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The Naming of the Beasts (Felix Castor #5)

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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
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Mass Market Paperback, 463 pages
Published September 3rd 2009 by Orbit
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Brad
Jan 20, 2016 Brad rated it it was amazing
At the risk of sounding like a broken record, THIS volume is the strongest of the series.

In comparison with all the rest, writing gets progressively stronger, the plots less disjointed, the characters more sharp and the overarching story more defined.

And no, there's no real need to read them in the suggested order. In fact, I doubt anyone would really complain, knowing all the facts, if some random bloke like me said, "Skip the rest, just read the last one. You'll be kosher." Because you will be
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Carol.
Aug 13, 2012 Carol. rated it liked it
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
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Carly
In the Felix Castor books, the gritty, jaded irony of the best of noir/hardboiled meets the precarious uncertainty of a fantastically imaginative apocalyptic world. Carey's prose is vivid, compelling, and compulsively readable, and Fix Castor manages to be sympathetic despite his many flaws. The Castor books portray a self-destructive protagonist submerged by his guilt, isolation, and loneliness, struggling to stay afloat in an uneasy sea of moral grays. Carey has a gift for interweaving human c ...more
Stephanie
Oct 03, 2011 Stephanie rated it really liked it
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
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Robyn
Apr 10, 2016 Robyn rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
An exciting wrap up to the series. Castor and friends make good on the overarching mission of the series, but I would have liked a little more to the ending than we got.
Maggie K
Aug 20, 2014 Maggie K rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy

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
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Tonya
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
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Andres
May 13, 2011 Andres rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
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
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Darrell
May 15, 2012 Darrell rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
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
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Raggin
Jul 17, 2012 Raggin rated it it was amazing
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
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Tim Pendry
Oct 03, 2009 Tim Pendry rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
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' - http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28...

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
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Ashley
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
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Chris
Sep 21, 2014 Chris rated it really liked it
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.
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
nemotron
Jun 21, 2016 nemotron rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A thrilling ride and a very good book on its own, but as a finale for the series it unfortunately was a bit disappointing.

I loved the Felix Castor books. Mike Carey's witty writing and interesting characterisation made it a wonderful experience to read through all the five books. And while this one was probably the most exciting one of them all, it disappointed me with a stereotypically evil scientist archetype (that for me was just beyond the pale) and with some major unanswered questions that
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Marie Michaels
Oct 21, 2015 Marie Michaels rated it it was amazing
Gah, I love the Felix Castor books so much. It's just one of *those* books/series that gets under my skin and stays with me. It's seriously gritty urban fantasy, set in a London drawn with stunning detail. Setting plot aside for a moment, I'm always impressed when I get back to these books at the prose, which alternates between quite intelligent vocabulary, witty one-liners, innuendo and swears. It's just so much fun to read--I probably could read Felix Castor grocery shopping and enjoy his cyni ...more
Small Creek
Apr 08, 2011 Small Creek rated it really liked it
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
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
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Kristin  (MyBookishWays Reviews)
You may also read my review here: http://www.mybookishways.com/2012/01/...

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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Carissa
Sep 04, 2011 Carissa rated it it was amazing
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C.F. Villion
Jan 27, 2016 C.F. Villion rated it it was amazing
I read slowly to make the last book last as long as possible. *sigh* It came to an end too soon anyway.

I loved this entire series, the last book left some questions hanging for me. But I suspect they were meant to be. :) All in all, a great read.

This will become a set I read every few years. Thank you Mr. Carey.
Yaz
Mar 27, 2016 Yaz rated it really liked it
Shelves: bookshelf
I had put off reading this book as there aren't anymore in the series and not knowing if anything was resolved, I decided to wait. Having said that, This book was added this in 2010 and six years later, there's still no more Felix. So as part of my resolution to clear older books off my tbr list, I went ahead and read it and I'm so glad I did.
This book was less dark and foreboding than the previous books, but not by much. Felix is his usual dour self interspersed with moments of inappropriate h
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Josh
Jan 02, 2013 Josh rated it it was ok
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
Cory
May 31, 2014 Cory rated it liked it
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
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Jacques
Jul 09, 2014 Jacques rated it it was amazing
Brilliant!
Angela Verdenius
Mar 30, 2015 Angela Verdenius rated it it was amazing
Excellent end to the thread in this series, full of plots and back-stabbing, and the poor old hero just keeps pushing ahead and certainly doesn't come out of it all pristine and with tie intact! LOL. I just hope this isn't the last book in the series?! I'd like to see Castor again.
Andrew
Mar 14, 2014 Andrew rated it really liked it
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
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Jo
Aug 17, 2010 Jo rated it really liked it
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.
T'leah
Sep 21, 2015 T'leah rated it really liked it
For four books Carey built questions in the reader's mind. Why were the ghosts suddenly rising more and more? What great project was Molloch talking to Juliet about two books ago? Where did ghosts go after being exercised? And what is the implication of the big reveal at the end of Thicker than Water regarding how demons are born?

If you are going into this book expecting any answers to those questions, forget it. They aren't there. Not only aren't they there, it's like those things aren't even i
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Matt Dawson
Aug 05, 2015 Matt Dawson rated it really liked it
This is a great example of how to end a series. It has its own arc which is engaging and fastpaced, but also wraps up all the loose ends from the previous books and the overarching story. Very enjoyed, though sad to lose the characters.
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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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