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review 2019-02-17 14:34
A Nice Peek at Peter & Nightingale
The Furthest Station - Ben Aaronovitch

Well this was a nice look into Peter and Nightingale that for once did not involve The Faceless Man or Lesley. There is still something hovering over this book though that makes me think they may be trying to turn or did turn another character to their side and that's getting a bit old to me. We do have Bev appearing in this one, but not center stage. We actually have Peter investigating mostly and worrying about his cousin Abigail who keeps pushing to learn magic. 

 

"The Furthest Station" has Peter investigating when people start calling in about ghosts attacking them while traversing London's underground. Of course many of the people seem to forget what they report minutes/hours later. And though many people would dismiss it, Peter knows that ghosts are weird and starts looking into things with his cousin Abigail and Nightingale. We also have the character of Jaget Kumar in this one who is there to call Peter when anything weird AKA a Folly matter is brought into his purview. There's a side plot about another river god (seriously how many river gods and goddesses are there?) that just tacked onto me which is why I gave this four stars. 

 

Peter seems more centered in this one and self-assured. He knows what he is doing and I love his "voice" in these books. He is always thinking of how to make things better and keep people from harm. Why he is so worried about Abigail becoming involved with magic. I also loved his thoughts about what happens after death. I do wish we had gotten some scenes with his parents. His mother is one of my favorite characters. 

 

Nightingale shows up a lot more in this one which I was happy about. 

 

The overall mystery was very intriguing and I loved the writing in this one. The flow tends to be up and down in these for me. Sometimes the book can be cooking along and others times I feel like I just read something that added nothing to the story. It just feels like Aaronovitch via Peter likes to flood readers with history, science, and pop culture every few sentences and I just want him to tell the story and get on with it. 


I thought the ending was a bit sad (not for Peter) but for the realization behind what caused the ghosts and where do they go after. 

 

One thing I have to say since this was a library book was that this was signed by Ben Aaronovitch! It had the number and let you know what print it was from too. I told myselt not to steal a library book and thought about just getting this series into my permanent collection. 

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text 2019-02-16 18:52
Reading progress update: I've read 144 out of 144 pages.
The Furthest Station - Ben Aaronovitch

A nice little peek into Peter and Nightingale. Other than that, it didn't grab me as much as the longer stories do. We have Peter investigating ghosts and coming across what appears to be a lot of ghosts who appear and then dissolve.

 

Peter is still troubled about teaching his cousin Abigail any magic and I did crack up about Nightingale not being bothered by it. I have to say though, it appears that Abigail may be on the bad guy's side (the Faceless Man) or working with Peter's ex-partner and friend. I am tired of Peter and Nightingale being stupid when it appears someone is up to no good. 

 

We also have another river god appearing and at this point, London seems lousy with river gods. 

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text 2019-02-16 15:13
Reading progress update: I've read 1 out of 144 pages.
The Furthest Station - Ben Aaronovitch

I was just waiting to start this one and Lies Sleeping. Can't wait to catch up with Peter!

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review 2019-01-14 20:08
Cry Fox
Rivers of London Volume 5: Cry Fox - Ben Aaronovitch

It is no secret I'm a fan of the Rivers of London series and one of the things I like is the multiple ways in which the story is told, e.g. here the graphic novel. Like its predecessors it is good in keeping you entertained while waiting for the next novel in the series.

Cry Fox only contained four issues so it was a very fast read. It was a take on a very well known tale which was maybe not the most surprising or original but the nice cast of characters make up a lot. As one of the characters plays a role in the sixth book, The Hanging Tree, it is best read after it. At the end there is some more information about the Fox in several cultural and literary settings.

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review 2019-01-01 21:43
The Hanging Tree
The Hanging Tree - Ben Aaronovitch


One of the things I really worry to much about when it comes to books is their height. I want my series to fit together and have on occasions taken a ruler into the bookstore to make sure I bought the right one. It completely beats me why there are so many different heights available or why this sometimes differs between UK and US editions. Usually, I'm most pleased by the standard 197mm edition, but these are for some reason often not brought onto the market for a full six to nine months after publication (sometimes even the MMP are released before!). I'm sorry for the rambling - what I wanted to say was that if you've been waiting for such a long time after publication, when the book finally arrives, it doesn't always scream as loudly as it did in the beginning, and in the case of The Hanging Tree, so many great book were passing by, I -shamefully- admit to forgetting about it until I saw the newest book in the series, Lies Sleeping, in stores recently. On the other hand, the series looks superbly in my book case.

The sixth novel in the Peter Grant series brings back a lot of old and new characters, ultimately centering once more on Peter and his, at this time grown into, arch nemesis. Since it was a while since I read the fifth book I was worried I would not get into the story easily, but I needn't worry. It was not hard to recognize why I like these books so much. The story is okay, but it is Peter's way of describing police procedural, diplomacy (with the Rivers) and life in general (which I can only describe as British) that really makes this series so wonderful. I mean, he uses the phrase 'hoi polloi'. Period.

Just an interesting side note to end this review with: The paperback edition of Lies Sleeping is currently planned for May 24th, and Book Depository describes the height as 198mm *inner scream*.

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