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The October Man : A Rivers of London Novella (Rivers of London #7.5) (utgåvan 2019)

av Ben Aaronovitch (Författare)

Serier: Tobias Winter (1), Rivers of London (Short novel, 7.5)

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Trier is famous for wine, Romans and for being Germany's oldest city. So when a man is found dead with, his body impossibly covered in a fungal rot, the local authorities know they are out of their depth. Fortunately this is Germany, where there are procedures for everything. Enter Investigator Tobias Winter, whose aim is to get in, deal with the problem, and get out with the minimum of fuss, personal danger and paperwork. With the help of frighteningly enthusiastic local cop, Vanessa Sommer, he's quick to link the first victim to a group of ordinary middle aged men - and to realise they may have accidentally reawakened a bloody conflict from a previous century. But the rot is still spreading, literally and with the suspect list extending to people born before Frederick the Great solving the case may mean unearthing the city's secret magical history. . . . so long as that history doesn't kill them first. 'The Rivers of London series is an ever-evolving delight' CRIME REVIEW 'Ben Aaronovitch is a master of metropolitan magical mayhem' STARBURST 'Aaronovitch deftly balances urban fantasy with the police procedural' CRIME SCENE 'Once you start, you'll find a London that's just dying to be explored' DEN OF GEEK… (mer)
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Titel:The October Man : A Rivers of London Novella (Rivers of London #7.5)
Författare:Ben Aaronovitch (Författare)
Info:Orion Publishing Group, Limited (2019), 192 pages
Samlingar:Noveller, Fantasy, Ska läsas, Ditt bibliotek
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Taggar:fantasy, krim, humor, rivers of london

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This is in reference to the audio book.

I give this a three star because I have pretty bad expectations for novella spin-offs; without the main characters, the story usually falls flat.

So this book did surprisingly well at maintaining the usual cop-slash-wizard procedural story. I expected a lot of the re-hashing, and there was definitely a lot of that.

The real problems are as follows:

1. How much German am I supposed to know?
- I understand all the German is supposed to build atmosphere and certainly the German accent added to that too, but it made a lot of things incomprehensible to me. Most of the names of places and departments flew by me. I ended up buying the Kindle book to follow along - I realised I’d lost track of the suspects 2/3 of the way through the book.

2. Sibilant much?
- I thought publishing houses put more effort into audiobooks these days, so it was with great surprise to find that nothing was done to tone down the sibilants in the audio. All the over-powering “s” physically hurt me - I had to crank down the treble in my car to get through most of the book.

So overall, if you are really desperate for a story set in the Peter Grant word (fully understanding that there is no actual Peter Grant or a very diluted version of him), then pick up this book. And even then, pick up the Kindle version; you’d save your ears, and the story would make more sense (if, like me, you don’t know German). ( )
  vishae | Apr 29, 2021 |
Meet the German version of Peter Grant. Not quite as funny, but he has his moments, Tobias Winter is sent to the picturesque town of Trier to investigate a strange death. There are river goddesses, demi-humans and all the usual madness you would expect from Mr Aaronovich. I am guessing we will be seeing more of this character in future. ( )
  CharlotteBurt | Feb 1, 2021 |
Started yesterday and finished this morning. I love these novellas. No padding, just a good story and a bit more infilling of the WWII backstory. Plus a half star and a bit. ( )
  Ma_Washigeri | Jan 23, 2021 |
Fair warning: I just finished this yesterday, and read it over 48 hours, so I haven’t had much time to mull over my feelings. My first impressions are that this was fine. A good installment in the series, an interesting mystery, a different look at magic, but ultimately neither quite as good as the novels or the previous novella. That said, I know from rereading half the series in the last few months that the books improve for me the second time, so take that as you will.

I liked Tobi, who seems like a generally affable guy, but I found a lot of his core characterization boiled down to “Peter Grant but German” and I have to say, I like Peter better. The side characters are a little more varied, taking tropes like “police liaison” and “local river” into different places, but on their own, none of them really sparked my interest apart from the Director. (Some of the bit players were great, though.) That said, Tobi does have an interesting take on the world at times and he’s certainly his own person, not just a carbon-copy of Peter. Less of a nerd, for one.

I found the story was most fun not for the mystery or the “trip” to Germany, but for how it revealed how magic is viewed there, how much the KDA does or doesn’t know about the Folly, and how much the Folly doesn’t know about the KDA. It had a lot of good moments though, not only in dialogue, quips, and byplay, but in the clues uncovered and the places visited. There were some vague parallels or shout-outs to the rest of the series, but also moments when Aaronovitch turned those expectations and turned them on their ear.

But … I like books best when they either wave very shiny things at me, play with my heartstrings, or otherwise make me sit up and take notice, and this book wasn’t quite there for me. (Further note: I have never had the best luck getting “into” anything shorter than a novel.) It’s another “glad I read, can’t fan about,” but I’ll be happy to read more about the German magic cops, especially if/when they intersect with the Folly. I’m not chomping at the bit for that either—but I did check AO3 to see if anyone’s posted fic yet.

6/10

To bear in mind: Some long German words. Lots of wine. ( )
  NinjaMuse | Jul 26, 2020 |
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Aaronovitch, Benprimär författarealla utgåvorbekräftat
Jackson, Sam PeterBerättaremedförfattarevissa utgåvorbekräftat
Knowles, PatrickLetter designmedförfattarevissa utgåvorbekräftat
Walters, StephenOmslagmedförfattarevissa utgåvorbekräftat

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Trier is famous for wine, Romans and for being Germany's oldest city. So when a man is found dead with, his body impossibly covered in a fungal rot, the local authorities know they are out of their depth. Fortunately this is Germany, where there are procedures for everything. Enter Investigator Tobias Winter, whose aim is to get in, deal with the problem, and get out with the minimum of fuss, personal danger and paperwork. With the help of frighteningly enthusiastic local cop, Vanessa Sommer, he's quick to link the first victim to a group of ordinary middle aged men - and to realise they may have accidentally reawakened a bloody conflict from a previous century. But the rot is still spreading, literally and with the suspect list extending to people born before Frederick the Great solving the case may mean unearthing the city's secret magical history. . . . so long as that history doesn't kill them first. 'The Rivers of London series is an ever-evolving delight' CRIME REVIEW 'Ben Aaronovitch is a master of metropolitan magical mayhem' STARBURST 'Aaronovitch deftly balances urban fantasy with the police procedural' CRIME SCENE 'Once you start, you'll find a London that's just dying to be explored' DEN OF GEEK

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