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Midnight Riot (Peter Grant Series #1)

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  • Posted February 25, 2011

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    Great start to a new Urban Fantasy series - 4 1/2 Stars

    While Ben Aaronovitch has written some Doctor Who tie-in novels, this is his first original novel and his urban fantasy debut. Midnight Riot / Rivers of London is quite simply fabulous. It's a mystery, police procedural, and urban fantasy wrapped in a rich mythology of London's rivers. I find it interesting that this novel has two different covers and two different titles. This is not the first time this has happened in the history of novels, of course. I find it interesting because the covers and titles reflect two different aspects of the same story. "Midnight Riot" is the US title; "Rivers of London" is the UK title. "Rivers of London" seems to emphasize the fantasy construct underlying the story: a mythology of London's rivers. Peter Grant, the main character, has to deal with issues created by the rivers. He deals directly with the gods and goddesses of the rivers and streams - the rivers personified. "Midnight Riot" seems to emphasize the police procedural aspect of the novel. A terrible chain of events has been set off. The mystery underlying the crimes comes from London's past. These two themes of the novel intertwine sometimes in surprising, but satisfying, ways. Themes aside, this is essentially a story about Peter Grant. I find Detective Constable Grant to be a likable, flawed character. He makes mistakes. He's sometimes foolish, but he's got a curious mind and a willingness to learn. He's also got a scientific mind which would seem at odds with his new assignment working with DCI Nightingale investigating crimes that involve magic. However, this serves him well as he starts to navigate the world of magic. It's incredibly fun to read about his attempts at magic and watch him begin his journey to wizardom. He's starting to grow into both his jobs - Detective Constable and wizard. The characters both paranormal and normal are well written. The river gods and goddesses are particularly well drawn. I'm intrigued by DCI Nightingale and hope to learn more about him in future books. The pacing is well done. The police procedures are detailed and interesting. There is quite a bit of detail about London and environs, which I enjoyed. I love the understated humor that suffuses Midnight Riot / Rivers of London. I'm looking forward to Moon Over Soho (March 1, 2011). I give Midnight Riot / Rivers of London 4 1/2 Qwills.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 5, 2012

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    Entertaining Urban Fantasy

    Reminiscent of the early Harry Dresden books, with a delighful sense of humor.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2012

    Well written Urban Fantasy Mystery

    The glut of poorly written urban fantasies and paranormal erotica can make it hard to find a decent novel in the SF and Fantasy section of the bookstore. Ben Aaronovitch's Peter Grant novels are pearls in the pig sty. The main character is witty, flawed and likable and the fantasy elements are, if not exactly original, at least effectively deployed to keep the reader guessing. Overall Midnight Riot, and its sequel Moon Over Soho, are great fun and well worth the time.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 16, 2014

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    Great Start for a new series

    Contemporary urban fantasy - set in London. The lead is a policeman by the name of Peter Grant who is suddenly introduced to the paranormal world when he meets a ghost.

    I liked this book - fresh ideas, interesting characters, good writing. Seems as though some of the characters/world building need a little more filling out, but I will certainly pick up the next in the series to see how it moves forward.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 8, 2011

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    Very funny, and interesting

    Great humor, with a most unusual premise.

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  • Posted August 16, 2011

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    Fascinating Characters!

    I enjoyed the world building, and the mystery, but what makes this book worth buying is the characters. I thoroughly enjoyed Peter Grant's point of view. He's very observant of the people and world around him, which brings both the city of London and the other characters he meets to vibrant life. I was drawn into the story by all the telling details, and Peter's wry sense of humor. The secondary characters, like Leslie, Beverly, and Nightingale, were all a pleasure to meet and get to know. I will definitely be getting the next book.

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  • Posted August 2, 2011

    Entertaining and fun read

    Enjoyed this novel-there are some great, comic lines. I love English humor. This novel is set in modern England and the main character is an English constable-providig a nice change. This book is paranormal fantasy.

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  • Posted June 26, 2011

    Highly enjoyable

    Great light read to entertain.

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  • Posted March 26, 2011

    Two in a new Brit Urban fantasy series

    Imaginative, fun references to London, and a Dr Who connection in the author

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  • Posted March 17, 2011

    Smart and fast-paced

    Enjoyable mystery and interesting world-building. Fans of the Dresden Files should give this series a chance.

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