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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 2017-06-30 10:26
June wrap-up
How to Stop Time - Matt Haig
Ghost Box: Voices from Spirits, ETs, Shadow People & Other Astral Beings - Paulette Moon,Chris Moon
The Show-Off Monkey and Other Taoist Tales - Mark W. McGinnis
The Furthest Station - Ben Aaronovitch
Broken Homes - Ben Aaronovitch

I can't believe June is over already! Where does the time go? I must be getting old. Or working too much.

 

I finished 5 books this month. 4 of them from Netgalley, oops! I seem to have lost control again and have 6 more from them to keep me from my A-list reading, but 3 are cooking and craft books and they go fast.

 

I've been downloading new samples like mad, but still got my collection down to 28. Yay! Soon I'll be making my way through that backlog of free books, though I think I'm going to make a point of having one of my A-list on the go despite the Netgalley selections. I've just finished a book so I'll pluck one from that list to start over the weekend. I have a BBQ to go to tomorrow so maybe start a new read on Sunday.

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review 2017-06-14 05:11
Broken Homes (Peter Grant/Rivers of London #4) (Audiobook)
Broken Homes: A Rivers of London Novel - Ben Aaronovitch,Kobna Holdbrook-Smith

Cliffhanger! NOOOOOOOooooooo!

 

Man! Just when it was finally getting good too!

 

I've been lukewarm on this series at best. The first book was great, and the others since have been good, but where I was expecting something akin to Harry Dresden, what I actually got was more along the lines of Angela Lansbury with ghosts and wizards. I haven't really been able to quite let go of that initial expectation, which hasn't helped. 

 

This book starts off slow and sedate, as all the others, but then it really ramps up in the last 20% or so and I was really getting into it when IT ENDED. Boo! Now I have to start the next one because I need to know what happens next. :D

 

Toby is still the best doggie ever. :)

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review 2017-06-07 08:31
Broken Homes
Broken Homes - Ben Aaronovitch

by Ben Aaronovitch

 

This 4th book in the series started out differently in that there was no immediate connection to magic. As with most murder stories, a body is involved, but why Peter Grant would be involved isn't immediately apparent.

 

I don't know if it's the story itself or too many people yapping at me when I'm trying to read, but I never quite worked out the motivation of the Faceless Man, as he's called in this. It's also the first of this series that I felt ended without fully resolving. It wasn't quite a cliffhanger, but a significant and unexpected twist near the end left me feeling the story was unfinished.

 

The journey was enjoyable. As always, the characters were distinctive and some funny moments make it all good fun, but I'm marking this one down for leaving me feeling that it wasn't finished.

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review 2016-08-06 04:34
Broken Homes
Broken Homes - Ben Aaronovitch

Solid entry #4 in my current favorite series in the Urban Fantasy genre.  Mostly police procedural, with just a touch of magic and supernatural beings.

 

Perhaps it's just the British backdrop, but I always sense echoes of Lord Darcy when reading about PC Grant and his mates.

 

I recommend starting with The Rivers of London and reading this series in order.

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