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The October Man
The October Man: A PC Grant Novella | Ben Aaronovitch
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PickwickPlockPlock
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Mehso-so

This is a Rivers of London novella set in Germany, with German characters. I, a German, read this in English and it was a strange feeling. When I first heard the news about this book, I wondered, why? I still don't see the need for it. The short length of the novella doesn't help to get to know the new characters. It's not a bad book, but it's also not a good one.

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GenreMinxReviews
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Pickpick

In this story I liked the setting and, more to the point, the wine region setting. I really liked Tobias‘ liaison, Vanessa Sommer. She wasn‘t what Tobias was expecting but I think her addition and her reaction to the world Tobias presents her with was very promising. She was a bit like a happy and eager puppy but I liked that about her. Also, the mystery behind the fungal rot was historical in nature and fascinating.

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emtobiasz
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Pickpick

I was immediately disappointed when I downloaded this audiobook and found it wasn‘t narrated by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith. Once I got over the new setting and the lack of Peter Grant, though, it wasn‘t bad. It‘s fun to see the magic system of Rivers of London extended to Germany, and I realized I know very little about the modern German police force. Enjoyable enough, but I hope we‘ll still see more Peter Grant stories soon.

KathyWheeler I felt exactly the same way. Peter Grant will be back in February in False Values. 1mo
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KathyWheeler
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Pickpick

This is a Rivers of London novella, but we aren‘t in London, and we have no Peter Grant and no Thomas Nightingale. Kobna Holdbrook-Smith doesn‘t even narrate the audiobook. Instead, we‘re introduced to Tobias Summer who‘s in the German version of a magical police unit. I liked the story and the narrator, but it lacks the humor of the Grant novels. It has humor — just not as much. I would read more books with this mc but will always prefer Grant.

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rabbitprincess
Pickpick

I enjoyed this expansion of the Rivers of London universe and would happily read more, even if Nightingale appears only as a mention... (I love Nightingale 😍)

BookHoarder32 Are you excited for the new graphic novel about him? 2mo
rabbitprincess @BookHoarder32 I actually haven't been reading the graphic novels. For some reason I don't want to have an artist telling me what the characters look like 😜 2mo
BookHoarder32 They're not too bad and fill in some gaps in the storyline 😊 2mo
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chaoticgoodhufflepuff
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Mehso-so

If you‘ve been curious what practitioners outside of England are doing in the Rivers of London universe? Wonder no more.

Investigator Tobias Winter is brought to in find out what happened when a dead man mysteriously covered in fungus is found in Trier, Germany.

Pros: a good intro, explains the rules of magic with BA‘s humor and wit.

Cons: it reestablishes everything we already know from 7 previous books. Also a LOT of German words. 🌕🌕🌕🌑🌑

chaoticgoodhufflepuff #TeamSlaughter #Scarathlon #24B4Monday @Clwojick 5 points for finishing + 2 for during #readathon + 1 participation (268 total) 3mo
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rabbitprincess
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Holy 💩, the library's copy of The October Man is a special signed edition! 😱 Going to have to be extra careful with this one.

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howjessreads
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Pickpick

I read THE OCTOBER MAN yesterday, and it was so fun! It‘s book 7.5 in the Rivers of London series and I think it would make a great introduction to the series if you‘re not sure about diving in. It‘s set in Germany (not England like the rest of the series).

But THE OCTOBER MAN offers an introduction into how magic works in Aaronovitch‘s world, and a good glimpse of his sly humor. Plus it‘s only 208 pages!
#howjessreadsin2019

bunny This book was a great! It was so interesting to see magic through the eyes of a different practitioner. I love your photo of it too! 3mo
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shanaqui
October Man | Ben Aaronovitch
Pickpick

I found this surprisingly meh? Part of the disappointment is just that it's so like a Peter Grant book, even though it's supposed to be a different character! So much of it was predictable, even down to the way the narrator expressed himself. It was enjoyable in and of itself, but... still.

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PatienceFortitude
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Reading on my parents porch and listening to the summer noises of crickets and cicadas

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Kaddele
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Different reader, different setting but still very enjoyable and a good length for a wee crochet project. I‘ve still got two hours to go on the audio - might need some wine to accompany it.

julesG What did you make? Looks like a bag or loop scarf. #crochetersoflitsy #hookersoflitsy 😁 5mo
Kaddele It‘s a little bag - it‘s this month‘s project in the Little Box of Crochet. It‘s a cute summery thing - it still needs a couple of tassels but I‘m nearly done. 5mo
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Centique
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Pickpick

This novella is number 7.5 in the Rivers of London series but this time it‘s set in Germany. Much like JK Rowling and Fantastic Beasts, Aaronovitch has gone international. 😉 Unlike FB, although we‘ve got new characters, we‘re not really uncovering any more of the history of this world - same kind of story, different setting.
And... I don‘t care. I still loved it and wanted it to be twice as long. 😍😍😍

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Swe_Eva
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The best feeling in the world is when a favorite author has a new book out, even if it is “just” a novella. #currentlyreading

GrilledCheeseSamurai New books from favorite authors is the bestest thing ever! 🤗 7mo
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WeeWeegieBookworm
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Wee bit of audio stitching. Saw an idea on Facebook to put your WiFi password on a QR code. No idea if it'll work but it'll be a talking point 😂📶

Well-ReadNeck Cool idea! Let us know if it works!!! 🙌🏼 7mo
CoverToCoverGirl Ha! Cool! 7mo
julesG Very cool and nerdy idea! 7mo
WeeWeegieBookworm @Well-ReadNeck it works!! Woo! 😁 7mo
Well-ReadNeck @WeeWeegieBookworm 👏🏼🙌🏼👊🏼 7mo
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WeeWeegieBookworm
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Chapter 3: Wine Sacrifice.
Sounds about right 😊🍷

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elkeo_TheBookDragon
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Pickpick

I very much enjoyed this new novella in the #RiversofLondon series. There is no Peter Grant though as it is set in Germany with his German counterparts investigating magical troubles near Trier which has plenty of Roman history + several rivers to draw on in creating magical mayhem. I would love more novels with this group & setting!
This does not fit into the series in a specific place—if you know the London set-up, just jump into this anytime!

Centique So good to hear! I love this series and I‘m on hold for this at the library 😍 7mo
elkeo_TheBookDragon @Centique It is just as good as the London books - and just makes my mind wander to where else the books can go - hoping he writes more all through Europe and the world! 🌏 7mo
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WeeWeegieBookworm
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🤔🤔 I can't decide if I wanna continue with the folks from St. Mary's or jump back into Ben Aaronovitch's work. If it was a Peter Grant story, I'd be half way through it by now but I don't know about this new guy....

elkeo_TheBookDragon I enjoyed the ‘new guy‘ in October Man! 7mo
umbrellagirl Tough choice. I love them both. 7mo
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Aphina
October Man | Ben Aaronovitch
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Just got home from Ben Aaronovitch book signing. I had a blast! I can't wait to get stuck into this book!

#benaaronovitch #theoctoberman

BookHoarder32 I love this series. Enjoy! 7mo
Aphina @BookHoarder32 I adore the series. I have just started this book and I love it already! 7mo
BookHoarder32 That's awesome! I'm super excited for 7mo
Aphina @BookHoarder32 He was talking a bit about that last night and about the series. He has complete creative control apparently. 7mo
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WeeWeegieBookworm
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Couldn't resist another limited edition to add to my growing collection. This time it's Ben Aaronovitch's latest release 😁 #RiversOfLondon #LimitedEdition #Signed

BookHoarder32 I'm a little jealous 😍 7mo
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Ericalambbrown
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Pickpick

Fun little expansion of the Rivers of London universe. I really enjoyed Tobias and Vanessa. Hopefully Mr. Aaronovitch will see fit to bring the new characters into contact with Nightingale, Grant, and the rest of the gang in future books. Quick, entertaining read.

BooknerdsLife Love this series but I‘m not all caught up yet, this one sounds fun too😄 8mo
Ericalambbrown @BooknerdsLife It was a fun little excursion! 8mo
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ablachly
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Pickpick

I miss Peter Grant, but this novella was still a fun diversion into the German equivalent of the Folly! #NetGalley

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BookHoarder32
October Man | Ben Aaronovitch
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Harry Potter reference! Lol
#netgalley #currentlyreading

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Preciouz29
Pickpick

Had the chance to read an ARC copy of this and I enjoyed it! This was not about Peter Grant, so it was a nice detour to see what their German counterparts were going.

I agree with a previous reviewer that the flow was a little disjointed; I had a small problem connecting the story everyone it jumped, but I enjoyed the story!

I look forward to more on Tobi Winter and Vanessa Sommer; and hopefully a look at the French too!

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PickwickPlockPlock
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Ben Aaronovitch posted a link to an excerpt of his new novella coming out in June.

https://www.gollancz.co.uk/uncategorized/2019/01/21/read-an-exclusive-extract-fr...

The setting is Germany and I admit that as a German I'm a bit apprehensive.

#RiversOfLondon

BookHoarder32 Oh my goodness, love your username! I'm knee-deep in Jasper Fforde right now. 😁 9mo
PickwickPlockPlock @BookHoarder32 Haha, thanks 😁 (and you have an ARC of October Man? I'm jealous) 9mo
BookHoarder32 I do! I found it on NetGalley. 9mo
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