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Throwback Thursday (5) July 26, 2012

Posted by thehypermonkey in Book talk.
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Throwback Thursday is a weekly meme hosted by The Housework Can Wait and Never Too Fond of Books.

It’s the nature of book blogging to focus mainly on new releases, but there are thousands of great books out there that haven’t seen the “New Releases” shelf in years. We hope to be able to bring attention to some older titles that may not be at the top of the current bestseller list, but still deserve a spot in your To-Be-Read pile.

You don’t have to be a book blogger to participate! You can put up a Throwback Thursday post on your non-bookish blog; or if you don’t have a blog at all, just use the comments to tell us about a book you remember fondly.

Here’s how it works:
1. Pick any book released more than 5 years ago. Adult, YA, Children’s; doesn’t matter. Any great book will do.
2. Write up a short summary of the book (include the title, author, and cover art) and an explanation of why you love it. Make sure to link back to The Housework Can Wait and Never Too Fond of Books in your post.
3. Link up your post at The Housework Can Wait or Never Too Fond of Books.
4. Visit as many blogs as you can, reminisce about books you loved, and discover some “new” books for your TBR list!

Title: The Devil You Know

Author: Mike Carey

Publication Date: July 10, 2007

From Goodreads: Felix Castor is a freelance exorcist, and London is his stamping ground. It may seem like a good ghost buster can charge what he likes and enjoy a hell of a lifestyle–but there’s a risk: Sooner or later he’s going to take on a spirit that’s too strong for him. While trying to back out of this ill-conceived career, Castor accepts a seemingly simple ghost-hunting case at a museum in the shadowy heart of London – just to pay the bills, you understand. But what should have been a perfectly straightforward exorcism is rapidly turning into the Who Can Kill Castor First Show, with demons and ghosts all keen to claim the big prize. That’s OK: Castor knows how to deal with the dead. It’s the living who piss him off…

I can’t remember how I found this series but am I glad I did. It has shades of Jim Butcher in it without being a total rip-off. It’s got style, it’s got punch. It’s got fantastic plotlines. I love everything about this series!

Felix Castor is a complex, multi-layered character that is both tortured and driven with an unwavering moral compass that would do Superman proud. At the same time he’s still human with flaws which means he does make decisions which means he finds himself inside the gray area.

I’ve read the first two or three books of the series. I plan on reading the rest very shortly. I’m really looking forward to it!



1. Lee - July 26, 2012

The owner of Borderlands Books listed this as one of his top five most underrated urban fantasies. It sounds so good. I’ve got to read it.

akamaireader - July 26, 2012

Yes you do. Read it. 😉

2. Katherine Nabity - July 26, 2012

This sounds good! And…available from my local digital public library! My TBR pile may be virtual, but it is tall. 😉

3. Lauren@The Housework Can Wait - July 28, 2012

I’m not a big ghost story person (which is weird, considering everything else I read, but I’ve never claimed to not be weird), but it’s always fun when you stumble across a really great series. Great pick!

My Throwback

akamaireader - July 28, 2012

Actually I’m not a big ghost story person either, but this series just grabbed me.

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