But his friend, Rafi, is still possessed; the succubus Ajulutsikael (Juliet to her friends) still technically has a contract on him; and he's still dirt poor. Doing some consulting for the local constabulary helps pay the bills, but Castor needs a big, private job to really fill the hole in his overdraft.
That's what he needs. What he gets - good fortune and Castor not being on speaking terms - is a seemingly insignificant "missing ghost" case that inexorably drags him and his loved ones into the middle of a horrific plot to raise one of Hell's fiercest demons. When Satanists, sacrifice farms, stolen spirits, and possessed churches all appear on the same police report, the name of Felix Castor can't be too far behind.
©2006 Mike Carey; (P)2008 Tantor
"The well-developed main character appears more than capable of carrying a series for many books to come." (Publishers Weekly)
"Carey juggles characters and bits and pieces of plot like a man with a thousand arms, catching each word and positioning it in exactly the right place in this deftly crafted, can't-turn-the-page-fast-enough read." (Kirkus)
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.
Read the Devil You Know before this book. Mike Carey does a good job of introducing characters again however the backstory will make at least one revelation in this book so much better.
Vicious Circle broadens an already great universe. it also is probably the most action packed of any other Felix Castor book.
I'm halfway though this one, and it still doesn't seem like it's started yet. The plot moves very slow, characters and scenes almost seem too detailed. I can't get enough motivation to continue to listen. Michael Kramer's narration was wonderful.
I loved the first book in the series. I listened every minute that I got a chance. I can't get get up the gumption to finish this one.
I haven't found one yet.
No. However, I'm willing to try the third book.
Mike Carey is an excellent writer who has a great command of the English language. He is also a master of dry humor. I'm a writer also, but if I could copy any writer's style, it would be his. This story is all right, although I liked his book, The Devil You Know, even better. Michael Kramer is a wonderful narrator. I could listen to him all day.
I started this series because I had read that it was comparable to Jim Butchers' Dresden Files. The first book was a little off, as they usually are, but this one really started to put some interesting ideas together. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the series.
The narrator is a little bit droll, and his female voices need some work (
Jim Butcher: Dresden Files
I love the Felix Castor series, they are all amusing and twist you around til the end. Micheal Kramer is excellent for all the voices!! He makes the books come to life, Cannot wait for more in the Castor books!!! HURRY AND GET THEM,
This is a wonderful sequel and I'm SO glad there is a sequel! I loved every minute of the first book and every minute of this second one.
I am in the middle of the third book and I don't know what I'm going to do without the hopefully, next installment.
I read some of the other comments about Michael Kramer's narration and I think he's one of the best. I adored his dry, witty delivery and thought his different characters' voices were, as they say, spot on.
Please, please Mike Carey, please write another Felix Castor book!
Again, Audible has knowingly left broken files up for a audiobook--so I download and start listening, just to have it die on me partway through the book. We know this is a known issue for this book, as another reviewer has had the same problem and noted it. I foolishly assumed audible would have fixed it by now, but they have not. Don't buy and download in "enhanced" format until they give some notice it is fixed.
So, my review here is for Audible's customer service on this issue. I'm downloading another format, other than "enhanced," which seems like it may not have the same issue.
Audible needs to get a handle on this issue because it is a frustrating and unacceptable. Last time it happened to me, they admitted they left known corrupted files up for download (for apparently long time periods, at least weeks) with no warning for customers.
Huntress of Dirty Socks
Michael Kramer is an excellent narrator, but his voice is miscast in this book.
As another reviewer has noted, a good Cockney accent would've been perfect, especially if it was younger.
Otherwise the story is reasonably good.
Reminiscent of _A Dirty Job_ , picture Buffy the Vampire Slayer meets Lethal Weapon then give it a british accent. While I hate when an author will tell a story that is based on reality then throw in some supernatural junk at the end becasue there is no other way to wrap it up- that's not what this is. In the first couple minutes of the book the author illustrates this alternate reality (it is fiction, afterall) where zombies and ghosts and demons DO exist and interact regularly with people. Then you're off and running through a very clever entertaining well paced book. Part creature feature, part action adventure, part comedy, I liked the story tremendously. So why only 3 stars you ask?
Its a great book, very witty, but I would have enjoyed it 1,000% more had it been done by a yank! I'm from NY, and I should have read it to enjoy it fully, for me the accent kills it. The accent take the edge off of what would otherwise be sharp humor- Picture Thurston Howell III making wise cracks. Throw in a bunch of coloquialisms that don't mean anything to me and it drives me nuts... becasue I am sure they are funny... I'm just not in on the joke. The narrator does a good job, and based on the language used and locations in the book, an accent was mandatory- the charater IS certainly English, but you could have gone at least a little cockney!
If you are like me and equate the accent with formal dinners instead of take out with friends (this main character is a take-out kinda guy) some of the very sharp humor looses its edge. Its not the book, its me. I hope this review is helpful to someone out there- I intend to buy the book so I can hear the witty quips in whatever voice my imagination would give the charaters.
I was not impressed with this sequel. I thought the narration was comprised of too many of cliches and pointless information. The protagonist was more often than not a hapless, yet very lucky idiot. I began to become very indifferent to his plight. Kramer does a wonderful job with the "Wheel of Time" series, but is awful with this one. Perhaps a narrator who can do a passable British accent?? This book was not enough to leave me longing for Book III, even with the obvious cliffhangers.
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