Thicker Than Water (Felix Castor #4)
Old ghosts of different kinds come back to haunt Fix, in the fourth gripping Felix Castor novel.
Names and faces he thought he'd left behind in Liverpool resurface in London, bringing Castor far more trouble than he'd anticipated. Childhood memories, family traumas, sins old and new, and a council estate that was meant to be a modern utopia until it turned into something l...more
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Although Dead Men's Boots is a personal fave, this particular book has the best plot and writing. Carey grows as a writer and it shows in Castor's growth as a character, as well as a truly tense and creepy plot, which is quite possibly the only one of the Castor books that I would classify as horror.
Castor is hauled out in the middle of the night by DC Coldwood (what else is new?) and taken to a crime scene and gues ...more
It all starts with a jailbreak.
Felix "Fix" Castor, aided by the succubus Juliet, daringly swipe Fix's demon-possessed friend out from under the noses of the sadistic doctor who wants to take him apart to study him. Fix is just beginning to catch his breath when the police arrive on his doorstep. T ...more
This is richly written and suspenseful. It's very focused on Castor himself, and the other characterizations are admittedly a bit neglected. There seems to have been an off-camera reconciliation be ...more
This book was incredible.
I think Carey did his best work with the story and the characters in this installment. He has the trade-mark creepiness and horror and goes to a whole new level with it. The setting was really well-chosen, the use of the characters (especially since ...more
Bechdel Test: FAIL
Deggan's Rule: FAIL
Gay Bechdel Test: FAIL
It's been a few days since I finished this book. Also, I finished the next (and last) book "The Naming of the Beasts" in the series a few hours after I finished this book. So this review is written after I've recovered from the sadness and shock of finishing what has become one of my most favorite series' ever, and after I've had enough time for the details to fade and blur ...more
Well, first of all, he is pulling together all his themes into a very cogent universe with a hint at a big back story to come. A major twist at the end of the book tells us something important about his demon world that shifts our perception and reminds us that this is the graphic novelist who brought us Constantine. I can't tell you more because I am not into spoilers. The surprise is part of the fun.
But, more th ...more
That isn't to say I didn't enjoy the book, because I did, ...more
I'm just sick of the crap that everyone gives Fix and him just agreeing and bending over. It's like every character in this story exists only to shit on him, and I hate it. Now that's getting pushed off on Fix for being such a wimp.
Thus far, the book (or any of the characters) have yet to convince me ...more
Carey is really good at this, and once again he does not disappoint. The writing is witty and the plot is intriguing. The book builds on everything from previous books without actually requiring you to read them first. (Although I would recommend to do so, just because they are really good! :)). It also has some very interesting new information about the nature of demons, that hopefully will be explored more in the future.
I did see 2 ...more
Thicker than Water was the first return to form for this series since the brilliant opening novel. The two previous novels have been enjoyable but, for me at least, very flawed and often highly frustrating. However, it was the promise of the series that has kept me reading and getting to this book I have to admit that I am really glad that I did.
A previous complaint about earlier novels was that Castor felt like a very one dimensional character. Other than being the kind of self hating lone her ...more
How many times can Felix Castor's shoulder get punctured/lacerated/torn up. How does it even function anymore? In each book, his shoulder is getting annihilated. Even if it's alternating shoulders, it's still a lot. Poor dude.
Also, Carey has a tendency to reuse tropes and phrases and scenes from book to book to book. It's like he was writing and said "Ooh, that sounds nice, let me add that," forgetting ...more
Felix Castor is an exorcist, attempting to fight the demons, werewolves and zombies that inhabit o ...more
Situacija saloje kaista - tuoj bus karšta kaip pragare. Londono kvartalas virsta demonų irštva - žmonės pjaustosi, daužosi, badosi ir dar visokią kokią velniavą daro. Žinoma, katinėlis įvykių sūkuryje, tačiau būtent šioje knygoje jis kaip niekad arti nuskendimo. Super istorija.
Jėga, kad autorius palieka laiko tarpus tarp knygų ir praleidžia dalį svarbios info, pvz. kokius klausimus uždavė zombis demonei - velniškai knieti sužinoti.
The character voice is more involved and adventurous, and the narrator gets rivers of credit. It sacrifices the gravitas and cynical composure of the previous versions, for irony and subtle but strong emotional voices.
The story plays around with new explanations of old concepts, but they are, for the most part, very self contained, which on it's own gives you a focused, better flown n ...more
I had one single complain with this series, from the first book on: the plot was way too predictible. But from the start, this serious problem was offset by the amazing writing from Mike Carey. I cannot turn more than two pages on this series without a smile, a lonely laugh, or a deep thought.
Well... I am happy to report that my single problem is no longer a problem. Since dead man's ...more
All the principal characters return, but the focus this time is squarely upon Felix himself. The reader gets to see Felix and his upbringing in Liverpool, as the case he's on takes him to his old stomping grounds. Because Carey focuses so much time on Felix, the other characters seem to ...more
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 ...more