I read Moon over Soho by Ben Aaronovitch, and this is my thoughts on it.
second book in the Peter Grant series. It’s a book series about a cop and it’s
set in London, and relies heavily on the London-ness of the city. The book is
set in Soho, and is about jazz musicians who are dying of what seems like
natural causes unless you’re a magician, which is what Peter Grant is. He is
more specifically a magician apprentice, to Thomas Nightingale, the last
magician in Britain. Grant also has a case of men in Soho being killed by
having their penises bitten off, and it seems like it’s connected to the jazz
say first I’m not a big crime fan. I don’t know why. I love crime TV. I don’t
know how it works. I mean I love Castle, Rizzoli & Isles. I will watch CSI
and Criminal Minds until the cows come home, but I find crime books tedious. I
am very easy though, because if you throw some supernatural into crime I will
eat it up. I’m a weird person. Anyways, what did I think?
liked it. Ben Aaronovitch is a solid writer, the mystery is also really good,
which is nice. It’s pretty much the most important thing when you write mystery
novels. I didn’t see the twist coming, entirely, I mean, I knew something was
wrong, but I didn’t exactly see it coming.
Peter Grant, the main character. He’s a flawed character in some ways, which
makes me love him more. He seems to be a good cop, although obviously I don’t
know much about police work. He is very serious about doing what’s right. He
follows procedures, and he works hard. He is black, and while I assume it’s
better than it was, it’s probably not the easiest thing in the world to be a
black cop in London, so he works hard to disprove people, I guess. Which is
quite interesting, because he is a very good cop, and he’s smart. He also makes
sort of stupid choices. He sort of puts right over pragmatism. At times, when
you’re a magician cop, it’s probably simpler, and better, to choose the smart
solution rather than the correct procedure. I feel like I wouldn’t make a very
good police officer. Also, banging one of your witnesses isn’t a great career
choice. Luckily your boss isn’t going to notice because he doesn’t seem to know
how the real world works, that sometimes people don’t do what’s honourable. I
really like him though.
the weirdness of it. It’s sort of this mix of legends and magic, fairy tale and
supernatural, and crime. It’s also interesting to read an ethnic character, I’d
like to point out, this is how he refers to himself, and I couldn’t think of a
better word, I don’t mean to offend anyone. Peter Grant is half black. His
mother is from Sierra Leone, and his dad is white. It’s very much a part of
Peter, because he is a part of a very traditional work force. The police force
might be seen as a very traditional, slightly bigoted group of people, and it’s
not the easiest place for him to work. It’s very much a part of him and how he
interacts with his colleagues. He’s very tough and he works hard to prove
himself. He’s also from a tougher background, his mother took care of him while
his dad was busy playing music and being addicted to heroin. I found it
interesting because it’s a different perspective from mine, being white and
middle class myself.
found the subplot with Peter’s parents were very sweet. After the first death
in the novel there’s a band that’s missing a quarter. In his attempt to return
to life Peter’s dad, who was a legendary musician before he got fucked up,
joins the band as their pianist. And the story of Mr and Mrs Grant sort of
finding each other again was very sweet.
like that there are limitations to the magic. When Peter discovers his talent
he doesn’t just instantly learn/know magic. He needs to learn it, practice it
and he messes up a bit because he’s only been at it for a couple of months. I
like that he just doesn’t suddenly know everything, which I feel like might be
the case in other worlds, the character discovers a talent and suddenly know
how to wield it. Not here. Kudos.
lot of fun. I love it. There’s action all the time. There are just sweet and interesting
subplots, and it keeps plotlines from the first book going, it doesn’t just
drop them like a hot potato (is that a thing? Who knows? If it isn’t, I made it
a thing). I really love it, and I will at one point find the others, the rest
of them, and keep learning about young Peter.