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5.0 out of 5 stars Oh yes, this is wonderful, 7 Jun. 2011
This review is from: Moon Over Soho (Hardcover)
Wonderful. Literally wonderful, in the sense that it is full of wonders.

At my age (72) it is increasingly hard to find novels that I actually want to read, and even harder to find novels which I don't give up on after perhaps 50 pages. But this one works all right.

Provided, of course, you know what to expect, and like what you are led to expect. For this is one of those cross-genre books. It's part police-procedural, part fantasy (since it's about magic, and we don't believe in magic, do we? Oh, really?), and part literary; the latter because, for a police constable of modest background and educational attainments, our hero is remarkably erudite. Oh, and there's a wide streak of humour running all the way through it -- humour of that black kind which police officers, A&E doctors, and ambulance men, develop into order to protect themselves from the horrible things they have to deal with.

Fortunately, this is number two in a series, so you can go back and start with number one before getting stuck into this one. And the only thing wrong with a series such as this is that the fact that, as my dear old Mum used to say, they don't write them fast enough.
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Initial post: 10 Jan 2012 12:55:59 GMT
Unless Ben Aaronovitch is in the same situation as Simon R Green was when his first novel took off (having written 3 others that where quickly published), he is a quick writer the third novel is out in march 2012

Posted on 27 Mar 2013 11:29:18 GMT
The Zocat says:
I agree that our hero is more erudite than perhaps he should be, but isn't that delicious? So much less enjoyable were he not.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Jun 2013 11:18:22 BDT
Ms. E says:
Well, you do get more erudite as you learn Latin.

Posted on 19 Oct 2014 07:55:39 BDT
Hi ty for the review. Have you read the Bryant and May series by C Fowler? I recommend them if you have enjoyed this. cheerio!

Posted on 25 Nov 2014 08:50:35 GMT
Steve G says:
What a kind review Mr Allen. Makes a nice change to see someone not slagging people off..Well done you.
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