by Ben Aaronovitch
I have had this one my shelf for a few months now. Pooks highly recommended it, as have the ladies on paperbackswap.com. I recently picked it up to see what the flavor was and about two pages in you couldn’t tear it from my hands if you tried. Mine. I usually share pretty good, but this book belongs to me. I am writing my name in it and may lick the cover, not sure.
So, why am I starting this review when I have only read a couple of chapters? Why do I feel like I love it already? The character is equal parts clueless, gifted without knowing anything about it, thoughtful and a Londoner. He is freaking hilarious in a quiet way. Does that make sense? I simply enjoy the writing, I want to roll around in it and write like this too. I guess it is a subtle or understated humor that got me so excited to keep reading.
I will share a few of the things I enjoyed. Besides knowing a new character had a voice that could make the windows shake, “He was from Yorkshire or somewhere like that and, like many Northerers with issues, he’d moved to London as a cheap alternative to psychotherapy.” (pg 30)
The story is interesting too, about the river deities in a territory dispute. I haven’t been to London but from all the books I have read the sights are familiar. And I really want to go! The police action is trying to track down a possible magical killer who makes peoples faces fall off. Gruesome yet intriguing.
“I agreed that being part of something real was indeed wonderful, but it would be groovy if she could tell me what she’d seen. I actually used the word “groovy” and she didn’t even flinch, which was worrying on so many levels.” (pg 108)
The paranormal elements and the police parts were given an every day vibe, this could be happening down the street and you would never know it. I loved that part. It is all a part of this world with self depricating humor, ridiculous insights and a story that wasn’t changed for US readership, except for the title and cover (WTF?!). Why they picked a military looking cover I will never know. And what does Midnight Riot even mean? Whatever, those publishers think they know best. (whatever, focus group anyone?)
Anyway, the storyline was fun, I didn’t understand what was happening until it was explained to me. The ending and large explosion of crazy was wild and I didn’t understand all of that either. I was either reading too fast or I just couldn’t follow certain aspects completely. It was still fun, but I didn’t really get how doing what he does, did what it did. haha, makes a lot of sense, right? But it was still super fun and I am so happy I have the second book on my shelf already, Moon Over Soho. I might actually pick that up in the next couple of months (which is pretty dang fast for series books for me!), though I wouldn’t discount that it might be sooner. A solid 4 plus stars floating down the Thames.