EBOOK NEW Rivers of London ï Ben Aaronovitch

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  • Rivers of London
  • Ben Aaronovitch
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  • 04 December 2020
  • 9781407243160

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Read Rivers of London Rivers of London Summary Ø PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ben Aaronovitch ☆ 0 Review I used to be probationary constable in that mighty army for justice known to all right thinking people as the Metropolitan Police Service and to everyone else as the FilthMeet DC Peter Grant He will show. Rivers of London is a fun mix of so many things that I love in my pleasure reads the geekiness and the science the dry British humor and the magicalmythicalphantasmagorical stuff in a big city What s not to like My whole life basically Really Examples Terry Pratchett Neil Gaiman even some of China Mi ville s stuff Examples Harry Dresden books China Mi ville Neil Gaiman even Sir Terry Carved above the lintel were the words SCIENTIA POTESTAS EST Science points east I wondered Science is portentous yes Science protests too much Scientific potatoes rule Had I stumbled on the lair of dangerous plant geneticistsThe US titled Midnight Riot which used to be called Rivers of London before some American publisher undoubtedly decided that the target audience should NOT be aspiring US based geographers is a great read for me a self proclaimed devout Dresdenite as in Harry Dresden the Chicago wizard for hire and not so much the German city It has all the surface similarities to that series a magically inclined PI constable collaborating with the police force of a big city to solve magical crimes while interacting with a slew of mythical creatures and engaging in self deprecating pop culture references laden humor and in case of Peter Grant lacking the borderline misogynous chivalry But before you those who do not share my affection for the Dresden universe run away screaming from this book please listen it apparently appealed even to those who cannot stand Harry Dresden All the similarities aside this book has a very distinct and fun voice and is less pulpy much lighter on the magical stuff and whimsy and heavier on dry humor and police procedurals as well as geekiness than the Chicago wizard books I d like to say that I remembered the practice of exchanging hostages from school history classes or from stories of precolonial life in Sierra Leone but the truth was that it came up while playing Dungeons and Dragons when I was thirteenPeter Grant is joining the ranks of my favorite characters with his self deprecating humor firmly rooted in pop culture and modern world as well as his own complicated family dynamics A probationary constable who is recruited into a small now consisting of 2 people department of London police dealing with the supernatural he approaches learning magic from a viewpoint of a natural scientist carrying out experiments creating theories and even using science and valid deductions to counteract the villain in one of the major confrontations All helped along with humor and told in a narrative voice that is very even keeled even when the protagonist is faced with a life or death situation and which in my opinion adds to the appeal of this story We did an hour of practice at the end of which I was capable of flinging a fireball down the range at the dizzying speed of a bumblebee who d met his pollen uota and was taking a moment to enjoy the view And the city Ben Aaronovitch s love for London is contagious London is very much a character in this story and way than just a setting The history the streets the landmarks even the rivers in this story are captivating I love when that happens in books and I thoroughly enjoyed it in this story Being a seasoned Londoner Martin gave the body the London once over a uick glance to determine whether this was a drunk a crazy or a human being in distress The fact that it was entirely possible for someone to be all three simultaneously is why good Samaritanism in London is considered an extreme sport like BASE jumping or crocodile wrestling But wait there for a second Nataliya you must be wondering if you loved this book so much then a why don t you marry it and b why the hell did you just 3 star it huh Well here s why While I love the narrative voice and the protagonist to pieces I find the storylines not very memorable or compelling I m sure I ll remember Peter Grant for years to come but I ll be hard pressed to remember what the hell the story was about No it s not hard to follow but it s just not that memorable and honestly not that engrossing Moreover the two main stories in this book aptly represented by the titles that the different sides of the ocean have chosen Midnight Riot and Rivers of London felt to me uite separate from each other connected only by the fact that Peter Grant was involved in both of them I think Aaronovitch should have either connected them together in a meaningful way or has chosen one of them to focus on Despite my gripes with the storylines I was so enad with the narration and the humor and the protagonist that I will without a doubt read the next book in the series and will highly recommend this one Peter Grant for the win 35 stars If you ask any police officer what the worst part of the job is they will always say breaking bad news to relatives but this is not the truth The worst part is staying in the room after you ve broken the news so that you re forced to be there when someone s life disintegrates around them Some people say it doesn t bother them such people are not to be trusted By the way here is my review of the second book in the series Moon Over SohoFor the review of the third book Whispers Underground head over here and for the fourth one Broken Homes over here

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Read Rivers of London Rivers of London Summary Ø PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ben Aaronovitch ☆ 0 Review U never suspectedGran't story starts when he tries to take a witness statement from a man who was already dead And take him down a twisting turning centuries' old mystery that reckons to set London on fir. Posted at Shelf InflictedI m a fan of Jim Butcher s Dresden Files series even though I got tired and stopped reading after 9 After a while the stories became too repetitive and I didn t see any significant growth in Harry s character His smart ass comments that were amusing in the earlier books started getting annoying towards the end In the hopes I would find a fun read similar to the Dresden books I picked up Midnight Riot It wasn t a bad book but it wasn t a great one either Peter Grant was an interesting character He is a constable in London s Metropolitan Police who wants to be a detective but his superior thinks he is better suited for pushing paper Finding a headless corpse in The Actors Church in Covent Garden and talking with a ghost who witnessed the crime draws him to Thomas Nightingale the force s investigator of supernatural crimes Under Nightingale s patient tutelage Peter learns how magic works and how to hone his investigative skills He is kept very busy as the body count increases and his negotiation skills are called upon to help resolve the differences between the magical rulers of the Thames River This is when the story seemed to lose focus for me There were two stories in one and neither was compelling enough to keep my interest I found my attention wandering numerous times and took breaks to read other stories I loved that Peter is mixed race his father a failed jazz musician and his mother a cleaning woman from Sierra Leone While I enjoyed how the ethnic and racial diversity of London was portrayed I couldn t really get a feel for the city I need than street names mention of famous landmarks and references to TV shows or movies I haven t seen or heard of Too many acronyms became confusing and I found myself going back in the story to find out what they stand for Overall the story was fast paced but not especially gripping I liked Peter s voice his witty sense of humor and his scientific approach to magic But like Harry Dresden his sexual maturity never exceeds the level of a teenage boy even though he is attracted to his colleague Leslie and Beverly Brook daughter of Mother Thames I m not sure if I ll continue with the series

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Read Rivers of London Rivers of London Summary Ø PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ben Aaronovitch ☆ 0 Review You his city But it's not the capital that you see as you make your way from tube to bus from Elephant to Castle It's a city that under its dark surface is packed full of crime And of magic A city that yo. I m giving this top marks for an UF for several reasons1 Plain enjoyment This one should be obvious but it doesn t always work even with a lot of other titles I respect across the board I may love bits and pieces of them but then you come across writing that is a breeze to fall into and enjoy throughout and then you know you ve got a real winner on your hands That s this one2 Geeky rather a loser London Police Constable with a bit of a new magical talent a heavy steeping of modern sff culture and an even heavier steeping of police procedural and depth of characterization It feels real and I just love this guy3 It s not light on the Londonite scene This is great grounding and full of great humor and history bringing in some of the weirdest tidbits of the past centuries like the proverbial grab bag and shaking it about a bit and giving us a hell of a weird novel It s a total blastAny one of these reasons should have been enough but damn who cares It s a great read Some of the best UF created in fact I can t wait to delve into the rest