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Woken Furies (Takeshi Kovacs #3)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  18,895 Ratings  ·  573 Reviews
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 mo ...more
Hardcover, 436 pages
Published March 17th 2005 by Gollancz
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Sándor Szabó Absolutely. The main character connects them, no real hints or references to the second part. Actually, better to read this first because it can…moreAbsolutely. The main character connects them, no real hints or references to the second part. Actually, better to read this first because it can motivate you to read the second part, the other way round it is not so sure. :) (less)
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Apr 04, 2014 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
Mar 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
This was another good instalment in Richard Morgan's excellent Takeshi Kovacs series. I find Morgan's writing to be super engaging and the story itself delivers a good mix of action, humor, and mystery while still giving the reader plenty of thought-provoking themes to ponder.

This third book took us back to Harlan's World, Takeshi's much mentioned home world. Never one to live the quiet life Takeshi finds himself on a brutal mission of retribution against those who have wronged him before he get
I see a lot of mixed reactions to this book but fortunately, mine is all gung-ho. Why? Because I freaking love this book. Why? Because it has all the best features of the hardest of hard-SF, the fantastic world-building, the hard tech, the bloodthirsty craziness of uploaded and downloaded consciousnesses mixed with the mafia of all breeds and Oligarchies and corporations and all if it is mixed some of the tightest characters I've had the pleasure to read.

That doesn't really describe it, though.
Milda Page Runner
The writing and the worldbuilding are still stunning. The plot though is spread too thin and suffers from uneven pacing and too many secondary characters/various groups. Isa, Segesvar, Murakami – people from the past that clearly mean a lot to Kovacs, but we don’t get enough backstory to really connect and care. Initial confusion and not knowing Takeshi’s motivation for the bigger part of the book doesn’t help immersion either. I liked the ending and the time Takeshi spent with De-Coms. I li
Matthew Iden
Dec 03, 2012 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
David Sven
Aug 07, 2015 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
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!!
2015: And then the end never stops twisting about ... back-stabbingly beautiful.
I love the way he describes technologies in his future vision of humanity. I am going to miss Takeshi Kovacs, I may even have to read the books all over again.

2018: Did get around to the reread. I had a harder time with the re-read than I anticipated because I did remember just enough to take away the major reveals. However that makes it possible to focus on other aspects of the books more.

I like the writing style,
May 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-ebooks
This book has its ups and downs, and it's the most complex and introspective installment of the series. I found the ending satisfying and I'm happy I came along for the ride. Takeshi Kovacs is truly one memorable character.

“Every previous revolutionary movement in human history has made the same basic mistake. They’ve all seen power as a static apparatus, as a structure. And it’s not. It’s a dynamic, a flow system with two possible tendencies. Power either accumulates, or it diffuses through the
Nov 21, 2010 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
Jan 13, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Sep 02, 2012 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
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
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Mar 27, 2008 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
Jun 09, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first two Takeshi Kovacs novels 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 se
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Mar 18, 2015 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
Kieran Delaney
Jan 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 07, 2014 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
Apr 06, 2017 rated it really liked it

Woken Furies brings Takeshi Kovacs into another great adventure with Richard Morgan taking us this time back to his home-world: Harlan’s World, and showing us for the first time the past of the famed anti-hero in a story that will bring him against with his biggest challenge as he will find himself between the rule of the First Families and a great revolutionist who will awaken from the mists of the past and could change their lives forever and everything of what they knew.

It has been only
Feb 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Chuťovka do posledného písmenka. A tretí diel knižnej predlohy momentálneho seriálového trháku Netflixu Altered Carbon. Na dobrý kyberpunk som nekriticky zaťažená, priznávam, že nemusí chutiť každému ale pre mňa je toto hádam aj lepšie ako staré klasiky žánru. Príbeh je drsný a rovnako aj spôsob podania, autor sa s jazykom neserie, končatiny lietajú (Žamboch aj Kulhánek sú ako čítanie z materskej škôlky), etika už nie je ani machiavelistická a miesto široko populárnej erotiky "mummies porn" tu m ...more
C.T. Phipps
Oct 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cyberpunk
The end of the Takeshi Kovacs trilogy comes neither with a bang nor a whimper. For me, it reminds me of Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade. Like Raiders of the Lost Ark, Altered Carbon was the best of the series while Broken Angels did something different but was kind of a disaster (much like Temple of Doom). Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade returned to the formula of Raiders, much like Woken Furies does with Altered Carbon, but doesn't quite capture the same magic.

Or have I completely lost
Mar 17, 2013 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 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,
Sep 13, 2007 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
aPriL does feral sometimes
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
Of the three, I found this to be the weakest. There was a number of occasions where it just lost me. Not in a way that was confusing, but rather I just started drifting off thinking about other things. There seemed to be great patches of this book where I just felt it was not relevant or required. I can't even call it padding out, because I don;t think it was done in that style, it was almost as if the author was so absorbed into the story that he had to tell you everything, regardless if you re ...more
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“Every previous revolutionary movement in human history has made the same basic mistake. They’ve all seen power as a static apparatus, as a structure. And it’s not. It’s a dynamic, a flow system with two possible tendencies. Power either accumulates, or it diffuses through the system. In most societies, it’s in accumulative mode, and most revolutionary movements are only really interested in reconstituting the accumulation in a new location. A genuine revolution has to reverse the flow. And no one ever does that, because they’re all too fucking scared of losing their conning tower moment in the historical process. If you tear down one agglutinative power dynamic and put another one in its place, you’ve changed nothing. You’re not going to solve any of that society’s problems, they’ll just reemerge at a new angle. You’ve got to set up the nanotech that will deal with the problems on its own. You’ve got to build the structures that allow for diffusion of power, not re-grouping. Accountability, demodynamic access, systems of constituted rights, education in the use of political infrastructure” 17 likes
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