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So, two down...

October 7th, 2014 (09:35 pm)

...56 to go.

Finished Rivers of London today (indeed, about five minutes ago). What can I say - it's a brilliant book, such terrific fun - I can't quite believe it's taken me so long to read it (I've owned it for nearly four years, as I got it signed by Ben at Redemption 2011). It's a great piece of urban fantasy, with lots of humour, great a lovely fluid first person prose style, (it kind of reminds me of Rowling - it seems effortless, but you just know that a lot of thought has gone into each and every word), great descriptive passages that really make you feel like you're there in the middle of the scene. I particularly love - possibly because it's in such stark contrast to the Clive Cussler novels I'd been reading immediately before this one - Aaronovitch's way of giving you the history of some of the places we visit in the story. In Cussler's work, it reads as if he's copy and pasted information from Wikipedia - it's dry and passionless - whereas here, it manages to convey the enthusiasm of someone who knows and loves the places he's writing about. Also, some lovely characterisation - I genuinely fell in love with many of the characters over the course of the book. Even Molly and Toby. I look forward eagerly to reading the rest of the series - I'm moving straight onto Moon over Soho, although the rest won't come until much later - I don't own books three, four and five (well, five hasn't been published yet) and I'm not buying any more until I've made a sufficient dent in the "to read" pile.

Still, two down isn't a bad start...


Posted by: Lil Miss Morgan Dork (badfalcon)
Posted at: October 8th, 2014 10:12 am (UTC)

I love hearing people love these books... if that makes sense. I LOVED them! :DI remember the very impatient wait for Broken Homes to come into the library and just devouring it and flailing a LOT!

Posted by: David Brider (davidbrider)
Posted at: October 10th, 2014 10:19 am (UTC)

I know what you mean - it's always enjoyable when other people start squeeing about books/TV/music/film that you enjoy. Shared squeedom is a great thing. :-)

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Posted by: David Brider (davidbrider)
Posted at: October 10th, 2014 10:21 am (UTC)

I've put Foxglove Summer and the other two on my Amazon wishlist. Kind of hoping friendly relatives might treat me to them for Christmas! :-)

Posted by: Trystan (trystan830)
Posted at: October 8th, 2014 02:12 pm (UTC)
book diet

not entirely why i picked up the Peter Grant series in the first place, but i love it! my copy of Rivers of London was called Midnight Riot - some silly US reasoning, i'm sure. Rivers of London makes MUCH more sense.

so now that i've read 'em all so far, i can has Foxglove Summer now?

Posted by: David Brider (davidbrider)
Posted at: October 10th, 2014 10:20 am (UTC)

For me, it was mainly that I knew of Ben through his work on Doctor Who. Also, I think I heard good things of Rivers of London when it first came out, but it was mainly the DW connection.

Posted by: Trystan (trystan830)
Posted at: October 10th, 2014 12:29 pm (UTC)

From August 2010 to September 2011, I worked at Borders. I saw the first two books there. That's also where I saw the first two books of the Parasol Protectorate as well. I read a LOT of books that year. :)

Posted by: Trystan (trystan830)
Posted at: October 11th, 2014 01:20 am (UTC)
Dean & his Toys

i posted this quote of the day after i read Midnight Riot/Rivers of London. ;)

Posted by: CCA (ciciaye)
Posted at: October 8th, 2014 03:40 pm (UTC)

Moon Over Soho is even better :-)

Posted by: David Brider (davidbrider)
Posted at: October 10th, 2014 10:18 am (UTC)

I'm certainly enjoying that one. Shame I've got a self-imposed wait before I buy the rest in the series.

Posted by: Zoefruitcake (zoefruitcake)
Posted at: October 9th, 2014 08:50 pm (UTC)

I've not read it, it's been on my shelf for a long time

Posted by: David Brider (davidbrider)
Posted at: October 10th, 2014 10:18 am (UTC)

Take it off the shelf and read it! I really can't recommend it enough! :-)

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