Ben Aaronovitch biography and books reviewed

Ben Aaronovitch was born in 1964. Discovering in his early twenties that he had precisely one talent, he took up screenwriting at which he was an overnight success. He wrote for Doctor Who, Casualty and the world’s cheapest ever SF soap opera Jupiter Moon. He then wrote for Virgin’s New Adventures until they pulped all his books.

Then Ben entered a dark time illuminated only by an episode of Dark Knight, a book for Big Finish and the highly acclaimed but not-very-well-paying Blake’s 7 Audio dramas.

Trapped in a cycle of disappointment and despair Ben was eventually forced to support his expensive book habit by working for Waterstones as a bookseller. Ironically it was while shelving the works of others that Ben finally saw the light. He would write his own books, he would let prose into his heart and rejoice in the word. Henceforth, subsisting on nothing more than instant coffee and Japanese takeaway, Ben embarked on the epic personal journey that was to lead to Rivers of London (or Midnight Riot as it is known in the Americas).

Ben Aaronovitch currently resides in London and says that he will leave when they pry his city from his cold dead fingers.

Rivers of London series

Ben Aaronovitch reviews

Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch

There is something eminently satisfying about coming across a new author and finding that he is utterly brilliant. That is exactly what happened when I received Ben Aaronovitch’s book ‘Rivers of London’. You have to read this book. Whether you like good writing, good fantasy or urban fantasy, good characters, or simply a breath-taking story set in a breath-taking world, this book is for you. Because it is all of those things, and much much more. Aaronovitch has written a book that will surely become a favourite on many shelves the moment they’ve finished it at 3 in the morning.

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Moon Over Soho by Ben Aaronovitch

All in all though, this book once again blew my mind, and kept me reading well into the late night/early morning. You needn’t pick up Rivers of London, Aaronovitch’s first in this series, but you’d regret it by the time you got to the end of Moon Over Soho and found out how good it was.

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Whispers Under Ground by Ben Aaronovitch

Whispers Underground is not the best in the series, but it was a book that I didn’t put down and read in a whole night. It was fun, and I loved spending time with Peter Grant again, and the world he is only just beginning to understand. Definitely a great read.

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Broken Homes by Ben Aaronovitch

This was a relatively easy read with solid storytelling, yet I did get the sense that something was somehow missing. I am still not sure what, as all the ingredients were present and correct, but I could not shake off a vague sense of anti-climax. The action does take a while to get going, and the novel is flat in places. Despite these issues, Aaronovitch has an exceptional imagination and it is clear to see why he is such a prolific and popular author.

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Foxglove Summer by Ben Aaronovitch

Peter Grant travels out of London - to a small village in Herefordshire where the local police are reluctant to admit that there might be a supernatural element to the disappearance of some local children. But while you can take the London copper out of London you can't take the London out of the copper. Travelling west with Beverley Brook, Peter soon finds himself caught up in a deep mystery and having to tackle local cops and local gods. And what's more all the shops are closed by 4pm...

"Foxglove Summer deserves all the praise regularly heaped upon author Ben Aaronovitch for this PC Peter Grant series. It’s delightful, charming, witty, and had me laughing all the way through. It is beautifully written, perfectly timed, and flows like the rivers that are so important to the story and to the main character. If you haven’t picked up these books yet, there’s clearly something wrong."

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