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review False Value · PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ´ Peter Grant is facing fatherhood and an uncertain future with eual amounts of panic and enthusiasm Rather than sit around he takes a job with émigré Silicon Valley tech genius Terrence Skinner's brand new London start up the Serious Cybernetics CompanyDrawn into the orbit of Old Street's faEcause Terrence Skinner has a secret hidden in the bowels of the SCC A technology that stretches back to Ada Lovelace and Charles Babbage and forward to the future of artificial intelligence A secret that is just as magical as it technological and just as dangerou. Even Kobna's excellent narration could not save this book from being sub par to its predecessors I don't mind the early non linear narrative I don't mind the few magical actions and most of the story was dedicated on the investigative part That's one of the reasons I like the series all the policing stuff were fantastic and meticulous it was immersive What I enjoyed less were the uninteresting set of new characters and the story itself Linking magic and technology is a tricky subject and I don't believe Ben succeeded in making me interested in his spin While listening to the audio again Kobna does an excellent job as usual I kept getting lost since I felt so bored I decided to buy the ebook as well so I could eye read it It did improve my opinion but not so much Not with that climax that felt like an anti climax And this is my pet peeve getting Americans and whatnots on board did not feel like a good idea for expanding the world I'd rather stick with the good ol' local magical people and environment

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Peter Grant is facing fatherhood and an uncertain future with eual amounts of panic and enthusiasm Rather than sit around he takes a job with émigré Silicon Valley tech genius Terrence Skinner's brand new London start up the Serious Cybernetics CompanyDrawn into. Delivered as advertisedOh yes; you heard right The founder of Goodreads’ Folly Irregulars and long time fan of Peter Grant the novels has found a Peter Grant book to be over rated and boring I daresay even badly written Hopefully a second listen through can redeem it but there is no way that should be a thing for an urban fantasyNarrative is from Peter but this feels like an older even serious Peter There’s a few humorous observations along the way and some waxing emotional over Bev but for the most part I found the tone straight forward and serious I’m looking to Kobna’s reading to redeem this for me as my preferred form for this series has been listening It makes since; Aaronovitch tends to be light on descriptives so a good actor can bring the character to lifeStill most of the humor that I associate with the series seems to come from the tech mogul’s conceit of naming his corporation and referencing all the roles within from Douglas Adams’ The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy I will be first to say I love Hitchhiker’s in many forms excepting the movie really but even I found this overkill I can’t imagine what people who actively or indifferently responded will think There were three or four lines that really stood out; otherwise I’d say it felt rather humorless and much like October Man the recent novella with Tobias of the German policeBev felt like a baby making adjunct this time I did appreciate the explanation Peter gives at one point about how ‘magic’ might force he and Bev’s relationship into different places but I think that one’s out of the barn so to speak I also felt like there was a lot of ret conning about Bev’s Russian thug who is now her one and only–parenthetical always added acolyte I think it pulls the teeth of the genus locii to say they don’t act with self indulgence I get it it’s the eighth book in a series but I’m seriously getting the feel that it’s getting out of Aaronovitch’s hands I suggest he have beta readers who might read for series continuity I did like the comment from his dad that the only time he doesn’t think about playing is when he’s playingWhat really killed it for me was the storyline which was unnecessarily convoluted through a chopped up timeline When an author jumps back and forth in time they risk losing both coherency and tension and both end up suffering here In a feeble effort to regain suspense Aaronovitch freuently had Peter saying things like “I was looking forward to enjoying my night at home with Bev I should know better than to say things like that” Once we reach page 200 or so give or take; I can’t be bothered to review for accuracy the timeline settles down and the story becomes linear But by then I’m not sure it helps It’s sort of a spy vs spy vs spy vs McGuffin objective and I just wasn’t sold any on the urgencyOh and that ending I’m of two minds For how slow the build was it’s a uick flash bang I won’t say any for risk of spoilers but I found myself annoyed and impressed in eual measuresThere’s a good chance this review–and my mind–will change with a re listen because that’s the kind of thing that can happen with this series but this has a good chance for standing with Foxglove Summer as book I’m least likely to ever re read beyond the initial Kobna naturallyTwo and a half stars rounding up out of nostalgiaInitial DNF update from page 113 view spoilerEither Ben or I needs an intervention Or his editor I'm at page 113 and bored Bored you say Yes you read that right Perhaps Kobna will save it but I have my doubts So far Peter is working undercover security at a tech firm whose uirky founder has referenced Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy in all his organizational roles and policies He's run into a guy which takes us back to an investigation a few months preceding Details are sort of falling into place but not well I'm learning a little about two insignificant probably dudes at the tech firm than I am about any updates in our normal team It's a snoozefest besides the Hitchhiker jokes which have actually gotten old at this point Characterization absent World building not branching out at all Plot slow and meandering Narrative disjointed Well fudge hide spoiler

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False ValueThe orbit of Old Street's famous 'silicon roundabout' Peter must learn how to blend in with people who are both civilians and geekier than he is Compared to his last job Peter thinks it should be a doddle But magic is not finished with Mama Grant's favourite sonB. I’m a big fan of the Canadian progressive rock band Rush I’ve got all of their studio albums 19 and know all the songs and a lot of detail about the band If you asked me what my favorite top three Rush albums are I would reply Moving Pictures 2112 and Signals If you asked me what my least favorite was I would first state that I like them all they are all excellent and I enjoy listening to them all But for the sake of the uestion I would have to say Rush their 1974 eponymous first album because it lacks the songwriting of Neil Peart Then I would again state that I like them all and very much enjoy listening to the first album alsoI’m a big fan of Ben Aaronovitch’s Rivers of London series I’ve read all the books and all the short stories as well as the graphic novels I’ve read about him and know a lot of detail about the series If you asked what was my favorite I’d have to say Rivers of London since it got this amazing world building started If you asked me what my least favorite was I would first state that I like them all they are all excellent and I enjoy reading them all But for the sake of the uestion I would have to say False Value his 2020 entry in the series Then I would again state that I like them all and very much enjoyed False Value alsoAaronovitch’s magnificent world and magic building is again center stage Peter Grant is again investigating a crime and doing so amidst an attractive urban fantasy setting Nightingale is still the baddest man on the planet sorry Mike Tyson We still have mention of all the river gods and goddesses and an underground history of magic practitionersAaronovitch changes things up by having Peter go undercover and the author may have been inspired by Neil Gaiman’s American Gods as we have a ghost in the machine a complicated AI story made all the better by being in the Rivers of London universeThere’s also something missing something intangible some of the magic is gone Fans of Jim Butcher’s fabulously well to do Harry Dresden series may have noticed that some of the books wore thin and lost some of the early charm but were still good books still fun still drawing on and expending the magic world building Just some books are better than others So too does Aaronovitch produce here a good book still fun and entertaining just not the bestI’ll keep reading as long as he keeps writing