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Woken Furies (Takeshi Kovacs #3)

4.09 of 5 stars 4.09  ·  rating details  ·  12,174 ratings  ·  336 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 2008 by Gollancz (first published January 1st 2005)
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Apr 05, 2014 Carol. rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  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 int he 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
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!!
Matthew Iden
Dec 10, 2012 Matthew Iden rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
Nov 22, 2010 Brainycat rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
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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
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
Mad Professah
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
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
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
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Mar 17, 2013 Mike rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
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,
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
Celia Powell
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
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
aPriL eVoLvEs
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
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 "
A very good ending to a fantastic SF series. Hopefully he will write about Takeshi Kocavs,his future worlds again.
Glenn Conley
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
Derek (Guilty of thoughtcrime)
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
Once again a great book by Morgan, I loved it. Only things that ate my goat were the constant references to “Envoy” this and Envoy intuition” and “Envoy blah” and “Envoy intuition” every third paragraph … I think if someone did the math he would have wrote “Envoy intuition” more often that Terry Goodkind sprouts about “Truth”. Extremely annoying especially when nothing out of the ordinary was ever intuited. Nearly fell over near the end of the book when the i word was used without the E word … g ...more
Takeshi Kovacs is getting old. Or some kind of equivalent. ... or maybe just outgrowing his conditioning?

Never explicitly said, but foreshadowed all over the place with the failings of his envoy conditioning. And emotional outbursts? Anyway... he's getting old. Older. Changing. Not young, you know the drill. 3/4 through the book he even stops punching anyone and everyone that looks at him wrong, kind of. OK, maybe not. That will take a bit longer.

So, let's be short about it: This was a really go
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I enjoyed this very much, even though the plot is a bit tenuous: Kovacs is busy wreaking revenge on a misogynistic religious sect when he stumbles across a brewing revolution on his home planet, Harlan's World. He seems to be rather aimless for much of the book, moving in whatever direction circumstances dictate. The writing is great, though, and I like the universe Morgan has created.

The first book in this trilogy is a hard-boiled detective story; the second is military sci-fi about mysterious
Sahil Patel
this book is less sci fi, and more a book of hope, of how hope can overcome nihilism.

on the surface, great sci fi hard boiled detective noir.

takeshi my man, you are one messed up mofo. I hope I never cross your path. as the saying goes, if you throw a punch, you better be willing to end the fight. err, something like that.

at the end of this book, we finally learn what has been driving all of the rage behind the protagonist's seemingly sociopathic behavior. it turns out that the person who moti
Andy Tischaefer
For me, a better book than the second in the series. Kovacs' actions and motivations make more sense in this one, and there's a better sense of place and group in this book than the prior. There's an interesting character twist that sheds light on earlier actions, which was fun.

I'm still not entirely sure what to think of this world that Morgan has created - at times it feels like he is reaching for depth and analysis but in the end it is wrapped up in a lot of pulp that drowns that stuff out. D
Shane Moore
Takeshi Kovacs has never been very likable. He's as dark, angry, and vindictive throughout Woken Furies as ever before. He grows though. Don't get me wrong, he's still an asshole at the end of the book, but he's a different asshole.

The plot is scattershot. As a reader I often didn't know what was going on any better than Takeshi did. I found my expectations frustrated throughout the story, though I was never completely lost. This story is unpredictable, messy, and sprinkled with fine granular d
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