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Whispers under ground by Ben Aaronovitch

Whispers under ground (edition 2011)

by Ben Aaronovitch

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Title:Whispers under ground
Authors:Ben Aaronovitch (Author)
Info:London : Gollancz, 2012.
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Whispers Under Ground by Ben Aaronovitch

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In Peter Grant's third adventure, the ethically challenged wizard apprentice detective constable is quite literally driven to the dark depths of London as he is trying to solve the murder on the son of an American senator which may involve some weird shit (e.g. Magic)...

I'm not too familiar with Urban Fantasy, but from what I've heard this is a nice example, as it really blends the fantasy-bits in with the more believable London. I enjoyed it for sure! It is written in such a witty style, making you laugh out loud on the train - and thus being looked at as if there was something wrong with me. It also involves quite some references! (You can never put to many in a book!). And now, all that's left is to wait till the new book is published... ( )
  Floratina | Jan 4, 2015 |
Yet another badly blurbed book in this series. Don't believe anything on the back cover, it completely fails to convey the plot at all. Fun though.

Peter puts the deaths in the last book behind him, and continues to do some proper policing - with Leslie's assistance. Even though she's still on medical leave, she has become part of the Arrangement - much to some parties dislike. Meanwhile of course he's continuing his own experiments with magic to Nightingales' annoyance, and a much more furtive investigation into the Faceless Man and the cadre of trained magicians who don't have sanction from the Folly.

Most of the story though is pure police procedural as a body is found on a Underground platform with little evidence as to how it came to be there. Peter teams up with a member of the British Transport Police (who certainly wouldn't have been caving on Dartmoor, that being granite rather than the limestone Mendips the author might have been thinking of). Explorations lead them into even more unexpected waters than Peter imagined, and the Sisters aren't that impressed either.

Develops many of the leads created in Moon - with space for plenty of future books. I do hope Ben will be careful in the continuity throughout the series, and not just forget some of the ideas raised. ( )
  reading_fox | Jan 1, 2015 |
I had trouble following this third Peter Grant adventure. There's more about the Faceless Man, plus some random folks living under ground, plus a guy who may be a fairy or goblin or not. I don't know. I did like some of the continuity of detail from previous books, though. One character, for example, suffers severe injuries in the first book, and is still working through the lengthy recovery even now. I keep reading because I like the characters, and I keep hoping the plot will start making sense eventually. ( )
  melydia | Oct 30, 2014 |
I love this series but the earlier two books had a few too many flaws to warrant 5 stars. It's like starting Discworld in chronological order and at last getting to the really good ones like Wyrd Sisters or Guards, Guards, only quicker. Frankly, it would be harder for a mixture of comic fantasy, police procedural and psychogeography of a firmly multicultural 21st century London to be better than this. I hadn't been looking forward to the interpolation of lots of Americanisms, in a plot featuring a US murder victim and the FBI agent who arrives in his wake, but none of the local atmosphere is lost and Agent Reynolds never hogs the limelight although she's very good at her job.

It's great reading about streets you can remember walking down yourself, especially whilst in such a good mood that you forget to be sad about missing them.

And I really like the characterisation of Lesley here. (Also, those people who criticised her situation, or the female characters generally, in Moon Over Soho definitely jumped the gun.) In the previous book, Aaronovitch was excellent and realistic about the social isolation she experienced whilst having to live out of town with her injuries. Here, whilst she's back working to a limited extent, he still shows alongside a realistically slow adjustment process, how even if you want to be robust and have a sense of humour about things, other, well-meaning, people's responses to odd disabilities can still really hurt - plus also there's also mention the odd paradox of still being attractive in some ways, even whilst the other stuff has become a serious and unattractive obstacle on both sides.

Just like Pratchett, there are lots of references here to keep the well-informed and smug entertained. Material about role-playing where I may have missed a few things, architecture, centuries-old writers repurposed, and my favourites, unsignposted things that you have to know to spot, e.g. "Kevin bloody Nolan". (Though D&C, high street men's clothing - not G, it's obviously lower-end than that - remains a mystery, Google still bringing up the more established and distinctly less pleasant first associations for those letters.) Mentions of "Grant and May" and Hermione and Harry that confirm, as if it wasn't already obvious from his intelligence, that Aaronovitch knows exactly who his characters' antecedents are.

Sgt Kumar of the British Transport Police, their own, less official ghostbuster - and in his spare time urban explorer and potholer - is another character I'm looking forward to hearing more of in subsequent books. The series is doing a very good job of having enough of a self-contained story in one volume whilst also building up characters and carrying over a few plot elements from previous books. ( )
  antonomasia | Sep 7, 2014 |
This one has a bit of the Faceless man but he isn't the full part of the story. An American student dies in the Tube tunnels and Peter investigates it and finds out there is more to it than first appears. It also doesn't help that the victim is politically connected so there is a FBI agent tracking him and he tries to hide the use of magic from her at the same time. The plus for me is Lesley is becoming part of the team instead of being a has been cop since her injury in the first book. Good read and I'm waiting for the next one. ( )
  Glennis.LeBlanc | Jul 8, 2014 |
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When the son of a wealthy, politically powerful family is found dead, London constable and sorcerer's apprentice Peter Grant investigates this case, which is linked to a rogue magician known as the Faceless Man--and which takes him deep within the deadliest subway system in the world.… (more)

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