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review 2017-05-12 08:00
Body Work
Rivers of London: Body Work - Ben Aaronovitch,Lee Sullivan Hill,Andrew Cartmel

I'm a big fan of the Rivers of London series, but I did hesitate a little before ordering Body Work, the first of a series of graphic novels that tell additional stories to the main series. I'm not always pleased with the way an artist interprets characters, so I was not sure I would like this graphic novel.

I needn't worry. It was great. Body Work, together with its sequel Night Witch, gave me one of the most relaxing evenings of the year so far (read it while listening to Gymnopedies, the world seemed perfect for a moment). In all seriousness though, I really liked it. It is not necessary to read this for the story I guess (but I can't be sure as I haven't read Foxglove Summer yet - yes, still waiting for that right edition).

Peter and his friends investigate 'England's most haunted car'. Also, there are some very very short stories in it as well. I suppose there's one at the end of each issue, but since I read the volume edition, I can't be sure.

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review 2017-05-11 08:00
The Furthest Station
The Furthest Station - Ben Aaronovitch

This was so much fun!

For years I've been a great fan of the series (I could rage for hours about how I always have to wait just shy of an entire year for the right edition to be published, but that is another case), so I was delighted when I got this review copy of The Furthest Station. It's only about 140 pages long, and it is not essential for the greater arc in the series, but fans will want to get a hold of it anyway.

Expect everything you've come to expect from Peter Grant and the rest of the crew. If you're new to the series, I greatly recommend starting with the first book in the series: Rivers of London.

Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

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review 2017-04-22 00:25
Rivers of London: Night Witch
Rivers of London: Volume 2 - Night Witch - Ben Aaronovitch,Lee Sullivan Hill,Andrew Cartmel

Series: Rivers of London Volume 2 (#6-10)

 

I guess I’m in a generous mood today since I’m rating this one slightly higher than the last even though I don’t think it’s actually better. It’s about the same, I think. The storytelling could still use some work, but overall it was a quick, fun read. The reason I say the storytelling could use some work is that there were a lot of info-dump style panels which got the point across but didn’t make for a riveting storyline. I think I’m giving it bonus points for centring on Varvara Sidorovna, the kickass Russian witch and for what happens when a bunch of Russian thugs break into Beverly Brook’s place intending to do her harm.

She uses her goddess powers and gets them to do the cleaning. And wait on her.

(spoiler show)

 

I’m counting this for square #4 for the booklikes-opoly game “The letters in the title can be used to spell RIVER” because of the way the graphic novels are always listed with the series title as well as the individual volume title, even on the copyright page. This volume doesn’t have page numbers, but the page count is listed as 128 at various online sources (it also makes sense if you look at the binding), so I’m going with that and adding $2 to my bank, bringing me to $37.

 

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text 2017-04-21 15:42
Booklikes-opoly Square #4 Question - Does this count?
Rivers of London: Volume 2 - Night Witch - Ben Aaronovitch,Lee Sullivan Hill,Andrew Cartmel

 

Would this count as the letters in the title spelling "River"? Technically "Rivers of London" is the name of the series, but it does appear in the title line: Rivers of London: Volume 2 - Night Witch - Ben Aaronovitch, Andrew Cartmel, Lee Sullivan...

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text 2017-02-01 03:02
A Perfect Blend of the UF Series and Comics
Rivers of London: Volume 2 - Night Witch - Ben Aaronovitch,Lee Sullivan Hill,Andrew Cartmel

I enjoyed the first collection of Rivers of London comics, Body Work, but it felt like something was missing -- I'm not sure what. Night Witch, on the other hand, built on that good foundation and topped it. This one felt whole, complete -- there wasn't anything lacking here.

 

Some Russian bigwig's child has been taken -- his wife is certain it's by someone/something supernatural. They try to take care of it on their own, recruiting Varvara Sidorovna -- well, trying to. She tells them to get the police involved, specifying they request Nightingale's involvement. It's not that easy to sell official police involvement on this couple. The way they go about doing so isn't really that typical, either.

 

Still, Peter and Nightingale get into things and start turning up all sorts of interesting magical things -- including The Faceless Man and Lesley. Speaking of which -- comics-Lesley? Perfectly creepy.

 

The story feels a little scattered, but when it's all told, you can reflect on things and get all the pieces to fit into place nicely -- moreso than you can when reading from front-to-back. But it's easy to forgive that because the story is so strong -- and the little character beats are great.

 

The art is good -- it's great to see the magic --as well as the characters -- in these stories brought to life.

 

Bev's way of dealing with a home invasion crew of Russian mobsters made me laugh out loud -- I don't know if Aaronovitch could've pulled it off in a novel, or if that's something he only could've accomplished with the help of an art team. Either way, I'm glad I got to read it.

 

There's not much more to say, a good story with some real enjoyable moments with these characters we want to spend time with. Sure, more novels would be nicer, but these do a good enough job helping to fill the time between them.

Source: irresponsiblereader.com/2017/01/31/rivers-of-london-night-witch-by-ben-aaronovitch-andrew-cartmel-lee-sullivan
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