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Naming Of The Beasts (Felix Castor #5)

4.19 of 5 stars 4.19  ·  rating details  ·  2,724 ratings  ·  167 reviews
They say the road to Hell is paved with good intentions, but if you ask Castor he'll tell you there's quite a bit of arrogance and reckless stupidity lining the streets as well. And he should know. There's only so many times you can play both sides against the middle and get away with it. Now, the inevitable moment of crisis has arrived and it's left Castor with blood on h ...more
Published (first published December 9th 2008)
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Aug 13, 2012 Carol. rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: , fans of the male detective UF, series completionists
A series that ends more with a fizzle than a bang.

A linked series gives the author the opportunity to play with theme development over time, to awaken the characters (and reader) to larger issues and complexities. Carey's fourth book Thicker Than Water did just that by taking the issue of ghost identity and the ethics of exorcism from the third book, and raising the moral stakes with demon identity and exorcism. By linking the issue back to Felix's family, the issue hit home for both Felix and
This is the last of the Felix Castor series and I enjoyed the ride!

Three weeks after the absolute fiasco of the last book, Fix slowly comes out of the drunken stupor that has kept him from having to face the tragic mistakes he made and the horror of Asmodeus' escape. At an absolute loss as to what to do next, Fix decides to join forces with his nemesis, Jenna-Jane Mullbridge, who has more resources at her disposal and less interference from the powers that be. He shows up at J-J's office, MOU he
Maggie K

there were so any things I loved about this series, I had to stop and consider whether I was being objective. Was it a perfect book? No. Should it have been? NOOOOOO

Things I felt were well done? Character growth! Instead of the eternally sarcastic teen in a mans body Fix starts out as, he has become well, a man! He still gets used by Asmodeus, but he had to be a lot more subtle about it.
Juliet, too has learned along the way, and works with what she has. I think the mystery of what happens to her
I know, I'm constantly giving this entire series a 5/5, but it's earned it. Even if you get information that's repeated for those who are picking up the series in the middle and can annoy those who have been reading from the beginning, the rest of the book(s) makes up for it.

In this installment, you see everything around Fix is pretty much falling to shit, and it's partially down to his own personal flaws. Instead of making a character totally oblivious to obvious clues because they're only supp
Finally, the last of the currently published Felix Castor novels but the next to last in the expected 6 book run (at the least).

Everything has seemingly been coming to this point. This dives right into the aftermath of the newest complication that ended the 4th book, and has everyone (except, strangely, Coldwood) coming back into the mix---Trixie, Gwillam, Asmodeus/Rafi, Pen, Nicky, and Jenna-Jane for good measure. Even relatives of a character killed in the first book show up, all to good effec
After four books, the final showdown with Asmodeus is finally here. But can Felix Castor destroy the demon without killing his possessed friend? This is the best book in the Felix Castor series so far. The writing is witty as always. In fact, for the rest of this review, I just want to quote some of the more memorable lines:

"I ducked out of seeing The Passion of the Christ because someone spoiled the ending for me."

"Dead leaves from seasons past didn't so much crunch as sigh under our feet, crum
The Naming of the Beasts (Felix Castor, #5) by Mike Carey

If you are a fan of paranormal urban fantasy or just paranormal fiction is general, you owe it to yourself to read the Felix Castor series by author Mike Carey.

The fifth book in the series, The Naming of the Beasts beautifully concludes the majot story arcs of the previous novels with all of the Castor regulars and some new faces battling it out with the daemon Asmodeus (and each other as well).

Picking up a few days after the end of Book 4, where the daemon Asmodeus in the body of Rafi Ditko es
Tim Pendry
This (#5) is a disappointing book in the series and to get an idea why you should read the review of #4 'Thicker than Water' -

It is a good basic read - a supernatural thriller (though with very little 'real' horror). It has all the favourite characters, a consistent universe, a generally coherent story line and the usual grounding in a Central London that Londoners would recognise. But it is still a bit of a potboiler, albeit one with some good set pieces
Now that I'm up-to-speed on this series, when I look at the publication date of this latest novel (2009) and don't see definite plans for another novel in the works, my feelings can probably be best expressed in lolcat: MIKE CAREY, WHY U NO RITE MOAR FELIX??

But in all seriousness, I really feel like this series stands out from the other cookie-cutter urban fantasy novels, mostly because of Felix. In the scale of urban fantasy heroes and antiheroes, he falls somewhere right in between the blazing
Jayaprakash Satyamurthy
All the big powers Castor has been tangling with, including demons, demon-hunters and demonic demon-studying scientists, come together in this thrilling, but sometimes overly breathless novel. Carey's habit of hiding key elements of Castor's hand to make the resolution(s) more exciting palls a bit; a lot of the time I just wasn't sure why Castor was running about and doing the things he was doing. Still, a suitable exciting playing-out of the most high-stakes volume in the series. Since there's ...more
Small Creek
I don't remember speaking very good things about this series when I first started it. In fact, I remember being very nasty about its Hellblazer overtones to Toz (who was the learned individual who put me on Castor's scent in the first place) around 20 pages into the first book. However, it seems that I have grown to like what Carey has done for Hellblazer (who is he kidding with that Castor business? This is Constantine to the core) despite what misgivings I may have on his writing style and the ...more
Brainycat's 5 "B"s:
blood: 3
boobs: 1
bombs: 3
bondage: 1
blasphemy: 4
Bechdel Test: FAIL
Deggan's Rule: FAIL
Gay Bechdel Test: FAIL

It's been about a week since I finished this book, and I've read a couple of other books in the meantime. I think the reason I've hesitated to write this review is because that would actually mean the series is over for me, not unlike a funeral ritual cements the end of a life. Felix Castor maintained a consistent arc throughout the books and it's concluded where it needs
Kristin  (MyBookishWays Reviews)
You may also read my review here:

The aftermath of the disastrous events of Thicker Than Water still has Felix Castor reeling. They’ve left his former best friend (possessed by a rather nasty demon) free, and Felix an emotional mess, drowning himself in alcohol and sorrow. After a pretty nasty binge, Felix shakes off his sorrow in an attempt to get a handle on a mess that deep down, he blames himself for; finding Rafi Ditko and freeing him from the demon A
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I believe this is the final Felix Castor book, unless the author decides to begin a new story arc in the future. Felix ends up roughly where the series began, trying to fix what he broke three years ago. Many of the faces will be familiar from the previous books, as everything swirls down to a final confrontation.
Well I had to finish this series, which is pretty blatantly a novelization of John Constantine Hellblazer, with some little twists. It's cheap reading, but not terrible writing. This book wasn't the greatest of the series. While there was plenty of action, it never really felt so exciting. I'd almost say it felt anticlimactic the whole way through. I may not have expected so much from it, it being a quick guilty pleasure read, but some of the other books were at least more enjoyable. All the boo ...more
I was really hoping for something special, but I should have known better. The second and fourth books were really well done.. the first, third, and fifth were good, but didn't live up to their promise.

I expected a lot more out of this book. It almost seemed like a mail-in.. an author afraid to wait too long between books. The anti-GRRM, if you will. A lot of the plot devices were pretty formulaic, and a lot of basic detective tropes were trotted out. Castor, after being a pretty good sleuth thr
Fix Castor book five, and the conclusion of a major plot arc. Not, indeed, a conclusion to the series, for we are just starting to discover that the twenty-year-old re-emergence of ghosts (zombies, demons, etc) into the modern world was just the leading edge of... we don't know yet, because the author hasn't written the next book. But probably bad news for the breathing-enabled segment of the human race.

In this book, Asmodeus is loose and making life hell for Castor. Of course. Also, something i
After a disappointing fourth adventure, Carey and Castor seem to be back on form. The witticisms flow faster than the Thames and the story moves along at a decent pace. The whole Rafi/Asmodeus arc is finally resolved which I was relieved about as it seemed to have gone on long enough.
Robb Bridson
Seems like a good ending point, but I read in an interview that Carey is planning at least one more book (after a couple more unrelated novels).

A lot of stuff comes together, and Castor ends up working with his worst enemy to fight the nastiest villain of the series. And all Castor's usual accomplices are acting weird.
This one isn't quite as good as the fourth book, but it's still good. Carey's prose is witty and the story takes a bunch of unexpected turns.
This one feels less like a mystery and
Another fun Felix Castor book. I would like there to be more, but I am not sure if there will be with the ending. I need to look up some of Mike Carey's other work.
Ian Cockerill
The final Felix Castor novel so far. Got to put "so far" in order to keep my hopes up. All the trade marks are here, sardonic humour, monumental tragedy, tight plotlines and well drawn three dimensional characters, not all likeable but definitely believable enough.
Every one of the series clears the five star bar with something to spare in my view and there is more story to be told if the author wishes to return to the world he made. Nevertheless the final novel provides a satisfactory conclusion
c2011: FWFTB: demon, Swimming-pool, Succubus, ghosts, murder. IMHO, this was the weakest book of the lot so far. I suppose that there is only a certain amount of time that you can run with a plot device before it gets stale. So, there is resolution of a sort for the longest running plot but it reached an almost tedious conclusion. No development in relationships other than a rather unconvincing one towards the end. For those of the normal crew that have read the first four books, go ahead and re ...more
I love Mike Carey's comic book work, particularly on The Unwritten and Lucifer, but it took a while to really warm to his prose. Not sure why - well, part of it was that the old sub-editor in me wanted to tighten things up here and there. And there was the fact that I was starting with book three, which is the sort of thing I do way too often. And initially Felix Castor seems to bear a striking resemblance to John Constantine, who Caret has also written, but this feeling dissipates as the book g ...more
A fairly enjoyable conclusion to a London urban fantasy series. Seems to be forming part of its own subsection of Urban fantasy along with Ben Aaronovitchs PC Grant series, and Kate Griffins Midnight Mayor series. Could possibly include simon r green in that ilk. I'm wondering if there's a London based series of the same quality that has a woman as the main character, would quite like to read that as a contrast to the American heroines that populate the US arm of urban fantasy. I think Kate Grif ...more
At one point in this book, I found myself actually skipping ahead to see what happens to one of the characters, because I didn't want it to be something bad. I think that says a lot about this book, and the Felix Castor series as a whole.

I saw a reference to a possible sixth book, but that was supposed to be out in 2011, so maybe it's just not happening. And you know, I'm okay with it if there isn't another one. While this book didn't answer ALL of the questions, it wraps up in such a way that i
The Elves
We’ve said it before but we’ll say it again we love the Felix Castor series. This is the fifth, and as of this moment, the latest book in the series. In The Naming of the Beasts, Castor finally has the long awaited showdown with the demon Asmodeus that he accidently welded to the soul of his sometime friend Rafi so many years ago. The only thing wrong with this book is that there are no more to read as yet. Please, Mike Carey, we want more, more, more.

The Silver Elves authors of The Elves of Lyn
Matt Fimbulwinter
That was an incredibly satisfying end to the series.

It felt like a mystery novel, in some ways - there were several major plot points laid out, both for the series and the book, and there were solid hints and clues given, enough that I had the solution in my head well before I read it. Sometimes, that can feel like failed foreshadowing. Here, though, it felt more like getting to the punchline of a favourite joke, or a great song hitting the climax its been building to. You know it's coming, but
Abrupt and somewhat disjointed ending of a big story arc (Carey promised another book, so not the ending of the entire series) of otherwise entertaining series. Some plot lines fizzled and died without visible conclusion, one of them pretty big: the whole 'world is changing' thing was left only as people's premonition and was left without any indication where it leads. There were other things too - the translation of Rafi's journals, for example, for which Felix traveled to Macedonia and which w ...more
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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.

Since then, he has worked for both DC and Marvel Comics, writing storyli
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