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A day late, but work took over yesterday...

So, Peter Grant. He's the main character and narrator of Ben Aaronovitch's Peter Grant books, (Rivers of London and on, up to four now, I think.) I'm not sure if the prompt was to talk about the books or about Peter specifically, but I guess I'll talk about Peter, because he's awesome.

The most awesome thing about Peter is how utterly not-awesome he is. He has a lot of curiosity and a lot of dedication, and an extensive knowledge of London historical geography trivia, and that's about it. He works hard at learning magic, and gets better at a completely pedestrian, unexciting pace. He has absolutely, as far as I can tell, no secret family past, no dramatic angsty backstory, no hidden destiny that means it was him all along, no special powers or talents or savant talents or mind blowing charisma. He's just a normal guy, doing his job, pretty well, most of the time.

On the other hand, he's all that (or, rather, not all that) but is never boring to be around in the slightest. His voice - young, chatty, modern, multicultural and self-aware - ties the whole series together. Even when the plot is meandering or the pace is off, hanging out with Peter is never anything other than pleasant. I totally want to be his friend and watch Doctor Who with him and geek out about the history of London sewers.

Of course, he's also this great, disruptive presence in the magical world (particularly the ossified Folly, but also further afield,) who absolutely refuses to buy into the established mythology and ritual that world has built up for itself, and is totally going to keep testing magic and filling out the results in a spreadsheet and making snarky comments at minor gods. Not because he's such a rebel badass, but because that's who he is and that's how he knows to handle the world. His role model for being a hero is probably Buffy, and he's probably totally fine with that.
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Not a lot of reading over the past two weeks - I studied for exams, I did badly on exams anyway, I discovered I don't care very much and the university might let me dump this course of study entirely, which yay! Life lesson: studying is something or the other.

Books read:

Broken Homes, Ben Aaronovich - hmmm. Hmmm, I say. I don't quite know what to think. I adore the series to pieces because it's just so adorable and stuff, but this didn't seem to go anywhere? I'm worried that it's beginning to fall into that trap of dangling secrets, especially about the characters, in front of us but then won't really deliver and instead theres this plot-of-the-moment running about which never quite adds up to anything. I felt like the last book wasn't as interested in its characters as it should have been, and it is worse here. In particular, all the people living in the tower should either have been fleshed out more or mentioned less. There's a lot of time spent with them, but not enough time for them to have any arcs or even for Peter to bounce off of them in any meaningful way, and then they're all there at the Dénouement, but with nothing in particular to do.

Crocodile on the Sandbank, Elizabeth Peters - Victorian lady involved in mystery and romantic hijinks in Egypt. It started well but then failed entirely to deliver anything more than what was said on the tin. Least convincing romance ever. Terrible boring mystery. Quite racist. At the beginning I was fairly sure the two female leads were lesbians, and that the mystery was going to be something else entirely, and that the protagonists hubris was going to come back to bite her and that so on, but absolutely none of it happens and it ends up being a very boring book.


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