The Devil You Know (A Felix Castor Novel)- Mike Carey

 

The Devil You Know- Mike Carey
The Devil You Know- Mike Carey

Mike Carey is an acclaimed British writer who’s worked on comics like Lucifer, Hellblazer, X-Men, Crossing Midnight and The Unwritten. His debut novel, The Devil You Know centers around Felix Fix Castor, your modern-day exorcist who has to banish the occasional spirit, ghost or demon to pay his bills.

The novel begins with Castor pondering over his ill chosen career and trying to give it up. While trying to make ends meet, he takes up a seemingly simple exorcism in a museum at the heart of London. To his surprise and deflated ego, the blood-veiled specter seems reluctant to respond to tactics that would have ensured Castor a good quick fee. Castor probes deeper and finds himself making some more enemies which includes a rapacious succubus. How Castor manages to save himself from the dead, while not pissing them off too much makes for an immensely exciting read.

This is not your typical brooding horror book, thanks to our hero Felix Castor who can’t himself from blurting out wisecracks while facing his many nemeses. He’s your anti-hero in a hero, one who knows he’s a mean bastard and seems to enjoy it. But he’s also your savior of souls and you will like him and girls reading this will definitely find him very, very attractive.

Mike Carey brings the elements of horror and detective thrillers and combines them effortlessly to give us a supernatural adventure that gives the chills and tickles the funny bone too.

You can also read the review here.

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Review: A Quiver Full of Arrows

A Quiver Full of Arrows- Jeffrey Archer
A Quiver Full of Arrows- Jeffrey Archer

Acclaimed author of Kane & Abel, The Prodigal Daughter and As the Crow Flies among others, Archer brings us A Quiver Full of Arrows- a motley collection of twelve stories that take the reader from London to China, from New York to Nigeria meeting bickering lovers, old fools and driven men and women.

Be it the story of The Chinese Statue which was lost in a gamble by Sir Alexandar or the incident with Septimus Horatio Cornwallis, who accuses a fellow passenger of stealing his possessions; each story ends up so unexpectedly, one has to revisit the pages to gather our wits about.

My most favorite piece in the book, the reason why I lament the loss of the book so badly to date, is a story called Old Love. It’s about William Hatchard and Phillipa, two English Literature undergraduates who are the best in their class and bitter rivals. Their rivalry reaches its peak when they both decide to compete in the Charles Oldham Prize. Phillipa’s father dies suddenly and William, without realizing why, decides to drive her up for the funeral and stays by her side for support.

What follows make it one of the most moving stories told in the book. I’ll not say that I never cry when I read certain books, but this story certainly makes a record of some sort.

Archer brings his masterful writing and admirable storytelling skills to each piece, forming tightly composed jigsaws, creating kaleidoscopes of personalities and places.

You can find the complete review here.

Review: The Undomestic Goddess

The Undomestic Goddess- Sophie Kinsella
The Undomestic Goddess- Sophie Kinsella

Star author of Confessions of a Shopaholic returns to her domain of chick-lit with this standalone offering in the form of a comedy of errors and life’s many frivolous swings.

Samantha Sweeting, a 29 year old workaholic, slaving away her life to become a partner at the prestigious law firm Carter Pink realizes to her horror that she has made a mistake as giant as the London Eye and in a state of disarray and delusion flees the city. She lands up at the doorstep of the Geigers who mistake her for a housekeeper they had been looking for and take her in. Completely lost and almost out of her mind, Samantha takes up the job in order to find a place to crash for a night.

People who like the genre and are fans of the Shopaholic series will welcome this with welcome warms and even applaud for the somewhat gutsy and smart Samantha Sweeting.

The complete review can be found here.