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review 2018-12-09 16:36
Broken Homes by Ben Aaronovitch
Broken Homes - Ben Aaronovitch

Well, this was a filler book if there ever was one. The story needed about half the book to get going and what little plot there was served only to set up one "twist" I already knew about, so it wasn't all that exciting. Once the investigation proper actually started, it got more interesting, I liked the architectural asides - not the least because they're inspired by Bruno Taut, who's left his ideas of how the working class should live all over Berlin - and the showdown was great even. But getting there was a chore.

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text 2018-12-09 00:49
"Lies Sleeping - Rivers of London / Peter Grant #7" by Ben Aaronovitch - highly recommended, especially as an audiobook
Lies Sleeping - Ben Aaronovitch

The Peter Grant series continues to be one of my most satisfying urban fantasy reads.

 

Peter's slightly off mainstream centre but ever so accurate view of the world is intoxicating, whether he's commenting on architectural faux pas, describing how rooms can be lies told by their inhabitants, critiquing the dynamics that result in police officers using terms like "pro-active, intelligence-led operations" or looking deeper into the history of London.

 

In this book, you can see that Peter has matured. He has people that he's responsible for, a stable relationship with a woman/goddess who rescued him from Fairyland and a firmer grasp of his own capabilities. Yet he's still driven by curiosity and deeply angered by the abuse of power. 

 

I liked that Peter isn't becoming some Doctor Strange figure, fighting the forces of darkness alone. He still sees himself as a policeman and it pleased me to see him working as part of a team with other officers from the Met. I liked the idea of needing PACE-compliant interview rooms for magical suspects and of having dozens of analysts combing data and putting actions into Holmes.

 

The plot is filled with threat, mystery and humour. It continues to have London itself as a character, with its past and present shaping the flow of events. These events also move the Leslie story arc forward in a decisive way and pull together things learned in earlier books.

 

I was particularly impressed with the new addition to the Folly. The story behind that made a bridge to earlier books and demonstrated Peter's growing maturity.

 

I loved meeting the talking foxes again. The dialogue with them made me smile.

 

The only thing that pushed me out of the story a little was the way that Nightingale kept getting sidelined by circumstance. I can see that this gave Peter the space to operate but it will be frustrating and not very credible if it continues.

 

I consumed this book in a couple of days and that was only because I made myself take a break and get some sleep rather than reading it in one gulp. It's a gift to the fans.

 

I listened to the audiobook version narrated by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith. His performance is superb.

 

I read "Lies Sleeping" as the "latest in a series" book for the Diwali door in 24 Festive Tasks.

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review 2018-12-04 06:32
Great follow up to the first one
Moon Over Soho - Ben Aaronovitch

***Spoilers ahead you’ve been warned***

 

It is advisable to read the first one before you get into Moon Over Soho. You’re pretty much carrying on right after the events in the first book so it’s always better to get the background information before carrying on :)

 

I was pleased with this one, complete with rather macabre scenes that will stick with me for a while. I still enjoy the way it’s being narrated by Peter Grant. He tells it pretty bluntly and explains well for some of us who don’t live in London which helps understand the setting more. The setting is dark and gritty, just right to complement the mystery that is prevalent to the case. The mix with the supernatural blends quite well with real life London, I believe it’s probably even more enjoyable to read for those that are quite familiar to the city.

 

Supporting characters and some new ones are featured in the book. It’s nice to see Leslie again despite what happened to her (ahh but the ending though!). Peter takes a lot of beating (both verbal and physical) during the book which is to be expected. He does have a thing with Simone that covers a good latter part of the book which is ok, although I thought it provided a lot of filler and it slowed the pace down considerably. You almost wanted to ask; “Peter, don’t you have a case to work on?”

 

It proved to be a quick read with a good open cliffhanger ending with the mystery of The ‘Faceless One’ which makes the series even more intriguing at this point. I’ll be definitely be picking up the third one. A great series to read so far!

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text 2018-11-22 13:17
Reading progress update: I've read 52%. mmmm, the sweet smell of a new Peter Grant story in the morning.
Lies Sleeping - Ben Aaronovitch

The Peter Grant series continues to be one of my most satisfying urban fantasy reads.

 

 

Peter's slightly off mainstream centre but ever so accurate view of the world is intoxicating, whether he's commenting on architectural faux pas, describing how rooms can be lies told by their inhabitants, critiquing the dynamics that result in police officers using terms like "pro-active, intelligence-led operations" or looking deeper into the history of London, his thoughts are intoxicating.

 

 

Add to that a plot filled with threat, mystery and humour and I'm not at all surprised that I'm halfway through this book less than a day after starting it.

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review 2018-11-20 22:27
Abandoning "Tantrics of Old"
Tantrics of Old - Krishnarjun Bhattacharya
Lies Sleeping - Ben Aaronovitch

I have been reading "Tantrics of Old" as my Diwali book for 24 Festive Task but I've reluctantly decided to DNF it at 30%.

 

The ideas behind the book are fascinating - a ruined but magical Old Kolkata contrasted with a clean and shiny New Kolkata that outlaws magic - a newish take on demons and witches and necromancers.

 

Sadly, the writing plods along, the structure of the storytelling is clumsy and the characters are too thinly drawn to care about.

 

When I found myself treating reading it as a chore I decided to DNF it.

 

So now I need another book for Diwali. 

 

This time I'm going with: "a book that is the latest in a series".

 

The latest Peter Grant / Rivers of London book, "Lies Sleeping" dropped onto my audible TBR shelf this week so I'm picking that as the replacement. 

 

I'm certain that reading it won't be a chore.

 

 

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