Old ghosts of different kinds come back to haunt Felix, in the fourth gripping Felix Castor novel. Names and faces he thought he'd left behind in Liverpool resurface in London, bringing Castor far more trouble than he'd anticipated. Childhood memories, family traumas, sins old and new, and a council estate that was meant to be a modern utopia until it turned into something like hell...these are just some of the sticks life uses to beat Felix Castor with as things go from bad to worse for London's favourite freelance exorcist.
See, Castor's stepped over the line this time, and he knows he'll have to pay; the only question is, how much? Not the best of times, then, for an unwelcome confrontation with his holier-than-thou brother, Matthew. And just when he thinks things can't possibly get any worse, along comes Father Gwillam and the Anathemata. Oh joy....
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Audio books make a long run feel way too short and can turn twenty minutes of yard work into an all day project.
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.
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.
It's impossible to explain what makes this book awesome without spoiling it for you, but I can be general.
1) Felix Castor is an entertaining fellow.
2) The universe he lives is interesting and well-developed.
3) There is something very, very, wrong with Mike Carey that causes him to think up stuff like this. I'm just saying. This is a knife-twister.
I just had to write a review in response to the many negative ones I see regarding Damian Lynch's narration. I have enjoyed these novels since number one. Although I like Michael Kramer's narration, I never quite bought him as Fix. Something was missing but the stories still sucked me in. Knowing Damian Lynch from my favorite new 'Shadow Police' series, I was excited to see what he brought. I LOVE it! He does an excellent job and I'm downloading the next book asap. I know it usually sucks when the narrator changes mid series but give him a chance and you won't be sorry.
Good story, although the 'twist' isn't that surprising. The narration is better than in the previous books, in my opinion. Where Kramer almost sounds bored and has a tendency to drone, Lynch is intense and alive. His Liverpool accent is way more believable. Where Kramer makes Castor drily sarcastic and even a bit aloof, Lynch makes him witty and way more relatable. I don't know why people are giving Lynch so much flak, it took me about 10 minutes to get used to the new narration and after that he was Castor to me.
Long haul Expeditor that loves listening to books and make the miles fly by.
Put back the original narrator this guy is a total bore
This guys sucks as he downplays the characters too much. When your used to a deep sexy voice from Juliet (like Michael Cramer gave her) and go to a prissy tinny voice, like this guy does, it ruins the succubus character. I hate it when they switch narrators and they butcher the characters. When we they learn that switching narrators in a series is a bad idea??
What a gem this series is! Hooked as I was by the first book, this fourth installment has completely addicted me!
Just a note about the change of narrator: at first I was disappointed when hearing Damian Lynch as Felix, but as I listened, his narration totally grew on me and very soon I enjoyed his version. It will be very interesting to hear the difference with the next book.
The author beautifully defines the characters, giving us an enthralling scene of Felix's childhood and the memories of his life. Well defined and beautifully written, the plot moved at a good pace without sacrificing insights into characters.
Definitely a cut above most paranormal series and Felix Castor is irresistible.
What a cliffhanger of an ending!
I like scifi and urban fantasy. I don't like romance novels. If you are the same my reviews should help.
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.
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.
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