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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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Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch (2011)

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    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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    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)
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The background is a London which Londoners which recognise, overlaid with a Met Police which coppers will recognise.
Then there's the magic.
The magic is well constructed and nicely limited, distrusted by the police, but understood as a necessary annoyance in the weirder (wyrder?) cases.
It's a good exploration of history and criminology with a sense of mysticism connected to, and deeply entwined within, London's soul.

You don't have to be a Londoner to appreciate this story, and you will come to know it well. You'll come to know and care about the characters: living, dead and... otherwise.

If you enjoy a magical realism with a definite touch of historical fantasy, you will not be disappointed in this story. ( )
  kaalalexanderrosser | Jun 23, 2014 |
Very enjoyable. Not surprised the author wrote some of the Dr Who series as it has a lot of that jaunty imaginative feel. ( )
1 vote Ma_Washigeri | Jun 17, 2014 |
Constable Peter Grant wants to be part of the Murder Team. Instead he is assigned to desk work for the Case Progression Unit. His luck changes when he learns he can see ghosts. This brings him to the attention of DCI Nightingale, who is the only member of a police unit that investigates magic and paranormal related crimes.

I really wanted to like this book. It came highly recommended by many LibraryThingers. It has all the attributes of a book I would like; author who wrote for Doctor Who, London setting, fantasy and paranormal elements, a mystery to solve. Yet the book never grabbed me. I didn’t care about the main character who was also the narrator. The story was slow to get started and had many starts and stops. The one character I was really interested in, DCI Nightingale, ends up in the hospital and completely out of the story for the last half of the book. The river gods and goddesses were fun and I liked the Punch and Judy theme. Otherwise, this book was a big disappointment. ( )
1 vote craso | Jun 14, 2014 |
I did not like how quickly the main character accepted seeing ghosts and the reality of magic. Once I got past that, this was a rollicking fun book. The personifications of the various rivers was a great idea and the struggle to give rules to magic was a good addition to the story. ( )
1 vote jean-duteau | May 14, 2014 |
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. ( )
1 vote mausergem | Mar 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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Yet ah! why should they know their fate?

Since sorrow never comes too late,

And happiness too swiftly flies.

Thought would destroy their paradise.

No more; where ignorance is bliss,

'Tis folly to be wise.

Ode on a Distant Prospect of Eton College by Thomas Gray
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In memory of Colin Ravey, because some people are too large to be contained by just the one universe.
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It started at one thirty on a cold Tuesday morning in January when Martin Turner, street performer and, in his own words, apprentice gigolo, tripped over a body in front of the West Portico of St Paul's at Covent Garden.
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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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