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Rivers of London- Peter Grant series
« on: October 14, 2015, 06:02:09 PM »
I am disappointed that The Hanging Tree publication date has been set back until the 14th of June 2016 and have noted the Folly, Home of English Magic website has fallen by the wayside. I hope all is well in Bens world.

If anyone is missing their Peter Grant fix I hope this helps.

https://youtu.be/Tldu63RKu40

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Re: Rivers of London- Peter Grant series
« Reply #1 on: October 14, 2015, 07:27:10 PM »
I'm fine with the delay, I'd rather it be good than rushed. :)

And I thought the last one ended rather suddenly too, ramping up to a big mysterious conclusion and then it just stops. So I'm hoping he's all good and healthy and can take his time with it.

It was good to get a bit more of the historical context of the magic wars and some new areas not explored before, as well as excellent commentary on the media and its relationship with reporting kidnappings. Just with the huge twist at the end of Broken Homes I was kind of hoping we'd be getting a little bit closer to finding out what on earth is going on overall by now.

But still continuously entertaining, its one of those series I know will be good with every book. 


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« Reply #2 on: October 14, 2015, 07:51:44 PM »
Also disappointed but it's nice to be waiting for the next book in a series as well (sort of). Went for a long time with nothing new exciting me. Now waiting for quite a few next volumes! Quite a good not too silly but not too heavy series that is very moreish.

What's the issue with the folly?

I have to admit I only discovered these as audio books (lots of commuting time) but really enjoyed them and also the narration on the audible version. One of the better fantasy narrations available in my experience.

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Re: Rivers of London- Peter Grant series
« Reply #3 on: October 14, 2015, 09:22:30 PM »
I'm fine with the delay, I'd rather it be good than rushed. :)

And I thought the last one ended rather suddenly too, ramping up to a big mysterious conclusion and then it just stops. So I'm hoping he's all good and healthy and can take his time with it.

It was good to get a bit more of the historical context of the magic wars and some new areas not explored before, as well as excellent commentary on the media and its relationship with reporting kidnappings. Just with the huge twist at the end of Broken Homes I was kind of hoping we'd be getting a little bit closer to finding out what on earth is going on overall by now.

But still continuously entertaining, its one of those series I know will be good with every book.
I think one of the reviewers described Foxglove Summer as the standalone TV episode equivalent of the series, and also hoped that the next book (The Hanging Blade) would give some resolution to events at the end of Broken Homes.
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Re: Rivers of London- Peter Grant series
« Reply #4 on: October 14, 2015, 09:46:16 PM »
That's a pretty fair summary yea, there was plenty of good stuff in it though, very dark and twisted. The river sex was a bit weird though...

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Re: Rivers of London- Peter Grant series
« Reply #5 on: October 14, 2015, 09:47:50 PM »
That's a pretty fair summary yea, there was plenty of good stuff in it though, very dark and twisted. The river sex was a bit weird though...
It wasn't that it wasn't a good book, just that it went kind of off path, considering that Broken Homes ended on a cliff. I think they also referenced Aaronovitch's TV background.
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Re: Rivers of London- Peter Grant series
« Reply #6 on: October 14, 2015, 10:59:03 PM »
If there were ever a series of books written for TV it is these. Hardly surprising as he was a TV scriptwriter but someone has to do Rivers of London in 6-8 episodes soon.

I have enjoyed them all and am not at all worried that the plot gets side tracked. Just need to track him down at some point and get my well read copies signed.

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Re: Rivers of London- Peter Grant series
« Reply #7 on: October 15, 2015, 02:01:24 AM »
Thank you so much @Rostum for that link, it certainly didn't disappoint. I don't mind waiting longer for The Hanging Tree as I love this series and also I might be featured more prominently. Not been around lately and feeling neglected, but probably I'll be a real bitch again - sigh.



I enjoyed Foxglove Summer mainly because it brought the plot away from London for a pleasant change. I love London to distraction and books set there are a bonus, but so much UK urban fantasy is London based it is good to have new locations introduced. There are little touches of humour that just pop up in these books that make them such a pleasure and easy to sit back and enjoy.

Last time I was in London I went find St Paul's Covent Garden, where the first book began and discovered it is the Actor's Church and there were many interesting memorials and the seats in the little garden space were donated in memory of actors. Well worth a look.

Here's a fairly useful link

http://follypedia.wikia.com/wiki/The_Follypedia_Wiki

It would be great if some of the truly marvellous covers were available for sale as large posters. This cover looks less detailed but  I have spent hours looking at earlier ones with a magnifying glass as they had intricate detail, interest and little jokes crammed in those maps but they are tiny.

@Pwibble I enjoy the audible versions as well, they couldn't be better. The narrator, Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, has caught Peter's characters perfectly. Wonder if he was Peter in the trailer.

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I particularly liked the change of direction and  introduction of new characters, the hints about Molly's origins, Beverley Brooks adventures and as for weird sex, hey Beverley is a luscious babe, use your imagination.  :D Yaay, don't you realise Peter has probably sired a new baby river? How cool is that?

What  Molly packed for Peter in that trunk was so funny. It was as though she thought he was going on an early 20th century aristocratic country weekend,  huntin, shootin' and fishin'. ;D

Good that  Leslie only featured remotely and occasionally, more to keep that particular sub plot alive, but didn't intrude on the story.  Of course we are meant to be feeling sympathetic towards her because of her face, regardless of the end of Broken Homes, but to be honest the Leslie saga has been dragged out so long now I'm tired of it, that's my only complaint in the series. I hope we do go back to The Folly, would like to know more about Nightingale sometime.
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Re: Rivers of London- Peter Grant series
« Reply #8 on: October 15, 2015, 11:16:30 PM »
Is nobody reading the monthly comic book series?
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Re: Rivers of London- Peter Grant series
« Reply #9 on: October 16, 2015, 10:31:30 AM »
I wish, but buy too much already. Do you get them? And do they live up to the books?
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Re: Rivers of London- Peter Grant series
« Reply #10 on: October 16, 2015, 11:28:39 AM »
Is nobody reading the monthly comic book series?
I've seen some bad reviews of them.


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Re: Rivers of London- Peter Grant series
« Reply #11 on: October 16, 2015, 11:31:29 AM »
I am not keen on graphic novels or comics, but might make an exception for these, are they any good?

There is a Peter Grant short story kicking round in an anthology, maybe Rogues that was fun and I hope there are some more elsewhere.

Edit: Not in Rogues in a SE of Rivers of London (reprint) and  here ofc.

http://temporarilysignificant.blogspot.co.uk/2014/10/the-home-crowd-advantage.html
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Re: Rivers of London- Peter Grant series
« Reply #12 on: October 17, 2015, 01:44:41 AM »
Extra treat, many thanks @Rostum - you are significantly improving today . ;D

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« Reply #13 on: October 18, 2015, 03:11:22 PM »
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Re: Rivers of London- Peter Grant series
« Reply #14 on: October 19, 2015, 12:24:38 AM »
Extra treat, many thanks @Rostum - you are significantly improving today . ;D

I just realised how that might read  ;D ;D ;D I meant "The day was significantly improved by the enjoyment of your posts".  ;D ;D ;D
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