The Devil You Know
Felix Castor is a freelance exorcist, and London is his stamping ground. At a time when the supernatural world is in upheaval and spilling over into the mundane reality of the living, his skills have never been more in demand. A good exorcist can charge what he likes - and enjoy a hell of a life-style - but there's a risk: sooner or later he's going to take on a spirit tha...more
I thought this was going to be a decent, but somewhat cheesy Urban Fantasy knock-off of the Dresden Files. While certainly these two series share many basic themes (as most UF does), this was a TERRIFIC READ. In fact, in two very important respects I thought this book was actually SUPERIOR to the Dresden books. Given that the Dresden books are the current “standard” at lea ...more
Felix Castor gets added to my roster of male lead urban fantasy go-to cha ...more
Jim Butcher fans will like this seri ...more
I only learned later into the reading of this that he's the author of other Constantine stories, so my initial connection made perfect sense. Hell, I like Constantine, so this is pretty much perfect for me.
I know I'm going to like the rest of the series, if this is a g ...more
No. My meaning there was that the world is a much darker more negative place. "Fix" ...more
Great urban fantasy (Urban Fantasy?) but man does it move slooooow. Also, it's one of those books where the main character does a lot of thinking and explaining to the audience and I'm left wondering what the other characters are doing when he's taking 10 minutes to explain demons or whatever. Playing
However, it was quite nice to a have a different type of Rosa (a charac ...more
“You move on. You move back. On because you're always getting older, back because there's always a set of habits and routines to catch you and suck you back in when your guard is down.”
I loved Mike Carey's writing style, it's sublime - colorful, poetic flow, funny when it's supposed to be, dramatic when it's supposed to be. Not all of the British terminology is familiar, but I adore the British writing tone as long as it's not bone dry. And hey, learn something new every day?
The protagonist Fel ...more
The premise of following the exploits of an exorcist-for-hire sounds promising, but Carey just doesn’t do eno ...more
Sometimes readers and books just don't click.
I started reading this in the hope of lining it up as my next urban fantasy series as I am running out of Dresden books but the plot was too slow, the characters bordered on boring and it was too light on the fantasy elements. ...more
Favorite character(s): Felix, Rafi/Asmodeus, Scrub
Most annoying character(s): Juliet, Gabe, Rich, Damjohn
Loved this book. However, I'll take away 1 star because of the bad ending. Seriously? (view spoiler)[Juliet wants to be his apprentice or whatever?? (hide spoiler)]
This big expert on paranormal phenomena is doing a lecture tour of the UK, and he gets to Aberystwyth on a Friday night. And he goes into the hall, and it's packed. Shuffle...more
What I Learned from This Book: I learned that I very much enjoy books about ghosts and other supernatural creatures that have infested our modern world. I learned that I especially like books of this nature when they are narrated by sardonic and somewhat seedy male narrators who make their livings pe ...more
It may be a bit flawed, but man this is such a great book. I love Felix, I love the supporting characters, I love books that involve supernatural aspects anyway, as long as those aspects are not vampires and were ...more
Despite the etymology of his name, Felix "Fix" Castor feels anything but happy or lucky. In his altered world, in which the dead have risen and now pace the streets as zombies and ghosts, Felix's skills as an exorcist are at a premium. After a terrible accident in which he helped to bind a friend's soul to a demon, Felix is trying to take early retirement from the ghostbuster business. With money tight and fear on the rise, it's just not that easy for Feli ...more
I feel like coming from comics into novels Carey overcompensated a bit and included a lot of random details / inner monologue that wasn't really necessary to the story because this book just dragged on and on for me. It ...more
The Devil You May Know by Mike Carey is the first book in the Felix Castor series. I have to confess that this is a series that is made for my guilty pleasure. This is a story and a series about an exorcist named Felix. This is an urban fantasy and a detective noir twisted together. Like all great urban fantasy it takes place in a world very much like our own.
This was a great start to the series and I felt that Felix did an okay job at carrying the weight of the book. I am always lookin ...more
Witty, charming and intelligent, he maps out the grid of the ghosts he's getting rid by playing music on his tin whistle, but this time something else is going on, for once Felix starts to care about why the ghost is haunting the Bonnington Archive, a posh liter ...more
*Three times better written on a mechanical prose level,
*Approximately 50% less sexist,
*Equally creative on the magical front,
*Immeasurably more mature, philosophically.
And yet, I cared about it roughly a third as much.
Sometimes trying to feed the emotional centers of my brain something ...more
There’s something about noir that just doesn’t do it for me. I was excited about where this story line was going to take me, but the writing style got in the way.
I found the flow of the narrative uneven, and there were some turns of phrase that lost me on occasion, forcing me to re-read the context of it.
Not a free flowing reading experience for me, so I’m cutting it loose.
And the noir thing? I find in this context it took away from what could have been a spookier read.
Too bad. T ...more
to write hundreds and hundreds of CW TV episodes material
maybe this is all he got to give ,maybe he wants to Pay the bills and raise the kids .
i really should start lowering my expectations.no one is going to give me what i want ,no war between a modern day shadow and light ,humans and others vong and republic .
one day i will write it and i will piss on all of them .
Like the perfect mash up of crime noir, Supernatural (the tv show), and a London-based paranormal romp. This was so much fun. What a charismatic narrator as well. Review to come!
Felix Castor, "Fix"" to his friends, is an exorcist in a world where ghosts and spirits have become commonplace. However, he hasn't practised in a year because he made a critical mistake a year ago and hurt his friends. But now he's at a financial dead-end and he ends up taking a job to exorcize a ghost from a document archive. But nothing is simple about this job, and he receives a warning that the job will be the end of him.
Through most of the ...more
Aside from that I really enjoyed it! I liked the different set up to most other UFs I've read - with the main character not being a magician, but someone who for some reason can get rid of ghosts...
I liked all the (good) characters and am looking forward to seeing more of their back stories in the sequels. They did feel like individuals and we'll fleshed out.
The book ...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