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Midnight Riot por Ben Aaronovitch
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Midnight Riot (original 2011; edição 2011)

por Ben Aaronovitch

Séries: Rivers of London (1)

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Probationary constable Peter Grant dreams of being a detective in London's Metropolitan Police. Too bad his superior plans to assign him to the Case Progression Unit, where the biggest threat he'll face is a paper cut. But Peter's prospects change in the aftermath of a puzzling murder, when he gains exclusive information from an eyewitness who happens to be a ghost. Peter's ability to speak with the lingering dead brings him to the attention of Detective Chief Inspector Thomas Nightingale, who investigates crimes involving magic and other manifestations of the uncanny. Now, as a wave of brutal and bizarre murders engulfs the city, Peter is plunged into a world where gods and goddesses mingle with mortals and a long-dead evil is making a comeback on a rising tide of magic.… (mais)
Membro:scriveling
Título:Midnight Riot
Autores:Ben Aaronovitch
Informação:Del Rey (2011), Edition: Original, Mass Market Paperback, 320 pages
Colecções:A sua biblioteca
Avaliação:****
Etiquetas:urban fantasy, early reviewer giveaway

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Rivers of London por Ben Aaronovitch (2011)

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    Neverwhere por Neil Gaiman (riverwillow)
    riverwillow: Both 'Neverwhere' and 'Rivers of London' (US title 'Midnight Riot') evoke a magical fairy tale London which sometimes feels more authentic then any real life guide to the city.
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    Storm Front por Jim Butcher (majkia)
    majkia: both involve paranormal mystery and smart-ass dialog.
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    The Rook por Daniel O'Malley (Rubbah)
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    A Madness of Angels por Kate Griffin (TheDivineOomba)
    TheDivineOomba: Same Location, similar themes. Both Capture the essence of London.
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    The Big Over Easy por Jasper Fforde (souloftherose)
    souloftherose: It's difficult to explain this recommendation without giving spoilers to one or other of the books. There were certain plot elements to Rivers of London/Midnight Riots which made me think of The Big Over Easy. And both books have a well-developed sense of humour.… (mais)
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    Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency por Douglas Adams (souloftherose)
    souloftherose: Both books have a certain dark British humour to them.
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    Rule 34 por Charles Stross (fhprice)
    fhprice: Besides the urban setting and police procedural genre similarities, both have protagonists with a snarky "we're just cogs making witty observations about the machine" voices. Wicked humor.
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    Archer's Goon por Diana Wynne Jones (LongDogMom)
    LongDogMom: The way that the river spirits are characterized is similar to the characters in Archer's Goon. Same feel/style.
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    mikewilliams64: London urban fantasy with malevolent magic in the wings. Sharp contemporary horror from the beginning of Mieville's career
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    The New York Magician por Jacob Zimmerman (LongDogMom)
    LongDogMom: Both books have a similar way of portraying Gods and Powers and both are urban fantasy/mysteries
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    Stray Souls por Kate Griffin (LongDogMom)
    LongDogMom: Both are a bit quirky, set in London, and deal with the spirits of things, magic and murder.
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    hairball: Two books with Punch & Judy-themed murders--must be something in the water in London.
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    LongDogMom: Both series feature British police who deal with supernatural crime and both are more creative and well written than the average urban fantasy
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    Strange Practice por Vivian Shaw (andreas.wpv)
    andreas.wpv: Different type of protagonist and friends, but dealing with the un- or supernatural, solving crimes and preventing disasters. This is very similar though in style and tone, mood of the story. It is tense, yes, but holds no horror or exceeding brutality. The protagonist is human, and like a human, and the story has an undercurrent of kindness that many novels miss. And it is funny at times, from gentle humor to laugh out loud.… (mais)
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    agneson9: features supernatural/paranormal side of London

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I liked everything dealing with the river deity politics but none of the rest really held my interest since it felt pretty standard. I might check out the next one to see if it picks up though. ( )
  jobinsonlis | May 11, 2021 |
Oh, boy, that was fun! And funny! This is like the UK's answer to Harry Dresden - if Harry was way more mellow and his dog was a slipper with ears. Harry's dog might be named Mouse, but he ain't tiny. :) Toby still has it where it counts though.

Survey says: Harry kicks ass; Peter is swell bloke.

The world-building was pretty well-developed throughout the story, not just for the magic stuff but for London itself for us non-Londoners who don't know how London works. I imagine it's told in a politely backhanded enough way to still be amusing to those who live there though. We're told only what we need to know when we need to know it, and aren't info-dumped for no reason, yet it still manages to set things up for later books.

The case was interesting and certainly unexpected. Punch and Judy is just messed up, y'all. And to think that was considered appropriate entertainment for the whole family back in the day. Leslie looks like she's getting set up to be the Murphy of this universe, only much more mellow and less awesome. Though she could still end up being awesome later. We'll see.

I'm not sure at all why the American publisher changed the name of the book from Rivers of London - since the rivers actually are pretty important - to Midnight Riot. Sure, there's a riot and it happens at night, but it's not even the climax of the book. Com'n. Did they really think we'd need the promise of a riot to get us interested? That's horrible. This isn't like trying to get kids interested in a bunch of old guys sitting around discussing the meaning of life to a bunch of rocks (BORING!) versus wizards doing cool magical stuff with stones (AWESOME!). There was just no reason to change the title, and maybe it's just me, but it also introduces an unfortunate (most likely completely unintentional) racial implication. Peter's mixed-race. There's a riot. Must be connected, yeah? Let's make it the title! Boo! Bad job, American publisher! Bad job!

The narrator, Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, did an okay job. He has a nice voice, all silky and rich and mmmmm...wait, what was he saying? ;) I did tend to get caught up in the sound of his voice and miss the actual words he was saying, having to go back and re-listen and mmmmm... :D The downside is that he really needs to learn how to breathe properly when he's narrating. Lots of deep inhales at pretty much every stopping or pausing point. Comma? Time to breathe. End of sentence? Time to breathe. I did listen to the sample for the next book, and he seems to have improved on this point, so I'll continue with the audios. ( )
  Linda_Bookworm | May 6, 2021 |
This is fun. Aaronovich has a nice turn of phrase. If you have enjoyed series by Simon R. Green and Jim Butcher, you will probably get a kick out of Peter Grant.

Be warned if you prefer e-books, the next books in the series are NOT available on Kindle. They are, however, available on Nook. ( )
  KittyCunningham | Apr 26, 2021 |
Entertaining and different. I'm looking forward to reading the others. ( )
  jlweiss | Apr 23, 2021 |
This was another one of my series-sampling audio listens, to see if I might want to pursue it in print someday. I’ve been really curious about this series for some reason, even though I really didn’t know what it was supposed to be about. I think sometimes I tend to soak up impressions from reviews I’ve read and those impressions stick with me while I forget the specifics.

Audio Narration
The narrator was Kobna Holdbrook-Smith. I liked him pretty well. He was easy to listen to and didn’t overdo the drama. My biggest complaint would be with his voicing of the main female characters, who were both voiced as if they were whiny and petulant. I might have bought into that for Beverley, but I didn’t think it fit Lesley’s dialogue or character.

The male voices and some of the other females were fine, though. At first I did have some difficulty recognizing the distinctive voices he was using for the male characters because all I heard was “British” and my ears weren’t picking up the nuances. I only had trouble for the first hour or so though, then my ears adjusted. The narrator's British accent worked very well for a story that's set in London, and since I'm your typical (maybe?) American who enjoys listening to British accents, I enjoyed listening to him even when I was bored by the story. :)

Story
I don’t know… I feel like I should have liked this more than I did. I did enjoy parts of it, but I liked it less as it went on. It’s a fun concept. A new constable, Peter Grant, discovers he has the ability to see the supernatural and gets recruited into a special branch of the police that most people don’t know about – one that handles supernatural-based crimes. I liked the premise, but wasn’t as crazy about the execution. I’m not usually a big fan of police procedurals, although sometimes I do like them, so that probably didn’t help.

Maybe I would have liked it better in print because I would have followed the details better. There were definitely some things I had difficulty keeping straight in audio, like infrequently-mentioned character names who were important to the plot. However, there were also aspects of the story that didn’t seem to make a lot of sense, particularly toward the end leading up to the final resolution. I’m not sure if I missed some critical bits, but the author seemed to follow the strategy of “if I make the ending busy and crazy enough, nobody will notice it doesn’t make sense” that some authors take.

Aside from that, there were some more minor issues I had with the basic premise. Like how is it that Peter has made it all the way to adulthood and through police training before realizing he can see the supernatural? How is it that Nightingale just happened to encounter Peter just after he met his first ghost and conveniently just before his career path within the police force was settled? Maybe there are answers to those things later in the series. My other main complaint was that so much time passed throughout the story that it didn’t seem like Peter and Nightingale had much of a sense of urgency regarding the issues at hand. I also found myself completely spacing out during the action scenes. Some authors write actions scenes in a way that hold my attention, and some don’t. I don’t know what makes the difference for me, but this was one that didn’t.

Even though I have a lot of complaints, there were things I liked. I enjoyed some of the humor (or maybe I should spell it humour since it was set in London!) and I liked Nightingale a lot and would enjoy reading more about him. I liked the main character, Peter, reasonably well, although I wasn’t that attached. He definitely has room to grow in the maturity department! I did like how he tried to introduce a more scientific approach and would be interested to see where things go with that.

So… will I revisit this series in print some day? I’m marking it as a “probably not”. I’d be willing to give it another try, but it’s not likely to be prioritized high enough that I could realistically expect to ever get to it. ( )
  YouKneeK | Apr 17, 2021 |
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Probationary constable Peter Grant dreams of being a detective in London's Metropolitan Police. Too bad his superior plans to assign him to the Case Progression Unit, where the biggest threat he'll face is a paper cut. But Peter's prospects change in the aftermath of a puzzling murder, when he gains exclusive information from an eyewitness who happens to be a ghost. Peter's ability to speak with the lingering dead brings him to the attention of Detective Chief Inspector Thomas Nightingale, who investigates crimes involving magic and other manifestations of the uncanny. Now, as a wave of brutal and bizarre murders engulfs the city, Peter is plunged into a world where gods and goddesses mingle with mortals and a long-dead evil is making a comeback on a rising tide of magic.

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