For a page novel, my attention didn't wander, and I was drawn fully into this world. His characterization is very good, he sets atmosphere with a deft, expert hand, and he imparts a sophisticated flavor to this noir urban fantasy that I found very seductive. There were more than a few words that I didn't know, and wanted to look up, but I was too busy reading to be bothered, and I was able to figure out through context.
He clearly appreciates London in all his flavors, and I appreciated the opportunity to pay this ancient city a visit, even though there was a dark, gritty cast to this venerable metropolis, which is altogether real, I have no doubt. I was very impressed with this novel. It captures what I like very well in my urban fantasy. The dark and gritty, the wry humor, the intriguing supernatural elements, and in a way that doesn't make me cry same old same.
Definitely one for this reader's keeper shelf, and a series that I will happily follow. View all 14 comments.
Apr 20, Carol. Solid three and a half stars. I too thought of Harry Dresden while I was reading, but I found Felix Castor to be more likeable, and the overall story more enjoyable. It is clearly a "first book in a series," meaning that there is a great deal of world building. I felt it was worthwhile, and not excessive to me, but I enjoy a well-thought out world an Solid three and a half stars. I felt it was worthwhile, and not excessive to me, but I enjoy a well-thought out world and the investment is worth it as I plan to continue with the series.
The worldview itself isn't that unusual, but it's set up nicely, so that we are gentle immersed in it, feeling it build around us. I prefer that over the "throw you in the deep end and let you figure it out" mentality. London geography has me lost, but I don't mind. Felix is a thoughtful hero, and I appreciate his ability to reflect on his values and perhaps even change. His self-reflection lacks the self-indulgent, whining, "why-me? Humor is present in daily interactions, but it is not so ever present that storyline and character are sacrificed for the witty response.
An interesting comparison to Dresden that no one seems to mention is that there is really very little supernatural politics to date. The plot is along the lines of a "resolve the mystery and figure out how the pieces fit together" with a fair amount of action keeping the pace going. However, Castor doesn't take beating after beating until he's so battered you wonder how he is still standing Harry? You again , which helps sustain a more believable pace.
View all 10 comments. Oct 15, Bradley rated it really liked it Shelves: There's something about all detective novels that provide a very nice pace for the prospective reader, a gentle lulling between beatings and the solving of murders, and this is only enhanced by the inclusion of ghosts and Succubi.
I only learned later into the reading of this that he's the author of other Constantine stories, so my initial connection made perfect sense. Hell, I like Constantine, so this is pretty much perfect for me. I know I'm going to like the rest of the series, if this is a g There's something about all detective novels that provide a very nice pace for the prospective reader, a gentle lulling between beatings and the solving of murders, and this is only enhanced by the inclusion of ghosts and Succubi. I know I'm going to like the rest of the series, if this is a good sample.
Sep 19, Felicia rated it really liked it Shelves: Yay, this was on my Kindle for a long time, and since my romance-kick has cooled, I picked it up.
Felix Castor is an exorcist in an alt-London, attitude-y and very enjoyable. This is a non-romance-type paranormal, so it was a nice break from my usual, and I really loved the mystery aspect of the book, it was well done. In addition, it kinda creeped me out, so I had to check the closet twice before bed-time. Ghosts can be creepy even in print!
Jim Butcher fans will like this seri Yay, this was on my Kindle for a long time, and since my romance-kick has cooled, I picked it up. Jim Butcher fans will like this series. I am reading the second one tonight! View all 15 comments. Great urban fantasy Urban Fantasy? Also, it's one of those books where the main character does a lot of thinking and explaining to the audience and I'm left wondering what the other characters are doing when he's taking 10 minutes to explain demons or whatever.
Making a trip to Burger King? Summoning their own demon? However, it was quite nice to a have a different type of Rosa a charac Great urban fantasy Urban Fantasy? However, it was quite nice to a have a different type of Rosa a character in the book. We are not just motel maids who sassily give info to rule-breaking cops; no, we're also Eastern European teen strippers who are tired of your shit.
View all 11 comments. Mar 05, Mike the Paladin rated it liked it Shelves: Okay, I picked this up on the strength of a recommendation that if I liked Jim Butcher's Dresden series, I'd probably like these.
I can't say that. There is a huge difference in this character, the world he functions in and the overall "feel" of the book. When I say the world is different I'm sure some thought or said aloud well of course the world's different, did you expect it to take place in the same world? My meaning there was that the world is a much darker more negative place.
Now, taking the book on it's own terms, the writing is done well and it's readable. The more comfortable you are with English idiom, probably the better, but that can be said about American idiom in many other books, Australian, in others and so on. Fix Felix is an exorcist, but don't think ministers, priests, prayers, or anything church related. Fix had a hard childhood what urban fantasy protagonist didn't? He has a gift that makes him "sensitive" to the presence of Ghosts He can feel them if they're around and see them some people can't actually see ghosts.
You see something has happened and dead things are suddenly "very common" and there is really no longer any question that ghosts and "other things" exist. In this world a "were" is an animal possessed by a ghost of a human Fix had a bad experience that introduced him to his "gift" when he was young and then later, as a young man had another that caused him to "swear off" his exorcist gig.
Of course that can't stick or we wouldn't have a book. The novel has a few subtexts and we see Fix all the way through mentally chewing over the after life, what may be going on with all the dead and undead and Not a bad book. I was torn on my rating, I am settling on a 3 though it may be closer to a 2. A couple of times I put the book down and almost wrote it off, but finally went back to it and finished. I think at this point I may try one more, but it's not like I don't have a lot to read.
If the next doesn't hit me any better I probably won't pursue the series any further. Looked back and found several typos View all 5 comments. On because you're always getting older, back because there's always a set of habits and routines to catch you and suck you back in when your guard is down. Not all of the British terminology is familiar, but I adore the British writing tone as long as it's not bone dry. And hey, learn something new every day? The protagonist Felix is a likeable guy - his outlook works, his humors fun, he's a good sort.
He has the unique ability to see ghosts and try to help them cross over to an unknown side he avoids thinking about or even believing in half the time. The woman he's staying with is a likeable mystery. Scary villains are scary. And his friend in the mental asylum was uber disturbing. The plot was interesting and just that touch of different that makes it stand out from other UF. Felix is a down-on-his-luck sort of guy who gets hired, against his better judgement, to take on a job that he shouldn't have taken on.
From there things fall down the lego effect hole and bad goes to worse and then worse still. So why a 3 star rating?
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For some reason I just couldn't get into the story much, it wouldn't grab my attention. There's some lagging here and there so perhaps a trimming of book length would help. Fans of male leads in Urban Fantasy series should try this one and see how they like it. Overall a dark, gritty Urban Fantasy with a strong mystery, an enjoyable voice via the main character, and creepy touches with demon and ghost appearances.
I couldn't get fully emerged in this story, but it warrants trying the sequel out. Juliet, Gabe, Rich, Damjohn Loved this book. However, I'll take away 1 star because of the bad ending. This big expert on paranormal phenomena is doing a lecture tour of the UK, and he gets to Aberystwyth on a Friday night. And he goes into the hall, and it's packed.
Shuffles his notes, clears his throat, and says, "Let's just see where we stand. How many people here believe in ghosts? OK, how many of you have actually seen a ghost?
And how many of you have touched a ghost? It's a little old guy in a grubby mac. I've never met anybody before you who's had sex with a ghost. View all 3 comments. Jul 13, David - proud Gleeman in Branwen's adventuring party rated it it was ok Shelves: This book was a major disappointment: So when I heard he was working on a series of novels, I was eager to see what he could do with a world of his own creation. Sadly, the answer turned out to be…not very much. Overall, the story just plods along and takes way too long to get anywhere.
Of course that can't stick or we wouldn't have a book. Mike Carey was born in Liverpool in Share better the devil you know than the devil you don't. Jan 03, Lindsay rated it really liked it. Fix Felix is an exorcist, but don't think ministers, priests, prayers, or anything church related. Guitarist Tony Iommi said that the tracks were created because he felt there was nothing worth releasing in the vaults from the Dio-era studio recordings and so these new songs were written and recorded. However, he hasn't practised in a year because he made a critical mistake a year ago and hurt his friends.
Felix Castor is a likeable-enough protagonist, and some of his dialogue was witty, but most of the people and creatures he encounters are dull and one-dimensional. The book does have some good moments, but nearly enough of them. I think what really hurt this novel was that Mike Carey was writing in a new format and was over-compensating.
Here, since he has more space, he made the mistake of describing even the most mundane things in excruciating detail, and it ruins the pacing of the novel. Mike Carey is a great writer, but I felt he really missed the mark with this one. Dec 11, Sonja Arlow rated it it was ok Shelves: To be honest I cant be bothered to write an extensive review on this. Sometimes readers and books just don't click. I started reading this in the hope of lining it up as my next urban fantasy series as I am running out of Dresden books but the plot was too slow, the characters bordered on boring and it was too light on the fantasy elements.
This is a reread for me, huge fan of the Castor novels so the next little while will be loads of fun while I revisit that world. So this is less a review and more a "read them - read them all! Aug 20, Karen rated it really liked it Recommends it for: I'm seriously supposed to write down "what I learned from this book"? I am not impressed by this review form but as this is my first review I should probably curb my disdain a bit. What I Learned from This Book: I learned that I very much enjoy books about ghosts and other supernatural creatures that have infested our modern world.
I learned that I especially like books of this nature when they are narrated by sardonic and somewhat seedy male narrators who make their livings pe I'm seriously supposed to write down "what I learned from this book"? I learned that I especially like books of this nature when they are narrated by sardonic and somewhat seedy male narrators who make their livings performing exorcisms.
I learned that sometimes those exorcisms go wrong. And sometimes a job that should be a piece of cake turns out to be a much darker business than anyone anticipated.
I also learned that succubi, as written by Mike Carey, are pretty damned intimidating creatures. I did not learn that the library well, the archive but close enough is a hotbed of hidden secrets, ulterior motives, and questionable co-workers.
I already knew that. And finally I learned that Mike Carey writes a fast-moving, well-plotted, and well-written novel with more literary references that I was anticipating because I am a snob. Nov 19, Devann rated it liked it Shelves: It was produced by the band and sound engineer Mike Exeter.
The Devil You Know reached the top 10 in its first week of release, debuted at No. Guitarist Tony Iommi said that the tracks were created because he felt there was nothing worth releasing in the vaults from the Dio-era studio recordings and so these new songs were written and recorded. The song "The Devil Cried" was released as a promotional single for the release. The second of those two favourites prominently features the traditional Black Sabbath devil logo. That alternative cover is available exclusively at Wal-Mart within the United States. The Devil You Know has received generally positive reviews.
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Show must go on for sore Kylie. Sometimes it's better the devil you know than the devil you don't. Damn Sam and risk losing him; Bilic is fans' dream boss, but he'd be a total Prem novice. Albums of the Week. As they say, it's better the devil you know - and as far as you a re concerned, they are right this time. You always look to that and sometimes it is a case of better the devil you know , so I had no hesitation in working with him again.
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