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London Falling

London Falling [Kindle Edition]

Paul Cornell
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)

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'London Falling is pacy, smart and revels in London mythology. It's especially clever in that our heroes don't stop being coppers just because they now realise there are more things in heaven and earth (and elsewhere) than dreamt of in our philosophies. London Falling might not be on the Booker longlist, but crikey it's good fun.' --Scotland on Sunday

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The dark is rising . . . Detective Inspector James Quill is about to complete the drugs bust of his career. Then his prize suspect Rob Toshack is murdered in custody. Furious, Quill pursues the investigation, co-opting intelligence analyst Lisa Ross and undercover cops Costain and Sefton. But nothing about Toshack’s murder is normal. Toshack had struck a bargain with a vindictive entity, whose occult powers kept Toshack one step ahead of the law – until his luck ran out. Now, the team must find a 'suspect' who can bend space and time and alter memory itself. And they will kill again. As the group starts to see London’s sinister magic for themselves, they have two choices: panic or use their new abilities. Then they must hunt a terrifying supernatural force the only way they know how: using police methods, equipment and tactics. But they must all learn the rules of this new game - and quickly. More than their lives will depend on it. ‘He's gone and written a novel too! I suspect it will be just as good as everything else he's written, and that's not fair at all’ George R R Martin

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 615 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Tor (6 Dec 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AER81ZU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #601 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars London horror 9 Nov 2012
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This was an enjoyable read. What begins as a story of undercover policing among London's organised criminals (tensions in the team, possible betrayal, budget pressures) suddenly takes another - and darker twist - as the chief suspect is killed in a particularly gruesome way (not a spoiler - this is all over the book's blurb). The key officers from Operation Goodfellow (the name itself I think a clue to what's going on) are left investigating the darkness behind the crime, with nothing to help them but their "copper instinct" and the systematic procedures of modern policing.

Cornell then adroitly slides this group of bickering, disparate police officers (and one analyst - who has secrets of her own) into a parallel London, inhabited by wonders and horrors that only they can see (but which they are still defenceless against). As in a number of similar recent books by authors such as China Mieville and Ben Aaronovitch, London comes to the fore, almost turning into a character itself. The story gathers pace, with the original criminal gang almost (but not quite) left behind in the pursuit of a truly horrible villain (yet one we're forced, to a degree, to sympathise with). On the way the reader encounters an extremely polite, though infuriating, talking cat, phantom ships and the most haunted shop in London (which, actually, isn't). All great fun, and as a few mysteries are clearly left unexplained, this book is obviously destined to be the start of a series.

I'm looking forward to more.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't live up to expectations 25 April 2013
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I read this, all the time waiting for it to become the rip roaring, exciting, thrill-a-minute ride that this should be, but somehow it falls short. The characters are ill-defined; If this was a TV series or movie, or even a graphic novel, we could follow visual clues but I'm afraid without visual definition I was often left wondering who was who and, even worse, wondering if I cared. The story's not bad and the London setting fine enough. But it didn't grip me by the throat- There was always something else I could find an excuse to read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unseen London 2 Dec 2012
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Urban fantasy meets crime drama in a new novel from writer Paul Cornell. It runs for three hundred and ninety five pages and is divided into thirty chapters plus an epilogue.

The story starts in the middle of a long running police operation to bring down a London Gangster and his operations. Two undercover detectives and their superior are caught up in the middle of all this. But when their suspect is then murdered in custody in a brutal and seemingly impossible manner, they have a new investigation on their hands.

With the aid of an intelligence analyst, they find there's more to the city than meets the eye. And an urban legend about a certain football club turns out to be true. Can this police team come to terms with their new abilities and themselves, and bring down a supernatural serial killer?

This is very grounded in it's setting, and the writer clearly knows the city well. It tries to be grim and gritty and realistic, so there is a bit of strong language and some rather gruesome scenes.

It's a very hard book to get into though because you are thrown into the middle of the investigation and this and the style of the writing and the use of a fair amount of jargon [although there is a glossary at the back of the book] does make the first thirty six or pages rather heavy and uninvolving going.

But once the supernatural element comes in this suddenly becomes much more readable. So it is well worth persevering with.

The plot does contain enough twists and turns to keep going very nicely for just under four hundred pages. And it does take it's time out as it goes along to add more depth to the characters also.

This will probably appeal far more to urban fantasy readers than crime drama fans.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars London Falling 7 Dec 2012
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I enjoyed this, not my usual choice of reading genre but it was lively and well told. It started off a bit like an episode of the Sweeney and then turned in to a kind of Sweeney meets Nightmare on Elm street. A bit gruesome in places and some of it is certainly not for the faint-hearted. The four main characters making up the police squad are well matched and the story bowled along at a rapid pace and made kind of sense.Good fun.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars "London calling to the imitation zone" 21 Feb 2013
Although I know there's a genre called urban fantasy/paranormal/supernatural, I haven't dipped my toes into it beyond a few examples that bleed over into the detective genre. As it happens, both of those were also first books in London-set series: Ben Aaronovich "Rivers of London" series (Midnight Riot / Rivers of London, Moon Over Soho, Whispers Underground) and Christopher Fowler's Bryant and May series (Full Dark House, The Water Room, Seventy-Seven Clocks, etc.). The premise of those two earlier series is that there is a supernatural London that exists alongside our real present-day one, and that special police officers can act to police that world. This book takes that same exact line, as a handful of police form a special unit to take on a powerful supernatural serial killer.

But before that happens, the story opens in media res, with two undercover police detectives within the inner circle of London's gangster lord. There's a rather choppy and confusing opening 40 pages or so, in which their operation is about to be shut down if they can't come up with some concrete information. Then something dramatic occurs, and the undercover officers, their boss, and a police intelligence analyst are put together to figure out what happened. It still takes quite a while for their investigation to get going, and even when it does, the pacing is off and description of the supernatural world isn't always clear. The book might have benefited from a revision or stronger editorial hand on the first third. Eventually, it does start to smooth out and pick up momentum, and in the final fifty pages or so the plot really kicks in.

Unfortunately, although strong in atmosphere and horror elements, the book really falters in characterization.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great read
If you enjoy your alternate worlds dark and a bit scary, read on. Looking forward to more in this series
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4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining amalgam of gritty police procedure and witchcraft.
A detective story with a supernatural element, this novel conjured up several thoughts regarding how I might describe it. Read more
Published 26 days ago by P. McCLEAN
2.0 out of 5 stars Struggled
The synopsis had everything I was looking for...but somehow I struggled to keep going. For me there was too much reflection by the characters in the writing and not enough... Read more
Published 1 month ago by djemotion25
4.0 out of 5 stars Cracking Entertainment
Another book from a recommendation. I try to avoid reading any blurb about the book (why does blurb have to tell you the whole story) - only enough to get a vague idea what it's... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dark modern fantasy
I loved the horror and the darkness that this book conjures. The strong characters that are plunged into a world they don't understand and didn't know existed, yet rise to the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by J. Eley
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read
Brilliantly written, The prose & style had me riveted from page one. I can't wait for the next one, may it be soon.
Published 1 month ago by Baldpagan
2.0 out of 5 stars What a load of nonsense
S'ok if massively contrived, characters are one dimensional - plot is just plain weird. Lost me with the talking cat
Published 1 month ago by Mr M B Laws
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
I must admit, I was struggling to get a handle on this for the first few pages, but at a certain point it just clicked and then it was just as addictive as some of the reviews... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Whittso
1.0 out of 5 stars Not for me
I very rarely give up on a book. When I've paid good money for it I read it regardless, but I'm afraid "London Falling" has beaten me. Read more
Published 2 months ago by K. Davies
4.0 out of 5 stars Darker than you expect! Good read!
Right, so this is book one in what promises to be a great series.

It is also part of a number of Urban Fantasy titles to be based in London (Rivers of London, 61... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mr. H. Figueroa
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