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review 2017-09-17 15:08
Darkest London Square
Moon Over Soho - Ben Aaronovitch

I love the tone and humor in the novel. Peter Grant is a great guy to hang out with. The music riffs were nice too. 

Yet, the big reveal was something that anyone, including a bug, could have seen coming and quite frankly, the fact that Grant didn't see it was stupid.

I did like the morality debate at the end though

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text 2017-09-14 04:17
Reading progress update: I've listened 95 out of 615 minutes (15%)
Whispers Under Ground - Ben Aaronovitch,Kobna Holdbrook-Smith

For those of  you who have read this book, would you say that the scene with the ghost on the train tracks that Abigail shows Peter and Leslie would qualify this book for the "Haunted Houses" square? It's a haunted stretch of track in a tunnel... Or is it just not a big enough part of the book?

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review 2017-09-13 00:16
Moon Over Soho by Ben Aaronovitch (audiobook)
Moon Over Soho - Ben Aaronovitch,Kobna Holdbrook-Smith

Series: Peter Grant #2


Musicians are dropping dead after gigs and there's a whiff of magic around their bodies...


I really like these audiobooks; Kobna Holdbrook-Smith does a great job. There's only one voice that I have trouble understanding for long speeches but I guess that's kind of intentional. This particular book does get on my nerves in a few spots because I want to give Peter a smack for being an idiot, but it's still really entertaining. It's also weird to hear Guleed referred to as Somali Ninja Girl (Peter first meets her in this book).


I'm counting this as my Free square for the Halloween Bingo. It could also be used for "Murder Most Foul", "Serial/Spree Killer" (ethically-challenged wizard's victims AND musician victims - although the latter is a bit debatable), "Vampires" (hey, they use the term), maybe "Witches" (someone's called a witch, but again it's debatable), "Supernatural", "Monsters" (real cat-people), and "Darkest London". Did I miss any?

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review 2017-09-12 14:36
Second Book in Series Very Good
Moon Over Soho - Ben Aaronovitch

I read "Moon Over Soho" by  Ben Aaronovitch for the "Magical Realism" square.


Please note that some things mentioned below may spoil the events in book #1. 


"Moon Over Soho" is the second book in the Peter Grant series. Due to a lot of us participating in Halloween bingo are reading this book, I am just going to keep this to a high level review.

First, I really liked all of the characters (Peter, Leslie, Nightingale, Peter's mom and dad, the jazz band guys).


Peter though I found to be way more than a little naive in this one. And I don't know, I found myself irritated with him for just not realizing something that I picked up on at a good 50 percent of the book. Don't want to spoil for others, but let's just say I was the least surprised person ever when a reveal popped up. 


I wanted more of Leslie in this one. After the events in book #1, Leslie is laying low and trying to put her life and her poor face back together. I don't get it, I thought that Peter was a bit thoughtless towards her character. Now that she's not attractive anymore it seems he lost interest. Which doesn't speak well of him. I have to think more on that.

We do get some nice asides to Peter's family and his mother and father I found to be very cute together. I also liked Peter's commentary on black female hair (it's all true). 


The writing was really good and just like in book #1 I laughed. One particular scene with Peter telling Nightingale that calling someone a black wizard was offensive towards black people was funny. Poor Nightingale. Can we please get a side story about his days before he joined the police?


The flow dragged for me in this though. Probably because as I said, I realized where the story was going after a lot of clues where laid out. I just got fed up with Peter for not being that smart. Also his complaining about magical training is getting old. Either suck it up, or don't do it anymore.

The ending left us with a little surprise and I wonder how that will play out in future books. 



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text 2017-09-12 01:53
Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
Moon Over Soho - Ben Aaronovitch

This has been a long freaking day. 


My head hurts. 


Also I think that this installment was okay, but I disagreed with Peter in the end. This was just as funny as the previous book, but I wanted more Leslie. We get a little bit more history about the wizards running around prior to WWII but not enough to fully quench all the questions I have about them. 




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