If Woken Furies is ever made into a film,
the hero Takeshi Kovasc will be played by Vin Diesel. In fact, if Woken
Furies were a person it would
probably be Vin Diesel — overly muscled, totally bald and scary when
The novel combines all the characteristics, ticks and memes of recent science
fiction and then adds a few of its own. You have the dirty, grimy grittiness
that the Alien movies put into SF and the savvy of cyberpunk created by
William Gibson in Neuromancer. This stuff is light years away from the
polished techno-utopianism of, say, Asimov or Star Trek.
to be part Japanese and part Slav, their speech is littered with Japanese
vocabulary and English profanity, they carve kanji into their heads
and are all enhanced with implanted widgets and gadgets and evil weapons.
It is so hip you wonder how it can get through doors.
Kovasc, some kind of digital soldier who enjoys his job a bit too much,
is downloaded into a new body by persons unknown for a special job.
Death incidentally is almost banished as everyone carries their personality
in digital devices buried in the neck. Our hero finds that he has been
storage for 200 years and the world the he knew is no more. What is
special job? We are just wondering that as Kovacs gets mixed up with
a band of mercenaries and someone shows up to rub Kovacs out — only
the guy that turns up is himself — awkward, that. Now there are hints
of a resurrected revolutionary and the forces of history flexing.
All of this is delivered in a carbon-hard, sharp-edged prose that owes
more than a little to the best of pulp-noir fiction.
Kansai Scene, October 2005
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