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This review is from: London Falling (James Quill 1) (Paperback)
...and actually it will probably be very good, too. I thought this book started extraordinarily well, both conforming to and subverting the structure and style of the detective genre with a little supernatural activity thrown in. The concepts of the phantasmagoria, specifically the rules and limits of the paranormal entities within are very well drawn up and conformed to. The shock of the characters at having consensual reality turned into a multi-dimensional nightmare is conveyed very well, and i was pretty gripped until about two thirds of the way through. This is the point where the horror aspect of the book kicked in and besides being unnecessarily distressing (come on Paul Cornell, there is enough horror and torture in the real world....) it was just plain unpleasant. The equation of witchcraft with pacts with demons - or, as is hinted - the Devil, is a touch outdated. Although the conceit of a demonic presence is not part of my own preferred fantasy cosmology, I was prepared to put this aside and suspend my disbelief until the point where the information about disappearances got too graphic. I wasn't at all surprised when I learned at the end of the book that Cornell wrote with Steven Moffat and that this was originally a script for a television programme. I do honestly believe that were it transformed back to a script it would make truly tremendous television - let's face it, it has a pretty good pedigree!