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review 2017-10-20 20:25
Foxglove Summer
Foxglove Summer: A Rivers of London Novel - Ben Aaronovitch

by Ben Aaronovitch

 

I've read most of this series and really enjoyed it, though I think this one slowed down a little from the previous books. Peter Grant has a different sort of case. He's helping another department track down two missing girls and it isn't clear at the beginning that his special talents are warranted for the case, although police departments have been known to use the skills of psychics when all else fails. As it happens, a 'weird' aspect to the case does develop.

 

This one was more overtly sexual than previous books as well. Peter's growing relationship with Beverley, the river goddess, has some odd twists and turns but overall seems to be developing into something that might last. Where it could go under the circumstances is open to speculation.

 

The magic has become almost routine now so the initial discovery of arcane skills doesn't have as much room to grow. Believability barriers are also getting nudged a little further than earlier books, but that's inevitable in a series like this.

 

Overall it was an enjoyable read, but I feel like the series is winding down. Having said that, there was an unexpected twist or two near the end. I still haven't got the last book and might not mind waiting a while before I do read it, though I'm sure I will sometime.

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review 2017-09-12 14:36
Second Book in Series Very Good
Moon Over Soho - Ben Aaronovitch

I read "Moon Over Soho" by  Ben Aaronovitch for the "Magical Realism" square.

 

Please note that some things mentioned below may spoil the events in book #1. 

 

"Moon Over Soho" is the second book in the Peter Grant series. Due to a lot of us participating in Halloween bingo are reading this book, I am just going to keep this to a high level review.


First, I really liked all of the characters (Peter, Leslie, Nightingale, Peter's mom and dad, the jazz band guys).

 

Peter though I found to be way more than a little naive in this one. And I don't know, I found myself irritated with him for just not realizing something that I picked up on at a good 50 percent of the book. Don't want to spoil for others, but let's just say I was the least surprised person ever when a reveal popped up. 

 

I wanted more of Leslie in this one. After the events in book #1, Leslie is laying low and trying to put her life and her poor face back together. I don't get it, I thought that Peter was a bit thoughtless towards her character. Now that she's not attractive anymore it seems he lost interest. Which doesn't speak well of him. I have to think more on that.


We do get some nice asides to Peter's family and his mother and father I found to be very cute together. I also liked Peter's commentary on black female hair (it's all true). 

 

The writing was really good and just like in book #1 I laughed. One particular scene with Peter telling Nightingale that calling someone a black wizard was offensive towards black people was funny. Poor Nightingale. Can we please get a side story about his days before he joined the police?

 

The flow dragged for me in this though. Probably because as I said, I realized where the story was going after a lot of clues where laid out. I just got fed up with Peter for not being that smart. Also his complaining about magical training is getting old. Either suck it up, or don't do it anymore.


The ending left us with a little surprise and I wonder how that will play out in future books. 

 

 

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text 2017-09-12 01:53
Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
Moon Over Soho - Ben Aaronovitch

This has been a long freaking day. 

 

My head hurts. 

 

Also I think that this installment was okay, but I disagreed with Peter in the end. This was just as funny as the previous book, but I wanted more Leslie. We get a little bit more history about the wizards running around prior to WWII but not enough to fully quench all the questions I have about them. 

 

 

 

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text 2017-09-11 01:27
Reading progress update: I've read 12%.
Moon Over Soho - Ben Aaronovitch

Cracking up about Peter talking about the two rules for black women's hair. 

 

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text 2017-09-10 18:15
Reading progress update: I've read 1%.
Moon Over Soho - Ben Aaronovitch

Going to read this I guess for magical realism square. It fits a lot of squares so if you want to read this, enjoy. 

 

I hope Leslie is okay after the events of the first book. I can't wait to see how Peter's training goes too. 

 

 

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