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Rivers of London: The First PC Grant Mystery: 1 Paperback – 25 Aug 2011
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Fresh, original and a wonderful read. I loved it. Charlaine Harris
Midnight Riot is what would happen if Harry Potter grew up and joined the Fuzz. It is a hilarious, keenly imagined caper. Diana Gabaldon
Filled with detail and imagination . . . Aaronovitch is a name to watch. Peter F. Hamilton
The perfect blend of CSI and Harry Potter. --io9.com
Aaronovitch has created a fun and funny character in Grant, who displays wit more than snark (a welcome attitude) and shows he can think on his feet. . . . It's a great start to what will hopefully be a long series of adventures. --SFrevu.com"
"Fresh, original and a wonderful read. I loved it."--Charlaine Harris
The first of the Sunday Times Bestselling Peter Grant seriesSee all Product description
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Rivers of London is quoted to be what Harry Potter would be like if he joined the fuzz. I’m not going to lie that would be well amusing.
Peter Grant as a character has got the kind of subtlety that smacks you in the face and tries really hard to act like it hadn’t. It was amazing.
Peter Grant is a twenty-something middle class mixed race man with a penchant for internal monologuing and an attitude like a hamster on speed – a million miles a minute.
Rivers of London follows Peter Grant’s journey an officer of the London Metropolitan Police Service and an apprentice wizard to Thomas Nightingale. It’s the apprentice wizard part I liked the most – typically you have one or the other either a copper or a wizard but Ben Aaronovitch has combined them beautifully. It’s funny and to the point but it also digresses off on tangents when Peter learns something new.
The story starts when Peter Grant tries to take a witness statement about a murder from a man who is already dead. This is my first inclination that I was going to like this book and it only gets better from there.
This story contains all sorts of paranormal beasties – river spirits, ghosts, vampires, a phantom Mr Punch from Punch and Judy, a revenant the list goes on. They’re all written really well too with good explanations of what they are and the forma that Peter learns as an apprentice.
Peter’s youth is a plus in this book as it gives him an edge over the older Nightingale – much older – and it also gives him an insight into how to deal with the feud between Mr Thames and Mama Thames. I’ll try not to give away too much of the plot but let’s just say when the title says Rivers it isn’t just a title.
Now I promise that Peter’s race has a bearing on the story, it was on one side interesting to hear the description of Peter’s mother and his jazz musician father and his life growing up but on the flip side it was good to see the discrimination in the police force addressed – albeit the manner was humourous rather than serious (a high ranking officer who is being racially abusive towards Peter gets cracked on the head by another officer who freaks out that he’s just hit the Assistant Commisioner on the head and knocked him out) the freaking out was the funny part.
I really liked how this book was written with its clear breaks between dialogue and prose and the way everything flowed together. I did not expect that ending though – it completely threw me and I’m so excited for the next book.
The writing is smooth and lively and the characters are interesting, The depiction of London is authentic. It's obvious that the author knows the places he writes about. (Several writers whose London-set novels I've read recently seem to have gained their knowledge of London from Google.)
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