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4.0 out of 5 stars Combine science and magic? Sure, why not?, 15 Mar. 2011
This review is from: Rivers of London: The First PC Grant Mystery (Hardcover)
It is always such a pleasure for me to find an author who manages to write a book that piques my interest and holds my attention. Both are true here because Ben Aaronovitch created something new for me. Normally when I read an urban fantasy book the plot requires that all those involved in that world are aware of the magic components active all around them. In this book that is not the case. Probationary PC Peter Grant had been left to guard a crime scene when he met a ghost. Not just any ghost either, no, this one was a witness to the crime. In very short order PC Grant finds himself assigned to a unit of the Metropolitan Police which up until he joined it had only one other member, a wizard. Peter is now on his way to becoming an apprentice wizard, learning magic and trying to help solve the crimes of completely unexplained violence which are breaking out all over London. Peter's best answer is to use his interest in scientific knowledge and experimentation in conjunction with the magic to explain some of the things that are happening.

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. I have to admit that, as an American, there were just a few times when I felt a little lost because I didn't understand some of the English slang or references, but it was certainly not anything that kept me from enjoying the novel. Book two, Moon Over Soho, is next in the series and if this one is anything to go by it should be another fascinating reading experience.
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Initial post: 16 Mar 2011, 20:11:28 GMT
Nick Brett says:
Whew, glad you liked it!!

Posted on 17 Mar 2011, 18:29:21 GMT
J. Lesley says:
Yes I did like it, in fact, I liked it very much. Thanks bunches for the heads up on this one. And I'm soooo glad I have the British cover instead of the one released in the States. What a difference!
Judy

Posted on 6 Mar 2012, 16:08:22 GMT
Judy
May I offer my services as a translator of London/English/British slang if you come up against any more in the new book....(and a to a lesser extent other stuff as I am serving member of the Met Police and Magic/Occult/Paganism "fan").....
Looking forward to the next instalment.
J.R. Vega-St'Clair.

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Mar 2012, 20:04:31 GMT
J. Lesley says:
Thanks so much for leaving your comment and also for sending the email. I don't check the AmazonUK site as often as my US profile so it would have been a while before I found your comment.
Judy

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Mar 2012, 17:57:35 GMT
Last edited by the author on 17 Mar 2012, 17:58:25 GMT
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In reply to an earlier post on 17 Mar 2012, 22:05:57 GMT
J. Lesley says:
My Goodness Goodwater, that thing was sitting up there like a wart on a pumpkin! The offending (') has been removed thanks to your sharp eyes. I don't know how many times I read that review and my eye just skipped right over that each time. But you didn't have to ask someone else to point it out to me. I would have welcomed the advice coming straight from you.

Thanks,
Judy
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