The October Man
A brand new stand-alone novella in the Rivers of London series!
Tobias Winter has been assigned to the Abteilung KDA - the Department for Complex and Unspecific Matters.
Despite the intriguing department name, as Winter explains, dealing with the strange and the supernatural is 'actually 90% paperwork'. But this is a story about the other 10% of the job: the life-threatenin...more
Listening--as opposed to my usual reading speed--exposes the fact that the first four or so chapters are largely a re-explanation of things we already know from the seven book Peter Grant series. Unfortunately, details aren't quickly summarized, and as far as I can tell, almost everything Peter Grant has learned in the first few books is included. Details on rivers, shields, magic returning, Latin, the history of magic users, political organization ...more
Readers of the Rivers of London series should find lots of familiar tropes in an unfamiliar setting. I very much enjoyed getting to see some of what is going on with the resurgence of magic in other parts of the world, and of course can't help wondering if it will ever intersect with the main series. Also very curious about the Director. New readers should be able to read it as a stand-alone contempora ...more
And we have a lot of fresh faces. And fungi. And fun times with fungi. And a pretty awesome refresher on the magic system as well as some really cool police procedural legwork.
All in all, it's a slam dunk Magic Police procedural across the border, chatting up the local rivers ...more
So this little gem of a novella takes place in the same world as the Rivers of London, but in Germany instead, and features a new main character in a similar role as Peter Grant there in Germany. The mystery/police procedural with magic worked well for this novel, and we got to meet a few new characters that I'd love to see make appearances in the main series novels.
After the end of the ...more
Kinda like when Serena would visit Bewitched.
Aaronovitch could at least have named him Dieter so we could remember his name easily.
Too often, new wunderkind Tobi just sounds like Peter transported mysteriously to a German life. There's too much paperwork in policing! Everything has an acronym name! Plus everything has a funny seven-syllable German name that ends in "-er" or "- en," too! (A joke that stopped being funny way too early ...more
With Lies Sleeping ending with the final showdown between Peter Grant and his archnemesis the Faceless Man, bringing a seven-book story arc to a close, fans are wondering where the Rivers of London series will be going from here. Rumor is that Peter will be back, but in the meantime, we get to whet our appetites with a spinoff novella called The October Man.
Providing readers with some much-needed breathing space following ...more
“I drank what??” – Socrates
Let me just begin by saying that I’ve been anxiously awaiting any new story from Ben Aaronovitch since 2018 Lies Sleeping. Peter Grant is one of the coolest urban fantasy protagonists practicing these days and Aaronovitch’s world building is maybe THE best, and I’ve read Harry Dresden, Jane Yellowrock and the Iron Druid series. What really sets these apart is his wink and nod minimalism, these are snappy police procedurals ...more
from Gollanz https://www.gollancz.co.uk/2018/11/26...
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Ah, so this is what it's like to follow a magically competent police detective around on a case and not royally messing things up along the way. I get it now. More stories like this please and thank you in advance. ...more
It's interesting for the contrast in main character. Tobias Winter is just as dedicated to policing as Peter is and about as competent magically speaking. In many ways you could drop Peter in his spot and the story wouldn't feel any different, but where this falls down is that the London series has had seven books to build up a fascinating cast of characters and background around Peter as well as all his own mannerisms.
With this you get ...more
Ah a short story, my eternal struggle with this format continues. To be fair, there wasn't much helping me out in this one though. This felt like a bit of a pointless exercise unless the whole purpose was to set things up for later books.
I avoided the audiobook (which with Kobna absent was a no brainer) and went the old fashioned way (thanks Mr. Library, very kind) but there isn't much to write home about here. The main guy doesn't differ enough from Peter to make it worthwhile, it feels li ...more
Now the story itself is as usually just as engrossing and fun as ever however how you are being introduced to not only a new group of characters but a different country and most certainly a different way approaching things.
This leads t ...more
The characters here are not drawn in any great depth, nor is the plot particularly fresh. It's very much the same formula as a typical Peter Grant adventure, only with different, German, characters in the roles, but I think that's fine. Variations on same are the point of this sort of series. W ...more
So this was pretty cool. Instead of following Peter or Nightingale (why???) we follow another magic practitioner named Tobias Winter. Tobias is the equivalent to our Peter Grant in England, only Tobias operates in Germany. Tobias is working on a case that seems to involve wine, ghosts, and magic.
Tobias's family seemed very interesting and I wanted to know more about his dad, mother, and the family's histor ...more
But I liked Tobias and Vanessa, and I liked the setting (my father being from that area, it gave me some nice flashbacks), and I would love to read more of the White Library!
Some random thoughts: the Germans apparently have a better intelligence department than the British, I am relieved that there are no obvious mistakes with the German, less pop culture references (but understandable since B. Aaronovitch does not live here), there seems to be a continuity error (p. 139 last sentence compared to p. 162 lower half, UK hardcover edition).
I am looking forward to a meeting between Tobias and Peter.
All the action is centered around the c ...more
First, as a reboot of the series in another country, it didn’t work for me. The narrator’s voice still sounded to me just like Peter Grant. It takes more than tossing in periodic foreign words to give the flavour of a country. Some writers can do this: Joanna Bourne does it brilliantly, with vocabulary, syntax, and language rhythms, but Trier could have been in Surrey for a ...more
Tobias is not as snarky as Peter Grant--his humor is a bit more subdued, but still entertaining.
The author had a good deal of fun playing with the inter-country rivalry between the British and the German group ...more
Born and raised in London he says that he'll leave his home when they prise his city out of his cold dead fingers.