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review 2018-10-20 09:45
Rivers of London
Rivers of London - Ben Aaronovitch

What happens when a former Doctor Who writer decides to try his hand at a Dresden-Files-esque urban fantasy series? I DON’T EVEN KNOW BUT IT’S AMAZING. AMAZING STUFF HAPPENS, OKAY? OKAY.

 

Basically, it’s a sort of ghost hunter/police procedural/buddy comedy with magic and a wicked sense of very British humor and, in my opinion, it blows the Dresden Files out of the water.* I was hoping I’d be able to write a more coherent review, but apparently I’m stuck in the unhelpful squeeing phase and I’m also busy mentally rejigging my fun budget so I can get the rest of the series. Sorry.

 

Only one thing really ticked me off. It’s spoilery, so under a spoiler tag it goes:

 

Speaking of Dresden Files, Rivers of London falls in the same trap as Grave Peril and damsels a perfectly good strong female character and REALLY screws her over and I’ll be angry about this for a while, amazingness notwithstanding.

(spoiler show)

 

*Opinion formed after reading three Dresden Files books and one Rivers of London book.

 

I read this for the Halloween Bingo 2018 Darkest London square.

 

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text 2018-10-16 01:55
Halloween Bingo 2018 - Darkest London
The Furthest Station - Ben Aaronovitch

This was a whole heap of fun. Not a full length novel and with none of the Faceless Man story arc, but an entertaining glimpse into Peter's ghostly detective duties outside of that.

 

And there's plenty of Molly time. You think Mrs Danvers is sinister? Wait until you meet Molly.

 

Molly was standing right next to the bed and holding a breakfast tray. Only Molly can make breakfast in bed a sinister experience, but over the years I've managed to suppress my instinct to leap up screaming. It's not getting any easier though.

 

Definitely looking forward to Lies Sleeping which is released next month.

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text 2018-10-14 19:06
Reading progress update: I've read 68%.
The Furthest Station - Ben Aaronovitch

In this instance this was the aforementioned Thames Valley Police, who have about the same relationship with the Met as Everton FC has with Liverpool*.

 

*Note for Reynolds: Like the Yankees and the Red Sox only with added sectarianism.

 

Yup. Totally loving these footnotes.

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text 2018-10-14 18:47
Halloween Bingo 2018 - Darkest London
The Furthest Station - Ben Aaronovitch

Nicely done Mr Aaronovitch. 

 

Rather than clumsy edits in an attempt to make the book easier to understand for non-UK readers, any British quirks or oddities are explained in footnotes for the FBI agent from the earlier novels.

 

Well played Sir.

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text 2018-10-13 01:53
Halloween Bingo 2018 - Darkest London
The Furthest Station - Ben Aaronovitch

There have been ghosts on the London Underground, sad, harmless spectres whose presence does little more than give a frisson to travelling and boost tourism. But now there’s a rash of sightings on the Metropolitan Line and these ghosts are frightening, aggressive and seem to be looking for something.

 

Enter PC Peter Grant, junior member of the Metropolitan Police’s Special Assessment unit a.k.a. The Folly a.k.a. the only police officers whose official duties include ghost hunting. Together with Jaget Kumar, his counterpart at the British Transport Police, he must brave the terrifying crush of London’s rush hour to find the source of the ghosts.

 

Joined by Peter’s wannabe wizard cousin, a preschool river god and Toby the ghost hunting dog, their investigation takes a darker tone as they realise that a real person’s life might just be on the line.

 

And time is running out to save them.

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