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The Furthest Station

2 Oct

Weird bollocks is happening on the Metropolitan Underground line. People are being harrassed by ghosts of people past. Peter Grant, Thomas Nightingale, Abigail Kamara, and Jaget Kumar sally forth to de-weird the bollocks.

Thus is the offering “The Furthest Station” by Ben Aaronovitch, the latest in the Rivers of London series.

This novella is delightful and funny. It gives us an update on Abigail’s progress at the Folly, and also gives us some lovely backstory for Jaget.

I am old enough to remember when books of this length were called novels, not novellas, so I wasn’t worried by the length. I have seen some complaints it was too short. It’s a nice way occupy yourself for an hour or so.

Ben has given us somethings to look forward to in future works in a nice, self contained package.

My favourite book of 2017 so far.

Walk the Lines

25 Apr

I took my first ride on the Underground when I visited London last year, and promptly fell in love with it, so “Walk the Lines” caught my eye when it came up on my recommendations on the Good Reads site.

Mark Mason’s book, “Walk the Lines: The London Underground, Overground” is a walking tour of all the lines above ground.  Some took three days to traverse on foot!

This book is a wonderful homage and love letter to the Underground system, and London in general.

There is so much marvelous trivia in this book on people and places, that it is the sort of book you keep to dip into again and again.

It will also be a memory jogger for those who have visited or lived in London.  Mark Mason paused to drink at a pub near the hotel that I stayed at last year.  Being able to visualize the scene made it that much more enjoyable to read.

A rare five stars from me, and this book now sits snugly among my permanent collection of books for future re-reading.  I can see me re-reading both before and after every London trip.

Highly recommended.

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