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False Value

(Rivers of London #8)

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Now in hardcover, the eighth book of the bestselling Rivers of London urban fantasy series returns to the adventures of Peter Grant, detective and apprentice wizard, as he solves magical crimes in the city of London.

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
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Kindle Edition, US Edition, 304 pages
Published February 25th 2020 by DAW (first published February 20th 2020)
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carol.
Either Ben or I needs an intervention. Or his editor. I'm at page 113 and bored. Bored? you say. Yes, you read that right. Perhaps Kobna will save it, but I have my doubts. So far, Peter is working undercover security at a tech firm whose quirky founder has referenced Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy in all his organizational roles and policies. He's run into a guy, which takes us back to an investigation a few months preceding. Details are sort of falling into place, but not well. I'm learning ...more
Mimi
Sep 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The next book in one of my favorite series with a cover done in my favorite color scheme.

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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
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Nataliya
Mar 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-reads
What have we got to lose? I said.
Nightingale looked up and gave me a strange, sad smile.
Oh, everything, Peter, he said. But then, such is life.
By book 8 in any series, youre either a fan or are wasting your time.

Im 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 arc. New
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Bradley
Mar 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
On sheer enjoyment level, I'm always very enthusiastic about Ben Aaronovitch's Peter Grant series, and this one is no exception. I dug in and dug it well, indeed.

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
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Steven
Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.

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
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Mogsy (MMOGC)
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2020/03/05/...

You have no idea how much Ive been looking forward to this book. Were now on the eighth installment of the Rivers of London series, and as much as Ive 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 Grants life here in False Value, there are still a few mysteries left over from the previous books. Certainly,
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❀⊱RoryReads⊰❀
3.5 stars.
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.
Silvana
Even Kobna's excellent narration could not save this book from being sub par to its predecessors.

I don't mind the early non-linear narrative. I don't mind the few magical actions and most of the story was dedicated on the investigative part. That's one of the reasons I like the series, all the policing stuff were fantastic and meticulous, it was immersive. What I enjoyed less were the uninteresting set of new characters and the story itself. Linking magic and technology is a tricky subject and
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Emma
Mar 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this. I liked the beginning chapters which meant the reader had to work harder to work out what was going on. I liked the fact that so many of the characters weve already met played their part too. I was worried I wouldnt be able to keep up with the technological side, but I pretty much did. ...more
Sara Tilley
One for sci-fi fans. This book widens the Rivers universe, moving on from the Faceless Man storyline. This gives the series a new lease of life but loses its focus. Its not got that vivid London vibe.
Once you get into it, the historical tech world is fascinating but the story is pretty confusing for the first few chapters. Theres such a huge cast of characters that they started to blur.
Its a transitional tale where almost everyone who has ever appeared seemed to pop up or be referenced, in
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Martin
Feb 28, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
For the first time I finished a book in the series, and went eh. I thought the series had been getting stronger right up til the point that the Faceless Man gets shot last book, and was wondering where the series would go. At the end of this book, you kind of have an idea, but also there's a lot more "law and order" going on, when at this point it would be the intelligence organizations stepping in. My long anticipation was disappointed. Partly because Ben is now referencing so much from other ...more
Eri
Feb 24, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-en
Two cups of tea later, I'd really like to be excited about this, but while there were some very good parts, the overall theme did not work for me the way I was expecting it to right now.
Paul E. Morph
Theres not much point writing a lengthy review of this one (not that I ever write lengthy reviews) as, if youre already a fan of the series, you will be picking this one up anyway and if youre not you probably arent going to start with book eight.

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 grand
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Andrew
Mar 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
And so we enter a new phased of Peter Grant, now I will admit that with the various books so far in the series (I am omitting the graphic novels since although they are also placed in the common time line they do not have stories that added to the over arc) this book although not a departure from the world we come to know and love - no worries no spoilers - does represent a new start.

And by new start catching up with some old friends since each book appears to introduce an ever increasing roster
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Sal
Feb 27, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've loved this series from the beginning but I hate to admit it, I really struggled with this one. The start confused me, I didn't like Peter undercover, and it was ages before we saw anything of the Folly or Nightinglale. And worse of all, hardly any Toby!
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,
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Marzie
Feb 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-net-galley
4.5 Stars

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
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Hank
Mar 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Perhaps a bit overly complicated but as with a very few other series, I am hooked on the characters and Aaronovitch could write just about anything in this world and I would enjoy it. As usual this was a listen for me and also as usual Kobna is a genius. The way he brings Peter's humor to life is awesome. The way he can add a very subtle flavor to each of the character's voices, making it easy to differentiate is also awesome. I never want to be a writer but I would love to be a narrator like ...more
Vendela
Feb 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not quite as perfect as some earlier ones but still good
Louise
Feb 23, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Miriam
Feb 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Aaaaaaah so good so good so good! I loved having a book in this series that focused more closely on Peter, Nightingale and Beverley again. I love the big ensemble plots the last two books had, but this was nice as well, and there was so much character and relationship development here (especially between Bev and Peter), which was very necessary and great to see. The ethics of Rivers are finally discussed in more depth, and in ways that promise exciting future developents.
The strange world of
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Stephen
Mar 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
really enjoyed the latest in the peter grant series and this one made you think more than others but didn't disappoint though
Stephen Richter
Another fun installment in the Rivers of London series. Had that maddening habit of mentioning an event in which you think, " I missed that, I will need to backtrack a bit" only to have the explanation of the event come in the next chapter. Again the narration by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith is the perfect marriage between the tale and the performance of that tale. The absolute best way to experience the series.
Alison
Four and a half stars.

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
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Lindsay
Mar 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
In the first part of this novel we have Peter Grant in his new job (!) working security for the Serious Cybernetics Corporation (complete with a truckload of Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy references) and cutting back to a month earlier where he's still on the job as one of a handful of wizard police in London. What follows is an investigation which goes to the foundations of computing itself and links it to the world of the Folly as well as laying the groundwork for the series next big bad. ...more
David Harris
Feb 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had to ask myself if I was actually going to review the 8th in this massively popular series?

What is there to say?

Well, quite a bit to say, I think. Not every massively popular series is still going strong by Book 8. Some become formulaic, continuing to please the fans but not really justifying another book... and another, and another.

NOT true of Rivers of London, though. False Value finds us in quite a new place and Aaronovitch exploits this to excellent effect. After the events of Lies
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Barb in Maryland
A few thoughts:

I was a bit worried before reading this. I wondered if Aaronovitch could avoid a slump after finishing the long-running Faceless Man story arc of the previous 7 books. I shouldn't have doubted his story-telling skills!
Peter Grant, Beverley, and the whole gang are in fine form. I loved it!

The blurb gives a good idea of the basic plot, so I shall say no more in order to avoid spoilers. I will say that it is not necessary to be familiar with Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy to enjoy
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lucky little cat
Oh, this just is not a five-star outing for Peter & the gang. (Those sky-high ratings must be from wishful voting.) I actually *like* player pianos and other musical punch-card automata, but this by-the-numbers mystery still wore out its welcome with even nerdy ol' me.

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
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Arielle Walker
It pains me so much to give the latest adventures of Peter Grant a mere 3 stars...
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
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Hiu Gregg
Feb 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wasn't a huge fan of the beginning of this one. It leaned more towards "confusing" than it did "intriguing" for me, personally. But after the initial confusion cleared up, it was another fun and familiar Peter Grant story.
Laura Spira
I think I've reached peak Aaronovitch, I'm afraid. The plot is quite clever although the twists and turns didn't all make sense. The subsidiary characters were a bit flat and in places hard to tell apart and probably superfluous. (And there's a glitch right at the beginning about Victor which was irritating: was it poor copy editing or something more subtle?)

The magic remains interesting but I preferred the earlier books where Molly, Toby, the Rivers and the Folly all played a larger part. The
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Ben Aaronovitch's career started with a bang writing for Doctor Who, subsided in the middle and then, as is traditional, a third act resurgence with the bestselling Rivers of London series.

Born and raised in London he says that he'll leave his home when they prise his city out of his cold dead fingers.

Other books in the series

Rivers of London (8 books)
  • Rivers of London (Peter Grant, #1)
  • Moon Over Soho (Peter Grant, #2)
  • Whispers Under Ground (Peter Grant, #3)
  • Broken Homes (Peter Grant, #4)
  • Foxglove Summer (Peter Grant, #5)
  • The Hanging Tree (Peter Grant, #6)
  • Lies Sleeping (Peter Grant, #7)

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