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text 2017-10-31 00:37
Sad News for Shadow Police Fans
London Falling - Paul Cornell
The Severed Streets - Paul Cornell
Who Killed Sherlock Holmes? - Paul Cornell

I missed this blog post when it went up on the 21st, but saw it earlier today. Tor UK has dropped the line, so the last two books remain unwritten. These dark, procedural UF novels are excellent and I was so excited to read the next one. They are desolate and hopeful and one has a fucking Neil Gaiman cameo.

 

I would be more saddened, but the cover art rework and the format change to a paperback release for the third book make this also not terribly surprising.

 

If anyone sees him doing some crowd funding to finish the series, please let me know. I will definitely throw money at him for two more books.

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review 2017-10-30 17:39
The Severed Streets / Paul Cornell
The Severed Streets - Paul Cornell

Summer in London: a city in turmoil. The vicious murder of a well-known MP is like a match to tinder but Detective Inspector James Quill and his team know that it's not a run-of-the-mill homicide. Still coming to terms with their new-found second sight, they soon discover that what is invisible to others - the killer - is visible to them. Even if they have no idea who it is.

Then there are more deaths. The bodies of rich, white men are found in circumstances similar to those that set the streets of London awash with fear during the late 1800s: the Whitechapel murders. Even with their abilities to see the supernatural, accepting that Jack the Ripper is back from the dead is a tough ask for Quill's team. As they try to get to grips with their abilities and a case that's spiralling out of control, Quill realizes that they have to understand more about this shadowy London, a world of underground meetings, bizarre and fantastical auctions, and objects that are 'get out of hell free' cards.

 

  I read this book to fill the ‘Darkest London’ square of my 2017 Halloween Book Bingo card.

I really must give Neil Gaiman credit for being a very good sport—I am not sure how I would feel about becoming a character in someone else’s fiction, especially if that author gave me some rather dodgy motives, as Cornell does.

I liked this second book in the series considerably more than the first one. It’s like the majority of the world-building has been settled now and Cornell can get on with telling us the dark and twisted tale of what’s going on under the surface of London!

There is a walking tour of Jack the Ripper sites, where two of our coppers see ghosts of each of the victims, there is an auction of supernatural items, and a mysterious Ripper-like murderer at work in the great city. Our team of Shadow Police get ripped apart in several ways and kind of patched back together eventually. I’ve got to get to the third book, Who Killed Sherlock Holmes?, as soon as I can arrange, to see if their team can survive these upheavals.

 

   
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text 2017-10-27 14:57
Reading progress update: I've read 198 out of 416 pages.
The Severed Streets - Paul Cornell

Well *of course* Neil Gaiman has the Sight and *of course* he hangs out at the local supernatural pub.  Why wouldn't he?

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text 2017-10-26 19:12
Reading progress update: I've read 71 out of 416 pages.
The Severed Streets - Paul Cornell

Costain and Ross just finished a Jack the Ripper tour in London and saw the victims' ghosts at every site!

 

Creepy good fun!

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text 2017-10-17 18:24
I'm late, I'm late, I'm late!
Wise Children - Angela Carter
At the Mountains of Madness and Other Tales of Terror - H.P. Lovecraft
Bitten - Kelley Armstrong
Late Bite (Toronto Chronicles, #1) - John Matsui
The Green Man - Kingsley Amis
Doctor Sleep - Stephen King
The Severed Streets - Paul Cornell
What the #@&% Is That?: The Saga Anthology of the Monstrous and the Macabre - John Joseph Adams,Douglas Cohen

Yup, I feel like the White Rabbit in Alice in Wonderland!  I'm way behind on my Halloween Bingo reading.

 

I'm about half way through Wise Children (my magical realism choice).  Lovecraft, Bitten, and Late Bite should all go pretty quickly. I'm a bit concerned about The Green Man and Doctor Sleep--if they're too scary to read after dark, then Houston, I may have a problem!

 

Wish me luck as I push to the finish!!

 

 

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