Book Review: The Devil You Know by Mike Carey


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What is it about?

Felix Castor has a natural gift as an exorcist. Even though he would prefer to stay out of the business, he gets involved in a case involving a ghost haunting an Archive in London. Rather than simply committing to a simple exorcism he attempts to figure out why there is a ghost in the first place which gets him into all kinds of trouble.

Is it good?

It is amusing. Felix Castor is sarcastic and full of colorful metaphors so it is fun to read about his interactions with all the people in the story. The story itself is okay, but at times I found myself feeling like it was dragging on a bit and everything was tied up neatly with a bow at the end.

At 406 pages it is a little long to be a fun quick read, but it did make me smile a lot.


Up Next is Doughnut by Tom Holt



World Book Day

In honor of world book day, I thought I would share with you my most recent favorite books.

Ancillary Sword (Imperial Ranch #2) by Ann Leckie

Ancillary SwordJust like book 1 of this series, this book had me hooked for its entire length. I don’t want to spoil anything but I just love the main character’s background. I feel that her history strongly influences all of her decisions but she can still learn from new experiences.

If you haven’t read Ancillary Justice, then you should start there. It follows a soldier named Breq on a quest of revenge. She used to be a the AI inside of a starship but is now trapped in one human body.

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fr by Rachel Joyce

This is a charming story of a man who receives a letter from an estranged friend with cancer. He endeavors to write a reply but immediately feels that this is not a satisfactory
response to someone who meant so much to him long ago. He ends Harold Fryup walking from mail box to mail box and finally deciding to walk all the way to the nursing home in which his friend waits.

He meets hilarious characters a long the way and has plenty of time to reflect on his own unique history.

The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchinson

Butterfly GardenAn undeniably creepy story. Told in the style of police interview and flashbacks, the victim of a kidnapping reveals details of her containment along with numerous other girls. The man who captures them is obsessed with butterflies and does his best to turn these girls into them.

I could not put this book down, the writing style just flows and the details keep you wanting more, even though it is a thoroughly creepy book.

There are so many more books I’d like to share with you, but there will be time for that later! I hope you find lots of time to read today!



Staked: Iron Druid Chronicles #8 by Kevin Hearne


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This is book 8 of a series involving a Druid that always is involved in some sort of trouble. In this case, he is fighting a war against the vampires.

Every time I read one of these books I realize how awesome druids can be, although I unfortunately tend to forget after awhile.

These books are amusing and easy to read. The dramatic scenes are also entertaining.

4/5 stars

Up next: The Devil You Know (Felix Castor #1) by Mike Carey

New Grilled Cheese

I’m going to pretend it’s not two years later and hop right in.

Plain Grilled cheese involves butter or substitute spread on toast. With butter facing out and American cheese in the middle, fry in frying pan until golden brown and delicious. 

Now for the additions:

Brussel sprouts! I sautéed these in butter until softened and added salt and pepper for taste. Then I piled them on top of the cheese and grilled the sandwich. If you like brussel sprouts then you will like the sandwich. If you don’t, then I hope you have better manners than my 1 year old who promptly threw it on the ground.

The third and final grilled cheese is made with Salami. The quality of the meat definitely impacts the flavor of this sandwich, but again… if you like salami you will enjoy the sandwich. Just place on cheese and grill normally.