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The Furthest Station: A PC Grant Novella (Anglais) Relié – 28 septembre 2017
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Revue de presse
The Rivers of London series is an ever-evolving delight. (CRIME REVIEW)
The Hanging Tree is definitely one of the best in the Grant/Aaronovitch pantheon. There again, so have most of the previous books in the series and the odds are the next one probably will be too. (The Bookbag)
Aaronovitch deftly balances urban fantasy with the police procedural. As for Grant, he's a wonderful blend of laconic copper and, methodically researching how magic works, full-on nerd. (Crime Scene)
This series is brilliant! (Teen Librarian)
Présentation de l'éditeur
A brand new novella in the PC Grant series!
There's something going bump on the Metropolitan line and Sergeant Jaget Kumar knows exactly who to call.
It's PC Peter Grant's speciality . . .
Only it's more than going 'bump'. Traumatised travellers have been reporting strange encounters on their morning commute, with strangely dressed people trying to deliver an urgent message. Stranger still, despite calling the police themselves, within a few minutes the commuters have already forgotten the encounter - making the follow up interviews rather difficult.
So with a little help from Abigail and Toby the ghost hunting dog, Peter and Jaget are heading out on a ghost hunting expedition.
Because finding the ghost and deciphering their urgent message might just be a matter of life and death.
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Some key things to know:
1. This is a novella, not a novel, and it feels thin even for a novella. There's no movement on the larger plotlines of the series, and beyond the group from the folly we don't see most of the usual characters.
2. The mystery here is weak. It felt like a distraction from the Abigail story, and Peter literally uses it to delay action on that front.
3. However, our impression of Abigail changes through the book, and by the end I had more sympathy for her than for Peter. I'm hoping we see more of this Abigail as the series progresses.
If you like the series, it's an entertaining read, but I'd wait to get it from the library or on sale- it's not really worth the full novel price.
And, to be fair, all those elements made brief appearances in this novella.
Therein lies the problem. Everything was brief, skipped over, half-formed. It read like a draft for the proper novel to come. The storyboard for a Tv episode, perhaps. Or for a graphic novel.
Gone was the joy in the language, the inner worlds, the interwoven storylines. The cleverness.
As a matter of fact, much of the action in "The Furthest Station" also takes place under London in the huge Victorian labyrinth of transportation tubes, where ghosts keep popping up on the crowded commuter trains and disturbing the general public.
Peter and Jaget are riding the trains themselves, hoping for a supernatural encounter of their own, and Peter comments: "It’s amazing how even on the most crowded Tube train a police uniform can clear a good ten centimetres of personal space all around your body. The other commuters will literally climb into each other’s armpits to avoid touching you. Maybe they think it’s bad luck or something."
As you can see from the above, this latest entry in the Peter Grant series carries on with the tongue-in-cheek first-person narrative style that made all the previous books in this series so un-put-downable.
Peter's young cousin, Abigail Kumara is enlisted in the ghost hunt as an unpaid teenage intern. For one thing, she has already displayed a talent for finding ghosts (see "Whispers Underground") and has suckered her cousin into promising to teach her magic. "A promise is a promise, or as [Peter's mentor and senior wizard] Nightingale put it, 'Either your word is good or it’s worthless.'”
Although I was disappointed at its brevity, "The Furthest Station" is still vintage Aaronovitch and well worth reading.
The final third of the story is engaging and fun and a full-on "Rivers of London" experience. The first 2/3rds is a little tedious.
In general, I'm torn by Aaronovitch's side projects (the graphic novels and this novella). On the one hand, it's nice to not have to go terribly long in between visits with PC Grant and Nightingale and company.
On the other hand, I can't help but to wonder if all these side excursions prevent him from producing the full novels at a faster rate, which would be a shame. I am happy for him that (I imagine anyway) he has found a relatively lucrative way to expand his Rivers Franchise, but, on the other hand, the full novels are always going to be the meat and the heart of The Story, and it will be a shame if he is denying both himself and me (I mean his wider readership) the fullest joy of the fullest possible compliment of novels over time.