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Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch

Rivers of London (original 2011; edition 2012)

by Ben Aaronovitch

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Title:Rivers of London
Authors:Ben Aaronovitch
Info:Gollancz (2012), Paperback
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Midnight Riot by Ben Aaronovitch (2011)

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    Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman (riverwillow)
    riverwillow: Both 'Neverwhere' and 'Rivers of London' (US title 'Midnight Riot') evoke a magical fairy tale London which sometimes feels more authentic then any real life guide to the city.
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    Storm Front by Jim Butcher (majkia)
    majkia: both involve paranormal mystery and smart-ass dialog.
  3. 61
    A Madness of Angels: Or, the Resurrection of Matthew Swift by Kate Griffin (TheDivineOomba)
    TheDivineOomba: Same Location, similar themes. Both Capture the essence of London.
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    The Big Over Easy by Jasper Fforde (souloftherose)
    souloftherose: It's difficult to explain this recommendation without giving spoilers to one or other of the books. There were certain plot elements to Rivers of London/Midnight Riots which made me think of The Big Over Easy. And both books have a well-developed sense of humour.… (more)
  5. 20
    Rule 34 by Charles Stross (fhprice)
    fhprice: Besides the urban setting and police procedural genre similarities, both have protagonists with a snarky "we're just cogs making witty observations about the machine" voices. Wicked humor.
  6. 20
    Archer's Goon by Diana Wynne Jones (LongDogMom)
    LongDogMom: The way that the river spirits are characterized is similar to the characters in Archer's Goon. Same feel/style.
  7. 20
    King Rat by China Miéville (mikewilliams64)
    mikewilliams64: London urban fantasy with malevolent magic in the wings. Sharp contemporary horror from the beginning of Mieville's career
  8. 10
    Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire (Mav.Weirdo)
  9. 32
    Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams (souloftherose)
    souloftherose: Both books have a certain dark British humour to them.
  10. 10
    The Rook by Daniel O'Malley (Rubbah)
  11. 10
    Stray Souls by Kate Griffin (LongDogMom)
    LongDogMom: Both are a bit quirky, set in London, and deal with the spirits of things, magic and murder.
  12. 00
    No Hero by Jonathan Wood (Rouge2507)
    Rouge2507: Similar: British policeman fights against the supernatural
  13. 00
    The New York Magician by Jacob Zimmerman (LongDogMom)
    LongDogMom: Both books have a similar way of portraying Gods and Powers and both are urban fantasy/mysteries
  14. 00
    The Memory of Blood by Christopher Fowler (hairball)
    hairball: Two books with Punch & Judy-themed murders--must be something in the water in London.
  15. 66
    Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke (jonathankws)
    jonathankws: Both books feature an apparent normal world where magic takes place behind the scenes.
  16. 00
    Nightfall by Stephen Leather (agneson9)
    agneson9: features supernatural/paranormal side of London
  17. 11
    Never the Bride by Paul Magrs (jonathankws)
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    Retribution Falls by Chris Wooding (Alliebadger)
  19. 02
    Embers by Laura Bickle (thewalkinggirl)
    thewalkinggirl: Both series have smart heroes who are more likely to use their brains than their powers to solve problem and both series make good use of mythology.

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This is the first book of an urban fantasy series. Peter Grant, a new constable in the London metropolitan deparment has a talent for the supernatural. He is recruited by detective inspector Nightingale to work by his side. What follows is a fun filled journey in the world of of ghosts, river nymphs, vampires and other fascinating characters.

Fast paced and very entertaining. ( )
  mausergem | Mar 22, 2014 |

AKA Harry Dresden: Year One. (That is a compliment!!) ( )
  ComicGirl178 | Mar 14, 2014 |
I wont go into a synopsis too much as so many previous reviews have already done so. Suffice it to say, young constable Peter Grant, fresh out of police training, suddenly discovers his magical talents and is thrown into a world he never imagined existed.

Unfortunately The Rivers of London didn't quite hit the mark for me. Although I loved the Idea of the river gods and goddesses and enjoyed some of the excellent lines and funny moments, this slim novel has huge problems with pacing. At one point our main character leaves his best friend, who is facing disfiguration and death, to hang out at his parents flat, getting a good nights sleep, happily munching breakfast and chatting to his dad. In such a situation you would expect him to be furiously thinking about how to save his friend and what steps to take next. However there's no feeling of urgency at all, almost as if he had forgotten what's going on, the pace grinding to a near halt. Considering how short the novel is, it's surprising how often it drags along like this. It was also tedious continuously reading about the main character's adolescent longings to jump into the sack with his female colleague Leslie, as well as with the nubile river nymph Beverly. Both potentially interesting characters however, other than their desirable attributes, we barely learn anything about them. I also would have liked to learn more about Nightingale, the strange head of the Met's supernatural division. Though this can be forgiven if the next installments reveal more about the other characters. Despite it's flaws, Rivers of London did show some excellent humour, intriguing ideas and good character development. So I will probably take a peak at the next installment. I just hope main character Peter Grant grows up bit and stops whinging about his "man-pain" as another reviewer so aptly puts it! ( )
1 vote TillyTenchwiggle | Mar 6, 2014 |
The cover of my edition describes this novel as "what would happen if Harry Potter grew up and joined the Fuzz." I'm not sure I entirely agree with that, but it's close. Peter Grant is a very likable character who sort of stumbles into his job after he meets a ghostly witness to a brutal murder. The story is part fantasy part CSI and quite a lot of fun. It reminded me somewhat of the television show Life on Mars (the British one). I would have liked to see a little more character development, though maybe that will come with the later novels in the series, but all in all it was a good fun read. ( )
  virginiahomeschooler | Mar 4, 2014 |
Delightful :) Half Neverwhere and half Dresden. ( )
  StigE | Feb 22, 2014 |
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Sometimes There Are Men Who Get It Right This author is proof that men can actually grok the full humanity of le deuxième sexe, and write it into their fictional worlds. without having the female characters come across as either absent, ciphers, stereotypes, or sex-fantasies.

(Rivers of London/Midnight Riot, Moon Over Soho, and Whispers Under Ground) are smart, sharp, fast, witty books with a real sense of place (the place being London, if you hadn’t guessed). They’re told from the point of view of PC Peter Grant, who gets himself mixed up in some deeply Weird Shit in the opening chapters of Rivers of London—and the icing on the cake is that Peter is surrounded by a variety of women who are more competent than he is in any number of ways. And he’s okay with that.

Don’t get me wrong. Peter is still a guy, and occasionally a right arse. But the women in these books are real and human—even when they’re not. Human, that is.
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Probationary Constable Peter Grant dreams of being a detective in London’s Metropolitan Police. Too bad his superior plans to assign him to the Case Progression Unit, where the biggest threat he’ll face is a paper cut. But Peter’s prospects change in the aftermath of a puzzling murder, when he gains exclusive information from an eyewitness who happens to be a ghost. Peter’s ability to speak with the lingering dead brings him to the attention of Detective Chief Inspector Thomas Nightingale, who investigates crimes involving magic and other manifestations of the uncanny. Now, as a wave of brutal and bizarre murders engulfs the city, Peter is plunged into a world where gods and goddesses mingle with mortals and a long-dead evil is making a comeback on a rising tide of magic.

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"As a wave of brutal and bizarre murders engulfs the city, Peter is plunged into a world where gods and goddesses mingle with mortals and a long-dead evil is making a comeback on a rising tide of magic"-- P. [4] of cover.

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