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Tales from the Folly: A Rivers of London Short Story Collection

(Rivers of London #1.5, 1.6, 4.6, 5.65, 6.5)

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Return to the world of Rivers of London in this first short story collection from bestselling author, Ben Aaronovitch. Tales from the Folly is a carefully curated collection that gathers together previously published stories and brand new tales in the same place for the first time.

Each tale features a new introduction from the author, filled with insight and anecdote offer
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Published July 31st 2020 by Jabberwocky Literary Agency, Inc.
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carol.
Nov 09, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: serious fans
Mostly as advertised, a short story collection set in the Peter Grant universe, although it's worth clarifying that Peter does not appear in perhaps half the stories. I do appreciate that these were made available to fans at large, as the majority of the pieces were 'bonuses' inside the Waterstones hardcover editions, and as such, not widely available. Only one piece is unique to this edition, 'Three Rivers.' Sadly, I think this is one I will be bypassing in hardcover, as I happen to have a few ...more
HBalikov
Jan 03, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was captivated by the Rivers of London series and have enjoyed Aaronovitch’s slighty skewed sense of humor and imagination. However, if you paid retail for Tales from the Folly you have paid too much.

This book of short stories should have started its life in the remainder bin. It is so inconsistent, often incomplete and Aaronovitch tells us how he was persuaded to crank out a story for pecuniary or other opportunities.

There are several delights among the dross but it wasn’t worth the time slo
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Lori
Feb 15, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
So, I asked my son if he remembered reading this at the first of the year. He said, "Barely." I asked him what he thought of it. He said, "I liked the stories, but there wasn't any point to the book."

Yeah, some repeats, some cutting room floor snippets, they're some perfectly lovely bits that didn't make it into a previous book. But, I'm glad that I didn't buy it.
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Faith
Dec 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, overdrive
I liked the Peter Grant stories, but most of the other stories were mediocre at best. However, it’s always good to hear the narrator Kobna Holdbrook-Smith. 3.5 stars
Myth
Jul 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
NOT ENOUGH NIGHTINGALE. ONE STAR.
Obviously I'm kidding (about the rating, not the lack of Nightingale)(one short? I'm dying here)
I've actually read a bunch of these before but the ones I hadn't were just as enjoyable as the ones I still loved.
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Hank
Nov 07, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned_kindle
Underwhelmed. I had read the two best stories already and the rest were mediocre at best. A couple had such abrupt endings, I thought I had missing pages. Short stories should still have a bit of an endimg.
Andrew
Sep 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I sometimes wonder if giving an author continually high praise can create a blind spot - the fact that you could never accept that a piece of work is not up to their previous standards means that you might miss something - well in the case of this collection of short stories I don't think so. I raced through the ebook (I hope that it comes out in paper format to so it can join the other editions) devouring the stories of the ever growing cast of characters.

What I found fascinating were the short
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Mogsy (MMOGC)
3 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2020/11/19/...

I have been waiting a long time for an anthology like Tales from the Folly to come along. As much as I adore the Rivers of London series, many of the author’s short stories set in that world have slipped through the cracks. After all, it’s kind of hard to keep track when there are so many of them floating around, not to mention I’m not exactly a short fiction kind of person, so I lack the motivation to track each one down,
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Stephen
Jan 24, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed this collection of short stories of the peter grant series plus other stuff and always look forward to new peter grant stories
Tracy
This is a bit uneven but overall very enjoyable. Three and a half stars rounded up to four.

The Home Crowd Advantage is just ok. Three stars.

The Domestic also just ok. Two stars.

The Cockpit made me a bit uncomfortable. Two stars.

The Loneliness of the Long Distance Granny. Sweet, three stars.

King of the Rats. Another one that made me uncomfortable, two stars.

A Rare Book of Cunning Device is delightful. Set in a library. Really fun. Four stars.

I was really beginning to think short fiction is just
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Silvana
Just a cash grab. Only two or three stories are remotely interesting and the rest either have 1) non-endings, 2) uninteresting POV, 3) uninteresting plot or 4) all of the above. I don't think it's worth buying even if you're a Peter Grant fan since he was not in most of the stories anyway. I am however looking forward for more Abigail POV story. Other than that, I'll stick with the main series, thank you. ...more
Judith von Kirchbach
Great fun !

A great companion piece to the Peter Grant/ Rivers of London series, fleshing out the world he lives and works in. It was great to get some background on the ever expanding cast of characters. I particularly enjoyed the Christmas tale about Abigail and can't wait to hear more in her novella. An enjoyable read !
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Mark
Aug 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nicely written

Some very good stories, and at the end some very interesting shorts.

Well worth reading, keeps us readers interested in this world.
Paul
Sep 17, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Didn't draw me in as much as the other works in the series. ...more
Hobart
Aug 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-reads
This originally appeared at The Irresponsible Reader.
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If asked, I'd have thought I posted about this book weeks ago, so imagine my surprise this past weekend when I saw this title still on my "To Be Written" list when I was checking for something else. Better late than never...

WHAT ARE THE TALES FROM THE FOLLY?
The subtitle pretty much gives it away, really. These are shorter works set in the Rivers of London series. The Folly is the unofficial name for the recognized British magical organizat
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Nicole
I've previously read or listened to and enjoyed the following: "The Home Crowd Advantage," "King of the Rats," "A Rare Book of Cunning Device," and the three "moments" (Nightingale, Reynolds, and Winter).
The little introductions enhance the stories.
"The Domestic" -- A Peter Grant story involving the investigation of suspected domestic violence. Of course, it isn't what the neighbours suspected, but Peter gets to the bottom of it.
"The Cockpit" -- Oh, yes, there's a good reason for the title. I, t
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AndrewP
I had read a few of these stories before but it was nice to hear them in audiobook form. Kobna Holbrook-Smith reads the Peter Grant stories and and other narrators read the stories that are told from a different viewpoint. Aaronovitch himself narrates a brief introduction to each story which was a bonus. (If you haven't heard him before he sounds just like a character out of one of his own books, London accent and all.)

Good stuff and defiantly a must if you're a Rivers of London fan.
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Christa Schönmann Abbühl
Exactly what the doctor ordered ;-) I had a crappy day for internal reasons, and this made it so much better. Every word a reminder of the bigger world, of past stories and things to come. Every narrator perfectly fitting the story. I wanted it to go on and on. It was lovely to have the author give background to each story and moment. I want, no I need, more Abigail. And everybody else even slightly Folly related is welcome to fill my head anytime, too. I hope to grow old listening to stories ab ...more
Adrian
‘I have reason to believe that you are consorting with a spirit in contravention of the Act against Conjuration, Witchcraft and Dealing with Evil and Wicked Spirits 1604,’ I said.

Peter Grant is back and he's brought along all of his friends. These short stories have featured in various places as bonus or additional content and now they are finally collated into one handy ebook.

Ben Aaronovitch also sets out a clear timeline of the books and graphic novels and explains where each of these tal
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Barb in Maryland
Jan 13, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf-f-goodies
Enjoyable group of short stories. A nice way to revisit these characters. My favorite was set in a bookstore, my next favorite featured young Abigail.
A good way to pass the time while waiting for Abigail's novella and the next Peter Grant novel.
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Jenette
I just have so much love for this series.
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Own - London Square
Beth
Aug 09, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, fiction, stories
A fleeting pleasure at fewer than two hundred pages, but a pleasure nevertheless! As always, I wanted more Nightingale, but I was glad for the opportunity to catch up with some favorite recurring minor characters, like Professor Postmartin.
Alex Sarll
A collection of the various short stories hitherto hidden away in Waterstones-exclusive editions, audio-only giveaways and such; TBH, I wouldn't have expected it for another few books yet, slim as it is, but possibly the publisher needed a quick financial hit to help with the current crappiness, and who can blame them? The Peter Grant stories are mostly little done-in-one short mysteries, though as with the comics, some do shed extra light on characters who've subsequently popped up in the novel ...more
Andy Angel
Feb 03, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Does what it says on the tin really. This volume consists of the short stories that came with the Waterstones special editions plus some featuring other characters from the Rivers of London series. All in all an enjoyable read with the promise of more to come in the future
Nofar Spalter
Aaronovitch tells us repeatedly that the short stories in this collection were written under duress, and it feels like it. He's normally so great at painting a scene, bringing a setting to life, making a complex plot flow effortlessly, so it was disappointing to read what felt like a set of phoned in, forgettable stories. The characters are solid, but most of them are from other stories. The only story that had a bit of emotional depth was lost to a nothing plot (the Uncle one). Aaronovitch's wr ...more
Emmalyn Renato
Aug 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ben Aaronovitch is another of my drop everything authors. This collection of short stories set in the world of the Rivers of London was published last week, and was a nice quick read and change of pace from the two novels that I'd currently been reading. First half of the book are stories with Peter Grant as the MC; the second half are stories (and moments) with other characters as the MC of each one. I felt the stories in the first section were much more polished. The "moments" felt like filler ...more
Tricia
Sep 24, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: have, fantasy, kindle
it's no secret that I love the Rivers of London books, and I do love a good short story. The writing of a good short story is a skill to be admired and is much underrated in my view. Mr Aaronovitch presents us with a series of background tales featuring the characters who touch The Folly is some way or other.

I love the use of short stories scattered in amongst an ongoing series, they are an excellent way of fleshing out some of the minor characters who float around the edges but still capture yo
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Alison
How to describe this anthology? First, if you are new to the world of Peter Grant and the Rivers of London series I DO NOT recommend reading this to see if you like the premise. This is a mixture of short stories, vignettes and tantalising ideas featuring Peter and some of the minor characters from the novels, some written at the request of the British bookshop Waterstones, others for specific purposes like the London 2012 Olympics (although I believe that may also have been at the request of Wa ...more
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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.
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Other books in the series

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

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