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Published Nov. 9, 2011 by Random House Publishing Group.

ISBN:
978-0-345-52458-4
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4 stars (28 reviews)

3 editions

reviewed Midnight Riot by Ben Aaronovitch

Midnight Riot

2 stars

I gave this a read because it was the only 2023 Hugo Best Series nominee I hadn't read any (or all) of, and my library hold finally came through. This is a magical cop urban fantasy. The main character talks to a ghost and gets sucked into being a magical cop apprentice and tracking down a mysterious string of murders.

In short, I think ultimately this is just not for me.

The characters all feel pretty flat and this is a plot-first rather than character-first book. The fact that the main character has too much lecherous male gaze going on is only exacerbated by two female characters who seem interested in him (somehow, why). If I wanted to be positive, I think it's got a lot of good plot threads to pick up in the future for other books, and I'd be interested to hear more details about the magic …

Review of 'Midnight Riot' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

When I read this it was titled Rivers of London, but coming to Goodreads, I discover that's the title of the graphic novel. Confusing! However; this book under any title is just wonderful. Ignore the marketing bylines - Rivers/Midnight is rather more Harry Dresden than Harry Potter, but it's also it's own man. I enjoyed it a great deal & look forward to making my way through the rest of the series. Good job, Aaronovitch.

Review of 'Midnight Riot' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

This is pure fun. It's got suspense, humor, and interesting characters. It's a police procedural, in which London's Metropolitan police includes a wizard for handling those awkward, hard-to-explain things. I also quite like that not everyone in the cast of characters is white and middle class.

Our plucky protagonist, Peter Grant, is a probationary constable in the Metropolitan Police in London. He's just reached the point in where you get promoted or end up in a backwater, and he's looking like he's headed for a backwater, when he sees a ghost. That wouldn't generally be a good thing, but when a senior member of the police asks him why he's loitering near where a murder took place the day before, he tells the truth and says that he's waiting to see if the ghost shows up again. Turns out that he was talking to the department's wizard, and he find …

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  • Fiction, fantasy, paranormal