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Wonderful supernatural London
am 13. Mai 2017
I was reading "Rivers of London" while being in the city and that added a lot to my amusement: sitting in Covent Garden while reading about some supernatural crime happening there, is great fun. Overall, this book is fun. And it's as much the story of young constable Peter Grant, as it is a story about the city of London. Since I love London, I was of course soon hooked.
But the plot is pretty cool on itself. Peter Grant has just gotten himself a place in some unwanted administrative department of the Metropolitan Police, when he finds out that he is able to see and talk to ghosts. That leads to his transfer to some secret police department dealing with the supernatural in all its forms and variations. Well, the department actually consists of one eccentric wizard/inspector, who takes Peter on as an apprentice. And thus starts the strange case of some violent revanant who possesses unwitting people, kills and wreaks overall havoc. Besides, there is political upheaval with Mother Thames and Father Thames and their respective kids, harassing each other and standing on the edge of war.
The case at hand, that takes Peter and his colleague Lesly deep into the city and especially Covent Garden's history, is pretty complicated and I liked that police procedural felt very real. As did all the descriptions of the city. Even the ghosts, revenants and gods that represent parts of the city and its surroundings, they all have a very solid and real feel to them.
And as a reader, it's a good way to get into the world with a protagonist, who feels like Alice after having fallen into the rabbit's hole. He asked all the questions and doubted all the things some average Joe, aka the reader, would ask. And what a great world it is, Mr. Aaronovitch wrought.
And if I liked the main character as much as the secondary characters or the city and its supernatural side, I would have rated the book five stars. But I did not. Well, Peter grew on me and in the last third of the book, he is the kind of person I like to read about. But although I like the dry humor and how he has no illusions about himself or his fellow Londoners, he just got on my nerves for a long time. For example when his colleague Lesly, who is a really good cop, tells him how he is always distracted by the unimportant things and therefore misses the right clues - and he keeps on doing exactly that. And yes, I concur, he isn't a good police officer and if it weren't for his uncanny abilities, he'd be a paper pusher and rightly so. As I said, he gets better and grew an me: when I thought about in the middle of the book that I propably was annoyed enough to not read on in the series, I was mollified enough by the end to give the next installment a try.