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- Publisher: Orion Publishing Group Limited
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 8 April 2011
- Language: English
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I really enjoyed this book for its humor and the unusual combination of scientific investigation paired with utilizing magic. It put a different spin on the plot for me by having the entire London scene be so solidly in the present time, with the citizens of that great city completely unaware of the magic or the horrors within their city. I also enjoyed the great amount of research this author has obviously done regarding the many rivers around London. And to have each of them portrayed as an individual character was quite a successful undertaking. I also want to compliment those responsible for the artwork map on the cover of this book. No matter how many times I look at it I keep finding names of areas or a street that I recognize.Read more ›
What I do know is that this book was extremely entertaining from start to finish. I am shocked that Ben Aaronovitch has no policing background because, despite a few discrepancies, it is an impressive (albeit comical) insight in to both the inner machinations of policing the metropolis and also cop/gallows humour. Whilst, generally speaking, it is very witty there are some spectacular laugh out loud moments that leave you looking around the tube with a slightly apologetic look on your face and hoping that no one in the carriage has the power to section you.
Ben's passion for London is also extremely apparent and makes the journey all the more interesting. A real bonus is that, if you know the locations already, it is like rediscovering them all over again.
I really enjoyed this book, it captivated me very quickly and I find myself missing being involved with it now that I have finished. Great work. I hope you enjoy it too.
Rivers of London isn't perfect - there are a lot of open questions left hanging, and some of the plot resolutions don't entirely make sense - but it is bloody good, and one of the best things I've read in many years. Good enough that I went straight out and bought the sequel. In hardback.
Ignore Diana Gabaldon's stupid cover blurb, by the way. I'll do her the credit of believing she was misquoted.
Don't expect to learn too much about the actual lost rivers of London, though. That's a fascinating topic in itself, but one for another book entirely.
The city in question is London, and the fantasy element arises in the intersection of the modern, gritty London we all know and another, more shadowy city in which magic is an alternative form of knowledge and the contemporary streets overlie deep strata of history, legend and myth and hidden circuits of power. Aaronovitch brings these threads together in the story of a young mixed-race constable in the Metropolitan Police who must somehow operate in both worlds to solve mysteries and crimes with a supernatural element.
Aaronovitch's style will be immediately familiar to anyone who has followed British fantasy writing over the last decade. More sophisticated in the writing than J. K. Rowling, 'Rivers of London' still has a rather young-adult feel when compared to the best writers who have taken London as a rich hunting ground - I'm thinking here of Iain Sinclair and Peter Ackroyd in particular. Perhaps more pertinently, I also found it less interesting than the work of China Miéville and Neil Gaiman.
As one might expect from a novelist with Aaronovitch's professional pedigree, there are few of the typical first-novel problems. The book is carefully plotted and maintains interest throughout. Given the nature of the story, which moves fluidly between the late eighteenth century and the present day, there is a lot of research-based detail. This is woven into the texture of the narrative in a reasonably unobtrusive manner, but it's fair to say that it's Aaronovitch's fellow Londoners who are most likely to appreciate it.Read more ›
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Glad I found this book-couldn't put it down! Can't wait to get started on the next one! Going to download it now.Published 21 hours ago by Alison Knowles
Some interesting ideas:
Punch and Judy storyline;
Rivers of London characters;
Cop or detective drama;
Mish mash of horror/fantasy;
Thoroughly entertaining, thought provoking, fantasy novel. Still had all the requisites for a thriller, as well as having created an interesting way to balance the supernatural,... Read morePublished 11 days ago by Vicky Browne
Been so highly recommended and I can see why. I loved it, just ordered the next one. The humour and dry comments are the best thing about it!Published 14 days ago by Sophie
I loved this book new twist on an old theme and if you've ever lived in London if will have you thinking I have been therePublished 19 days ago by arthur
Fun and easy to read. I imagine I don't get half the jokes as I don't live in London, but the characters are fun, brave at times and it kept me entertained.Published 29 days ago by W. Black
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