I've been a fan of fantasy and science fiction since childhhood. I kind burned out on sci-fi and now stick mainly to fantasy.
Yes, this is a great book in a great series.
Learning more about the main characters past. Also I love the Anathemata.
The childhood scene where Felix almost got himself killed.
An all around good book.
Two great passions - dogs and books! Sci-fi/fantasy novels are my go-to favorites, but I love good writing across all genres.
I don't often do reviews for sequels in a series because I think most people have already decided if they want the next book in line (especially when you get to book 4, right?) and don't look at the reviews, but occasionally something inspires a comment. In the case of Thicker than Water that something is the narrator change. First and foremost, I would say I totally agree with most other reviewers that the change is jarring and I don't appreciate the fact that audio production companies do this. In this case, where you have a first person narrative, the narrator is not just reading the book, he assumes and projects the whole personae of that POV character. In reading the first three books, Michael Kramer "became" Felix Castor for audio consumers. It is difficult to transition to Damian Lynch because he has a very different take on the character.
That said, I also want to say that the next two books are worth the effort to make the transition if you don't want or have time to read them. This fourth book in the series is more vulgar in tone (and I mean that in several senses of the word) than the previous 3. I didn't like the cruder language a lot, but it is fitting for the plot that is set primarily in the bleaker levels of society. In addition, Damian Lynch, who uses a lower class English accent than Michael Kramer, may be more appropriate for this Felix Castor who is forced to go back to his Liverpool roots to resolve the crisis at the heart of the plot.
This was not my favorite in the whole Felix Castor series, but this fourth book is a great setup for the fifth (and so far, final) book of the series which is fantastic. It's so unfair to make us switch horses midstream, but for me, the last two books made the effort worthwhile.
Mike Carey offers the best language of this genre. He has a strong vocabulary and clearly chooses his expressions with care, as well as offering a compelling story.
Felix Castor can be a jerk, but I like his loyaly to his friends and his willingness to take his licks when he has to. Carey has done a great job of moving on to Castor's present challenge and leaving the next one in place.
Damian Lynch would be hard to replace with either a book or a movie. His voice is the voice of Castor. I would be sad to hear it replaced.
I laugh out loud during all of Carey's books, but also appreciate the quiet, intense moments that are offered.
Please keep up the good work.
The story seemed darker not sure how much was the new reader or the story line. None of the Felix books could be called cheerful. Felix just seemed a little too off, a little too depressed in this one. But as usual it was a good story and I'm glad I got it. But be warned be prepared to get The Naming of the Beasts if your going to get this one, Unlike his other books that pretty much wrapped things up this one ends on a cliff hanger.
I enjoyed the STORY in this book as much as I did the first two. The characters remain true and I like the additional time given to several new characters. I wish I was more familiar with the business of audio books so I could understand why those in charge of the Felix Castor brand chose to change narrators. Every review comments on it for a reason and mine is no exception. If you have read the first two and start with this one as the first in a series to listen to you will enjoy it. If, like me, you grew to like the characters as they were portrayed in the first two versions of the book it will be a bit of a disappointment.
I am an entertainer...so I spend a lot of time on the road. I take my audio seriously. I appreciate great writing and outstanding narration.
I really enjoyed the first three books in this series.They remind me of Jim Butcher's Dresden novels if they were set in England. I bought books 4 and 5 the instant I saw them.
Perhaps I wasn't in the same place...but I found this one a little harder to get into. It starts with a puzzle and, of course, trouble for Felix. But there's a "who cares?" quality to the opening few chapters that simply didn't work for me.
Eventually Carey pulls you in with wonderful characters and a plot that just steams along. But I have to admit that, while this is certainly listenable, it seemed downright goofy in some places with the characters doing unexpected things and a villain that just gloats endlessly in a manner better suited to comic books than a series with the literary bar set so high.
I enjoyed it. And I was glad to hang out with these fascinating people again. It just felt a little...hollow, I guess when compared to the first three books.
Still -- one of the best uses for a credit on Audible if you're into that whole urban fantasy thing.
Much was said about the new narrator...but he's fine. It's the book that needed a shade more passion.
Mike Carey's Felix Castor novels are just the right balance of light entertainment, obscure literary references and enough plot twists to delight any fan of urban noir fantasy. As with most of my library (and like many Audible listeners), I read the series on Kindle but turn to Audible for the layer of performance offered by a good narrator.
Kudos to the producers for switching to Damian Lynch. Don't get me wrong, Michael Kramer is a consummate professional with a great voice, but he's too mature for the part of Felix Castor. By contrast, Damian Lynch brings the listener closer to Felix Castor because Lynch's depiction sketches Castor's youth and frequent lack of wisdom.
Thicker Than Water takes us deeper into the personalities and interactions of several of the series' characters. I particularly enjoyed learning more about Castor's early history and family, glimpses into Juliet's origins, and the bittersweet snapshots of Sgt. Gary Coldwood's home life and ambitions.