Friday, 8 July 2011

Moon Over Soho, Ben Aaronovitch: Beware the Magical Copper when the Moon is Fat

At one point the main characters bare
bottom is exposed over Soho...
Moon Over Soho is the follow-up to Rivers of London, continuing the adventures of Peter the Magical copper. After vanquishing a magical puppet he's all set to learn something more impressive than making a small glowing light from his old but young master Nightingale. Unfortunately something evil stalks the streets of Soho and it isn't one of those blokes painted silver. It's a jazz monster. That's jazz monster. With an 'a'.

Moon Over Soho fits in nicely after Rivers of London, the information needed for any new reader who didn't read the first book is worked in fairly unobtrusively to the story. Peter has learnt a few more magical tricks that make him slightly more dangerous to the things that go bump in the night. A strange thing I did spot was that the beginning was quite Apple (as in the evil tech company) heavy in products. But after haranguing the poor author on twitter about it he admitted to not using Apple and promised to destroy 2 apple products in the next book. You can't say fairer than that. What really interested me about all the i-products being used was how it (probably) inadvertently fixed the story in a certain time period.

The story rolls along (like old man river, is that jazz? Probably not...) just as well as the first book, as Peter operating fairly independently tries to track down the jazz monster that is killing musicians. Unfortunately the expose to so much jazz gives him the horn, distracting him from his job and towards voluptuous Simone who spends a lot of time eating cakes.

The only real problem I had with the book was the ending which seems to set the story up to be continued as a series (which isn't a bad thing in itself) and lacked a nice copperly justice conclusion. But if it did have a copperly justice conclusion I'd have probably complained it was derivative. So in conclusion, I liked the continuation of the tales of a magical copper.

Moon over Soho costs about £7 for the hardback.