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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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review 2013-10-03 02:59
Moon over Soho – Ben Aaronovitch
Moon Over Soho (Peter Grant, #2) - Ben Aaronovitch

I love Ben Aaronovitch. Love. I haven't been this excited about a series in quite a while. Harry Dresden, yes, and Mercy Thompson, but I think the only comparison is the sheer happiness each new Harry Potter brought. To which there is a certain irony.

I have kept a List of "my authors" since I started realizing I needed a way to keep track of what I had and hadn't read by writers I liked, a pre-internet attempt to make sure that I didn't miss anything. Probably two-thirds of the writers on The List are solid Good Writers, usually reliable as enjoyable reads. It's the other third that makes life worth living sometimes, the ones that even just a few pages in give me a delighted shiver of discovery. I haven't been this excited about a new-to-me writer in a while. I am very much prone to rereads (comfort books keep me going), but in 2011 over a hundred books that I read were new to me. Of those, a few were bad, some were mediocre, and several were very good. A handful made The List, meaning that I'll be conscientious about getting hold of their books. But none of the new-to-me writers gave me that delighted shiver that Rivers of London did.

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review 2013-08-23 00:00
Moon Over Soho (Peter Grant, #2) - Ben A... Moon Over Soho (Peter Grant, #2) - Ben Aaronovitch, Kobna Holdbrook-Smith Urban Fantasy that can't be beat. 5 Stars

It's official. I have a man crush on Peter Grant. I can't help myself :)

For me, this series stands at the top of UF. Maybe because he is British and as a Canadian I still feel beholden to Her Majesty. Whatever it is, I prefer the British crime wizard. In part, he is willing to work with other people unlike a certain wizard from Chicago (I'm talking about Harry Dresden for those of you who are not catching my drift) who prefers to be the good old American cowboy. Don't get me wrong, both are superb pieces of fiction but not only does Ben Aaronovitch craft a wonderful plot, he captures the feel and tone of the City of London. Not that I actually know what its like, but the story makes the city and the people come alive.

The book is atmospheric. Our unlikely hero, Peter Grant, describe the characters and places he visits by smell and sound. A certain character who may be immortal, 90 years old but look they are 20 may smell like lavender and brick dust. It may seem strange but there is always a reason.

I have to hand it to Aaronovich. He is not adverse to shockers. Peter's love interest in the first book has her face fall off. There is, at least at this point, no magic bullet to fix her. She is now horribly deformed and barely able to talk. Most author would be afraid to damage a powerful supporting character like this but it works with the story and we are not left wanting Hold on to your seat.

The pace of this book varies from quick to slow but your are never left bored.

One final note. Some may not like this as much as other UF as the magic plays a lesser role. It is more an UF/Police Procedural that involves magical elements. I personally find Peter Grant's attempts to explain and understand magic through the eyes of science to be an interesting and original. I highly recommend this series.
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