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Vicious Circle [Format Kindle]

Mike Carey

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Castor has reluctantly returned to exorcism after the case of the Bonnington Archive ghost convinced him that he really can do some good with his abilities ('good', of course, being a relative term when dealing with the undead). 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 - let's not beat around the bush - 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 himself and his loved ones into the middle of a horrific plot to raise one of Hell's fiercest demons.

And 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 . . .

Biographie de l'auteur

MIKE CAREY got into writing through comic books, where his horror/fantasy series Lucifer garnered numerous international awards and was nominated for five Eisners. From there he moved into novels and screenplays, while still maintaining a presence in the comics world (he is currently writing two of Marvel's flagship titles, X-Men and Ultimate Fantastic Four). His movie Frost Flowers, an erotic ghost story, is currently in production with Hadaly/Bluestar Pictures. He lives in London, England, about as far as you can get from the centre of the city and still have access to the London Underground train network. His wife, Linda, writes fantasy for young readers under the pseudonym A.J.Lake. They have three children and an implausibly beautiful cat.

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  • Editeur : Orbit (4 septembre 2008)
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  • ISBN-10: 1841494143
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Felix Castor is an interesting and strong character 16 juillet 2008
Par Armchair Interviews - Publié sur
Felix Castor is back in Vicious Circle. Once again the exorcist for hire is working in a London where the dead walk among the living. While politicians are trying to decide on what rights the dead should have, Felix is trying to change the focus of his life. After the experiences detailed in the first book, The Devil You Know, the exorcist for hire is no longer so sure that what he is doing is the right thing.

So when a couple asks him to rescue the kidnapped ghost of their child, he is unable to resist the challenge. Yet as always, appearances are deceiving. Felix soon finds himself in deep water as he chases the exorcist who abducted the ghost. He in turn, is being tailed by a pair of weres that begrudgingly obey their orders to leave him alive-for now. Throw in murders, riots and a haunted church, and Felix learns that he may be the only thing standing between the world and the apocalypse.

Mike Carey has taken the complex world he introduced us to in the first Felix Castor novel and expanded its borders. None of the characters are simple. Each person struggles with the burdens that have been dropped on them. Whether it is a succubus trying to fit into human society or the leader of an ex-communicated secret order, Carey fleshes them out and makes them real. Along the way he drops hints about ethics and responsibility, leaving us to wonder who the real monsters are.

Vicious Circle is a terrific book. It will stand comfortably on it own, but is also a rock-solid follow up to the first Felix Castor novel.

Armchair Interviews says: Count on Felix Castor to fill in a good story.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A wonderfully entertaining, fantasy thriller a la noir! 13 juillet 2009
Par Jana L. Perskie - Publié sur
"Vicious Circle" is a wonderfully entertaining, fantasy thriller a la noir. The novel abounds with otherworldly creatures - demons, ghosts, zombies, a succubus, lycanthropes, (loup-garous). and one of the Devil's highest ranking minions. What makes the novel really unique, however, is the humor. Felix, ("Fix"), Castor is one of the wittiest protagonists I have come across in a long while. And many of Mike Carey's other characters are real originals. Some of the dialogue made me laugh out loud while shaking in my proverbial boots.

Castor is a hard-boiled but very sympathetic freelance exorcist/ghostbuster. London is his stomping ground. His business card reads "F. Castor Eradications." Fix, as his friends call him, is down on his luck and owes his landlady back rent - nothing unusual about this. Close friend, and former landlady, PEN, aka Pamela Elisa Bruckner, lives in a three story inverted penthouse - the penthouse is underground - and the monstrosity of a house has been in her family for eons, literally. She is a Wiccan Priestess and has been Castor's buddy since college days.

The primary tool Castor uses in his trade is a whistle, a Clarke original, Key of D, ("the saddest chord"). He plays music on his tin whistle to bind and banish spirits. And naturally, he takes it everywhere. The whistle is for him what a gun is for a cop. Since the Millennium, which brought a great upsurge in supernatural activity, he has had to use his whistle and all his other exorcising accoutrements frequently

Felix accidentally wove a master demon, Asmodeus, into his friend Rafi's soul about a year ago. Rafi and his demon now reside in a facility for the violent criminally insane. And all hell breaks lose, literally, when Asmodeus takes over Rafi's mind and acts out. At the top of Felix's "to do" list is to exorcise this powerful demon and set his friend free before he is transferred to a "bottom of the line" facility. This is not an easy task, as magical textbooks put Asmodeus at the top of the "infernal pecking order," and he is burning Rafi up from the inside out!

Felix's priorities multiply when he is contacted by the parents of a missing girl. They hire him to find their daughter. There's one catch - their daughter, Abbie, is a ghost. Abbie drowned on a school trip last summer, and about three months later she "came back home," to her parents delight. If they cannot have their daughter back in the flesh, they'll take the spirit rather than lose her altogether. A few days before, a disreputable exorcist named Dennis Peace took Abbie's ghost, binding her to him, and claiming to be her real father. Abbie's parents believe that only a strong exorcist like "Fix" can go up against Peace and recover their daughter's ghost.

Eventually, Felix gets a fix on Peace, but two loup garous show up with an equal interest in the exorcist kidnapper. They bludgeon Felix and do all kinds of other nasty things to him to get him to talk, but he doesn't have the information they want. So, he is left in really bad shape - barely alive. And the case of the missing ghost becomes more complex - all kinds of twists & turns, and lots more action and violence.

Meanwhile, Felix's friend, Ajulutsikae, a powerful succubus, is trying her hand at exorcism - one can never have too many skills. Felix is allowed to call the sexual incubus "Juliet," and she keeps her powers in check for him. Although she does drive him crazy with lust, he is able to control himself when in her company. Juliet is investigating a haunted church. Another one of Hell's minions has woven itself into the fabric of the church. Resolving this dilemma and saving the congregation proves to be too complex a task for Juliet's novice capabilities - so she calls upon Felix for help. One could say his whistle is being put to good use.

This is no predictable paranormal mystery. The mystery(s) is extremely difficult to solve and the villains are almost too powerful to defeat. A sinister, shadowy air permeates the novel. Carey's exotic characters, the human and not so human, are wonderfully conceived and at times outrageous. Carey's descriptions are very creative and often funny - which provide a break from all the heavy stuff. However, too much extraneous information and way too much graphic violence kept me from rating "Vicious Circle" 5 Stars. The book needs a bit more editing and toning down.

"Vicious Circle" is the second in the Felix Castor series. Although this series is Mike Carey's first foray into fiction, he is a highly successful comic book writer who created the critically acclaimed Vertigo series Lucifer, which garnered numerous international awards and was nominated for five Eisners. I can't wait to read book 3, "Dead Men's Boots.
Jana Perskie

Vicious Circle
The Devil You Know
Dead Men's Boots
Thicker Than Water: A Felix Castor Novel (Felix Castor Novel 4)
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Further adventures of Felix 20 novembre 2007
Par M. J. Gray - Publié sur
Felix Castor returns in a dark sequel to The Devil You Know. This time he is trying to contact the ghost of a girl on her parent's behalf, and disentangle his friend Rafi from a rather nasty demon, and pay his rent, and cope with a succubus who wants to be his sidekick. This is edgy, intelligent writing. In spite of, or perhaps because of(like Neil Gaiman), his background in graphic novels, the Felix Castor novelss are not an easy read. I loved it and hope the third one comes out soon.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Breakout Novel 19 janvier 2013
Par Gully Gosseyn - Publié sur
Carey's first novel about Felix Castor, The Devil You Know, was very good--this one is terrific. Castor, or "Fix" to his friends, lives in an alternate London in which ghosts and other supernaturals wander around, and exorcists like him try to get rid of them. Except that Fix has been wondering what exactly happens to them when they're exorcised, and has been going through all kinds of guilt trips about the ghosts he's expunged, beginning with his own sister. He even junks the sign hanging outside his office which had read "F. Castor Eradications," and replaces it with one that reads "Felix Castor Spiritual Services." This is a hero who becomes more interesting, sympathetic and likeable with each page.

In The Devil You Know, which was basically a murder mystery with human traffickers thrown in, Fix was hired to exorcise a ghost who was hanging around an Archives and scaring the archivists there. With the help of a few friends, including his Platonic girl friend Pen, a Wiccan priestess--Nicky, a hermit-like zombie super hacker--and Rafi, his and Pen's best friend who was semi-possessed by the demon Asmodeus, he overcame a Succubus sent to kill him, bested a competitor exorcist, a pimp/white slaver and a loup garou (sort of a werewolf) and saved the day. In Vicious Circle, the Succubus is now his apprentice, Rafi's demon is threatening all of London, and Loup Garou's are working for the Catholic Church. Moreover, in Vicious Circle the plot has thickened, the cast of characters has expanded, his friends have become even interesting and fleshed-out, and the fate of the entire world is at stake!

This time Castor has been hired to help two heartbroken parents find the ghost of their dead daughter. Except she might not be dead; the parents might not be alive; she might not be their daughter; and so on. Mysteries abound, and as Fix puzzles them out, he discovers more is at stake than this little family matter. A secret warrior order of the Catholic Church is involved. The police are beginning to suspect that Fix himself might have killed the daughter. A powerful cult of Satanists might have invoked a terrible demon who has unleashed a wave of evil that has resulted in record numbers of murders throughout London. Something really weird is going on with his friend Rafi's demon, and lots of people, including a hoodlum he has fingered to the cops, and another exorcist who has some connection to the missing daughter, are trying to make Fix a ghost himself.

Meanwhile, without slowing the roller coaster down, Carey throws in lots of extra delights. Like The Devil you Know, this book is full of campy references and allusions: jazz figures like Buddy Bolden and Micah Hinson, rockers like Steppenwolf, Roxy Music and Leonard Cohen, movies like Unforgiven and Scent of a Women, and even the Colonel Bogey march. This is a lot of fun. Plus Carey has a great sense of humor, which he displays without getting cute. For example, one character notes that Castor is in a bad mood. Another asks, "how can you tell." The answer: "He's awake." In another scene, Castor is being chased by a particularly large loup garou, and observes "he was big enough to be covered by building regulations."

I mentioned before how the hero is changing; so is the world he's living in. Carey spends a lot of time explaining how exorcists work; some, like Fix use music; others percussion; others playing cards or the Bible. His zombies are dead people pretty much trying just to pass, and go to great lengths to keep themselves together, since they have no immune systems and can't heal, and are therefore particularly subject to damage. Various kinds of demonic possession are described, and a history of ghost sightings is provided. He creates a ghost exorcist subculture complete with their own legends, taverns and flophouses (on a yacht, no less.) He tells us that loup garou's like to put their saliva on their weapons, so that when they stick you the pheremones in the saliva enable them to track you like a dog. He even has an evil lady mad scientist that has developed a whole new science on supernatural creatures called "metamorphic ontology." This is really good stuff, but it never slows things down.

There's a lot to love about this book, but the best thing is the action. The finale is a humdinger, involving demons, satanists, cops, Catholic warrior were beasts, exploding old movies and much more. And even after the climax, there's a beautiful scene (featuring ghost children) that will bring you to tears. This is some book.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 like Sour Cream and Chive Kettle Chips for the creamy-sour duality of Felix on solid crunch of a well-developed alternate London 6 janvier 2013
Par kbirdlincoln - Publié sur
4.5 stars, actually.

Are you a fan of Harry Dresden and Kevin Hearne's Atticus Series? Ready for some thoughtful Urban Fantasy with a wise-cracking protagonist across the pond? You may have already run into Ben Aaronovitch's Peter Grant (if not, I highly recommend the series starting with Midnight Riot).

If you've gone through all of those and want more, pick up Mike Carey's Castor Felix series (starting with The Devil You Know.) Trust me, you'll like it.

Vicious Circle is the second in this series about an tin-whistle playing exorcist in a London where the dead are starting to come back in record numbers. There are ghosts, reanimated bodies, and spirits who take over animal bodies (loup-garou).

Castor Felix is no knight in shining armor, he's mostly on the path of least resistance, just looking to make enough money to survive. But he made a big mistake with an exorcism involving a friend, and he is loyal. In this second book, "Fix" is called in because his friend Rafi has a terrible episode (he's posessed by a demon) and then grieving parents ask him to find their dead daughter's ghost.

Only the parents aren't exactly telling the truth, and it's possible Rafi and his rider are mixed up in all of it. Throw in some rogue Catholic ghost-hunters and their pet loup-garou going after anyone slightly mixed up in the mystery, and you've got one action-packed tale.

Vicious Circle develops more between Fix and the succubus who tried to eat him in the prior book, as well as his complicated relationship with Rafi and his friend Pen. Investigating the central mystery also gives us more of the history behind how exorcists developed in this alternate London world, as well as giving us dark hints about possible future conflict. Felix is more self-serving than Dresden, and less of a do-gooder than Atticus. He wise-cracks even when it means an extra fist to the face, and although he mostly tries to avoid friendships, the ones he has he is extremely loyal to.

Definitely worth your time if you're a fan of male-protagonist, magic-wielding Urban Fantasy.

This Book's Snack Rating: Sour Cream and Chive Kettle Chips for the creamy-sour duality of Felix's character on a solid crunch of a well-developed alternate London
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