Sunday, July 10, 2011

Book Snapshots: "Midnight Riot" by Ben Aaronovitch.

I picked-up Midnight Riot after reading Seattle librarian Nancy Pearl's recommendation of it at NPR.  The book is set in contemporary London where young Constable Peter Grant discovers he has a knack for talking to ghosts.  Peter gets assigned to a unit of the police force designated to investigate all matters related to ghosts, gods, goddesses, vampires and the like, and where his education in developing magical powers begins.

I had hopes that Midnight Riot would be a bit of a Harry Potter-type read, something fresh and transporting.  Sadly, it was not.  But it was sufficiently entertaining that I slowly worked my way through the entire story.  In my opinion, it rates two out of five possible stars for the reader interested in a breezy read about magical events and creatures in merry old London.



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