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review 2018-01-02 14:15
Interesting Look at the Rivers and Faceless Man
The Hanging Tree - Ben Aaronovitch

Well after the lackluster 5th book, "The Hanging Tree" was an improvement. The only thing that I honestly think that doesn't work is Peter and Beverly's relationship. It doesn't seem to be much of one honestly. They were barely even talking in this one besides having sex with each other. The ending was nice though. It seems that Peter is realizing that The Faceless Man may have plans for his apprentice (Leslie). 

 

Peter and Nightingale are still investigating the Little Crocodiles and trying to get a handle on The Faceless Man and Leslie. Peter is now dating Beverly (one of the Rivers) and though it doesn't seem like much of a relationship, Peter seems to be somewhat content. When Lady Ty calls in the favor that Peter owes her, he finds himself looking into whether Lady Ty's daughter, Olivia, is responsible for the death of a young woman named Christine Chorley. What made me laugh is that you initially think that Peter is going to abide by Lady Ty's wishes, he doesn't. Tells Nightingale and everyone around him what he's doing. 

 

I do love how the above ties into the mystery of The Faceless Man. We get to see Leslie again and I guess she's firmly on the side of evil as it were at this point. Her face is fixed which seems to be the only thing she cared about. There is some weird tension about her with Peter though. He is definitely betrayed, but the way Aaronovitch writes it, I swear you think that Peter wants to be with her in some way. I don't know. That part was confusing. Beverly seemed to press Peter on it some in the book, but backed off. I really don't get why Aaronovitch is trying to do or say, but at this point, Peter would be a fool to think that Leslie gives a damn about him since she so easily keeps betraying him and Nightingale. 

 

We get some more history about magic and get to meet some new characters that I assume will show up in future books. We also get the reappearance of the character of DC Sahra Guleed who I enjoyed a lot. I hope she is in the next book. She's tough and she and Peter worked well together.

 

The ending surprised me a bit though there are echoes of what is coming from the beginning of the book with Peter dreaming of Punch again (see Rivers of London). I am now curious how that is going to tie into the seventh book. 

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text 2017-12-29 20:12
Reading progress update: I've read 18%.
The Hanging Tree - Ben Aaronovitch

Well liking this better than the last book. Beverly and Peter are definitely together. It seems that Ty's daughter is in a bit of trouble and is calling in that favor that Peter owes her. What I am laughing about is that he still went and told Nightingale and pretty much ignored her. Something tells me he's getting paid back for that one later. 

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text 2017-12-28 19:18
On Sale: 80% off (mostly under $1.50 Kindle Monthly Deals) Science Fiction
Across a Billion Years - Robert Silverberg
The Dispatcher - John Scalzi
The Furthest Station - Ben Aaronovitch
Cast in Chaos - Michelle Sagara,Michelle Sagara West
Blood Kissed - Keri Arthur
Bannerless (The Bannerless Saga) - Carrie Vaughn
A Fall of Moondust (Arthur C. Clarke Collection) - Arthur C. Clarke
Fortress of Ice - C.J. Cherryh

36 SF genre books; highlighted above are just ones by authors I recognize.

 

Blood Kissed (The Lizzie Grace Series Book 1) - Keri Arthur  is likely to be more Paranormal Romance or Urban Fantasy than Science Fiction genre.

 

Fortress of Ice - C.J. Cherryh is a truly excellent series.

 

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-11-28 21:50
Midnight Riot - Ben Aaronovitch

In the interest of full disclosure, I've read this series out of order. I read the first comic book story, then #2 in terms of the novels.

Midnight Riot introduces us to the character of Peter Grant, who is a copper who can see ghosts but is most likely going to get detailed to data entry. Lucky for him, that sees ghosts thing saves him for a dull life in front of computer during police work he much rather push off on his friend Leslie who he wants to shag. She doesn't mind doing the grunt work even though she seems like she is a better copper, at least in terms of dealing with real people.

Anyway, Grant finds himself working with a wizard who is not Voldemort or Harry Potter or Dumbledore. His name is Nightengale, and he has a maid/something named Molly who is very senesitve about her teeth. Grant also finds himself dealing with the embodiments/spirits/gods of the various rivers and what not of London.

It is the folkloric and river beings of London that make the book most interesting. Honesty, the idea of Mama Thames as a black woman is wonderful, espeically considering the immigrantation issues and debates. I love it. Though there is a bit about the rivers that is a little, iffy, for me. Beverly is one of Mama Thames' daughters and is first described as a teenager. Then Peter has a wet dream about her. Now, I am sorry. I get Peter isn't that far out of his teens himself and that teenager can mean 18 or 19 as well. But for much of the book Beverly comes across as younger than that. I am well aware that her actual age can be far greater, but there is something about icky about Peter's reaction. Quite honesty, if he paused for just a sec to examine the whole issue I would've felt better. Additionally, I'm sorry, but I like Tyburn who is simply doing what she should be doing so why is she the bitch?

Still, enjoyable for the use of folklore and myth. There is some nice humor, and Peter grows a bit.

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review 2017-11-27 16:39
Nah.
Foxglove Summer: A Rivers of London Novel - Ben Aaronovitch

Spoilers for those who have not read books #1 through #4. 

 

Seriously. I know I am probably going to get yelled at for this review. But I stand by everything I am saying. This felt like half a book. There were so many dangling threads left that when the book came to an end I had to make sure that I didn't accidentally skip over the pages. The lack of Nightingale being part of things was felt. Peter was being a fool throughout most of the book so that was frustrating. I don't know what we are supposed to be feeling about Lesley. But her coming out with a whole, "I did it for you Peter" mess just made me roll my eyes. I don't know what Ben Aaronovitch is doing with her character.

 

"Foxglove Summer" has Peter away from London going to help out on a case of two missing girls. Initially, Peter doesn't think that magic had anything to do with the two girls and really wants to stay and help (also to avoid thinking about Lesley) but once magic starts to creep up, he realizes that something supernatural is going on.

 

Peter was a mess in this one. I get it, it's like what happened to Muller when Scully was MIA. Peter though he is trying to deny it, misses Lesley cause she's not there to point out things he is missing. I really wanted him to be more angry though. At least Nightingale seems to get how dangerous it is that Lesley is out in the world working for the Faceless Man. I didn't like that Peter essentially keeps doing stupid things throughout this book and even in the end, without Beverly helping out, he would have been screwed. 

 

We have Beverly fully in this one, so that is the only reason why I gave this two stars. I still don't understand her and Peter's "relationship" at all. I was just glad they finally stopped with the will they or won't they thing. I just found it very odd she and Peter don't really get into what Lesley did or what exactly does it mean that Peter is sleeping with her. 

 

I don't get what Aaronvitch is doing with Lesley. Okay she betrayed Peter and Nightingale. I kept thinking that she wasn't jealous of Peter and Beverly, but that seems to be where she is at headspace wise. Is this why she is doing this? I hope not, I am not thrilled with her betraying everyone. But if this turns out to be she did this to get her face back so Peter could love her, yuck. It also didn't help that she goes that in a year the Faceless Man is going to ruin the world, but hey Peter I am going to keep you safe. Is she out of her mind? So screw her family, his family, Molly, Nightingale, etc. Only Peter matters? I was just baffled by the whole thing.


There are only phone calls between Peter and Nightingale which was frustrating. At least a new character finally clued us into what the big battle was all about and why Nightingale doesn't want to talk about it though.

 

I really didn't like anyone besides the character of Dominic who steps into Lesley's shoes and made me laugh. That said, there was very little humor in this one.


The writing was okay, just muddled at times. We don't have Ben Aaronovitch going back to tie things up so I was just confused about a number of plot points.

 

We know that the two girls are sisters (the fake Nicole and real Nicole) so how did that happen? Also how did everyone in the village sleep with one guy and no one thinks they should be concerned that they may share kids so they should be thinking about what happens when they are all dating age?

 

Does this mean that Nicole's oldest sister (blanking on her name) is a changeling?

 

Does this mean that due to Peter reneging on his deal with the Fairy Queen he is going to owe the Rivers?

 

Also does this mean that Peter is going to get into trouble with Nightingale for getting involved with Beverly?

 

I had so many questions and wanted to kick something. 

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The flow was off after a good 20 percent of the book. I found myself getting bored. Without anyone to really bounce things off of, Peter is kind of a boring character. 


The setting of Herefordshire was good. I could picture a village that has a touch of magic about it and all of the neighbors knowing each other. I just didn't get a sense for the village as a whole. We stayed focused on the two families, and Dominic's family and that was about it. I wish that Peter had been out and about more with the locals. 

 

The ending was a letdown. I think that Aaronovitch thought he wrapped things up...but yeah not even a little bit. This book felt shorter to me too. It was 333 pages though so it's not that. It just felt like very little got done in this one compared to the other books in the series. 

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