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review 2017-07-06 16:15
Called Something Else in UK Pubs: Rivers of London
Midnight Riot - Ben Aaronovitch

So I picked this book since it was published in 2011 and met the criteria for my BL space. I am glad I finally got around to reading it, since I've been meaning to for more than two months. I liked the main character, Peter Grant. I also enjoyed his teacher/master Nightingale and the weird setup they had with Molly (whose a maid) and their dog Toby. That said, I wish the world building had been tighter. There's a lot of you have to wait til you are trained longer scenes and I felt like Peter was just flying by the seat of his pants. Also, Peter's libido and his attraction to every female it felt like got a bit wearing after a while. It was good though to read about a biracial police (peace) officer in London working for a special magical division. Think Harry Dresden meets Dr. Who.

 

I thought that the first POV by Peter Grant was a good idea. I now wish though maybe we could have slid into Nightingale's head a bit too. Peter I don't think was written consistently throughout the book. We are initially told he just drifts off during police scenes and does not have what it takes to be a detective like his friend Leslie. But when someone notices Peter's special abilities, he is picked to work with Inspector Nightingale, the last wizard in England.

 

Other characters I wish had been developed more. I was pretty tired of the character of Beverly by the end. Leslie I liked, but she disappeared for whole sections of the book. We can't find out much about Nightingale. And Peter's parents are referred to and never seen, except for a small part of the book (his father) and I don't get why we met him. There were tons of characters in this one and think that at one point it was just a bit too much. 

 

We have some training montages that don't make a lick of sense and Nightingale and Peter doing what they can to stop an unknown person from taking over people's bodies to the point their faces are split wide open. FYI hope you don't eat while reading this book it's gross. I think if the author had focused on that, the book would have been stronger. Instead, we also have Peter and Nightingale getting involved with Father Thames and Mother Thames (yes rivers are real walking and talking people turned into something else) which took too much time away from the main plot.

 

The writing at times was hilarious. I did laugh at some references I got, about Doctor Who here and there. I will say, if you haven't watched a lot of British procedurals I think you may become a but lost. The flow was up and down. Sometimes good and sometimes bad. I felt like this could have been two stories split up into different books. Not one plot was strong to stand on because the other plot was constantly popping back up.

 

The setting is modern day England with magic and ghosts. And there's references to agreements in place and incidents. Things like this made it a frustrating read. I assume things get clarified in the next book.

 

The ending was good and of course now I'm worried about the fate of several people I got invested in while reading this book.

 

Bank
April 15: $20
April 17: $23. I read "The Wangs Vs the World", electronic pages 368.
April 24: $28. I read "Dream Wedding", electronic pages 512.
April 25: $28. Landed on BL and had to post a vacation photo or tell a story about a vacation.
April 29: $31. Read "Whitethorn Woods", 354 pages Kindle edition, $3.00
April 29: $34. Read "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep", 256 pages;$3.00.
May 4: $37. Read "The Ghost Brigades" Paperback, 346 pages; $3.00
May 8: $42. Read "American Gods" Hardcover, 465 pages; $5.00. 
May 8: $45. Read "Moon Called" 298 pages Kindle edition; $3.00.
May 13: $50. Read "Solitude Creek" 434 pages electronic; $5.00. 
May 14: $53. Read "No Country for Old Men" 320 pages Kindle edition; $3.00
May 19: $56. Read "The Witches: Salem, 1692" 384 ebook; $3.00
May 30: $59. Read "The Good Earth" 372 pages ebook: $3.00
June 4: $62. Read "The Wind in the Willows" paperback edition, 256 pages: $3.00
June 27: $67. Read "The Lincoln Lawyer" kindle edition, 528 pages: $5.00.

THE BIG SHAKE UP

June 28: $75. Read "That Summer" kindle edition, 174 pages: $8.00.
June 30: $84. Read "And Then There Were None", paperback, 247 pages: $9.00. Multiplier due to second time on BL space. 
July 4: $94. Read "The Changeling" Kindle edition 448 pages; $10.00
July 4: $100. Read "The Girl Who Chased the Moon" Kindle edition, 280 pages; $6.00.

July 6: $106.  Read "The Rivers of London" 396 pages; Kindle edition,  $6.00.

 

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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 2017-05-12 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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