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Vicious Circle (Felix Castor #2)

3.99 of 5 stars 3.99  ·  rating details  ·  4,357 ratings  ·  266 reviews
Felix Castor has reluctantly returned to exorcism after a successful case convinces him that he really can do some good with his abilities---"good," of course, being a relative term when dealing with the undead. His friend Rafi is still possessed, the succubus Ajulutsikael (Juliet to her friends) still technically has a contract on him, and he's still dirt poor.
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Paperback, 512 pages
Published October 5th 2006 by Orbit
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I really like the the blend of mystery/noir and paranormal/occult in the Felix (Fix) Castor series. The mystery element is the real meat of the story, not just a sub-plot to carry the paranormal elements along. In some ways Felix reminds of my favorite P.I. Jack Taylor who is the lead in a series by Ken Bruen. Although his backstory is a lot less tragic than Jack's, Felix regularly gets his ass kicked and somehow manages to get himself strapped up with enough banadages, booze, prescription drugs ...more
Something very bad is happening in London, and the rising of the dead is only the start of it. The ghost of a child has been stolen from her parents' home. A man ridden by a demon has become even more disturbingly violent. A local church seems to have been invaded by a dark presence. Ordinary Londoners have suddenly succumbed to bouts of horrific violence.
The end is nigh and the demons have come out to play.
It isn't long before Felix Castor is right in the middle of the game.

Carey's books make f
More of Felix Castor's adventures with ghosts in London, and a good read. I liked the plot of this second book more than the first, and I like Castor and most of the characters. Barring the occasional overwrought simile and a couple of repeated phrases that should have been edited out, the writing is very smooth.

The book does have some serious flaws. I figured out who the bad guy was almost immediately and had to endure Castor's seemingly foolish ignorance. The action scenes are highly implausib
Kelly H. (Maybedog)
Better than the first book with more action, more characters, and a more intense plot. This time the protagonist isn't quite as alone, he has a couple of friends but he still needs more. He needs someone giving him encouragement when he's feeling guilty about his friend. (Which I don't even get--he tried to save him and the friend was just a narcissistic asshole who thought the normal rules didn't apply to him.) I was never really enamored of his friend/landlady and now I don't like her at all. ...more
Eh, you know, this is perfectly competent urban fantasy. Better than, in several respects. The writing, in particular, is several cuts above the pack. But it’s doing that thing where the lone hero wanders around London alternately getting beat up and snarking at people. Which is entertaining enough, but when it comes right down to it that’s all you’ve got because this guy is a lone hero, doncha know, so he has no real community or support system. And what he does have will be stripped away by th ...more
Mike (the Paladin)
Okay I gave it 2 novels in the series. I have liked several urban fantasies, and fallen into this trap before. I wanted these to be books I'd like...but I don't. I hoped the second book would appeal to me more, it didn't.

Mostly I find the books too negative (I'm not saying dark...a lot of urban fantasy can be called dark, without being negative.) I largely find "Fix" annoying and really don't care for him a great deal of the time. I get tired of his going on about what he doesn't know while reje
Jayaprakash Satyamurthy
I really liked this. Carey does a good job of making Castor's world more real, and the loving detail accorded to various London locales and their histories helps. Castor still feels a bit like Constantine with serial numbers filed off and a dash of Chandler added in. I can live with that though; it's an entertaining enough mash-up.

The story itself is more complex this time, and the stakes get very high. At the heart of it is an attempt to rescue a little girl who has already been killed as part
I was sort of luke warm about the first in this Fix Castor Series. I enjoyed this book more.

This plot is definitely tighter than the first, but its not overly clean in that it contains quite a few gaps as regards police technique and some faulty logic in the mystery itself. But I don't let those details bother me too much if I'm enjoying the story. And normally, I don't notice them, so since I did, they're gonna be glaring to those of you who are sticklers about that sort of thing.

Somewhat dis
May 20, 2011 Carol. rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Carey fans
Mixed feelings about the book overall. Fix gets interested in a missing person case which opens up into a multi-pronged mystery. The mystery had a couple of twists which I enjoyed.I did think there was improvement on the pacing of the book, but there was a point mid-book where it bogged and I started to skim.

My trouble with Fix's emotional state continues. He often realizes he could cooperate or play along, but obstinately decides not to--even when it's usually to his detriment. Often, he antag
Kudos to Mike Carey for his cleverly-written and highly original urban noir novel Vicious Circle. Set in alternate London where the dead coexist with the living, exorcism is no longer the sole province of the Catholic church, and pesky ghosts (and the occasional demon) require the services of men like Felix "Fix" Castor--a likeable bloke who's slightly down-on-his luck after suffering a few professional and personal hits--to eradicate them.

For those like me who missed the first Felix Castor nov
William Thomas
I'm tired of trying to draw hard lines around what is considered hardboiled or noir fiction and what isn't. But this isn't it. At all.

This book, although comparable to Jim Butcher's Harry Dresden, is like the Miss Marples of urban fantasy. (Note: Harry Dresden is also not noir fiction with magic, but is a pulp book more likened to softboiled pulp like Ed McBain). Mike Carey is the Agatha Christie of urban fantasy.

Carey used to write for Vertigo comics on the series Hellblazer, and was, in my op
I read Mike Carey's "The Devil You Know" last year, was thoroughly impressed, and immediately wanted to read the sequel. Unfortunately, it was only available in the UK--and I'm cheap--so I waited for it to be published in the States.

It was worth the wait. Carey writes urban fantasy (for lack of a better term), but it ain't your momma's urban chick lit. No hunky vamps making the protagonist swoon, magic exists, but it certainly isn't earth shaking, and overall the world feels very "real".

Nope. Ca
Sep 27, 2013 Monti rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Dresden File Fans
Again, this was a five-star book. If you are a fan of the Dresden Files, so far this is the closest thing to that flavor of book I've found. If you are going through withdrawal you should check this series out.

I can't really find much wrong overall with this book. I enjoyed it immensely. Felix Castor has that sort of smarmy attitude that I find highly entertaining.

The plot, like the first book, starts off as a typical urban paranormal type story that quickly turns into a mystery with plenty of p
Felix castor is a sarcastic, mountain of a man who was born with the ability to exorcize spirits from our earthly plain. A dark, fun read about a paranormal group that are suddenly thrown together in order to help Felix bind and extinguish a demon entity, who has a hold on one soul and needs one more innocent soul to return to our world.

The writing was good, had inventive characters, and the narration was fitting for the main character. I think this is probably a good series for those that love
Danie Ware
This very rapidly became one of those books that I didn't want reality to take me from - flawlessly interwoven, every warp and weft perfectly crossed, and all of it creating a picture of a supernatural London that's all too believable, populated by a compelling cast of characters.

By far the best thing was the use of simile and metaphor, both so sharply observed and penetrating that they made me wince; if I have a niggle, it's that the narrative did get very drawn-out and dry in places. Props, ho
I really wanted to love this book. I really want to love this series. I'm a fan of Carey's comic book work plus I own 4 of Felix Castor books. I'm not sure what it is...they are well written, but there is just something about this one in particular made reading it a bit like a chore, 550 pages describing the events of a few days in great great detail got a bit too much and Fix as clever and sarcastic and witty as he can be with his one liners and such just sort of comes across fairly bland and m ...more
Maggie K
Although I enjoy this series, this take was a little bit of a mixed bag. Maybe I have a thing about too tidy of an ending lately, but this case all came together with just a FEW too many coincidences. Everything was put into motion years ago by the same huy.....hmmmm

Some of it I could see...I think the bioggest turn-off was Pen dating that Doctor. It just didnt seem right that hearth goddess pagan Pen all of a sudden is doting on a young doctor and making nightly 'stress-relief' visits, and conv
It probably wasn't wise to read this immediately following the first book in the series. To his credit, Carey does make this accessible to a lot of people who are picking up his work for the first time, but unfortunately for me, this means wading through the first third of the book with some recaps about just what this world is about (and again, to his credit, it doesn't feel like a cut-and-paste job, it's just I know all of it already). This was further complicated by a middle section that didn ...more
It was great to read a book in this genre that is very well written and imagined. I've been reading Simon R. Green's Nightside series at the same time, and the difference is striking. Although the tone and subject matter are similar (horror, magic, dark tragedy, a paranormal detective-style story set in the modern world), the quality of the talent, or at least effort, is remarkably different. I'm not knocking Nightside, which is an fun series, just noting that Mike Carey is an excellent writer ...more
The second installation from the Felix Castor series...

I'm not sure which one I read faster--this one or the first!

Another gritty, spooky tale from foggy London, complete with ghosts, weres, and a few demons, Vicious Circle ratcheted up the noir, pulp, and intensity from the debut novel.

Even more eloquently, Carey dips into heavy spiritual territory without alienating the audience, and continues to pose us with the same questions that plague Felix.

It was nice to see Juliet coming into the for
First third: pretty slow. Second two-thirds: much better. There was a lot more setup in this book than the previous one, so much so that I stopped a hundred or so pages in, and went on to another book. However, I think all the setup is just so stuff can go crazy later on; so oops. I did guess a few of the twists, which was a bit disappointing (I like being wrong) but not disappointing enough to effect my enjoyment of the book too much. Also, Mike Carey knows how to handle religious topics withou ...more
Jun 02, 2014 Mark rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of urban fantasy
Recommended to Mark by: fans in withdrawl of a their annual Harry Dresden fix
Number two in the adventures of Felix "Fix" Castor is about him having to find out a missing girl, albeit her being a ghost, so hence Castors' involvement. His friend the zombie Nicky, also in book 1, gets a bigger role in this adventure and his succubus female "friend" also gets involved in the case of the missing ghost. And when the smoke all clears Castor has won the day but lost much more but his self respect.

Another story from the universe of Felix Castor and this one digs deeper into the w
Andrew Zink
With the basic premise and characters now in place thanks to the first book this second Felix Castor installment was a lot more fun to read. That seems like a common theme in a lot of series, and its just as true here. As you can see from Goodreads' star rating each of the 5 books currently released each progressively get better scores as they go. Very promising!

The world setting is one very similar to ours with the one exception that ghosts and other post-life creatures are much more widely ack
Gareth Otton
The second book in a series is a chance for an author to really show what he is worth. People have already read the first book in the series and decided that they liked it so the job of the second book is to stretch the boundaries a bit and give you a taste of the potential this series holds.

Unfortunately this is an opportunity wasted for Mike Carey and his protagonist Felix Castor.

I'll state outright that this book was enjoyable, as far as these things go, and a perfectly good way to pass an
Though the book has its good points, it's stunning how stupid Castor can be. He doesn't check into his clients background. He doesn't charge his cell phone. He once forgets his lockpicks, another time forgets his protective sprig of myrtle. What the people accosting him are saying to him gives very strong indications that the case he's taken isn't what he thinks it is but he pays absolutely no attention until the truth wallops him in the face. His tendency to mouth off at the worst, stupidest ti ...more
Felix Castor is one of my favorite fiction characters in long time. An intelligent, scrappy smart assed exorcist who included amongst his best friends/associates: Nicky Heath, one of the undead (who wears bespoke suits and has a penchant for conspiracy theories and personal security); Ajulitiskael aka Juliet, one of the hell kin otherwise known as a succubus and 'Pen', his landlady/best friend who is also a white witch who also serves as his sometime advisor. Last but not least? Rafael (Rafi) hi ...more
The cover blurb for this compares Mike Carey to Jim Butcher and Neil Gaiman - two of my favorite authors. And it's a fairly accurate comparison - I see elements of both in his books.

For me, because I'd so recently read a Dresden Files book, I struggled with the fact that Felix was not Harry. He didn't behave as I expected at times because he shouldn't. He isn't Harry. He's not a wizard, he's an exorcist. (Note to self, don't read Carey and Butcher back to back) But he does suffer from a similar
I must admit I almost gave up on this one. I really loved the first book in the series but the first half of this was not the same at all. There were car chases and explosions and people going insane in shopping malls! It just felt so American! I mean I know that part of west London has those things but it just didn't have the same character driven spooky vibe of the first book. I took a break for a couple days and read the 2nd half in 24 hours. It wasn't as good as the first book. The Very Evil ...more
Not quite as good as The Devil You Know Hardcover, but still a fun read. This series has some definite potential, and I look forward to read more entries in the Felix Castor series.
Even better than the first. Couple of twists I didn't see coming, which makes them all the more enjoyable. I've already started book three, and I'll definitely be reading every future book in the series, and looking into his other works.
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Mike Carey was born in Liverpool in 1959. He worked as a teacher for fifteen years, before starting to write comics. When he started to receive regular commissions from DC Comics, he gave up the day job.

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