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Vicious Circle by Mike Carey
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Jan 01, 11

bookshelves: pulp-noir, scifi-nerd-fun
Read from December 22 to 30, 2010

Avoiding a sophomore slump, Mike Carey brings back his self-styled neo-noir exorcist and troublemaker Felix Castor back for another go around in a world where the unearthly have become all too commonplace. Carey follows up the good intentions and strong ideas that made the first book of the series almost hit the mark. VICIOUS CIRCLE, the second in the series, is leagues better with cleaner writing and more consistent and definite tone. More cynical than smarmy, and with more hard edged attitude than cheekiness, Castor is a more defined version of what Carey presented before and the narrative itself is better for it. Tighter, cleaner, and with the confidence of someone who really did their homework, Carey crafts the novel's pulp inspired mystery with a needed precision while still crafting an interesting world to be explored in other novels. Carey strengthens his characters, and his wit, and the result makes VICIOUS CIRCLE a satisfying blend of genres that, like its predecessor, makes me want to read more.
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