Vicious Circle: A Felix Castor Novel, vol 2 Paperback – 5 Oct 2006
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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)
Felix Castor returns in this second instalment of this supernatural noir series from the bestselling author of THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS.See all Product Description
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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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MC Carey delivers again. Felix Castor trundles out once more into a case where not all is as it seems but he more than copes with odds that have far to many zeroes in them. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Simon
A few convenient remembrances just in time to save his hide, but I really quite enjoyed it.Published 6 months ago by Sadie Forsythe
Great series! It's like the Dresden Files but with exorcists.... or Dresden Files is like Felix Castor with wizards?! Just a great witty main character!Published 10 months ago by Jeffrey Miller
Still has sam kings of the Dresden files, but very good. Great twists, good plot & now starting number three!Published 17 months ago by Speed Merchant
Excellent - a follow on from other writers and a worthwhile author discoveredPublished 19 months ago by B baker
And worth more words than I can put here - If you liked the first one, then this is just as good, better in some ways.Published 23 months ago by T. Adshead