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Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Tuesday Titles 063..

Rivers of London
Rivers of London - Ben Aaronovitch

I've been cracking on with my reading pile, slowly but steadily. One of the books which has been on my shelves, awaiting attention for a while now was Rivers of London, which Alex lent to me goodness knows how long ago. Once I began reading, I did wonder what had taken me so long as I really enjoyed it.

Peter Grant, a probation police officer thinks his life and his career progression plan is pretty simple. Until one fateful night, where he assists with a murder investigation and takes a witness statement from a dead person. A ghost.

DCI Nightingale saves Peter from a lifetime of police-related paperwork by taking him on as an apprentice wizard. Suddenly reassigned to a completely different police department, Peter finds himself getting to know more about the supernatural underground goings on of the city.

A lot of the characters in the book are based on the historical rivers of London and when I spotted this article a couple of days ago it seemed like such a timely coincidence. In the novel, the rivers are people and have a considerable amount of power over things which happen in the city, so Peter needs to work hard to get some of them on side if he wants to solve his case.

The book picks up pace, possibly a little to it's detriment as I think it's ending would have benefited from more of the more mundane details which are so well written at the start. That said, it certainly didn't put me off reading to the end, and planning to look out the next books in the series, of which I believe there are currently two.

What have you been reading lately?

6 comments:

  1. Intriguing!!! I'd probably pick this up with a Charity shop after your review. I'm reading Terry Pratchett's 'The Amazing Maurice and his educated rodents' which is hysterical!!x

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    1. Definitely worth a read - it sounds as though there are many more books in the series than I realised, too!

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  2. There are 4 others in the series,and another to be published next year! I have liked them all though I find I am quite confused by the end and don't quite 'get' what has happened. Really enjoy the writing style though.

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    1. Me too, I was really drawn in by the attention to detail. It pleases me that there are more books in the series than I realised!

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  3. I may have to add this to the "to read" list: one of the rivers has its outlet just by work. N keeps threatening to go and explore. Under MI6? Not the best of plans...

    I'm reading Don Quixote. It's hilarious. But such small print in the edition I've got. I think I need reading glasses.

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    1. Hahahaha. Maybe not the best place to go exploring.

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