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Rivers of London (2011)

de Ben Aaronovitch

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Fantasy. Fiction. Mystery. Probationary constable Peter Grant dreams of being a detective in London's Metropolitan Police. Too bad his superior plans to assign him to the Case Progression Unit, where the biggest threat he'll face is a paper cut. But Peter's prospects change in the aftermath of a puzzling murder, when he gains exclusive information from an eyewitness who happens to be a ghost. Peter's ability to speak with the lingering dead brings him to the attention of Detective Chief Inspector Thomas Nightingale, who investigates crimes involving magic and other manifestations of the uncanny. Now, as a wave of brutal and bizarre murders engulfs the city, Peter is plunged into a world where gods and goddesses mingle with mortals and a long-dead evil is making a comeback on a rising tide of magic.… (mais)
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    Lugar Nenhum de Neil Gaiman (riverwillow, conceptDawg)
    riverwillow: Both 'Neverwhere' and 'Rivers of London' (US title 'Midnight Riot') evoke a magical fairy tale London which sometimes feels more authentic then any real life guide to the city.
    conceptDawg: Just testing here. But normally I would have a lot of content in this part of the recommendation.
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    Storm Front de Jim Butcher (majkia)
    majkia: both involve paranormal mystery and smart-ass dialog.
  3. 90
    The Rook de Daniel O'Malley (Rubbah)
  4. 102
    A Madness of Angels de Kate Griffin (TheDivineOomba)
    TheDivineOomba: Same Location, similar themes. Both Capture the essence of London.
  5. 102
    The Big Over Easy de Jasper Fforde (souloftherose)
    souloftherose: It's difficult to explain this recommendation without giving spoilers to one or other of the books. There were certain plot elements to Rivers of London/Midnight Riots which made me think of The Big Over Easy. And both books have a well-developed sense of humour.… (mais)
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    Agência de Investigações Holísticas Dirk Gently de Douglas Adams (souloftherose)
    souloftherose: Both books have a certain dark British humour to them.
  7. 50
    Rule 34 de Charles Stross (fhprice)
    fhprice: Besides the urban setting and police procedural genre similarities, both have protagonists with a snarky "we're just cogs making witty observations about the machine" voices. Wicked humor.
  8. 41
    Rosemary and Rue de Seanan McGuire (Mav.Weirdo)
  9. 30
    King Rat de China Miéville (mikewilliams64)
    mikewilliams64: London urban fantasy with malevolent magic in the wings. Sharp contemporary horror from the beginning of Mieville's career
  10. 31
    Archer's Goon de Diana Wynne Jones (LongDogMom)
    LongDogMom: The way that the river spirits are characterized is similar to the characters in Archer's Goon. Same feel/style.
  11. 20
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  12. 20
    Stray Souls de Kate Griffin (LongDogMom)
    LongDogMom: Both are a bit quirky, set in London, and deal with the spirits of things, magic and murder.
  13. 20
    Bryant and May and the Memory of Blood de Christopher Fowler (hairball)
    hairball: Two books with Punch & Judy-themed murders--must be something in the water in London.
  14. 10
    No Hero de Jonathan Wood (Rouge2507)
    Rouge2507: Similar: British policeman fights against the supernatural
  15. 10
    The New York Magician de Jacob Zimmerman (LongDogMom)
    LongDogMom: Both books have a similar way of portraying Gods and Powers and both are urban fantasy/mysteries
  16. 10
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  17. 21
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    andreas.wpv: Different type of protagonist and friends, but dealing with the un- or supernatural, solving crimes and preventing disasters. This is very similar though in style and tone, mood of the story. It is tense, yes, but holds no horror or exceeding brutality. The protagonist is human, and like a human, and the story has an undercurrent of kindness that many novels miss. And it is funny at times, from gentle humor to laugh out loud.… (mais)
  18. 88
    Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell de Susanna Clarke (jonathankws)
    jonathankws: Both books feature an apparent normal world where magic takes place behind the scenes.
  19. 00
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    LongDogMom: Both series feature British police who deal with supernatural crime and both are more creative and well written than the average urban fantasy
  20. 11
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An interesting premise that starts well and in the main continues its pace and quality throughout the book. This is a new take on a worn genre. Fantasy is becoming a bit of a tired trope but this seems to breathe some new energy into it. Some good characters coupled with an interesting plot with not too many Machiavellian plot twists and difficulties makes this easy to follow.

An interesting way of starting what promises to be a great series ( )
  aadyer | Jun 12, 2024 |
Peter Grant, having become the first English apprentice wizard in fifty years, must immediately deal with two different but ultimately inter-related cases. In one he must find what is possessing ordinary people and turning them into vicious killers, and in the second he must broker a peace between the two warring gods of the River Thames.
  jamespurcell | Jun 6, 2024 |
Have read the book twice, and husband and I are currently working our way through the audiobooks on Audible, read by Kobna Holbrook-Smith, who is excellent. ( )
  punkinmuffin | Apr 30, 2024 |
This book was recommended to me by a friend who knows I like both a solid mystery and interesting SF/Fantasy worlds. This book delivers on both. Told from the first person POV of Probationary Constable Peter Grant of the [London] Metropolitan Police, it is a police procedural with a twist. The copper in question lives and works in a world where magic and the supernatural exist in parallel with the mundane.

The book starts with a series of gruesome beheadings (and grisly face breaking) in London. Grant and his partner, WPC Leslie May, have been sent on patrol to keep an eye out. While May is getting them a cuppa, Grant encounters Nicholas, a witness to the most recent assault. Unfortunately, only Grant can see and talk to him, since Nicholas is a ghost.

Though in denial about the existence of magic, The Met is not stupid. They assign Grant to Detective Chief Inspector Thomas Nightingale (the last magic user in England), with whom Grant begins his magic apprenticeship.

From Grant’s first sighting of a ghostly witness, through the evidence-chasing and magical skills-building, the pace never lets up. Aaronovitch does a great job of keeping the tension high. The plot development is well-paced, and characters are fleshed out and interesting.

Aaronovitch is a British TV screenwriter whose credits include several classic Dr. Who episodes. The humour is dark and dry, and readers will get a kick out of the pop cultural references sprinkled here and there.

What will be fresh to North American readers is the diversity in the cast of characters. It is handled in a subtle and natural way, with the varied characters part of the tapestry of the city. We are well into the book before we find out about Grant’s parents (he is a white drug-addicted jazz musician, she is an office cleaner from Sierra Leone). The physical embodiments of the Rivers of London are also a demographically diverse group, played against each other as part of a larger turf war.

The star of the novel is the city of London – both the present day, and thousands of years ago. There are interesting historical facts about the many rivers that became buried as London was built up. For those of you who are Anglophiles, Aaronovitch's vivid descriptions of locations and locales will beg you to whip out a city map and follow along. He clearly evokes what it is to live in The City – the traffic, the crowds, the smells, the diverse restaurants.

If you are like me, you will be charmed by the characters, laugh at the dry humour, and get hooked on the classic police procedural mystery plot. Fair warning: Have the sequel, Moon Over Soho, ready to hand.

Bonus: Here is a link to images and story about the Rivers referred to in the book. http://www.atlasobscura.com/places/river-fleet ( )
  Dorothy2012 | Apr 22, 2024 |
3.5 stars - witty, creative, a bit cheesy at times, but a fun romp. Great on audiobook. ( )
  patl | Feb 29, 2024 |
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Fantasy. Fiction. Mystery. Probationary constable Peter Grant dreams of being a detective in London's Metropolitan Police. Too bad his superior plans to assign him to the Case Progression Unit, where the biggest threat he'll face is a paper cut. But Peter's prospects change in the aftermath of a puzzling murder, when he gains exclusive information from an eyewitness who happens to be a ghost. Peter's ability to speak with the lingering dead brings him to the attention of Detective Chief Inspector Thomas Nightingale, who investigates crimes involving magic and other manifestations of the uncanny. Now, as a wave of brutal and bizarre murders engulfs the city, Peter is plunged into a world where gods and goddesses mingle with mortals and a long-dead evil is making a comeback on a rising tide of magic.

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