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ecksmanfan reviews Mike Carey's "The Devil You Know"

Mike Carey, mostly known for his graphic novel writing, delves into the world of novels. Take a leap to see how he fares.
First off, let me say that I am thrilled to be able to write book review! I've been so tempted to write a review over on CBM, but I didn't know how it'd be received! So glad to have a vessel to post this through!

Mike Carey has been writing graphic novels for some time now, working on some of Marvel's most sought after franchises, such as X-Men and Fantastic Four. He has also done work on the "Hellblazer" series as well as "Lucifer."


With "The Devil You Know," Mike Carey ventures out into the world of novels and it's quite the adventure. Carrying over the darker themes, "The Devil You Know" follows the character of Felix Castor, who is a ghost hunter of sorts, but is not afraid to tackle larger and darker things. When a museum and artifact gallery is visited by a spirit, Castor is called in to removed the spirit so that the employees and patrons of the building can go on with their lives. What he finds instead takes you on a path of demons and ghost with a dark history.

I came across the book by accident; it just happen to be sitting on the shelf of the "Bargain" section of Barnes and Noble. I was intrigued by the topic and recognized the author from his work in the graphic novel world, so I thought I'd give it a whirl. I am glad I did.



The book starts off with a bang and grabs your attention with a fantastic event that will send a chill down your spine. It reads fast, but which I love, but not too fast to where you lose track of what is going on. The characters are well developed with some fantastic interaction between both human and supernatural. Not only do we meet some interesting human characters, but some very cool paranormal beings that will make you think twice when you meet a large human.

Overall, Carey did a great job of transitioning from graphic novels to regular fiction. This is the first of three in the series and I'm looking forward to reading the others.

If this review is received well, I'd be happy to write others. I about as big a reading fan as I am a movie fan, so I can add some great reviews for many books, sci-fi to historical. So let me know what you think!
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ecksmanfan
3/8/2010

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3 Comments

ecksmanfan- GREAT REVIEW! I too LOVE the vastness of
this great site! I can actually post comic
book news! Anyway this sounds like an very
good read. I will pick it up soon. If
you havn't read Brad Meltzers (Identity
Crisis, Justice league of America)
"The Book Of Lies" trust me it is a MUST
READ, It's all about Action Comics #1 and
cain and Able and how they tie into one
another!
PeterParker420 - 3/8/2010, 4:41 PM
Thanks man! I'll check that out!
ecksmanfan - 3/8/2010, 4:50 PM
Great job Ecks! This sounds like a good book to pick up. I'll keep my eye open for it.
DogsOfWar - 3/8/2010, 5:39 PM

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