Week 2 – Rivers of London // Booktober 2017

Can you believe Week 2 is already over? For this week I have read ‘Rivers of London’ by Ben Aaronovitch, which is the first book in his PC Grant series. Here are my thoughts.

Booktober Week 2

Rivers of London is the story of Peter Grant. Peter has big dreams for his future at the Metropolitan Police. His superior although has other plans for him and is about to assign him to the Case Progression Unit. But this changes when a dead body is found in Covent Garden and Peter gets to talk to an eyewitness. Who is a ghost?

“I think becoming a wizard is about discovering what’s real and what isn’t.”

This was the second time I read this book. I had read it in german before, but thought it was okayish. Back then I thought maybe if I read it in english I would like it better. Well .. I did understand the story better, that’s for sure. But what didn’t change is my reason why I only found it okayish in the first place: PC Peter Grant.

Anyway, let’s talk about why I liked it first, shall we? If you’re following my blog for a while you may have noticed that I really like London. If not .. I love London! If you’ve been to London before you probably have visited most of the major locations. When I was reading this book (for the first and second time) I could see everything perfectly in front of my eyes.

Another thing I really liked was the magic and everything magic-related. Reading Nightingale was real joy. The Folly (the HQ of everything magical in London if you want) is by itself already magical. It is huge, has several different libraries, a breakfast room, a dinner room, and so many rooms. But about the magic. What I liked about the magical system in Rivers of London was the connection to science. Peter doesn’t just accept the magic as it is, he questions it. He runs several experiments throughout the book and is able to give a reasonable explanation how certain things work. But sometimes even Nightingale is clueless.

Okay, enough about that, and let’s talk about what I disliked. What really put me off was the way woman were portrayed in this book. One of the first woman we meet in this book is Lesley. She is a PC, just like Peter and – let’s be honest – the better Police Officer. Yet she gets put into the CPU while Peter gets into a secret and very exclusive MET department. HE gets to do all the cool stuff, while SHE is doing the boring paperwork.

But that’s not all. It seemed to me that most woman are either there to arouse Peter or to be ridiculed. Just an example: “The voice belonged to a plump round-faced woman of the sort that develops a good personality because the alternative is suicide.”

To sum it up .. I don’t know what to think about this book. It really has the potential to be good. And I would have loved the book if it wasn’t for the portrayal of women.


Week 1 – Northern Lights

Week 2 – Rivers of London

Week 3 – Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

Week 4 – Monster Hunter Alpha

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Week 1 – Northern Lights // Booktober 2017

The first week of October is over and I’m super excited to share my thoughts with you. As you know I read ‘Northern Lights’ by Philip Pullman. It’s the first book in a Trilogy.

Booktober Week 1

Northern Lights is the story of Lyra Belacqua. Lyra grew up in Oxford, living  wild and carefree under the scholars of Jordan College. There is nothing she wants to do more than go and explore the North with her uncle. When her best friend Roger suddenly disappears, her wish might become true sooner than she thought.

“We are all subject to the fates. But we must act as if we are not, or die of despair.”

While I liked reading Northern Lights and am definitely going to read The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass, I wouldn’t count this book as one of my favourites. And here is why.

Let’s talk about why I liked this book first. The character of Lyra and her narrating the story was fascinating. She’s a tough cookie. I admired that she would never give up. But that doesn’t mean she won’t cry when things are getting too much for her.

Also the setting was pretty cool. The story was set in the UK in some sort of steampunk-ish victorian era. I’m really excited where the story takes us next.

But what I liked most were the daemons. In Northern Lights every human has a daemon. When you are a kid they take all kind of forms, but settle on one once you hit puberty. I loved the bond between the person and their daemon. It’s such an important bond. And such a strong and caring bond. Oh how much I would love to have a daemon.

But now let’s have a look what I disliked. I felt the story was really slow at some points. There were also some scenes that I found useless (maybe they make more sense in the next books .. we’ll see).

I also found the book to be quite sexist. And yes even Lyra was part of the problem. She wouldn’t find any woman interesting if she wasn’t as smart as men.

But all in all I enjoyed the book and would give it 3 of 5 stars.


And now I’m off to read my chosen book for Week 2: Rivers of London

All the books I read // July Wrap-Up

July has been an incredible months for me. I started working on July 3rd and moved into my own room almost two weeks ago. Everything is falling into place slowly and I  couldn’t be happier about it.

But let’s get into the books I read this month shall we?

JulyWrapUp

Books I read in July

The Power by Naomi Alderman

I picked this book up after my first Book Club meeting. I have seen it on the way there and knew it had just won the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction, so I stopped to read the Synopsis on the back of it. I didn’t buy it then but when the meeting was over and I was staying to browse a bit.

But enough about how I got to it. This book was absolutely brilliant. It’s a scary mix of fiction and fact. Why scary? Because this fictional world is so different to our world (Girls and women have the Power) but yet so similiar.

You can find my Mini-Review here.

My Rating: ★★★★★

Artemis by Andy Weir

Thanks to NetGalley I was able to read the ARC for this book. Since the book is only coming out in November I will leave the Goodreads-Synopsis and later leave a link to my review on Goodreads here. (And a link to my review once I hit publish)

Jazz Bashara is a criminal.

Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you’re not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you’ve got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent.

Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down. But pulling off the impossible is just the start of Jazz’s problems, as she learns that she’s stepped square into a conspiracy for control of Artemis itself – and that now, her only chance at survival lies in a gambit even more unlikely than the first.

Added on 17/08/17: As promised my review on Goodreads.

My Rating: ★★★/★

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

I read this book for London Fantasy and Science Fiction Book Club and honestly I’m so happy this book was chosen for this month. I didn’t know what this book would be about when I started it, tho halfway through I read it was some sort of retelling of russian folklore tales.

But about the book .. I’m honestly at loss for words. This books was nothing like the other books I read so far. The story was building slowly up and I wasn’t sure if I like that at first. But the deeper I got into the story the more I liked it. And by the end of the book I was totally in love with the story and Katherine Arden’s writing.

My Rating: ★★★★★

Books I re-read in July

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Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

Last month I got an Email from a german publisher called dtv, who are gonna publish the german version of Carry On later this year. Now why was I excited about that email you may ask. Because with it I got a free EBook copy of the book.

Carry On was one of my favourite books last year so of course I had to get to it as soon as possible. And this month I finally had some time. I still love this book so freaking much and can’t wait for it to be published in German as well. Also I may or may not have bullied my friends into reading this book but psssh.


What did you read in June? What books are on your TBR for August?