Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch

Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch

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.

I purchased a copy of this book for my personal reading.

I’ve been looking for something different to try in my reading for some time. I was always guilty of sticking to the same few authors, but since starting up Books and Beyond Reviews I vowed to change that. Having read a lot of Terry Pratchett fantasy has become a firm favourite genre of mine. Mix that together with a crime procedural tale (another winner in my books) and I had found a series I couldn’t pass up.
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Rivers of London is the first book in the series of the same name from British author Ben Aaronovitch follows probationary Met Police officer Peter Grant – an easily distracted but capable officer with aspirations of becoming a detective. Just days away from starting a career in police paperwork, a brutal murder offers a career-defining opportunity for Grant. While on duty, manning the police cordon at the scene of a grisly murder on a cold winter’s night, Grant encounters the only eye witness to the crime, a man who just so happens to be a ghost. But this is only the beginning of the weirdness for Peter.

Having fallen down the rabbit hole into a world of weirdness most people don’t even know exists, Grant finds himself plucked from a future working in drudgery, and dropped into a life of investigating crimes involving the paranormal. Just when his training should be coming to a close his new boss – Chief Inspector Thomas Nightingale – develops his skills in detecting and communing with the paranormal, along with learning spells that just might save his life out in the field.

The Rivers of London series is one I have been meaning to get on to having heard it recommended by numerous other Terry Pratchett fans. Aaronovitch has hit the nail on the head from a sci-fi/fantasy side. The blend of myth and lore, and the creative ideas alone would be enough to make a brilliant story. The work put in to make a believable and yet entertaining crime procedural is not to be discredited. What sets this work apart in my opinion is the masterful way in which Ben Aaronovitch has taken two seemingly disparate genres and fusing them together wonderfully. I would have to classify Rivers of London as one of my books of the year and a new favourite series that I cannot wait to dive deeper into!

My rating:
goodread

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Friday Face-Off – 16th November 2018

Friday Face-Off – 16th November 2018

The Friday Face-Off is a meme originally created by Books by Proxy and now hosted over at Lynn’s Books. The idea is to compare the different covers of a book with each week being a certain theme.

This weeks’ theme is a scary cover: ‘There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it.’

For this week I have stretched the theme just a little with my choice of Misery by Stephen King.

Cover A:

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Cover B:

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Cover C:

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Cover D:

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Cover E:

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Cover F:

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Cover G:

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Cover H:

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And the winner is… A DRAW!

Covers B and H take a share of the spoils this week. I absolutely love this book, and Kathy Bates and James Caan did an amazing job of bringing Annie Wilkes and Paul Sheldon to life. While not a classically scary tale, it is dark and twisted. The intimidation and anticipation of what is to come ratchet up the tension. Cover B is tense with the presence of the typewriter, all important to the story, with the silhouette of an axe shadowing the paper. Cover H is a simple cover, but the shadowing gives it an almost face-like appearance with a menacing look to it.

What are your thoughts? Do you agree with my winner, or does one of the others work better for you? Let me know in the comments!

Next weeks’ theme is a cover featuring a mermaid or merman: ‘The child is in love with a human. And not just any human. A prince!’

Friday Face-Off – 9th November 2018

Friday Face-Off – 9th November 2018

The Friday Face-Off is a meme originally created by Books by Proxy and now hosted over at Lynn’s Books. The idea is to compare the different covers of a book with each week being a certain theme.

This weeks’ theme is a cover featuring a critter of the eight legged variety: ‘All right! They’re spiders from Mars! You happy?’

For this theme I have gone with Lord of the Spiders by Michael Moorcock.

Cover A:

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Cover B:

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Cover C:

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Cover D:

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Cover E:

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And the winner is… COVER E!

I went for something a little different this week, an old-school sci-fi/fantasy style. The orangutan-arachnid hybrid caught my eye. It interests me enough to want to read it.

What are your thoughts? Do you agree with my winner, or does one of the others work better for you? Let me know in the comments!

Next weeks’ theme is a scary cover: ‘There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it.’

Friday Face-Off – 2nd November 2018

Friday Face-Off – 2nd November 2018

The Friday Face-Off is a meme originally created by Books by Proxy and now hosted over at Lynn’s Books. The idea is to compare the different covers of a book with each week being a certain theme.

This weeks’ theme is a cover inspired by Bonfire Night: ‘Remember, Remember, the Fifth of November.’

For this theme I have gone with Bonfire by Krysten Ritter.

Cover A:

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Cover B:

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Cover C:

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Cover D:

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Cover E:

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And the winner is… COVER A!

Just a bonfire – nothing more, nothing less. This one gives nothing away about the book, which I actually quite like.

What are your thoughts? Do you agree with my winner, or does one of the others work better for you? Let me know in the comments!

Next weeks’ theme is a book cover featuring a critter of the eight legged variety: ‘All right! They’re spiders from Mars! You happy?’

Friday Face-Off – 26th October 2018

Friday Face-Off – 26th October 2018

The Friday Face-Off is a meme originally created by Books by Proxy and now hosted over at Lynn’s Books. The idea is to compare the different covers of a book with each week being a certain theme.

This weeks’ theme is a cover inspired by Halloween: ‘Trick or Treat!’

For this theme I have gone with Hallowe’en Party by Agatha Christie.

Cover A:

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Cover B:

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Cover C:

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Cover D:

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Cover E:

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And the winner is… COVER A!

Simple design with simple colours make for a very effective cover. The rich orange pumpkin screams Halloween like few other symbols manage!

What are your thoughts? Do you agree with my winner, or does one of the others work better for you? Let me know in the comments!

Next weeks’ theme is a book cover inspired by Bonfire Night: ‘Remember, remember! The Fifth of November!’

Friday Face-Off – 19th October 2018

Friday Face-Off – 19th October 2018

The Friday Face-Off is a meme originally created by Books by Proxy and now hosted over at Lynn’s Books. The idea is to compare the different covers of a book with each week being a certain theme.

This weeks’ theme is a cover that is from a horror novel: ‘If I cannot inspire love, I will cause fear!’

For this theme I have gone with The Dunwich Horror by H.P. Lovecraft.

Cover A:

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Cover B:

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Cover C:

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Cover D:

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Cover E:

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Cover F:

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And the winner is… COVER A!

I can’t entirely make out what the figure on the cover is, but at the same time it speaks to me of what I expect for Lovecraft – an indescribable horror. Dark and moody, with a mysteriousness borne of the almost indistinguishable creature.

What are your thoughts? Do you agree with my winner, or does one of the others work better for you? Let me know in the comments!

Next weeks’ theme is a book cover inspired by Halloween: ‘Trick or Treat!’

Friday Face-Off – 12th October 2018

Friday Face-Off – 12th October 2018

The Friday Face-Off is a meme originally created by Books by Proxy and now hosted over at Lynn’s Books. The idea is to compare the different covers of a book with each week being a certain theme.

This weeks’ theme is a cover that is from mystery novel: ‘The impossible could not have happened, therefore the impossible must be possible in spite of appearances.’

For this theme I have gone with The Client by John Grisham.

Cover A:

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Cover B:

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Cover C:

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Cover D:

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Cover E:

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Cover F:

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And the winner is… COVER F!

I like this cover a lot. The dark wooded road with a lone car and the shafts of moonlight streaming through add a mysterious air.

What are your thoughts? Do you agree with my winner, or does one of the others work better for you? Let me know in the comments!

Next weeks’ theme is a book cover from a horror novel: ‘If I cannot inspire love, I will cause fear!’