Peter Grant is facing fatherhood, and an uncertain future, with equal amounts of panic and enthusiasm. Rather than sit around, he takes a job with émigré Silicon Valley tech genius Terrence Skinner's brand new London start up - the Serious Cybernetics Company.
Drawn into the orbit of Old Street's famous 'silicon roundabout', Peter must learn how to blend in with people who...more
Not making a deal out of that point is the whole point. See the sentence in italics. (less)
Oh yes; you heard right. The founder of Goodreads’ Folly Irregulars and long-time fan of Peter Grant (the novels), has found a Peter Grant book to be over-rated and boring. I daresay even badly written. Hopefully, a second listen-through can redeem it, but there is no way that should be a thing for an urban fantasy.
Narrative is from Peter, but this feels like an older, even more serious Peter. There’s a few humorous observations along the way, and some waxing emotional ov ...more
A long running story arc came to an end in the previous book so this one started afresh. Peter is soon to become the father of twins, who may or may not be magic beings, and we see a softer side of his character occasionally. Of course he is still cynical and prone to making smart comments which make the book entertaining.
Peter is working under ...more
“What have we got to lose?’ I said.By book 8 in any series, you’re either a fan or are wasting your time.
Nightingale looked up and gave me a strange, sad smile.
‘Oh, everything, Peter,’ he said. ‘But then, such is life.”
I’m a fan. Enough of a fan to finally 5-star the previous installment, Lies Sleeping, which was the first 5-star for me in this series. And sadly, so far the only one.
The previous book wrapped up a long-running Faceless Man arc of this series; this one is setting up a new a ...more
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Release date now FEBRUARY of 2020...
*side-eyeing every single comic book Ben Aaronovitch worked on this year instead on this book*
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Really good. So good that I'm no longer side-eyeing all those other things Ben Aaronovitch worked on last year instead of this book. He can work on whatever he wants from now on and I won't make snide comments as long as he keeps on producing this level of quali ...more
From the very start, we get knee-deep in many Douglas Adams homages almost immediately after getting a very emotional reference bot Bowie. I LOVE the whole idea of the Sirius Corporation. From first-day employees wearing a towel around their heads to Vogon management to a dozen other great London High-Tech Field goodies. You know, like ...more
I love this series, but this book felt much weaker compared to the rest of it. Main investigation is interesting, unfortunately there is too much sidetracking and rather mundane stuff: dinners, family picnics, looking after pregnant girlfriend, mildly amusing conversations with random new people Peter meets. Secondary cast is getting too huge too. I hope the next one will have more focus.
I'm so glad I kept up with this series! As I said in my review of the last novel in the series, Lies Sleeping, I had gone through a slump with this series for a few in the middle. I had to catch up to get to my ARC of Lies Sleeping, and the book didn't disappoint. It made it worth it.
Well, this one keeps up the quality!
We've got technology and magic colliding in this one. While the beginning can b ...more
You have no idea how much I’ve been looking forward to this book. We’re now on the eighth installment of the Rivers of London series, and as much as I’ve enjoyed my time with the Faceless Man arc, I also felt it was high time we moved onto something new. Still, while we may be at the dawn of a new chapter in Peter Grant’s life here in False Value, there are still a few mysteries left over from the previous books. Certainly ...more
Once you get into it, the historical tech world is fascinating but the story is pretty confusing for the first few chapters. There’s such a huge cast of characters that they started to blur.
It’s a transitional tale where almost everyone who has ever appeared seemed to pop up or be referenced, in a ...more
Good, but I hope that in future stories Aaronovitch will write more about the Folly and that we'll see more of Nightingale, Molly, Leslie and some of the other characters we've come to know and love. The author has built a wonderful, magical world with almost endless possibilities for adventures. I look forward to reading them. ...more
I understand Peter moving in with Beverley, he bloody better if she's expecting his twin children. But I do miss the Folly, Toby, Molly, and more downtime with Nightingale. Aaronovitch has developed so many characters that I'm fond of that he can't possibly shoehorn them all into every bo ...more
But alas, I must.
(I still adore this series, I promise. It would take a lot to shake that, and this didn't cause a dent in my love for the characters, the settings, the general overall joy of being in this version of London.
False Value just... wasn't amazing. It took me a solid week to read, in the middle of a complete pandemic lockdown. My thesis was briefly on hold, or at least allowed a pause; there was nowher ...more
My main problem was the central tech heavy plot. I love the darkly magical stories where Peter explores wonderful hidden parts of London. This plot felt very far away from that and it bored me. The constant Hitchhiker references got old fast, ...more
The regular check-ins with Beverly aaand the regular updates on the Folly renovations felt pretty darned rote as well.
Although I was charmed by Molly's super-tiny pastries. How pathetic a commentary is that on the rest of the book ...more
And a major development in Peter Grant's personal life, which will ...more
Suffice it to say that this book does not fail to deliver all the Rivers of London goodness that we fans have come to love. There was an extra thrill for me, though, as half of the book is set just around the corner from where I live! In fact, the g ...more
And by new start catching up with some old friends since each book appears to introduce an ever increasing roster ...more
The magic remains interesting but I preferred the earlier books where Molly, Toby, the Rivers and the Folly all played a larger part. The t ...more
The Rivers of London series is one of my favorites in urban fantasy. The fabulous character development and comparable world-building are such a pleasure to read. Our latest outing, False Value, opens with Peter Grant working his new job, as security for the Serious Cybernetics Corporation. Or is he really? Readers left hanging on the outcome of Peter's suspension at the end of Lies Sleeping may initially be shocked, but hang in there. Nightingale still has his young apprentice's ba ...more
The strange world of tec ...more
Peter Grant has left the Police and taken a job with Silicon Valley tech genius Terrence Skinner's new London start up: the Serious Cybernetics Corporation. Or has he?
We are thrown in at the deep end at the start of this book with Peter's interview with SCC and then the first few chapters alternate between events in January when Peter starts work at SCC, and events in the preceding December which I found confusing at first.
I'm not going to attempt to explain the plot which ...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.