For real it took me a month to read this book Well, it s mostly my fault I ve been slapped with a pretty severe reading slump, and that had nothing to do with this.
That said, my rounded down rating does reflect some on that situation While this book didn t cause my reading slump, it didn t really help me pull out of it The story was excellent, and on par with the first book in the series I really enjoyed the plot and the characters, and everything tied together nicely.
For me it was the pacing that was an issue It wasn t enough to be a deal breaker, but it did get in the way of my enjoyment It seems that whenever the action really started to heat up, Carey has this habit of describe describe describe that completely takes me out of the sequence If you h Something very bad is happening in London, and the rising of the dead is only the start of it The ghost of a child has been stolen from her parents home A man ridden by a demon has become evendisturbingly violent A local church seems to have been invaded by a dark presence Ordinary Londoners have suddenly succumbed to bouts of horrific violence.
The end is nigh and the demons have come out to play.
It isn t long before Felix Castor is right in the middle of the game.
Carey s books make for fantastic urban fantasy pulp strong plots, vivid action, and an engaging narrator But while this series may be hardboiled urban fantasy, but I would not necessarily recommend it to Dresden Files fans Castor s world is significantly darker than the Dresdenverse The second instalment in this series really picks up the pace It s a little bit of a kitchen sink plot at first but when it comes together, it does so in a fascinating way Felix has to make some very hard decisions I m curious to see how the repercussions play out.
I found this paranormal noir to be thoroughly engrossing and creepy It was dark and I can t see how Pen will ever forgive him for what he s done Carey manages to make exorcism quite fascinating, although I m also sure it really isn t
I did think there was improvement on the pacing of the book, but there was a point mid book where it bogged and I started to skim My trouble with Fix s emotional state continues He often realizes he could cooperate or play along, but obstinately decides not to even when it s usually to his detriment Often, he antagonizes a source, which makes getting informationdifficult, and in this book, he goes so far as to antagonize the police I still don t understand why the zombie Nikki has anything to do with Fix at all, as they mostly seem to fight, and I don t mean in a jocular, kidding way The most compassion he show is for Abbie, the missing girl, I ended up enjoying this onethan I remembered This was my first time listening to the audio, and that I wasn t crazy about The narrator s voice was way too cultured for such a disreputable character, and if memory serves, Felix is from Liverpool If my memory of watching too many Beatles movies serves, this was most definitely not a Liverpudlian accent I missed my Fix He s a lotshady.
Of The Girl With All The Gifts Mike Carey Presents The Second Book In His Hip Supernatural Thriller Series Featuring Freelance Exorcist Felix CastorFelix Castor Has Reluctantly Returned To Exorcism After A Successful Case Convinces Him That He Really Can Do Some Good With His Abilities Good, Of Course, Being A Relative Term When Dealing With The Undead His Friend Rafi Is Still Possessed, The Succubus Ajulutsikael Juliet To Her Friends Still Technically Has A Ô read Æ Vicious Circle by Mike Carey Ê Contract On Him, And He S Still Dirt PoorDoing Some Consulting For The Local Cops Helps Pay The Bills, But Castor Needs A Big Private Job To Really Fill The Hole In His Bank Account That S What He Needs What He Gets 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 DemonsWhen Satanists, Stolen Spirits, Sacrifice Farms, And Haunted Churches All Appear On The Same Police Report, The Name Felix Castor Can T Be Too Far Behind The Felix Castor Novels The Devil You Know Vicious Circle Dead Men S Boots Thicker Than Water The Naming Of The BeastsBy The Same Author, Writing As M R Carey The Girl With All The GiftsFellsideThe Boy On The Bridge Book two in the Felix Castor series another 3.
5 stars These stories are a lot of fun I m noticing that each time I think the story is tying up, I look at Audible and see there are several hours left Carey can weave a story and keep you guessingfor the most part Some aspects of the story are predictable, while others creep up on you and surprise you Plenty of ghosts and werewolves and various other undead, big helpings of mindless violence, and a few good doses of stark beauty Bring on book three I really like the the blend of mystery noir and paranormal occult in the Felix Fix Castor series The mystery element is the real meat of the story, not just a sub plot to carry the paranormal elements along In some ways Felix reminds of my favorite P.
I Jack Taylor who is the lead in a series by Ken Bruen Although his backstory is a lot less tragic than Jack s, Felix regularly gets his ass kicked and somehow manages to get himself strapped up with enough banadages, booze, prescription drugs to get back on the case.
In this story, Fix is hired by a couple looking to get their kidnapped daughter back The twist to this missing person s case not giving anything away is that the missing girl is already dead It s her ghost that was kidnapped What ensues is a story that is quite interesting This was good 3 1 2 but I won t bump it up because there were just too many histories and descriptive sides that took me out of the story and I had to think, what does this have to do with the whole In the first book, I let this go and thought of it a world building but he seemed to haveof it in this second book More drift points, where you want to put down the book as the plot line has gone off on a tangent and you just don t want to have to wade through the history again, or laws of the magic, or his abilities mistakes So the book is a bit longer but feels a lot longer this time to me It took me 5 days to get through a book that should take 1 or 2.
So now I have to question whether I want to go on in the series I like Felix and company for the most part but find that the stories are a little dark view spoiler The 1st deals wi