Thursday, April 26, 2012

The Devil You Know

I finished reading Mike Carey's The Devil You Know today. The book gets something of a mixed review from me. There were parts I found very clever and entertaining, sometimes catching myself just on the verge of laughing out loud as I read. But somehow, the book didn't hit me just right overall. It wasn't as "un-put-down-able" as some books, partly because there seemed to be a few parts where I saw what was coming a little too easily.

 I do like the premise of the tale, though, where the world of the future is one in which the dead and undead have come to mix in with the everyday lives of the living. Seeing how the people of that possible future world cope with the changes — and their moral implications — was actually pretty engaging. There's a lot of wry humor and a jaded tone overall, but underlying it there is a thoughtful consideration for whatever beings make up the vast race of humanity. I thought that was pretty well-done in the book, and it is probably the aspect of The Devil You Know that I liked best.

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