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review 2017-07-24 20:00
Broken Homes / Ben Aaronovitch
Broken Homes - Ben Aaronovitch

This installment meanders a bit, as it juggles multiple story lines, plus lessons in architecture. Thomas "Oh was that your Tiger tank?" Nightingale gets to show why he's the teacher and Peter & Lesley are the apprentices. I particularly enjoyed Toby's increased role in this book, being Peter's magic detector (the yap-o-metre) and camouflage (a man with a dog is virtually invisible, apparently).

Peter has matured since the first book. Lesley gives him a hard time, needling him about why he and Beverly Brook aren't sleeping together yet. In the first couple of books, Peter would have jumped in first and thought things through later, but he has learned to think with his big head and is suitably cautious. After all, if your relationship with a goddess goes pear-shaped, you know who is going to suffer most (and it won't be Beverly).

I'm still enjoying the effortless multicultural and inclusive cast of characters, however don't imagine that I have no criticism! I'm not wild about the Faceless Man as an antagonist (although I did enjoy Peter's reference to his lab as the Strip Club of Dr. Moreau). But, having read to the end of this volume, how can I doubt that I will read the next to see the next event in the drama?

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text 2017-07-24 05:00
24 in 48 Readathon: It's a Wrap
Whispers Under Ground - Ben Aaronovitch
Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood - Trevor Noah
Strangers on a Train - Patricia Highsmith

I met my goal of 24 hours reading. Yay!

 

I finished 3 books:

 

Whispers Under Ground: 10 hours, 17 minutes

Born A Crime: 8 hours, 50 minutes

Strangers on a Train: 289 pages.

 

Both audiobooks were both great choices for a readathon, but highly recommended for anytime.

 

I'm off to bed.  I'm exhausted.

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text 2017-07-23 05:23
24 in 48 Readathon Mid Event Update
Whispers Under Ground - Ben Aaronovitch
Strangers on a Train - Patricia Highsmith

24 hours in and 12 hours of reading completed.  Yay Me!

When I started I didn't think I'd be able to read for the full 24 hours, but now I see it's possible.  Fingers crossed I have few interruptions during the 2nd half.

 

I just finished: Whispers Under Ground - Ben Aaronovitch   I love this series!   It's a great audiobook for a readathon.  

 

I'm ½ way through Strangers on a Train - Patricia Highsmith.  I hope to finish it tomorrow.

 

How's your readathon going?

 

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text 2017-07-22 18:31
24 in 48 Readathon Hour 12: Hit the Road Challenge
Midnight Riot - Ben Aaronovitch
Still Life - Louise Penny
Ready Player One - Ernest Cline

 

Which 3 audiobooks would you recommend for a road trip, and why?

 

Any book from the Peter Grant Series--book 1 is Midnight Riot - Ben Aaronovitch.  

Any book in the Chief Inspector Gamache series--book 1 is Still Life - Louise Penny  

Ready Player One - Ernest Cline 

The reasons are the same for each: Great story read by a superb narrator!  

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I spent most of the first 12 hours sleeping and doing chores.  However I did get in 3 hours of reading Whispers Under Ground by Ben Aaronovitch.  I'm loving the book!

 

Here's to hoping I get more reading done during this next stretch!

 

 

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review 2017-07-22 02:52
A strong follow-up novel.
Moon Over Soho - Ben Aaronovitch,Kobna Holdbrook-Smith

When I think back over the first books in this series, I remember them being a lot of fun -- pretty funny, really, with moments of tension and drama.

 

I don't know why I think that. Listening to the first two have been a good corrective. Yes, Peter is witty, and some of what he does while learning magic or talking to other police officers is amusing. But these are not light books -- this is solid police work mixed with dark magic. They're still fun, just a lot less light than I recall. Actually, my poor memory extends beyond just the tone. I remembered almost nothing about the plot of this one (I remembered almost everything that wasn't involved in the main plot, the long-term investigation into the Faceless Man, the stuff with Lesley, etc.). Which made it a great experience to re-read.

 

Jazz musicians are dropping dead after performances of a lifetime -- in ways that seem like natural causes, but Peter (and Dr. Walid) can tell there's something more going on -- just what that might be is a touch beyond them. There's another supernatural predator traveling in London hotspots, preying on unsuspecting men. Peter and DS Stephanopoulos work together to get to the bottom of things -- we also meet PC Sahra Guleed. After Guleed's appearance in Body Work, I've been trying to remember where I knew her from, but I couldn't come up with it, so pleased to have that question resolved for me -- I remember now, and I remember what a great character she is.

Peter's spirit, his curiosity, his drive -- they make for a great protagonist, and I quite enjoy spending time with him. I would've liked a bit more Nightingale -- but I understand why he wasn't around. Even Peter's new love interest and his new musician friends are a blast. Really, I can't think of any characters in here I don't dig.

 

Kobna Holdbrook-Smith . . . I'm telling you, this guy is just great. His characterizations of the regular characters, plus the ones that we meet here, are great, he just brings everyone to life. But, the job he does with Lesley May's voice as she recovers from the devastating injuries she sustained at the end of Midnight Riot? I don't know how to talk about how wonderful -- and heartbreaking -- I found that.

 

Another little plus that the audio books bring (not attributable to Holdbrook-Smith) are the interstitial music, that little jazz bit between chapters. It's just perfect for this series. If you could get that on a chip in the paperbacks to play when you turn the page of a new chapter (or on a whim)? That'd be gold.

 

A great installment in the series, solidifying the world and helping every character move forward following Midnight Riot.

Source: irresponsiblereader.com/2017/07/18/moon-over-soho-audiobook-by-ben-aaronovitch-kobna-holdbrook-smith
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