nr 1:
Mar 18, 2015 Erik rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scififantasy
The third in Richard Morgan's Takeshi Kovacs series and my least favorite.

Somewhat paradoxically, however, I also found it the most complex. This book is extremely bleak, and in a manner that's not readily apparent.

While the protagonist Takeshi Kovacs is your typical angry, jaded, world-weary ex-soldier in both Altered Carbon and Broken Angels, his personality is livened by a sense of humor. This liveliness is almost entirely absent here in Woken Furies, which is the only book set on Kovacs' hom
Third in this loose trilogy about the soldier/mercenary/criminal re-sleeved into a new body, this time back on his home planet, and the revolutionary politics he stumbles into.

Disappointing. I enjoyed this trilogy because the scifi future it envisions – consciousness stored on neural stacks that can be installed in successive lab-grown bodies – allowed for discussions of cognition and agency and biology, which I dig. This book, though -- *shakes head*. This is an overlong "gritty" slog, and by "
Hologram Dystopia
Aug 26, 2016 Hologram Dystopia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Vote: 8,5
Takeshi Kovacs is back on his home planet, Harlan’s world. He has made new enemies, this time in the shape of the Knights of the New Revelation, a religious group he has sworn to destroy for a very deep, personal reason. On his path to revenge he helps a woman named Sylvie, and in exchange she makes him part of her “deCom” crew. He accepts, since he needs to stay hidden. DeComs work in a nearby continent where there is a lot of
Jan 15, 2010 Mohammed rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
A very good ending to a fantastic SF series. Hopefully he will write about Takeshi Kocavs,his future worlds again.
Jan 23, 2016 Sandi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sff, lib
Reading Morgan's work is an exercise in annoyance. I like Kovacs as a character although the discrepancy in his abilities versus the mythology of the Envoys is really annoying. He is supposed to be this hot-shot one man death squad and he keeps getting the crap beaten out of him at every turn. In this novel especially he is reactionary rather than in command, always seeming a step or two behind and following other people's direction with little independent thought. Kovacs goes up against his you ...more
Glenn Conley
Jan 23, 2015 Glenn Conley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
This book is an exciting adventure story, set in an amazing sci-fi future, where everyone is immortal. Their bodies aren't immortal, though. See, every day, everyone's consciousness is uploaded to a central server. If someone's body dies, they're just uploaded to a new body, called a 'sleeve'.

Of course, our hero, Takeshi Kovacs always ends up in a sexy, enhanced man-beast sleeve. With the biggest cock, the best muscles, and an enhanced sarcasm booster. Because, snark is what gets him laid, appar
Sep 12, 2011 Gavin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
I liked this book best of the Takeshi Kovacs trilogy, it was the most coherent thing I've read from Morgan, and (for a cynical leftist) he was scourging with his honesty both about the main character and the systems through which people govern one another and what can/has to be done to combat them. Another plus: Throughout the entire trilogy he's insisted on having his semi-self-insert sexed up to the nines by various women in variously graphic and usually inappropriate ways. While this is still ...more
Jul 08, 2012 Derek rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf, mystery, fantasy
Much better than the second book in the series, Broken Angels, and almost as good as the first.

In the first book, Takeshi Kovacs is a disillusioned ex-military killing machine, practically forced into a life of crime because no other avenues of employment exist once he's left the military. He's given a chance to redeem himself in a largely legitimate job as a private investigator, and it seems he might be able to find himself a niche.

In the second book, he's back to the military as a mercenary
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