Another magic book

I’ve just finished reading the latest in the ‘Rivers of London’ series by Ben Aaronovitch, ‘False Value’. As with the others in the series it was an astonishing mixture of police procedural with magic, complicated plot lines (but I was carried along even when I didn’t fully grasp all that was happening) extraordinary characters, including river gods and rivers themselves, and not so much deus ex machina as deus in machina. The machine in question, an actual machine. The machine in question is Charles Babbage’s Analytical Engine – but if you ask me to explain more I may just confuse you.

I think I am going to have to read ‘False Value’ again quite soon, because although I really enjoyed it, and was utterly gripped (even reading it at other  than bedtime, my habitual book time) If you haven’t ready any of the series, I really recommend them but I also really recommend that you start at the beginning with the eponymous ‘Rivers of London’. Peter Grant, the main character is an ordinary London bobby, a young man who becomes involved in fighting crime on a different level – using magic as well as all the others powers the law gives the police. It sounds ridiculous, but trust me, it makes sense when you read it! The reason I need to reread it is the plot is quite complex, and so many clever little comments and side issues that as I raced through because it was so compelling, I know I skipped over some things. It’s a literal page-turner, and as such – like scoffing down a delicious something when you’re hungry and then wishing you had savoured it more, you get to the end knowing you’ve missed out. Unlike the delicious something, with a book you can reread it.

Aaronovitch is such a fantastic writer (I chose the word carefully) he is so knowledgeable, paints such marvellous pictures with words, and above all is very funny. here’s a list of the book sin order:

  1. Rivers of London
  2. Moon over Soho
  3. Whispers Under Ground
  4. Broken Homes
  5. Foxglove Summer
  6. The Hanging Tree
  7. The Furthest Station (novella)
  8. Lies Sleeping
  9. The October Man (novella)
  10. False Value


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