Series is starting to flounder a bit for me. I'm not sure what it is, but endearing traits are now turning simply dorky, and the humor isn't hitting hSeries is starting to flounder a bit for me. I'm not sure what it is, but endearing traits are now turning simply dorky, and the humor isn't hitting home. While I don't feel like any of the events of the book were extraneous or unnecessary, I still found my attention wandering for the reasons listed above. Although I'm normally bad at picking up on clues, I guessed the reveal at the end several books ago. But there are still enough interesting developments to keep me reading, so I'll be getting the next installment when it's released....more
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 noveNow 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 righteousness of Harry Dresden and the sometimes gleeful bloodlust of Cal Leandros. He manages to save the day, but not without a few screw-ups and morally-gray decisions along the way. And he knows who (and what) he is.
I also find the world quite intriguing, and I like that Carey chose to focus on ghosts and demons rather than throwing other sorts of supernatural creatures into the mix. He has an interesting take on werewolves and zombies, and it almost seems a shame to stop the creative engine here right when the world seemed poised on the cusp of a great change.
And yet, if Carey never wrote another Felix novel, I'm pretty satisfied with the way things ended now. One of the major arcs of the story has come to a conclusion, and while I felt some things didn't get resolved, there are easily quite a few threads Carey could pick up again if he does continue with the series....more
Fifteen-year-old John Wayne Cleaver has always had trouble connecting with people, and once he realized he had all the hallmark characteristics of a sFifteen-year-old John Wayne Cleaver has always had trouble connecting with people, and once he realized he had all the hallmark characteristics of a serial killer, he made a conscious decision to, well, not become one. He's set strict rules for himself in order to avoid becoming what fate wants him to be, but when a serial killer begins to kill people in John's town, it's going to take every ounce of his self-control to help get rid of this real-life monster without letting the monster within him take over completely.
What to say about this book? It manages to live up to its hype from start to finish, from the loving details of the embalming process at the mortuary where John helps out his mother and aunt, to the great arc of character development John goes through, to the very believable portrayal of how someone with John's condition would look at the world. Wells manages to write a homicidally-inclined main character with so much appeal that you really find yourself rooting for him to win--against the killer he's trying to catch as well as against the killer he's trying not to become. Wells contrasts vivid and bleak descriptions in such a way that I felt that if this were made into a movie, it would have been great to see it shot in the same style as Sin City. A story about a character people suspect has Antisocial Personality Disorder somehow comes across as such a "human" story, ironically. It's a very layered tale that I think would stand up to a semester of English-class analysis, and it's great to read something so original.
If you enjoy Dexter, definitely check this one out. If you were a fan of Death Note but thought that it could have used a more human element, check this one out. I guarantee it'll be worth your while....more
Usually the combination of police work/investigation, monsters, and a heroine with a tragic past and special powers have me bracing for a book to be jUsually the combination of police work/investigation, monsters, and a heroine with a tragic past and special powers have me bracing for a book to be just like every other urban fantasy novel out there on the shelves. But in a genre full of old, tired cliches*, Diana Rowland's debut novel, Mark of the Demon, manages to stand apart from the rest.
Rather then turning the urban fantasy tropes around, Rowland manages to remind me why they became such staples of the genre in the first place. The police work is interesting and unabashedly gruesome, full of little procedural details that make it very believable. The monsters--demons, in this case--have a system of honor and hierarchy that makes them interesting without appearing overworked. But most importantly, Kara Gillian is a believable and easy-to-relate-to heroine in the same vein as early Anita Blake, with her insecurities and her desire to prove herself as she takes on her first case as a homicide detective. Also, Kara was on the case as a detective, not as a demon summoner, so it was interesting watching her trying to juggle the two worlds.
I didn't actually dislike anything about this book, but is it odd that I found Ryan more intriguing when he was portrayed as an aloof FBI agent with pretty eyes? I was looking forward to Kara having to prove herself to him (with lots of tension along the way), but it seemed like in the space of two or so chapters he did a complete 180 and turned into a likable guy who laughed and grinned every other paragraph. And while the plot was solid and kept my interest, for some reason I picked out the bad guy in his introductory paragraph. I'm not sure how. I forgot about him after that, but when key information was revealed later in the book, he was the first person that sprang to mind.
I read a lot of urban fantasy, so I get very excited when I find a book that manages to stand out. I already went and bought the second and third novels in this series, and I look forward to reading them.
* That I don't seem to be able to get enough of. ...more
I don't think I have anything to say that hasn't already been said, but I will say this: I stumbled across spoilers for the ending of this book twice,I don't think I have anything to say that hasn't already been said, but I will say this: I stumbled across spoilers for the ending of this book twice, and my mind was still blown....more