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Whispers Under Ground By Ben Aaronovitch am Kindle Ben Aaronovitch s career started with a bang writing for Doctor Who subsided in the middle and then as is tradition

Whispers Under Ground By Ben Aaronovitch am Kindle Ben Aaronovitch s career started with a bang writing for Doctor Who, subsided in the middle and then, as is traditional, a third act resurgence with the bestselling Rivers of London series.Born and raised in London he says that he ll leave his home when they prise his city out of his cold dead fingers.. In Tufnell Park, North London, a pair of railway tracks diver under a school, taking train to and from Kings Cross Wet, filthy, dangerous Lovely place And one Sunday before Christmas a sweet sort of kid called Abigail took me and my long suffering colleague Lesley May down there to look for a ghost.We found one.And that was that, I thought, because come Monday I get tIn Tufnell Park, North London, a pair of railway tracks diver under a school, taking train to and from Kings Cross Wet, filthy, dangerous Lovely place And one Sunday before Christmas a sweet sort of kid called Abigail took me and my long suffering colleague Lesley May down there to look for a ghost.We found one.And that was that, I thought, because come Monday I get to do some proper policing Person Unknown has been stabbed to death on the tracks at Baker Street tube Magic may have been involved And sure enough, in the blood vestigia, the tell tale trail magic leaves.Person Unknown turns out to be the son of a US senator and before you can say International incident FBI agent Kimberley Reynolds and her firmly held religious beliefs are on my case.And down in the dark, in the tunnels of London s Underground, the buried rivers, the Victorian sewers, I m hearing whispers of ancient arts and tortured, vengeful spirits. A viral Ebook Whispers Under Ground "Was it better to die in happy ignorance or terrified knowledge? The answer, if you’re a Londoner, is that it’s better not to die at all."This series does what most urban fantasies avoid¹ - it seamlessly integrates the 'urban' and the 'fantastical' parts, creating a lovely well-crafted enjoyable reading experience that remains grounded in reality, with just the right touch of whimsy to keep it moving along, *nothing to see here*. (Don't you just loooove my pathetic attempts at police humor? Wait until I come up with some cops/donuts jokes, really!)¹ When I think of my favorite magic-meets-real-world stories, the overpowering focus is always on the magical bits - after all, isn't that what makes them exciting? The books I'm thinking about include the Dresden books, Gaiman's Neverwhere, all the Harry Potter books (by the way, one of the covers for this book includes the blurb of it being a blend of CSI and Harry Potter, cue the eyeroll from me), and even the much-disliked by me Miéville's Kraken. * Unlike the abovementioned trend (and maybe it's the fault of my way of selecting my pleasure reads, after all), Whispers Underground is first and foremost very much a police procedural that just happens to intersect with the slightly more unusual aspects of London life (the ones that include river goddesses, goblins and occasionally strange creatures equipped with vagina dentata, no less). It gave me “the eye”— the fearsome gaze that sheepdogs use to keep their charges in line. But I gave it “the look”— the stare that policemen use to keep members of the public in a state of randomized guilt.But with the exception of employing Peter Grant of the Folly (the London-based magical crime squad that as of this book has been expanded to full *THREE* members!), the police approach to investigating a suspicious murder of a young American university student in the depths of London Underground has very little of magical wand-waving and very much of old-fashioned suspect-questioning, report-writing, and the down-and-dirty (in this book, pretty much literally) exploration of the less savory part of the city, including but not limited to London sewers. (Yes, this book gives you quite a literal look at what you can refer to as London's underbelly. Experience comes complete with the description of the feces-tinged smell as a side bonus).*The aforementioned London sewers. Actually, they look rather cool, don't they?You know, far from magic-be-all approach, it presents policing as actual work, firmly grounded in the real-world policing techniques and approaches. And I love it.In all honesty, magic itself in this series is actually quite *grounded* as well - very rational and scientific from what we've seen so far, which is reflected in the frequent comparisons that Peter Grant draws between it and science:"So just chalk it up to pixie dust or quantum entanglement, which was the same thing as pixie dust except with the word “quantum” in it.""Low sample size— one of the reasons why magic and science are hard to reconcile."In the same vein, Peter Grant is first and foremost a twenty-something London policeman and a guy well-versed in popular culture with its niches for nerdiness-loving souls, and only secondarily an apprentice wizard with propensity for treating magic as a branch of science that ought to be experimented with (to the utmost chagrin of his old-fashioned master mentor) and with a still very steep learning curve ahead of him."Now, you could literally fill two whole libraries, complete with card files, reference sections, and a brass ladder thing that whooshes around on rails with everything I don’t know about magic."I've talked a lot about my eternal love for Peter Grant and his nerdy dorky brand of dry and frequently self-deprecating humor that shines on every single page of this book and, believe it or not, never feels out of place. And I will say it again - it is the hilarious and smart narrative voice that makes these books truly shine. "That was Seawoll," she said. "Stephanopoulos is on her way down and you’re not to do anything stupid until she gets here."You burn down one central London tourist attraction, I thought, and they never let you forget it.Let me give you some examples of the humor that made me laugh out loud in the hospital cafeteria while I was stealing a few precious minutes to read while stocking up on the life-saving caffeinated drinks to sustain my brain through the endless hospital shift hours (and these sudden outbursts of giggles probably caused a fair share of confused looks from some of my patients who were momentarily distracted from responding to their substance-fueled internal stimuli by my sheer joy).Just like its predecessors, this book boasts some exquisitely politically correct humor (forget about 'black magicians' - they are, to a mixed-race Peter, simply "ethically challenged") and then in true European fashion some humor that that is painfully not politically correct ("My dad was a fairy,” said [a character]. “And by that I don’t mean he dressed well and enjoyed musical theatre.”)There is obligatory irreverent homage to the books that helped inspire it and the dorky nerdy culture in which Peter Grant thrives, illustrated in this alcohol-fueled exchange between Peter and his raised-on-Sophie-Kinsella-books and (supposedly) not well-versed in the Dungeons and Drangons rules co-apprentice Lesley:"You’re so boring," she said. "You’d think a copper who was a wizard would be more interesting. Harry Potter wasn’t this boring. I bet Gandalf could drink you under the table."Probably true, but I don’t remember the bit where Hermione gets so wicked drunk that Harry has to pull the broomstick over on Buckingham Palace Road just so she can be sick in the gutter.As any book featuring wizarding apprentices, this one, of course, cannot be complete without featuring our heroes' magical mentors - I mean, how can one do without one? You know the types - the grey-haired bearded wizened sages (think your average Gandalf and Dumbledore here) that give all kinds of wisdom-infused life-saving advice. Like this, coming from Peter's mentor Nightingale:"This should give you some protection from a fireball while you stage a tactical withdrawal." By which he meant run like fuck.---“Nightingale turned up,” she said. “He was hoping to shout at you a bit to show his affection in a gruff manly and safely nongay way but you were asleep so he just sort of milled around for a while and then off he went.” There is cultural awareness here, which helps us, the non-British folk, learn things about, well, the British folk. And while we're at it, about the British folk that comprises Britain's police force. Which, I think, differs quite a bit from the image we are fed by the shows like CSI and stuff, complete with the gun-wielding determined and grim dudes and dudettes wearing cool clothes and flashing their badges in a very professional way."Me and Lesley, being both English and police, managed to avoid any outward sign of the massive sense of relief we felt."--"Leave the police alone in a room for five minutes and we start looking in drawers, locked or otherwise. It's a terrible habit."And one of my favorites, regarding the difference between the "official police speak" and the normal way of expressing things (and I'm not stranger myself to using big words to convey a simple thing in my profession):Thus, “We did a joint evaluation of video evidence encompassing all possible access points in conjunction with BTP and CLP, and despite widening the parameters of our assessment to include registered and nonregistered cameras in the high probability zones, we have as yet to achieve a positive identification of James Gallagher prior to his appearance at Baker Street” becomes: “We’ve checked every CCTV camera in the system and it’s as if the fucker beamed down from the Starship Enterprise.”Funny aside, this book had a few quite touching (although, thankfully, never sappy) moments between Peter and Lesley - the moments underscoring the old sincere friendship that the two used to share and that they seem to be restoring as they both become more used to the damage Lesley sustained over the course of the first book in the series. I cherished these moments of banter and bonding and some (almost unexpected for not always mature Peter) moments of touching adult sadness:"It wasn’t until I looked away that I realized I’d read her expression off her bare face without reacting to what her face had become."All in all, this series is very much worth picking up. It will not be a life-changing experience, but it will provide a few hours of happily chuckling at the well-written humorous narrative - and sometimes that is all you need. 4 stars and impatient foot-tapping in the wait for the next book in the series.-------“You find out that magic and spirits and ghosts are all real,” she said. “And you’re just fine with that? You just accept it?” “It helps that I’ve got a scientific brain,” I said. “How can that possibly help?” “I met a ghost face-to-face,” I said with more calmness than I’d felt at the time. “It would have been stupid to pretend it didn’t exist.”------In a bit of shameless self-promotion - for those of you who for whatever reason care about my ramblings about the first two books in the Peter Grant series, my reviews of them are here and here.My review of the fourth book, Broken Homes, is here.
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    Ben Aaronovitch s career started with a bang writing for Doctor Who, subsided in the middle and then, as is traditional, a third act resurgence with the bestselling Rivers of London series.Born and raised in London he says that he ll leave his home when they prise his city out of his cold dead fingers.

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  • Was it better to die in happy ignorance or terrified knowledge The answer, if you re a Londoner, is that it s better not to die at all This series does what most urban fantasies avoid it seamlessly integrates the urban and the fantastical parts, creating a lovely well crafted enjoyable reading experience that remains grounded in reality, with just the right touch of whimsy to keep it moving along, nothing to see here Don t you just loooove my pathetic attempts at police humor Wait until I come u [...]

  • Well, I was going to work on my paper today But then this arrived in the mail, hardcover signed, direct from London How could I resist Within pages I was chuckling aloud, but also relishing the developing feeling of danger.I can tell you now what will happen Someday, I m going to plan a trip to London, and like a complete book nerd, I will attempt to trace down the steps Peter Grant takes in solving these cases Yes, the books are that good, and the only things hindering my complete understanding [...]

  • My review of the storyThoughts for the audio version narrated by Kobna Holdbrook Smith Brilliant There s nothing I can say I wanted to sit and binge listen, but was afraid my muscles would atrophy during the hours it would take to listen at normal speed In the third book, Leslie s voice is intelligible, presumably the result of her surgeries Voicing of Zach the half fae had me laughing Thanks to Dr Walid, I m pretty sure I could do a Scottish brogue if I tried The voicing of the American, Reyn [...]

  • 3.5ish stars.Another solid entry in a very enjoyable UF series It s always a pleasure to spend some time with Peter Grant and company Some things I particularly like about this book Leslie is back And I love that her condition really isn t a huge deal It wasn t used to turn her into a tragic victim, but it also wasn t glossed over and essentially fixed overnight Cool to see her growing as a practitioner as well There are always several great new characters with each installment, this one includi [...]

  • The advantage of being a semiretired adult is that there is nobody around who can force one to stop reading and go to sleep The disadvantage of same is the four hours of daylight left that one confronts when crawling out of bed the next afternoonThis series, surer now perhaps of its survival to the end of the broadcast season, seems to be settling in for a good run More lavish invention with Peter, Lesley, Thomas, the Folly, and of course London I am happy with this not for me the readerly deman [...]

  • The train kept a rollin.And by that I mean the binge reading of Ben Aaronovitch s PETERGRANTAPALOOZA Aaronovitch s 2012 entry into the smoothest UF series since EVER, and the third in the series, may be the best one yet It s like if Ben and Neil Gaiman and Tana French sat down over a pint or three and hammered out what is best in life, and no Cohen it s not to crush enemy, see him driven before you and to hear the lamentation of the vemen it s to know that this book is only one in a series of HA [...]

  • I ve mentioned how these books go down as smooth as jazz, and there s a lot of honesty in it, although the jazz bits are downplayed almost entirely in this book in favor of a little traditional artistic murder.Not that art is being murdered, though that certainly might be the case, or that the artists might be doing the murdering, which also might be the case, or that the murder was done in such a way as to be considered artistic, which is certainly not the case.But above all, this is a fantasti [...]

  • The discovery of the body of an American student at Baker Street tube station leads Peter Grant, apprentice Wizard on the hunt for a rogue magician both above and below ground I love these books for their sense of magic as well as their sense of humour The author keeps coming up with new characters and new magic in the streets of London and it is all very entertaining Peter and his off sider Lesley are joined by a FBI agent for this one so it s fun to watch her be initiated into their world.

  • This is the third book in the series and either they keep getting better or the characters are growing on me the I read Or maybe both Certainly this book was very funny, laugh aloud funny actually usually due to the main character s dry comments about anything and everything I always love a book set in London especially when it includes lots of facts and fictions too about old London Well this story includes some bits about a very old London indeed so I was well satisfied I have been listening [...]

  • Imagine You re in the underground tunnel You hear whispers There is somebody lurking in the shadowsThe creature gets nearer and nearer and at last you hear.Hello It s me just meThat s the way I feel about this book The places were so proper and so awesome almost all the way through the book, but I lacked something gripping, suspenseful or spooky I longed for magic.We have a spooky underground even with and strange and some kind of dangerous people, silently lurking in the darkIt s just a perfe [...]

  • As I sit here considering this book there s a part of me that wonders why I m not taken, enthusiastic about this series I can recommend it It s a good series filled with good writing I like the understated humor I like the interaction with the world Aaronovitch has created and it denizens Somehow with all that I m always, at best mildly enthusiastic about them I read the first back when it came out in one of those reader copies with NOT TO BE SOLD written all over it I liked it but it still to [...]

  • I m really enjoying this series and it really shouldn t come as a surprise as they re a geek s dream come true at times it feels like there are geek culture references than there is plot.These books are also really funny, which took me slightly by surprise as nobody had mentioned they were funny in all the various reviews I read before starting the series I think they d really appeal to fans of Douglas Adams, Tom Holt or Terry Pratchett.To be honest, I keep almost giving them a five star rating [...]

  • Oh, these books are just so much fun I doubt I will ever stop reading them The mysteries confuse me and are mostly forgettable , I still don t really understand how the magic works and neither does the main character , and I really have no idea where this is all going But I enjoy every minute of these books and most of all, this character.What a witty, likable, self deprecating, fully realized character Ben Aaronovitch has created here I could spend hours just reading his random asides about ted [...]

  • Ben sure isn t a one trick pony The third volume of his Peter Grant series is a high point and while not as astounding as the first volume, it s way better than the second and much fun than any of the others.This time around Peter Grant, PC Magician s Apprentice, faces a mystery of a dead art student in the Tube Sounds mundane and not Peter Grant at all, but the murder weapon is a shard of magically imbued pottery So what we get is a wonderful and claustrophobic chase into the literal underworl [...]

  • Peter Grant.I could almost make that my entire review.I have a friend I met when we both worked at Barnes Noble many years ago She went off to school and then to New York to seek her fortunes, and she is a blessed with a great many friends and b an even worse correspondent than I am, so we don t email or call or any of that very often Now and then, though, if we re going to be in the same city at the same time, we get together, and it s almost as though the time since the last time we met up nev [...]

  • Executive Summary Another solid entry in this series, and I hope to get to the next book much sooner than I got to this one.Audiobook Kobna Holdbrook Smith once again does an excellent job, making this series a must listen for me.Full ReviewYou may not know it from looking at my shelf, but I was never much of a fantasy reader growing up That changed in college For several years after college, I didn t read much, but what I read tended to be Urban Fantasy I just couldn t seem to get enough My fav [...]

  • 4.5 stars In which, Peter Grant goes under ground, literally, in pursuit of a murderer Lesley s at the Folly, learning from Nightingale And learning some things faster, though Peter s still better at reading vestigia Abigail Kamara from book 2 is back, looking for the Hogwarts Express I m so glad she s back The wonderful Guleed is back We meet Jaget Kumar, a member of the transit police, and keen explorer I liked him The tenacious FBI agent Reynolds is present not sure what to make of her yet, b [...]

  • Damn, I love this series And damn I love these characters Peter, Lesley, Molly, Nightengale and even the little dog Toby Rarely does an urban fantasy book feel new There is something so easy going but yet scary about the world Mr Aaronovitch has created It is layers of normal society on top of layers of an unknown magical community These communities co exist and sometimes collide This story begins right off from where Moon Over Soho left off Lesley and Peter Why do I want to type Rob and Cassie [...]

  • 7.5 10The weakest of the three Peter Grant novels I ve listened to, just not quite capturing the same excitement the first two provided Maybe it s me going into them so quick one after the other or maybe it was just a weaker novel Either way, a weak Peter Grant novel is better than a lot of books out there and I still enjoyed myself It seems there is some overall story arc being put in the pipelines here and this one hints at things to come and sets up of the world whilst still having its own [...]

  • Peter Grant is back junior policeman on the Metropolitan Force, apprentice wizard and sarcastic jokester Welcomew to the magical murder mystery tour of London, starting in Hugh Grant s and Julia Robert s favorite neighborhood of Notting Hill but going mostly to the sunken tunnels of a labyrinthine subway system going back to the nineteen century If in the previous novel, we had a glimpse of Soho nightlife and at the Jazz scene, in this episode we will focus on modern art, small street boutiques [...]

  • Posted at The BiblioSanctumWow, never have I snapped up and read all the currently available books in a series so quickly With my enthusiasm waning for Harry Dresden in light of the new direction the Dresden Files series has taken in the last few books, someone else has recently dethroned him as my favorite leading man in urban fantasy fiction Peter Grant is my master now I m really enjoying this series I probably didn t like this book as much as the two preceding it, but then again, Rivers of L [...]

  • A very short review this time Because Peter Grant is part of a wonderful world this book gets 4 stars, as a standalone it would have been a 3 The author continues to weave a great story, but somehow to me it felt less relevant, I wasn t too interested in the magical creatures this time I liked the characters of Kumar and Guleed, they have a life of their own Lesley seems a bit fuzzy, I am not getting much of a feel for her.I caught myself hoping for appearances of the Faceless One and magic ed [...]

  • Jos jedna odlicna knjiga bas se pocinjem ponavljati P ali ovog puta sa vecim fokusom na misterijom mada magija jos uvek ima svoje mesto ovde Interakcija medju likovima je prvoklasna, puno humora i podbadanja ali i ozbiljno kada mora biti Sama prica je isto tako, bavi se ozbiljnim temama ali sa mahumora koji celu stvar cini dosta zabavnijom i prijemcivijom.Tempo je odlican, atmosfera odlicno prenesena sto sve dovodi do toga da te prosto uvuce u sam svet i naravno vuce te da zavrsis knjigu brze ne [...]

  • So I have to say this one was very enjoyable Maybe because there is no Peter angst concerning a woman he is interested in We get information on how magic works in this world that Peter is in Also we get some nice police work as well in this one The Faceless Man is still running amok though, but I was glad to not have this book focus squarely on him Things I loved I did enjoy Peter working alongside Lesley It seems that Lesley is better than Peter at magic, or at least stronger than he was when [...]

  • This was also a fun book and honestly, I keep reading these and thinking that they are really written with a screenplay in mind, and I sure would look forward to watching this as a TV series The protagonist, Peter Grant, is funny, self effacing and bright but not always quick on the uptake with certain things He s also got a huge hangup about his friend Lesley s magic related injury to her face despite one of the other characters in this story referring to her as sex on legs He s doing his best [...]

  • 3.5 Sterne Vorneweg Nachdem ich den ersten Band der Reihe ganz in Ordnung fand, habe ich den zweiten Band geradezu verschlungen Deswegen war ich schon sehr gespannt auf Ein Wispern unter Baker Street und hatte auch ein bisschen h here Erwartungen, leider.Meine Meinung Bisher hatte ich bei jedem Buch dieser Reihe leichte Startschwierigkeiten Ich wei nicht, ob es an dem Schreibstil liegt, oder an etwas anderem, aber ich brauche immer ca 75 Seiten bis ich einigerma en in die Handlung hineinfinde Di [...]

  • If you haven t yet met Peter Grant, main character of this series, may I suggest that you find the first book Rivers of London Midnight Riot and make his acquaintance This is urban fantasy, but not like the UF that I usually read Somehow, the magical elements of Aaronovitch s fiction just melt into the story and don t stick out like sore thumbs Peter is primarily a copper and only secondarily an apprentice wizard And despite the warnings of his wizardly mentor, Nightingale, Peter continues to tr [...]

  • If Peter Grant was a real guy I would go to London and stalk him for a week just because he s so awesome No seriously, this is the best in the series so far, and I really enjoyed the first two I m not a huge fan of London for lots of reasons but I swear this series is changing my mind The way Aaronovitch talks about the history of the city and how it developed and he slides in that British humour and I find myself wishing I was in London to go visit the places he s talking about Not only is this [...]

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