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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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text 2019-01-01 07:28
24 Festive Tasks: Books Read
Reflex - Dick Francis,Simon Prebble
Persons of Interest - Gildart Jackson,Peter Grainger
A Grave Matter - Anna Lee Huber
Lane: A Case for Willow And Lane - Peter Grainger,Henrietta Meire
A Christmas Carol - Simon Prebble,Charles Dickens
The Man with the Sack - Margery Allingham,David Thorpe,Soundings
Trojan Gold: The Fourth Vicky Bliss Mystery - Elizabeth Peters,Barbara Rosenblat
Cherringham - A Cosy Crime Series Compilation: Cherringham 4-6 - Neil Richards,Matthew Costello,Neil Dudgeon
The Hanging Tree - Ben Aaronovitch

 

One of my New Year's resolutions is to get my shelves updated. I'm going to make an effort to do a better job than I have been doing the past 6-8 months.

 

So... I did listen to about 4-5 audiobooks in both November and December, and all but one of those titles will fit the book tasks for this year's 24 Tasks of the Festive Season. I'll try to put up brief reviews this coming week - I was out of commission with the flu and then back issues for over two weeks in December - but for now I'm just going to match up my books/reads with the various holidays.

 

 

Melbourne Cup Day: Book About Horses - Reflex by Dick Francis

 

Advent: Fourth Book in a Series - Persons of Interest by Peter Grainger

 

St Andrew's Day: Book Set In Scotland - A Grave Matter by Anna Lee Huber

 

Universal Declaration of Human Rights: Book with a Strong Woman Character

     Lane by Peter Grainger

 

Christmas: Book About Christmas - A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

 

Yule and Solstice: Book Set In December - The Man With the Sack by Margery

     Allingham

 

Dia De Los Muertos: Reread an Old Favorite by a Deceased Author - Trojan Gold by

     Elizabeth Peters

 

 Russian Mother's Day: Book Where a Key Character is a Mother - Charringham 4-6

    by Neil Richards and Matthew Costello

 

Guy Fawkes Night: Book Set in the UK: The Hanging Tree by Ben Aaronovitch

 

 

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

 

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO EVERYONE HERE ON BL!

 

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review 2018-08-17 14:27
I love the voice
The Hanging Tree - Ben Aaronovitch

This one is more a story about the magical world of London and England and allows for later expansion of the world, it turns out that there are a few schools of magic in the world. The adventure all starts with Lady Tyburn asking Peter for a favour and to keep the favour quiet, however Peter knows better than to try to hide things and tells everyone above him so that they can be prepared for it. An overdose. At a secure building with one of Lady Ty's daughters involved. One of the others involved is a magic user too and through this teen Peter finds out that there's another magic tradition and has to face up to the fact that there was a lot of sexism in his order.

It features some lesbian characters and a muslim fellow police person who wears a hijab and is slowly creeping towards being a member of the Folly. Peter is determined to bring the Folly into the 20th Century and seems to be determined to write up everything to help others. He believes in information and less secrecy but understands that some things people don't want to know and occasionally some information can kill or do more harm than ignorance.

I love this series and when I read I often have to share paragraphs with my husband, Peter has such a wry tone and cynical view, he feels like someone who has worked as a copper for long enough for some of his inocence worn off. He knows the system and knows how to use it. Other innocences are being worn away too.

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text 2018-03-01 01:01
Reading progress update: I've read 73 out of 384 pages.
The Hanging Tree - Ben Aaronovitch

"Seriously, I thought, we couldn't have met in a Gregg's?"

 

Yep, I'd take a meeting in Gregg's over one in Harrods any day of the week. In fact I was dreaming about Gregg's cheese and onion pasties only last night.

 

 

 

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text 2018-03-01 00:38
Reading progress update: I've read 57 out of 384 pages.
The Hanging Tree - Ben Aaronovitch

The word "bollocks" is one of the most beautiful and flexible in the English language. It can be used to express emotional states ranging from ecstatic surprise to weary resignation in the face of inevitable disaster.

 

I have to say if you did one of those word map thingies showing my most commonly used words, "bollocks" would definitely feature quite heavily. (Along with 'beer', 'hockey', and 'cats').

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