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The Naming Of The Beasts

de Mike Carey

Séries: Felix Castor Series (5)

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They say the road to Hell is paved with good intentions, but if you ask Castor he'll tell you there's quite a bit of arrogance and reckless stupidity lining the streets as well. And he should know. There's only so many times you can play both sides against the middle and get away with it. Now, the inevitable moment of crisis has arrived and it's left Castor with blood on his hands. Well, not his hands, you understand; it's always someone else who pays the bill: friends, acquaintances, bystanders. So Castor drowns his guilt in cheap whisky, while an innocent woman lies dead and her daughter comatose, his few remaining friends fear for their lives and there's a demon loose on the streets. But not just any demon - this one rides shotgun on his best friend's soul and can't be expelled without killing him. Looks like Felix Castor's got some tough choices to make, because expel the demon he must or all Hell will break loose. Literally . . .… (mais)
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At the risk of sounding like a broken record, THIS volume is the strongest of the series.

In comparison with all the rest, writing gets progressively stronger, the plots less disjointed, the characters more sharp and the overarching story more defined.

And no, there's no real need to read them in the suggested order. In fact, I doubt anyone would really complain, knowing all the facts, if some random bloke like me said, "Skip the rest, just read the last one. You'll be kosher." Because you will be fine. All the story elements are there, and while the initial reach and problem entwining all these novels together is resolved in this one, we're not missing a thing from the other novels. Yay!

It really is the most solid of them all. Unfortunately, you can also tell. And then the series ends.

I can honestly say I love what happens in the novel, and while I'm not too huge on paramilitary operations, the action sequences were pretty damn good, the descriptions and rulesets to the magic and the beasties were much more well-defined than the previous novels, and Fix has finally been fixed. (The opening sequence notwithstanding.) :) But that was on purpose, so I'm not holding his drunk-ass accountable.

The most positive and interesting thing I can say about the series and Fix in particular is that he never gets too big for his britches. No unexplained power increases, no deux ex machinas. It revolves around solid mysteries that happen to have a lot of connections to the supernatural beasties now overwhelming the Earth for some reason. The normal bloke makes good, and the last novel doubly so, but I say this from a style viewpoint.

Of course, now that the series is ended, (as of this writing,) I'm sad to see it go and a bit angry that I won't get the chance to revisit it now that it HAS gotten good. If I were mean, I'd probably knock off a star for that, but I feel generous. I want to let the novel stand on its own. ( )
  bradleyhorner | Jun 1, 2020 |
What a great read! I was on the edge of my seat the entire time wondering how Fix was going to deal with Asmodeus, Juliet, and Jenna-Jane all at the same time. My only complaint was I would have liked the resolution to be fleshed out a little more, but otherwise a fantastic book. Can't wait for the next one! ( )
  jrg1316 | Jun 20, 2019 |
I had put off reading this book as there aren't anymore in the series and not knowing if anything was resolved, I decided to wait. Having said that, This book was added this in 2010 and six years later, there's still no more Felix. So as part of my resolution to clear older books off my tbr list, I went ahead and read it and I'm so glad I did.
This book was less dark and foreboding than the previous books, but not by much. Felix is his usual dour self interspersed with moments of inappropriate humour which is one of the reasons I love this series. The story does resolve satisfactorily and a little messily, despite it not being the 'official' end of the series, it does the job. ( )
  yas4735 | May 1, 2018 |
Not sure if this is intended as the conclusion to the Castor series.. but if it is -- then, well done! And if it isn't... all the better, because I would certainly read the next Mike Carey! As always, the characters are well done, the plot is clear enough, and the surprises are enjoyable and understandable (rather than the WTF surprises that some authors throw at you). ( )
  LaurieGienapp | Dec 8, 2017 |
This is the 5th (and currently the latest but hopefully not the last) instalment of the Felix Castor books and follows directly on from the previous book of the series. With the demon Asmodeus out in the world thanks to the Anathemata and in full control of Rafi's body, Fix manages to break his downward spiral from his latest bender in order to attend a crime scene consultation at the request of Gary Coldwood (his friend on the force). He quickly comes to the conclusion that the brutally slain woman is the result of Asmodeus' handiwork and will probably be just the first of many, a point that is hammered home on a chance encounter with said demon. As if these events weren't enough to have to deal with it seems that Juliet (the succubus demon) is having some control issues and her wife, Susan the mild-mannered librarian, is in fear for her life. Realising he's out of his depth Fix must do the unthinkable and choose between the Anathemata or Jenna-Jane Mulbridge for help. Both are willing but who's price will be too high to pay?

I know Mike Carey intends to return to this series at some point but in the meantime this is not a bad place to leave it for a while. There is at least a resolution to one of the main overarching plotlines in the story but there is still more to be told. It's an action packed tale weaving several threads around the main plot with Fix being the central character that drives them all. Most of the regular cast make at least a brief appearance and there's room for interesting developments to come on that score too. While this is a self-contained novel I really wouldn't recommend reading it as a stand-alone book. The characters rely on their back-story quite a bit and you would certainly miss out on that if you were to do so but as the preceding four novels are all very good then starting at the beginning wouldn't be a bad thing especially if you like your urban fantasy books to come with more than a hint of noirish overtones. Here's hoping that we don't have to wait too long for the next book to arrive. ( )
  AHS-Wolfy | Mar 25, 2016 |
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They say the road to Hell is paved with good intentions, but if you ask Castor he'll tell you there's quite a bit of arrogance and reckless stupidity lining the streets as well. And he should know. There's only so many times you can play both sides against the middle and get away with it. Now, the inevitable moment of crisis has arrived and it's left Castor with blood on his hands. Well, not his hands, you understand; it's always someone else who pays the bill: friends, acquaintances, bystanders. So Castor drowns his guilt in cheap whisky, while an innocent woman lies dead and her daughter comatose, his few remaining friends fear for their lives and there's a demon loose on the streets. But not just any demon - this one rides shotgun on his best friend's soul and can't be expelled without killing him. Looks like Felix Castor's got some tough choices to make, because expel the demon he must or all Hell will break loose. Literally . . .

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