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The Naming of the Beasts

(Felix Castor #5)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  4,823 ratings  ·  239 reviews
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
Paperback, 463 pages
Published September 3rd 2009 by Orbit
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Oct 15, 2015 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
May 20, 2011 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
Sep 07, 2011 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
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
Maggie K
May 16, 2013 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
Tonya Breck
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
Jan 19, 2017 rated it it was ok
I remember this being a little disappointing as a final book (?) in a series ... things wrapped up a bit jumpily, almost like Carey was done with the world he'd created and Just Wanted It OVER. Pity as the first books in the series were quite well done.
May 09, 2011 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
Apr 29, 2012 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
Dec 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2016
This was certainly the strongest book in the series. I sat for a few minutes afterward wondering why I felt that way - was it a by-product of being invested in the series, and we left with (nearly) all the loose threads tied up in a pretty bow? No, it was more than that. I think Carey really found Fix's voice here, and it had an elegance to it that you wouldn't expect from a detective fiction featuring nefarious characters in various states of undead and demonry.

While I can't speak from any per
Tim Pendry
Oct 03, 2009 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' -

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
Jul 13, 2012 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
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
Sep 14, 2014 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.
'Witty, deadpan and shudderingly noir… You’ve heard the rumour that Londoners are never more than a few feet from a rat - Carey will persuade the same is true of the undead.’
- Daily Express

I couldn't have said it better than that review in the inside cover. What started for me as a luke warm series has developed into a favorite. Highly recommended. Really picks up the pace by book three and this one was non-stop action.
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
Jan 08, 2016 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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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
Marie Michaels
Feb 05, 2013 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
Nov 03, 2009 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
Aug 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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Aug 12, 2012 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
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
Aug 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
C.F. Villion
Jan 18, 2016 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.
Angela Verdenius
Feb 06, 2015 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.
Sep 12, 2009 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.
Matt Dawson
Aug 01, 2015 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.
Aug 27, 2010 rated it really liked it
Another fun Felix Castor book. I would like there to be more, but I am not sure if there will be with the ending. I need to look up some of Mike Carey's other work.
Ben Truong
Mar 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Naming of the Beasts is the fifth and final book in the Felix Castor series written by Mike Carey and centered on Felix Castor, a freelance exorcist living in London.

Castor's closest friend, Rafi Ditko, who's possessed by the demon Asmodeus, has escaped from his jail cell and begun killing off people close to Ditko, starting with his former girlfriend, Ginny Parris. In order to thwart the evil spirit, Castor must be careful about his choice of allies, even as he struggles to predict his adve
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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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