i tried really hard to like this book. i have been disappointed with the last several books I have tried, so I was determined to make it thru this one, and like it.
I like the writing, the sentence structure. how the whole thing is set up and described. the author likes words, likes to weave them and use them to their full advantage, and it shows. The narrator is quite good, great accents, nice cynical note, self-deprecating humor, touches of overall humor... all good.
the story though. ugh. just. not. interesting. ghosts rising from the dead, demons free to assume human form and interact with mortals, cool. people who can see these ghosts and interact with them, find out the problem, banish them, even cooler. it all sounds great.
but the execution of the plot line is blah. not terrible, like bang your head against the wall terrible, but can't-keep-my-attention bad. i just didn't care what happened. the guy would come up with a scheme, or get into some trouble, and... i just didn't care.
i do not love books that throw you into a new situation, or new way the world works, without some type of explanation. the explanation can come as the story moves along, but some sort of explanation is required. that didn't happen here. it makes me feel like I am fumbling in the dark. do not dig it.
I like scifi and urban fantasy. I don't like romance novels. If you are the same my reviews should help.
The concept is new and different and the characters are remarkably interesting and well developed.
The closest would be the Peter Grant series as both are decidedly British, and low magic level worlds.
I have listened to a lot of his work and this one is as good as any he has done in the past.
It isn't a humorous series but I did laugh in a few places. I really didn't have any extreme emotional reaction to the book but it definitely draws you in and makes you want more.
Be warned that the author starts off slow, but by the end you can't put it down and are left anxiously waiting for the next one. Also, this is a very low-level magic world. If you are expecting fire-balls getting thrown around and super hero levle action this is not the series for you. This is a gritty and often very realistic series. you could actually see this world being a possibility.
Began reading sci-fi 71 years ago, at age 4, will continue until my clock quits ticking.. Best education one could have ever wished for.
Well done, brillian and funny with lots of ghostly warmth, delightful characters. I'm looking forward to the next Felix Castor adventure.
I read this book several years ago and immediately devoured the two sequels. I was unaware of the 4th and 5th book until recently and decided to start from the beginning. Felix Castor is a great neo-noir detective character with a large dose of John Constantine thrown in for good measure. Highly recommended!
The story seemed slow, but mildly interesting; however, the narrator's phoney English really pained me. His long 'A' vowels, e.g. 'Pahsenger' instead of passenger and so forth, really irritated me as did his awful attempts to do London accents. I do wish that Audible would hire English actors to narrate English books and American to narrate American books. Too bad as the book could have been way more engaging.
Very believable character with a good dash of humor.
I thought the book started off a little slow and I almost stopped listening, but 1/3 of the way through I was hooked. The narator did a very good job of creating a likable character. The author took a while to get ramped up with the story, IMHO, as at first I really couldn't tell where, what, or if the case was the main story line or merely part of the characters overall story. Once that got sorted out, all proper like, the book really took off for me.
No. Unlike most reviewers I didn't get the book's dry English humor. The first half of the book was a lot of work and I didn't understand many of the references. I am a lover of the dresden files, and I was hoping this book would be similar. I just couldn't connect with the characters in the same way. The book did redeem itself somewhat in the second half because it did involve a good mystery. That said, I don't think I'll read the next in the series. Sorry folks. Couldn't jump on this bandwagon.
Fake English accent.
I feel kind of bad for comparing this series to the Dresden Files, it's just that it's my Urban Fantasy Gold Standard. In the story we are introduced to Felix Castor who is an exorcist. He doesn't recite any rites or preacher the word of good, instead he plays a recorder to remove bad spirits.
There are many concepts that are immediately familiar for any Urban Fantasy fan Werewolves, demons, and supernatural powers all move the story along with a hunger for more.
In the Devil You Know Mike Carey spins a wonderful mystery that we questioning until the very end. The events of this book bloom even further as the second book, Vicious Circle, builds on great characters.
This audiobook is the perfect storm of narrator meets protagonist meets plot. Michael Kramer IS Felix Castor. He hits all the right notes here. And the story-Mike Carey does a great job of genre-bending. I do not care for Jim Butcher and this series is in the same vein but the writing here makes all the difference to me. Not for the faint of heart; there is gore galore but the witty dialogue and interesting plot twists make this book well worth while. The entire series is highly recommended.
From the very beginning---a wonderful scene of a horrible boy's birthday party and Felix dressed weirdly---I was enthralled. I absolutely adore Michael Kramer's sardonic narration and Mike Carey's excellent, descriptive writing.
I'm so glad I found this book and even happier that there are more books about Fix!