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London Falling

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  • Posted April 28, 2013

    London Falling starts out as a traditional police thriller with

    London Falling starts out as a traditional police thriller with Detective James Quill leading the investigation and subsequent arrest of the notorious drug lord, Toshack. Just when he thinks he is going to wrap up the case of his career his world is turned upside down when Toshack mysteriously dies while in police custody (in a most gruesome fashion, I might add). It is at this point that the story takes a turn from traditional thriller to supernaturally, weird and crazy with a purely evil antagonist. Quill and his team uncovers something far more evil than Toshack and it’s a race against time to save London, his colleagues and himself from an evil power the likes he has never come across before.

    Like the action in the story Cornell keeps a frenetic pace with the story swapping between the different characters. I felt it was written more like the script for TV rather than as a novel with subtext and inference playing heavily in the interaction between characters. I found it a bit difficult to get into the story at first due to the number of police acronyms that Cornell used but found a glossary at the back of the book after I had finished reading it! That is the problem with ebooks as useful things like glossaries hide at the back and I don’t find them until the end. I think that maybe I would have engaged a bit earlier had I found the glossary sooner. However, once I got to grips with the police ‘talk’ and as the plot progressed I soon became completely engrossed in the story and all its dysfunctional characters. Cornell doesn’t just make the dialogue authentic from a police perspective he also uses local colloquialisms. As a non-native Londoner I always enjoy books that are based here but I wonder how easily others pick up the local jargon and slang that Cornell litters throughout the story. I thought the plot was unique and much more grisly than I was expecting and Mora Losely was chilling and completely evil. The backdrop to how she came to be a witch was interesting and the fact that she was a serial killing West Ham fan was quite amusing in its own right.My husband is a West Ham fan and while I am a football widow from August to May I think even the most ardent fan would draw the line at the atrocities that Mora did to support her team.

    Cornell develops his characters through POV chapters and uses this technique to create a substantive backstory for each one. However, I couldn’t really connect with any of them despite having a full and rich background for each. I think this was down to the pace of the story, the characterization and the fact there were four lead characters to keep track of.I thought it was a bit unusual, although not in a bad way, to have so many lead characters that each had equal time dedicated to their lives and their backstory. I found that I was spending as much time keeping their stories straight as I was following the main plot and this distracted me somewhat from what was happening in the overall. It is however, a testament to Cornell’s story telling ability in that he can intertwine the four broken and fractured lives of his main characters with a nail biting plot. Cornell devises a unique, interesting plot and sets the scene for future novels in the series.

    While Cornell is an accomplished writer in other genres and mediums this is his first urban fantasy novel and demonstrates his imagination and creativity. While I really enjoyed London Falling (as much as you can enjoy reading about a serial killer) I didn’t love it. I think that now that I have come to understand the characters and their motivation through this novel that I will enjoy subsequent books more. If you are a fan of murder mysteries and like the supernatural element then I urge you to give London Falling a go.

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 13, 2014

    An excellent beginning

    The idea of this book is intriguing - a group of London police officers who become a "paranormal squad". We get to see them both as "normal" police, and also as they begin to explore the new world they discover along the way.

    The characters are three-dimensional and believable, and their interactions are interesting and move the story along. I found their development to be a little slow at times, though. Particularly in the beginning of the book, which reads more like a police procedural than paranormal.

    I was glad that the author mentioned this book started as an idea for a TV series. It made parts of the book (most obviously the ending, which fairly screams for a sequel) more understandable.

    Overall, I found this an enjoyable read, and I'm looking forward to the next installment in the series.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2013

    Cornell is magic!

    Paul Cornell's dark urban fantasy London Falling is a newly minted star in a field of jet. Believable, honest characters and an intriguing twist on both fantasy and police procedurals give this book a gliw one doesn't need The Sight to appreciate. I look to Cornell to keep me on the edge of my seat waiting for the next installment: I just hope it won't be too long.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2013

    Loved this book.  Police procedural, urban fantasy, a dark feel,

    Loved this book.  Police procedural, urban fantasy, a dark feel, and completely unlike anything I've read before.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2014

    Really hard to get into, but worth sticking it out.

    Really hard to get into, but worth sticking it out. All of my problems with the book are front loaded. It takes its dear sweet time in getting started. It feels like you've gone through half the book before the main characters become active in what's going on. They're all there from the start, and things happen to them/ around them for the entire story. But they feel a little like set dressing near the beginning. Like you could replace any of them, and it wouldn't make any difference to the plot of the story. It also feels very foreign for someone that isn't British. I would say I'm a fan of a number of television shows that have been popular enough to cross the pond from England, and even so, there were times when it felt like I was trying to understand what the Brad Pitt character from Snatch was saying while reading some of the early chapters.

    Eventually these problems work themselves out. Once the characters start to take an active roll in the situation they find themselves in, it becomes more interesting. Some time is spent in developing the cast (although I still had a hard time keeping the two UC officers straight until the very end). It does some nice piece meal world building, which I think works since the reader is just as clueless about how magic works in the setting as the main characters are in the beginning. And either I got used to the British-ness of the writing, or it lessened enough to be more easily understood once the character weren't working deep cover.

    I think I'll check out the next in the series at some point.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2013

    Tip top

    Got to say that after I got into this world I didn't want to leave. Your dedective novel with fantastic sub plots

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2013

    real fun read

    would love a series

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  • Posted May 18, 2013

    Exciting

    I loved this book. Loved the way it was put together with a really good plot. Villain was a change from normal books of this kind. Hope he gives us second one soon.

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