Moon Over Soho—Evil Magicians and Jazz Vampires

Moon Over Soho by Ben Aaronovitch book cover
Moon Over Soho by Ben Aaronovitch

Moon Over Soho is the second book in the Rivers of London series by Ben Aaronovitch. This time out Constable Peter Grant is investigating the strange deaths of jazz musicians, as well as some deaths by vagina dentata—and yes, the deaths are as gruesome as they sound.

1—Busy Busy

DCI Nightingale, Peter’s superior and the wizard who’s training him, is still suffering the deleterious effects of having been shot in the last book, leaving Peter to do most of the work in the one. Besides looking for several killers, Peter also has to hide the true nature of his investigations from civilians and policemen alike. Continue reading “Moon Over Soho—Evil Magicians and Jazz Vampires”

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Midnight Riot—The Spirits of a City

Midnight Riot by Ben Aaronovitch book cover
Midnight Riot by Ben Aaronovitch

Midnight Riot (also printed as River of London), by Ben Aaronovitch, is an urban fantasy told from the first person point of view of Probationary Constable/newly apprenticed wizard Peter Grant as he attempts find out what force is causing people to murder one another and mutilating their faces.

1—Magical London

After interviewing a ghost, Peter Grant gets apprenticed to DCI Thomas Nightingale and enters a world of monsters and magic, a world where genius locii battle for control of the River Thames. Nightingale teaches Peter how to sense vestigia, the sense of life and events that permeates the world, not to mention a couple of spells. Peter also goes on a trip through the spirit side of London, through various layers of time to back before there even was a city. Continue reading “Midnight Riot—The Spirits of a City”

Magic Bites—Not Quite Dystopian

Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews book cover
Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews

Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews is an urban fantasy, the first in the Kate Daniels series. It follows, who else, Kate Daniels as she searches for the murderer of her mentor.

1—Brave New Magical World

Magic Bites takes place in a magic ravaged Atlanta. The skyscrapers have fallen, knocked down by demons or “eaten” by the magic itself. You’d think it would be a dystopian hellscape—and Unicorn Lane is—but by and large people seem to get on as normal. They’ve adapted. There’s a paranormal division of the police, a mercenary’s guild to which Kate belongs, an order of knights, and various supernatural political entities. Continue reading “Magic Bites—Not Quite Dystopian”

Burn Notice—Part Two—Things Get Dark

Burn Notice
Burn Notice

So I finally got around to watching the rest of this action-filled spy thriller series and despite a turn for the darker, I’m glad I did. This review is of seasons five through seven.

1—Frigging Anson

Anson is a walking spoiler so if you’d rather avoid, I skip to the next section. I entirely blame Anson for it taking me so long to finish the series. I just don’t enjoy watching him. Which isn’t to say the actor playing Anson isn’t superb or that the scenes/episodes with him in them aren’t good. I just really hate Anson. He’s the most manipulative son of a bitch in the series and Karma Houdini right up until his death, which you could still argue is too good for him. The stuff that bastard puts Mike through… Continue reading “Burn Notice—Part Two—Things Get Dark”