Review: The Furthest Station by Ben Aaronovitch

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The Furthest Station is a part of the PC Peter Grant series by Ben Aaronovitch, only it’s not a book or a graphic novel, it’s novella! I feared the novella format would be too short to properly enjoy, but that turned out to be a faulty assumption.

Plot:

Ghosts are not a rare occurrence on the London Underground, but these ghosts are different. They are aggressive and frightening. And it seems these ghost have an urgent message; only they can’t seem to deliver it. Luckily Peter Grant is on the case! He is joined by Nightingale, Jaget Kumar, Toby the ghost hunting dog and his teenage cousin, Abigail, who has been dabbling in magic herself.

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Review: Broken Homes by Ben Aaronovitch

Broken Homes is book number four in Ben Aaronovitch’s PC Peter Grant series. This book differs from the previous three in structure; Peter is working on several cases at once, and they’re not all related. In fact, there’s only two that are truly related to the magical parts of London.

Plot:

PC Peter Grant is called in when the cops find blood they can’t account for at a traffic accident. Their prime suspect is one Robert Weil, one of the apprentices of the original Faceless Man. There’s blood, but where’s the body? A man jumps in front of a train, but the circumstances are odd. Jaget Kumar shows Peter the footage, and they agree there was magical interference. Meanwhile, a stolen book on magic turns up, but hasn’t been reported stolen. It used to belong to Erik Stomberg, a German architect who happened to design one of the most infamous landmarks in London people have been trying to demolish for years. A grandfather injures himself during his granddaughter’s birthday party, while trying to create a werelight. Very few of these cases seem to be related, yet Peter can’t help but feel the Faceless Man has come back into play.

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Review: Garrett for Hire by Glen Cook

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Garrett for Hire by Glen Cook consists of the following three books:

  • Deadly Quicksilver Lies
  • Petty Pewter Gods
  • Faded Steel Heat

Plot:

Garrett is getting himself into trouble once again, working for his clients – or actively trying to avoid wannabe-clients. This time is not only a women who wants her daughter found (or order a hit, it’s hard to tell), gods of many pantheon who want his attention for themselves as they fight to keep their heads above water and the Call – rightists Garrett wants nothing to do with on account of some of his friends being non-human – who keep involving him in things he doesn’t want to be involved in. Oh and beer….lots of beer. Continue reading