Most of this book is muchly good, but I do have one substantial complaint. But more on that later. As I re-read this series, I continue to enjoy it much more than I did the first time through. I’m not going to rehash why (combo of knowing all the characters now and where they end up, along with catching things I didn’t the first time through). Just assume the same things I’ve said for books four through seven also apply here. Most of this book is spent with Harry adjusting to his new role as Warden of the White Council, […]
So I never actually wrote a real review of this book the first time I read it. It was the end of the year, and I just half-assed something over on Goodreads, and didn’t even post anything at all on the CBR blog (it was my first Cannonball, I believe, CBR4). I just wanted to read it and enjoy it and then be done with it. But seeing as how this is the first truly wonderful book in the series (and don’t even argue with me about this), it really does deserve a full considered review. This is very nearly a perfect […]
Ben Aaronovitch’s “Rivers of London”/PC Peter Grant series continues – and completes, unless he’s planning on returning to this form after The Hanging Tree, which is next, and a standard novel – its dip into the medium of graphic novel with Night Witch, with a very mytharc-y story. Again, sorry if “mytharc” is a thing non-X-Files fans don’t say. Anyway, because it’s a story that is much more linkable to the overall arc of the series than Body Work was, I much prefer it, if I have to choose a favorite. Because the stakes are so high in the overall […]
It’s been years and years and years since the last time I read a graphic novel, and this may sound crazy, but I was actually a little nervous about whether I’d be comfortable enough with the format to make this transition in the Peter Grant series. Body Work is the continuation of the “Rivers of London”/PC Peter Grant series from Ben Aaronovitch. I mis-copied the info, and I thought that Body Work belonged after Foxglove Summer, but there’s an indication that it comes after Broken Homes, which I found confusing, but no matter when it all comes down to it, […]
This series is such a mixed bag. I loved the first book. I found the whole world enchanting. And as the series went on, despite some hang-ups, I fell for the characters and the way they all pulled together gradually. But in the end, each book is just full of diminishing returns. Also, this is the end of the series. At least, the end of the stories about Meg and Simon and the Lakeside Courtyard . . . but I am left pretty unsatisfied by it. All of the things that annoyed me slightly (but not enough to really hamper […]
A Canadian mystery writer lives in New York city and gets involved in some supernatural/criminal hijinx. Also, he’s a werewolf (which is kind of obvious right from the cover, so, like, not a spoiler). This book started life as a stand-alone short story called “This Time Around”. I read that and totally loved it. The author has a nice touch and a good sense of humor so I was interested to see how the whole story played out. The short story serves as the start of the book, rolling into the continued action.
Grave Ransom is the fifth book in the Alex Craft series, there may be spoilers in this review though I will try to avoid them. Non-spoilery review? I enjoy this series for the brainless mind-candy that it is. It’s got good female characters, including a strong group of lady friends for our protagonist, and in general it’s just fun Urban Fantasy. I will say, I read this over a week ago and I’ve mostly forgotten it. I had to read the Goodreads blurb to remind myself about what happened. That doesn’t mean it’s not a good book, it just means […]
Ben Aaronovitch did a really smart thing with Foxglove Summer, which was to de-escalate, take it down a few notches, and bring us back to basics. I complained after Broken Homes that things were getting too complicated and also sort of repetitive. Foxglove Summer is a breath of wonderfully Peter Grant-laden fresh air. When you study Shakespeare, at some point or another, you get to the idea of the Green World. My college advisor was deeply in favor of Northrup Frye’s theory, and I have been indoctrinated for life, it would seem, because I can’t help but apply this concept […]