Posted 17 June 2012 - 07:03 AM
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Posted 17 June 2012 - 08:26 AM
Incidentally, I see he's doing various book signings over the next month or so, I might possibly go to one of the London ones.
I'm curious how a London policeman finds the non-magical police bits of the books? Has Aaronovitch done his research well?
Posted 17 June 2012 - 11:41 AM
Edited by Katherine Of House Sith, 17 June 2012 - 11:41 AM.
Posted 23 June 2012 - 08:29 AM
On a side note, I think this is the first book I've read where the contents page made me laugh, although you'll have to be familiar with a certain Radio 4 comedy show to get the joke.
Posted 23 June 2012 - 09:04 AM
very well researched, he has clearly had a lot of help. the vernacular in particular is perfect.
Posted 23 June 2012 - 01:22 PM
I don't get it.(Predictably enough, not being familiar with any Radio 4 show.) explain? I don't want to miss a joke, especially since the contents is all place names!
(First thing that cracked me up? The reference to Albert Speer. Yeah.)
Posted 23 June 2012 - 07:05 PM
Good book, but I feel a bit cheated that it was very much a single 'episode', so to speak, with very little progress on the big arc and some of the big questions, like Nightingale's background. Characters got rather short shrift too, since the pace was so hectic (except Lesley, just a bit.) Am I misremembering, or did the first two take place over several weeks/months, as opposed to days in this instance? Felt a bit like a Matthew Swift book that way, with the accompanying frustrations.(Was there a shout-out there, with that bit about the telephone gods?) Oh well, still a really fun read with some great lines. It's nice to finish something in one go - it feels like I never do that anymore.
Posted 24 June 2012 - 05:50 AM
Edited by ljkeane, 24 June 2012 - 05:51 AM.
Posted 24 June 2012 - 06:30 AM
The Mornington Crescent thing - I don't even get it while listening to I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue. Or rather I do get it but I don't think it's very funny. The rest of the show can be quite good though.
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Posted 30 June 2012 - 06:33 PM
If you liked the other two, you will definately enjoy it, well worth reading in my opinion.
Posted 14 July 2012 - 09:25 AM
I can't remember exactly but think RoL does take place over a longer period of time, since Peter does have time to manage to learn some magic during the book. I think MoS might just be a few days, though. I agree WU did feel a bit rushed towards the end, Peter did seem to recover very quickly from being hospitalised and almost immediately seemed ready to go back underground again. Also, the scene with the murderer confessing seemed a bit contrived, it felt more like the author really wanted to put the explanation in there, but I don't see why the character would want to confess so quickly. Overall the murder investigation was maybe a bit weak as a plot since we never really seemed to get to know much about the murder victim or the murderer to really make us care about the case, although the underground explorations were more interesting.
I wonder if the next book might feature the 'Faceless Man' plot more prominently, it does seem to be set up so that it could be the main plot of the next book.
I wonder if Peter might end having to travel to America for some future case, and therefore meet Agent Reynolds again? I'm sure she'll reappear at some point, I did think she was an interesting character and Peter's increasingly lame attempt to conceal the fact he was using magic from her were amusing.
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Posted 16 July 2012 - 01:06 PM
I remember Werthead writing somewhere (here or on the blog) that book four was actually written before book three and that book three was conceived and inserted afterwards. Maybe he'll chime in and confirm that.
Posted 16 July 2012 - 04:34 PM
I vaguely remembered that it was a bit of a whirlwind romance that didn't last for too long, although it did feel like ages. You might be right, though.