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Midnight Riot (Peter Grant) Mass Market Paperback – February 1, 2011
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“Fresh, original and a wonderful read. I loved it.”—Charlaine Harris
“Midnight Riot is what would happen if Harry Potter grew up and joined the Fuzz. It is a hilarious, keenly imagined caper.”—Diana Gabaldon
“Filled with detail and imagination . . . Aaronovitch is a name to watch.”—Peter F. Hamilton
“The perfect blend of CSI and Harry Potter.” --io9.com
“Aaronovitch has created a fun and funny character in Grant, who displays wit more than snark (a welcome attitude) and shows he can think on his feet. . . . It's a great start to what will hopefully be a long series of adventures.”--SFrevu.com
About the Author
Ben Aaronovitch was born in London in 1964 and had the kind of dull routine childhood that drives a man to drink or to science fiction. He is a screenwriter, with early notable success on BBC television’s legendary Doctor Who, for which he wrote some episodes now widely regarded as classics, and which even he is quite fond of. He has also penned several groundbreaking TV tie-in novels. After a decade of such work, he decided it was time to show the world what he could really do and embarked on his first serious original novel. The result is Midnight Riot, the debut adventure of Peter Grant.
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However, I really did not like the constant tour and history lesson featured in the book. The author loves London and knows his fair share, but little of it played into the plot for me. There were some instances that were interesting, but overall, it felt more like padding the book for a word count than adding to anything.
AND it is barely a book. What is in here was setting up something cool that you didn't really get until the last 100 pages. This book felt like the world was being created and built for the next book!
The plot of this book follows a series of deaths of Jazz musicians that have some sort of magical component. Grant is investigating the deaths when the lover of one of the musicians seduces him. He does some learning.
The first book was really cool and I liked portions of this book, but it needed more. The plot was lacking alot for me.
The worldbuilding and plot didn't fit my tastes quite as much, though both are well constructed. (I did get a bit lost on occasion as the book and characters wound their way through and around London.) I did, however, enjoy the juxtaposition of a very everyday police department with the occasional intrusion of dangerous magic, and the nonmagician officials' way of paying just as much attention to the magic as absolutely necessary.
One reader in my book group described this and subsequent books as horror, which would not have occurred to me -- but there is a dark tinge to the magical fantasy. Be prepared for some gore.
What you want to know is "is this book better than, worse than, or just like the first one". Well, it's significantly better. The overall (multi-book) story-arch takes shape, the current book's case is better written and more interesting, the world building evolves nicely.
The audiable narration is the same as the last book. It really adds at least 1 star to the books - just because it's so good and adds the right "ambiance". If you're the kind of person who listens to books - you have to get this one.