False Value

by Ben Aaronovitch | Mystery & Thrillers |
ISBN: 9780756416461 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingGoryDetailswing of Nashua, New Hampshire USA on 3/17/2023
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Journal Entry 1 by wingGoryDetailswing from Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Friday, March 17, 2023
I got this ex-library hardcover from Better World Books. (I'd enjoyed the audiobook version and wanted a text copy to release.) It's the 8th novel in the fantasy/police-procedural "Rivers of London" series, of which I've enjoyed several other books - some in audio form, very well done - and several graphic-novel stories such as this one. (The series begins with Rivers of London, released as Midnight Riot in the US; this volume follows the events of Lies Sleeping.)

This was another entertaining entry in the series, though it opened with something of a shocker: Peter Grant, awaiting the birth of his child with river goddess Beverly Brook, is... looking for a new job? Wait, what? How can he leave the police force and his apprenticeship with Nightingale, and...

Ah, yes, I see! Not a huge spoiler to find, early on, that he's actually going undercover at a high-tech firm as a security guard, where there are some strange things in the works. But our Peter may have some trouble maintaining professional detachment while - for the sake of the case, of course - befriending his co-workers.

Lots of fun elements here, from the amusing (and all too familiar from my own software-development days) techies to the increasingly unnerving biomechanical/AI/3D-printed threats. The usual banter is here, and we meet several entrancing new characters, including a shady American mage/trickster/possible-ally/possible-traitor whose interactions with Peter are hilarious. Oh, and that guy's boss is an American librarian of advanced years, who gets into a showdown with Thomas Nightingale that demonstrates how two high-level masters of their arts go about fighting. [It's powerful. It's scary. And both of them seem to be enjoying themselves immensely, which made me grin.]

The story features serious homage to the early days of automation, as well as to some questions as to where it might go in the not-too-distant future - even leaving out magic influences. Great fun!

The series continues with Amongst Our Weapons.

[There's a TV Tropes page on the series, with some entertaining tidbits.]

Journal Entry 2 by wingGoryDetailswing at Rt. 101A (See Notes For Details) in Amherst, New Hampshire USA on Wednesday, March 22, 2023

Released 2 mos ago (3/22/2023 UTC) at Rt. 101A (See Notes For Details) in Amherst, New Hampshire USA


I plan to leave this book on a bench in the entrance of PastAmore restaurant while meeting friends there for lunch. Hope someone enjoys the book!

[See other recent releases in NH here.]

** Released for the 2023 Celebrate the Irish challenge, for the mostly-green cover. **

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