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Vicious Circle: A Felix Castor Novel, vol 2 Paperback – 5 Oct 2006

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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit; paperback / softback edition (5 Oct. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841494143
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841494142
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 3 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 123,212 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Simply brilliant novels . . . One of the best books series around right now (Forbidden Planet International)

You'll be up all night finishing this one (Richard Morgan)

Fast, fun and furious, worth it for the final joke alone (THE GUARDIAN)

Witty, deadpan and shudderingly noir . . . Carey drives this thriller like Chandler at the wheel of a runaway hearse (DAILY EXPRESS)

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Felix Castor returns in this second instalment of this supernatural noir series from the bestselling author of THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS.

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Mike Carey is more widely known as a comic book writer - and for exploring the area of the occult in the comics Lucifer and Hellblazer (both available from DC Comics) He also writes about superheroes. He's somehow found time to write a series of novels starting with The Devil You Know. Vicious Circle is the follow-up to that and takes us through another case of the exorcist Felix Castor.

Mike takes us to a London where the dead are no longer staying in the shadows. They are rising in great numbers and there is even an Act going through Parliament aimed at giving the dead legal status.

With this backdrop Castor takes on a request from the parents of a kidnapped girl. There is only one problem - she's dead and ghosts can't just be picked up and pocketed. Not that stops Castor taking on the case - the mystery and the grief of the parents persuades him - though the money may help too.

Mike does plot very well. The story is focused and well planned. The other thing he's good at is hiding the twists and turns until the several `d'oh' moments that occur. Everything moves along at a page-turning pace.

What is frustrating is the need to supply plot seems to leave Felix and the other characters getting less development time than they deserve, because Carey paints them so well you do want to spend more time with them. But as this is a first person tale there are perfectly good reasons why our focus can't shift to the secondary characters too much. The only way would be to have Felix in their presence but being with them too long might give stuff away before everything is fully set-up.

Instead, you get to see him out and about, ducking and diving, exploring the seedy world that attracts his services.
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Possibly even more gripping than his first book in the series, 'The Devil You Know', this story grabs you from chapter one and leaves you reading the last page in frustration that there isn't another 500! It continues the tale of the life and (numerous) trials of Felix Castor; a somewhat cynical if reformed exorcist. In this book he reluctantly accepts a seemingly 'straightforward' job to find the kidnapped ghost of a little girl, only to find it snowballing (or rather, fireballing) out of control and all hell breaking lose quiet literally. With satanists, demons, succubi and zombies (these latter two actually forming part of the 'good guys') you'll find yourself compulsively reading chapter after chapter until the small hours of the morning... Brilliantly entertaining, I only wish the third in the series was available to devour!
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Again the hero felix castor struts his stuff in Mike Carey's apocalyptic future where ghosts, zombies and were beasts walk the streets in daylight. Very similar in feel to Constantine and Hellblazer, perhaps a parallel universe version of Constantine.

It also has echoes of Chandler's hard bitten detective - used, abused and eventually sorting things out - ish.

I loved it - as good as "the devil you know".

But definitely a dystopian noir view of the world.

For me one of the best bits was the descriptions of parts of london I have been in - I used to live next to what Mike Carey calls the Stanger and it is pretty weird and obscure.

I used to wonder what went on there - medical staff hung around but it was not the usual nhs sort of place that advertised its business.
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The first book in this series, The Devil You Know, was OK.
This one is a step up.
A biggish step up.
It is starting to look as if Mike Carey might be the new Robert Faulcon.
I read his Nighthunter series every few years, when I want some light (i.e. dark) entertainment of the pulp horror variety.
I came to Felix Castor via The Girl With All The Gifts which is full-on ace.
Looking forward to more Felix now.
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Having worked my way through Jim Butcher's Harry Dresden series, I was on the look out for similar - I'm enjoying the ones I've read so far. It's good to have something set in the UK for a change. Castor is not so relentlessly one-liney (ok not word but you know what I mean) as Dresden but there is nevertheless a lot of humour. If you like the genre this is worth a spin.
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Felix Castor is the 'Eddie Shoestring' of exorcists, down on his luck, out of his depth, and with enough history to keep a team of analysts in business...

As usual, plots, sub-plots and divers complications tangle and interweave unto migraine...

As a lover of 'Hard' SciFi, I enjoyed the way his world was lovingly assembled, and the way apparent loose-ends were ingeniously back-stitched into the tale.

#2 arrived first, but I've just unpacked #1 & #3. In a month or two, I'll order the sequels...
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(Review for whole series) I read this on the back of the Dresden Files. Its a similar sort of thing, set in London, but written well enough to stand on its own. It can be at turns witty, funny and tragic with interesting plots and well developed characters. It generally feels quite gritty and at times even bleak and has enough original material to set it apart from other works one could imagine it was inspired by. An original and compelling work, well worth the read if you like this sort of thing and probably even if you don't.
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