- Tapa blanda: 576 páginas
- Editor: Orion; Edición: New Ed (8 de noviembre de 2007)
- Colección: GOLLANCZ S.F.
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 0575081279
- ISBN-13: 978-0575081277
- Valoración media de los clientes: Sé el primero en opinar sobre este producto
- Clasificación en los más vendidos de Amazon: nº10.068 en Libros en idiomas extranjeros (Ver el Top 100 en Libros en idiomas extranjeros)
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Woken Furies (GOLLANCZ S.F.) (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 8 nov 2007
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This is high action, ideas driven noir SF of the highest order. Morgan has already established himself as an SF author of global significance.
Takeshi Kovacs has come home.
Home to Harlan's World. An ocean planet with only 5% of its landmass poking above the dangerous and unpredictable seas. Try and get above the weather in anything more sophisticated than a helicopter and the Martian orbital platforms will burn you out of the sky.
And death doesn't just wait for you in the seas and the skies. On land, from the tropical beaches and swamps of Kossuth to the icy, machine-infested wastes of New Hokkaido the hard won gains of the Quellist revolution have been lost. The First Families, the corporations and the Yakuza have a stranglehold on everything.
Embarked on a journey of implacable retribution for a lost love, Kovacs is blown off course and into a maelstrom of political intrigue and technological mystery as the ghosts of Harlan's World and his own violent past rise to claim their due. Quellcrist Falconer is back from the dead, they say, and hunting her down for the First Families is a savage young Envoy called Kovacs who's been in storage ...
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Richard Morgan was, until his writing career took off, a tutor at Strathclyde University in the English Language Teaching division. He has travelled widely and lived in Spain and Istanbul. He is a fluent Spanish speaker. Winner of the Arthur C. Clarke, John W. Campbell and Philip K. Dick Awards his books are published around the world. He lives in Norwich with his family.
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The narrator (William Durfis) and the producer (Tantor Audio) for Woken Furies should be ashamed of themselves for the low level of quality of the audio book. They did not provide nearly the same level of quality as the Audible version of the first two books in the series, Altered Carbon and Broken Angels (both narrated by Todd McLaren — who BTW did a brilliant job).
It’s obvious from very early on in Woken Furies that the narrator hasn’t even bothered to listen to (or even READ) the first two books. If he had, he would not have mispronounced the primary characters name throughout the narration (and the pronunciation of the primary character, Takenshi Kovacs, is actually a specific — albeit relatively minor — part of the earlier books (i.e., his last name is pronounced “Ko-vach” not “Kovacks” — and he’s able, for example, to know whether someone he is having a conversation with is familiar with his history or his home planet if they pronounce it correctly as “Ko-Vach”). But the way the narrator Durfis says it throughout Woken Furies (“Kovacks”) — even when the character is talking to himself) is beyond frustrating given the importance of the pronunciation in the first two novels.... and it’s enough to break the flow of immersion in the book.
On top of the main character’s name being mispronounced, narrator Durfis also mispronounces a bunch of other words and names throughout the book.
Even worse, someone (either Durfis, or more likely Tantor Audio) made the idiotic decision to have certain parts of the book (where the main character is thinking or talking to himself) distorted with a HORRIBLE fake echo, making it sound like he recorded it in an empty kitchen or garage. In fact, the first entire section of the Audible version (the prologue) is inexplicably recorded with that tiny fake echo....and I almost returned the purchase as defective.
Tantor Audio is a substantial sized company, and I assume narrator Durfis has decent amount of experience...but for whoever reason, this particular recording is an embarrassment to the author, and just sounds like an unplanned of very amateur style. If I were the author (Richard Morgan) I would insist that they pull this terrible quality recording, and have it redone by Todd McLaren...or at least someone who can pronounce the name of the primary character correctly. If they can’t do that, it should at least be re-edited to take out the truly ghastly echo effect used.
I highly recommend reading Woken Furies, along with the first two novels about Takeshi Kovacs...and I also highly recommend the Audible versions of those first two books. But I have to give an unqualified, and really big, THUMBS DOWN on the Audible version of Woken Furies (your better off saving your money for any other audiobook).
When someone asks me for a book recommendation, I do not recommend this book or series if the person is underage, or if the person likes fairies and fluffy dragons, or if the person has never read at least some of the Classic Science Fictions works.
When someone asks me for a book recommendation, and I think that person is smart enough and tough enough to read hardcore blindingly brilliant Science Fiction, I will recommend this book and series with the caveat: "You will either get totally sucked in and miss days of your life, OR you will run screaming.
Your mileage may vary.
Woken Furies is Richard K. Morgan's third and latest TAKESHI KOVACS novel. Raw-edged violence, graphic sex, and bad attitudes continue to be a mainstay of this series. (Can you say awesome?) Altered Carbon is still my favorite but Woken Furies comes in as a very close second. Without risking a spoiler, I will say the conclusion of Woken Furies is the most satisfying of the three books.
If you've read the proceeding TAKESHI KOVACS novels, you already know that the most crucial element of this series is the technology that allows a person's consciousness to be uploaded into a "cortical stack" which in turn can been implanted into another vacant body or "sleeve." As long as a person has the means to acquire their next sleeve and as long as their cortical stack remains intact, they will never die. What makes Mr. Morgan's take on immortality different is that except for the extremely wealthy who can afford to be cloned, there's no telling who, or sometimes what, someone will be "re-sleeved" as. This makes for intriguing twists because Takeshi changes bodies like we do cars. Sometimes he gets a top-of-the-line, high-performance model. Other times, his sleeve is just something he's stuck with until he can do better.
Kovacs has got to be one of the angriest and self-loathing characters in fiction. He racks up a body count that rivals CONAN THE BARBARIAN. If that's not enough incentive to stay off his bad side, Kovacs makes revenge an art form of which he is the master. Just like the Pale Rider of the apocalypse, where Takeshi Kovacs goes, Hell follows.
Harlan's World is a very interesting setting with its high ocean-to-land ratio and ancient Martian satellites that blast most everything out of the sky. The largest landmass on Harlan's World is currently uninhabitable due to evolving artificially intelligent machines which mercenaries called deComs make a good, but dangerous, living destroying. Not to mention that the planet's three moons make for a courageous -- or maybe suicidal -- surfers' paradise. Three centuries previous, after a failed revolution, the all-powerful Protectorate granted the rule of the entire planet to the Harlan family, who has a truce of sorts with the rampant criminal underworld. Also a twisted religion -- much like the beliefs of al Qaida -- has been growing steadily. And this is Takeshi Kovacs' hometown. Add that to an abusive father and it's no wonder he's so screwed up.
While Kovacs' antisocial behavior, violent tendencies, and authority issues may make him self-destructive and a danger to society, they make one helluva a dark adventure for readers. Kovacs holds a special place in my jaded heart.