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Tales from the Folly: A Rivers of London…

Tales from the Folly: A Rivers of London Short Story Collection (edição: 2020)

de Ben Aaronovitch (Autor), Charlaine Harris - introduction (Autor), Ben Aaronovitch (Narrador), Ben Elliot (Narrador), Felix Grainger (Narrador)6 mais, Kobna Holdbrook-Smith (Narrador), Sam Peter Jackson (Narrador), Alex Kingston (Narrador), Shvorne Marks (Narrador), Penelope Rawlins (Narrador), Tantor Audio (Publisher)

Séries: Rivers of London (Short Story Anthology)

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Título:Tales from the Folly: A Rivers of London Short Story Collection
Autores:Ben Aaronovitch (Autor)
Outros autores:Charlaine Harris - introduction (Autor), Ben Aaronovitch (Narrador), Ben Elliot (Narrador), Felix Grainger (Narrador), Kobna Holdbrook-Smith (Narrador)5 mais, Sam Peter Jackson (Narrador), Alex Kingston (Narrador), Shvorne Marks (Narrador), Penelope Rawlins (Narrador), Tantor Audio (Publisher)
Informação:Tantor Audio (2020)
Coleções:Read in 2020

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Tales from the Folly de Ben Aaronovitch



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This originally appeared at The Irresponsible Reader.
If asked, I'd have thought I posted about this book weeks ago, so imagine my surprise this past weekend when I saw this title still on my "To Be Written" list when I was checking for something else. Better late than never...

The subtitle pretty much gives it away, really. These are shorter works set in the Rivers of London series. The Folly is the unofficial name for the recognized British magical organization, following in the first formal study of magic made by Sir Isaac Newton( no known relation, but that doesn't stop me from claiming him as an uncle), it's currently formally organized as the Special Assessment Unit of the Metropolitan Police. The Folly is also the nickname for their headquarters. Either use works for this collection.

There are seven short stores (or one novella and six short stories) told from Peter Grant's perspective—just like the series. Then there are four stories from the point of view of other characters in the series and three "moments" (Aaronovitch's term for "something that is more of a mood than a story, something that will last a page or two and conjure an atmosphere).

Obviously, this is Peter's series (at least so far...), so he gets the bulk of the space. Most of these take place around the time of the first few books in the series, but at different stages of Peter's development. I enjoyed them all and most of them are good enough to justify the purchase price on their own.

I can't put my finger on why, exactly, but the first story "The Home Crowd Advantage" is my favorite. It's about a French practiner who got up to no good during the 1948 London Games who revisits the scene of the crime in 2012 when rookie apprentice Peter Grant is the only one around ot deal with him.

The last entry in this section is the novella, A Rare Book of Cunning Device that I talked about when it was released as an Audible Original in 2017. It's rare for me to go from hearing a work to reading it, so it was interesting that way. I enjoyed it just as much this time around, but I think Holdbrook-Smith's voice is a better one for this series than whatever is echoing around in my skull.

The fact that Aaronovitch is able to tell stories outside of Peter's perspective shows the strength of the series in my book, he's built the world and the characters out enough that they can carry the weight of a narrative for at least a little bit.

We get a story from the perspective of one of the Rivers, one from Abigail's perspective that will warm the cockles of your heart (and maybe make you a little sad for a bit), a nice one featuring Vanessa Sommer from Germany (making me hope we get back to Germany for another novel soon), the answer about what happened to the River Lugg after Foxglove Summer. Then there are the moments, one featuring Nightengale, one with Reynolds and one with Sommer's pal Tobias Winter years before The October Man

That's easy, I thought it was great. I'd buy volume 2 tomorrow, and volume 3 next month. If Aaronovitch wrote that quickly, anyway. They're like the comic series in a way—a nice way to spend some time in this universe without having to put in the time of a novel.

The collection covered the gamut of emotions and types of story typical of the series with Aaronovitch's evident charm and skill. It's a must for every Rivers of London fan. ( )
  hcnewton | Aug 26, 2020 |
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Draco, JayelArtista da capaautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Harris, CharlaineIntroduçãoautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
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