Lies Sleeping

Lies Sleeping

Ben Aaronovitch / Aug 22, 2019

Lies Sleeping Join Peter Grant detective and apprentice wizard for a brand new case Martin Chorley aka the Faceless Man wanted for multiple counts of murder fraud and crimes against humanity has been unmaske

  • Title: Lies Sleeping
  • Author: Ben Aaronovitch
  • ISBN: Lies Sleeping
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  • Page: 268
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Join Peter Grant, detective and apprentice wizard, for a brand new case.Martin Chorley, aka the Faceless Man, wanted for multiple counts of murder, fraud, and crimes against humanity, has been unmasked and is on the run Peter Grant, Detective Constable and apprentice wizard, now plays a key role in an unprecedented joint operation to bring Chorley to justice.But even Join Peter Grant, detective and apprentice wizard, for a brand new case.Martin Chorley, aka the Faceless Man, wanted for multiple counts of murder, fraud, and crimes against humanity, has been unmasked and is on the run Peter Grant, Detective Constable and apprentice wizard, now plays a key role in an unprecedented joint operation to bring Chorley to justice.But even as the unwieldy might of the Metropolitan Police bears down on its foe, Peter uncovers clues that Chorley, far from being finished, is executing the final stages of a long term plan A plan that has its roots in London s two thousand bloody years of history, and could literally bring the city to its knees.To save his beloved city Peter s going to need help from his former best friend and colleague Lesley May who brutally betrayed him and everything he thought she believed in And, far worse, he might even have to come to terms with the malevolent supernatural killer and agent of chaos known as Mr Punch Get A Copy Kindle Store StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Hardcover, 406 pages Published November 15th 2018 by Gollancz first published November 13th 2018 More Details Original Title Lies Sleeping ISBN 1473207819 ISBN13 9781473207813 Edition Language English Series Rivers of London 7 Characters Peter Grant Other Editions 14 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about Lies Sleeping, please sign up Popular Answered Questions Do we have to read the comics to keep up with the story Its so long between books now 3 likeslike 6 months ago See all 3 answers Ben Aaronovitch Nope.The comics are designed to fun stories for them that likes comics but you can skip them entirely without missing anything vital to the plot of Nope.The comics are designed to fun stories for them that likes comics but you can skip them entirely without missing anything vital to the plot of the books less flag This question contains spoilers view spoiler Is this the end of Peter s tale There s so much finality about the end of the novel that I m afraid it might beWe know Ben isn t done with the Rivers of London universe The October Man is coming But is he done with Peter Will there be full lengths novels in this series, and will they have Peter Grant as protagonist, or will they focus on someone else Maybe with Peter in the background hide spoiler like 59 days ago See all 3 answers Charles Criminal Element Interview with the author Leave us with a teaser What comes next flag See all 12 questions about Lies Sleeping Lists with This Book Can t Wait Sci Fi Fantasy of 2018 541 books 1,504 voters Choice Awards 2018 eligible for write in only 1,467 books 2,437 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Dec 19, 2018 carol rated it it was amazing Recommends it for fans of Peter Grant Shelves my library, multi culti, urban fantasy, supernatural mystery, audio The Post in Which I Muse on Audio Versions of BooksStop reading the paper copy and give listening a go You will likely not believe me you will tell me that you hate audio books, that you lose track, fall asleep, and are 100% unable to pay attention I believe you until this series, you could have counted my attempts at audio books on one hand, as I suffered many of the same complaints When I listened to Harry Potter while driving, I found myself getting sleepy If I listened while cooking, I The Post in Which I Muse on Audio Versions of BooksStop reading the paper copy and give listening a go You will likely not believe me you will tell me that you hate audio books, that you lose track, fall asleep, and are 100% unable to pay attention I believe you until this series, you could have counted my attempts at audio books on one hand, as I suffered many of the same complaints When I listened to Harry Potter while driving, I found myself getting sleepy If I listened while cooking, I lost track of either my numbers or the plot and that s no good when it comes to spices, let me tell you But then came Kobna Holdbrook Smith, the reader for Aaronovitch s books As much as I enjoy the written version of Peter Grant, the audio is superb Kobna Holdbrook Smith is a deity among readers Trained as a theater actor, I suspect his versatility shows in his voices from the Welsh pathologist, to Nightingale s upper class posh, to the saucy junior apprentice Abigail, to the breathy, Cockney accent of a new character, to the semi insane voice of a returning one Aaronovitch writes in a multicultural London and uses it all, and I d say Kobna s only shortcomings are in the American awkward and Vietnamese accents comes off similar to his Sierra Leone.I did something I ve never done with Lies Sleeping I alternated between paper and audio for the duration of the book I mean, except for that tiny part where I jumped ahead to the last paper chapter to see how it ended, and except for that other tiny part when I skimmed just a tad to see how we got to that part, but other than that, I was totally faithful about alternating between the two and not getting too far ahead Since I save audio books for the car, this was no doubt a surprise to any friends who witnessed a month long reading adventure Anyway, it was a pleasure having Kobna s voice echo in my head as I read Aaronovitch s writing is clever, full of references, Britishisms, Latin words, and all sorts of things where looking at the format of the word is nice But he loves architecture to the detriment of other aspects of writing, and if you pay attention to his dialogue, it mostly consists of said Witness Burnt, said Dr Walid We were just about to excise it You can watch if you like, said Dr Vaughn.I barely heard her because I d just recognized the shape of the tattoo G for Gandalf, I said And I suppose you re fluent in Elvish said Dr Vaughn, by way of retaliation No, I said, but G is what Gandalf stamps on his fireworks On the one hand, it is a relief to be spared the adverbs of the beginning writer, who laughingly, retorts, whispers, utters, and bemoans their way through entire scenes On the other, the opportunity for character enhancement is missed Solution Leave it to Kobna Here s a comforting thought for you, Peter, he said However long you may live, the world will never lose its ability to surprise you with its beauty Technically, it s four and a half stars for me See, not a total fan girl.Stop reading here if you don t want any spoilers Silly goose it s the seventh book in a series view spoiler Why not five stars For the paper copy, the aforementioned architecture versus character issues Less buildings, people or setting please I don t want to see all your research, Ben, about when things were built and with what I want to see these people come alive, smell the London air, hear their voices, etc I do remember Peter smelling the oubliette, so I know you think of it too But there was too many buildings, not enough people Things I loved The end of chapter 29, when Molly and Foxglove are dancing I could have cried, it was such a relief after all the badness And I felt such a visceral reaction to everything Leslie did that was truly some excellent writing When she shot Chorley, I was as aghast as Peter She went fully Dark Side Was it because she still had a twisted notion of justice or things to hide I m cynical enough I went with things to hide Love that Peter continues to get distracted when talking to absolutely everyone, even Chorley Love that Beverley in 800 or whenever was a white dude of course And that he kisses Peter, and Peter rolls with it It was freaking awesome I laughed out loud in delight.Other thoughts There is some humor in it, but not as much as earlier books Peter feels grown up, which was both nice, and a little sad It happens to us all, but those earlier days of innocence are kind of fun.There are a lot of references to earlier books and the graphics, but the mentions feel kind of gratuitous and not integral, and Ben did another one of those things where I think he mentioned something he hadn t written yet Freakin authors hide spoiler flag 149 likesLike see review View all 67 comments Nov 29, 2018 Lyn rated it really liked it Londinium Calling and I live by the river His best so far Maybe, but I m biased, I love these books, they are to me as cheeseburgers to a fat guy Wait I m a fat guy and I LOVE cheeseburgers Note to self about getting lost in a metaphor And cheeseburgers.Fans of Ben Aaronovitch s wildly popular and fun as a barrel of monkeys urban fantasy series about DETECTIVE constable Peter Grant who is also an apprentice wizard have been waiting since 2016 for this novel and I hate waiting so it Londinium Calling and I live by the river His best so far Maybe, but I m biased, I love these books, they are to me as cheeseburgers to a fat guy Wait I m a fat guy and I LOVE cheeseburgers Note to self about getting lost in a metaphor And cheeseburgers.Fans of Ben Aaronovitch s wildly popular and fun as a barrel of monkeys urban fantasy series about DETECTIVE constable Peter Grant who is also an apprentice wizard have been waiting since 2016 for this novel and I hate waiting so it s hard to say it was worth the wait, but it s pretty damn good We did have some tasty graphic novels to tide us over.One of the attractions for me in this series is the minimalist fantasy, very rarely over the top with the magic, these are also good police procedurals But the enchantment is real and original and fun to follow Also delicious is Aaronovitch s use of British and Celtic and older history to fill in the backstory and he does it up in spades this time with travels back to Old Londinium and the Romans and the Celtic peoples who provided a warm welcome to the southern guests.Also, we get of the action with Leslie and the Faceless Man and that storyline takes some definitive turns.Good fun and the only bad news is that except for the graphic novels, who knows when we ll get the next one in this series Hey Aaronovitch Please sir, may I have some flag 60 likesLike see review View all 11 comments Dec 18, 2018 Bradley rated it it was amazing Shelves 2018 shelf, fantasy, mystery, urban fantasy Coming back to Peter Grant is always a super huge breath of fresh air Every time I pick up one of these books, I know I m going to be blown away by hugely interesting details, a very tongue in cheek Deputy Constable s wry humor, and a richly imagined and described London.Oh, yeah, and Peter s a wizard Working as a cop.Always under the bureaucratic nightmare, wishing things hadn t gone so bad with his previous partner, having sexytimes with a river it s all GOOD Even the takeout and stakeou Coming back to Peter Grant is always a super huge breath of fresh air Every time I pick up one of these books, I know I m going to be blown away by hugely interesting details, a very tongue in cheek Deputy Constable s wry humor, and a richly imagined and described London.Oh, yeah, and Peter s a wizard Working as a cop.Always under the bureaucratic nightmare, wishing things hadn t gone so bad with his previous partner, having sexytimes with a river it s all GOOD Even the takeout and stakeouts.Aaronovitch s writing is always a freaking delight This is one of those cases where I say, Ignore the overt UF overtones and feel the magic in the telling It s full of music, geeky humor, Latin, and enough British pluck to make you run to your mommy holding a teaspoon.Saying much other than this is, by far and away, a police procedural with lots of great plot points and discoveries, might just give away the jig Suffice to say, it s quality is just as good, and delightful, as the previous ones What an end WTF is going to happen next flag 46 likesLike see review View 2 comments Oct 30, 2018 Phrynne rated it really liked it Shelves 5000 books, series up to date My greatest concern after finishing Lies Sleeping is that it may be the final book in the series After all it does conclude the story of The Faceless Man which has continued over the last several books It also leaves Lesley and Peter in ways that could be seen as conclusive, where the reader can be left to imagine how they will go on in the future It is a fun book with all of the regulars turning up to play their parts Molly finds a new friend, Mr Punch shows up and is taken in hand by his d My greatest concern after finishing Lies Sleeping is that it may be the final book in the series After all it does conclude the story of The Faceless Man which has continued over the last several books It also leaves Lesley and Peter in ways that could be seen as conclusive, where the reader can be left to imagine how they will go on in the future It is a fun book with all of the regulars turning up to play their parts Molly finds a new friend, Mr Punch shows up and is taken in hand by his daughter that bit is a surprise , Lady Ty seems to be warming up to Peter, Beverley has a nice surprise and Nightingale is.Nightingale You have to love him The audio version as usual is superb Kobna Holdbrook Smith IS Peter and he does all the other voices equally well.There is plenty of scope left for books.Please Mr Aaronovitch flag 42 likesLike see review View all 9 comments Dec 30, 2018 Hannah rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves fantasy This is one of my all time favourite series and this installment was eagerly awaited and did not disappoint, as usual There is just something charming and compulsive about this series that makes me very happy.I won t write about the plot so much, because doing so invariably would spoil the books that came before and what twists and turns there were except to say that I found the way the story went and how some parts wrapped up highly satisfying I know that there is a novella coming out in This is one of my all time favourite series and this installment was eagerly awaited and did not disappoint, as usual There is just something charming and compulsive about this series that makes me very happy.I won t write about the plot so much, because doing so invariably would spoil the books that came before and what twists and turns there were except to say that I found the way the story went and how some parts wrapped up highly satisfying I know that there is a novella coming out in a few months I am so glad but except for that I do not know where the story will go next but wherever it is, I am sure I will be reading it.The best part, as always, is Peter s wonderful narration, this time aided by the absolutely brilliant Kobna Holdbrook Smith who narrates the audiobook to perfection I felt a bit spoiled, having pre ordered the paperback and then buying the audiobook but it was definitely worth it Peter s tone and his sense of humour are as brilliant as ever but what I appreciate most is that he is a genuinely good person, always striving to be better This is something I am always looking forward to in my reading, especially in a genre saturated by anti heroes, and something I needed at the end of the long year that was 2018.There were some genuinely heartbreaking and heartwarming scenes in this book the dancing It made me teary eyed and the ending was so very wonderful I cannot wait for my partner to read this book so that I can squeal at him.If you like Urban Fantasy and haven t checked this out, I highly recommend you do I love Ben Aaronovitch s mix of police procedural and highly inventive fantasy, his characters are wonderfully drawn and realistically diverse it is set in present day London after all , and his storylines especially the overarching ones are exciting and well thought out.You can find this review and other thoughts on books on my blog flag 36 likesLike see review View 2 comments Oct 24, 2018 Mogsy MMOGC rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves arcs and galleys, review copy, witches and wizards, urban, paranormal, mystery, magic 4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum ve made it no secret that I love Peter Grant Rivers of London, and right now, it s easily one of my favorite urban fantasy series But for the last few books, our characters have been floundering in their hunt for the Faceless Man, the main baddie who has been a constant thorn in the Met s side since the very beginning, and I was starting to worry that the lack of progress might soon be blowing up in all our faces Lucki 4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum ve made it no secret that I love Peter Grant Rivers of London, and right now, it s easily one of my favorite urban fantasy series But for the last few books, our characters have been floundering in their hunt for the Faceless Man, the main baddie who has been a constant thorn in the Met s side since the very beginning, and I was starting to worry that the lack of progress might soon be blowing up in all our faces Luckily though, those wondering if we ll ever get to see the end of this Faceless Man s saga will be pleased to know, Lies Sleeping has the final showdown and answers you re looking for After seven books, this resolution was a long time coming, and it was awesome.Needless to say, if you re not caught up with the series yet, be aware this review may contain references to events from the previous books, so only read on if you ve read finished The Hanging Tree to avoid any potential spoilers Since the last time we saw him, Peter has received a promotion on the police force and is now playing a key role in the operation to take down the Faceless Man, now identified as Martin Chorley, as well as his associate Lesley May, a one time friend of our protagonist Chorley s grand plan for London has also been revealed, involving a dastardly plot to lure out one of the city s oldest and most deranged gods a supernatural killer with whom series fans should be very familiar.For this dangerous game of cat and mouse, Peter and his mentor Thomas Nightingale must shore up their resources and gather all the support they can get, calling in help from all corners including the regular police force, history and archeology experts, and even Arthurian scholars But unfortunately for Peter, Lesley knows all his usual tricks, and worse, where to hit him where it hurts the most Chorley is up to something big, and no matter how well the Folly plans, their target always seems to be a few steps ahead, constantly slipping through their fingers.Peter s resolve has been tested before, but never like this Lies Sleeping is the big shakeup this series needed, after all the breaks and build up, and I think it succeeded in delivering both thrilling action and emotional impact If the goal of the previous book was to bring us back into the thick of things and ramp up the momentum, then this one valiantly took up the baton and ran it to the finish line I was also ecstatic that I got most of what I d wished for, number one on that list being Nightingale in action While I m not usually one for literary crushes, I ve got it seriously bad for that guy When all is said and done though, taking down the Faceless Man was very much a team effort, and I m glad we also got the second item on my wishlist, which was seeing involvement from the rest of the supporting cast As I expected, Guleed has become a regular, and even exciting is the fact she s being brought onto the Falcon magical scene Abigail becoming a fixture at the Folly was a nice surprise too, after getting know her well from The Furthest Station novella.Once , I also found the humor in Lies Sleeping to be on the muted side, but in this case, I think it s okay, and even appropriate Peter still makes me smile occasionally with his dry, sardonic wit, but this was probably one of the serious sequels, because of all that it had to deal with Over the course of this series, Peter has matured as a person, taking matters seriously in both his professional and personal life, becoming a better police officer and a wizard while also settling into a stable relationship with Bev Still, there are also certain things that never change, and Peter s mega blind spot with regards to Lesley was the cause of much teeth grinding on my part There was a moment too where I felt the plot might be falling into a repetitive pattern, but fortunately, Aaronovitch was able to pull things back on track following a lull around the halfway point and save the situation in time for the big finale Personally, I found the climax to be a bit confusing, in the way things related to the genius loci usually are when it comes to these books, so I suppose that s nothing new Regardless, those who have always appreciated this series attention to the history and mythology associated with London will find lots of like about this book, I expect.And finally, Lies Sleeping has the unmistakable feel of a conclusion, though I do sincerely hope that this is just a wrap for the Faceless Man arc, and not for the series itself It would be cruel to end things right as we re seeing so much promise for our side characters, not to mention the big news dropped on us in the final few pages, but if this is going to be it, I m also happy with how things played out There are a few loose threads I wouldn t mind seeing addressed, but overall I was impressed with how many conflicts were resolved by strongly tying them back to the series roots, i.e where it all began in Rivers of London I have no idea where Ben Aaronovitch will take this world and his characters next, but I ll be crossing my fingers for flag 40 likesLike see review View 2 comments Nov 07, 2017 Milda Page Runner rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves urban fantasy, humor 4.5 A bit slower first half but picks up pacing later on I read it right after The Furthest Station which being short had everything condensed In comparison Lies Sleeping plot felt somewhat scattered with less humour, although overall tone seems lighter It s still fun Can t get enough of Peter Grant series flag 27 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Dec 01, 2018 Emma rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves urban fantasy This was excellent I loved all the London history I loved Foxglove and Molly dancing in the moonlight I loved the foxes The main characters are well established now and the narrator was excellent flag 25 likesLike see review Nov 02, 2018 Steven rated it really liked it Shelves netgalley or publisher, urban fantasy paranormal, holiday wheels, read in 2018 Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.Another strong installment in the Rivers of London series The battles with the dark side are becoming and frequent, now that we know the Faceless Man and see of his plans But this one takes some even twistier twists and turnier turns and ends up in a place I didn t really expect.I had grown tired of this series after book 4, and took a VERY long break In fact, I hadn t entirely p Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.Another strong installment in the Rivers of London series The battles with the dark side are becoming and frequent, now that we know the Faceless Man and see of his plans But this one takes some even twistier twists and turnier turns and ends up in a place I didn t really expect.I had grown tired of this series after book 4, and took a VERY long break In fact, I hadn t entirely planned on ever picking it back up again Berkley offered me an ARC of this book in their newsletter, which I one clicked before I thought and I m glad I made that impulsive decision It made me pick up books five and six both of which were great installments and fixed some of the issues I had with book four that made me set the series down to get to this one and be caught up.It s not and never will be my favorite series, but I can now say again that I do very much enjoy it I ll definitely pick up the next one to see what s happening in the world of Peter Grant and the Folly flag 23 likesLike see review View all 6 comments Jan 07, 2019 Nataliya rated it it was amazing Shelves 2019 reads My favorite Peter Grant so far When you re police, an interesting lie can be as useful as the truth Sometimes so We seem to be sitting around waiting for the next fucking disaster, he said, which went into the official log as DCI Seawoll felt that our operational posture was too reactive None of this was real But I ve learned that just because something isn t real doesn t mean it s not important flag 22 likesLike see review View 1 comment Nov 22, 2018 lucky little cat rated it it was amazing Recommended to lucky little cat by A long overdue thanks to Carol for starting me on the series Shelves books b might like, deserves popularity, finally diversity, it s a mystery, it s funny, literary fiction love, lyrical, read again and again, read in 2018, all time favorites Ah, that went by way too fast.If you re already a fan of the series, you won t be disappointed And my, how our Peter s growing up, but without losing any of his self deprecating irony If you re not a fan yet, be apprised that Aaronovitch wrote for years for Doctor Who, and it very gloriously shows You ll want to start with book 1, Rivers of London. Snag an audio copy if you can, because the audios are amazing slideshow disclaimer neither Banksy nor the helmet amulet figure in the book I Ah, that went by way too fast.If you re already a fan of the series, you won t be disappointed And my, how our Peter s growing up, but without losing any of his self deprecating irony If you re not a fan yet, be apprised that Aaronovitch wrote for years for Doctor Who, and it very gloriously shows You ll want to start with book 1, Rivers of London. Snag an audio copy if you can, because the audios are amazing slideshow disclaimer neither Banksy nor the helmet amulet figure in the book I just really like them flag 21 likesLike see review View all 6 comments Dec 26, 2018 Sara rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves fantasy, fiction, magical realism A great follow up to The Hanging Tree, Lies Sleeping continues to follow Peter Grant and his search to hunt down and thwart the plans of The Faceless Man and his apprentice while getting himself mixed up in the demi monde world, which this time involves bells, along the way As I said when reviewing The Hanging Tree, I ve found these novels to get better and better as they progress as the world is now so well established, and the characters are all charismatic and varied In particular, this wou A great follow up to The Hanging Tree, Lies Sleeping continues to follow Peter Grant and his search to hunt down and thwart the plans of The Faceless Man and his apprentice while getting himself mixed up in the demi monde world, which this time involves bells, along the way As I said when reviewing The Hanging Tree, I ve found these novels to get better and better as they progress as the world is now so well established, and the characters are all charismatic and varied In particular, this wouldn t work if Peter himself wasn t so damn likeable He s flawed always trying to be the do gooder , likes the sound of his own voice, far too inquisitive to the point of verging on annoyingyet he s down to earth, the every man of the Folly to counterbalance the extremes that are Nightingale and his associates It helps that I m also extremely fond of Beverley too Goddess, girlfriend, and maybe I love all the Rivers, although we seem to see Tyburn and Bev the most, and the introduction of Walbrook here added another layer to their mythology The world building and mythology is convoluted, and the writing style at times can get overly bogged down in descriptions and facts about London buildings literally anything But I ve come to expect this now of Aaronovitch, and there s a certain charm in it that I find quite endearing Yes, it can get complicated trying to decipher who or what various members of the demi monde are, and what magic is, but we re seven books in now and I feel like I have a good outline of this world and the creatures who inhabit it We re learning along with Peter, and it s a fun ride This expanded on the plot from The Hanging Tree well, delving deeper into the ultimate plan of The Faceless Man I would have lik d to have seen a bit of his world and his weird cat creatures and pale ladies and how why they re working for him but this small mystery that remains only adds to his air of menace view spoiler We also see a lot of Lesley May One time friend turned enemy or maybe just frenemy of Peter Lesley is an interesting character I m not sure I like her, as she comes across as quite full of herself, but I think this is a front to hide a deeply insecure and troubled woman And that ending just confirmed it Sacrificing Chorley for Peter seems to me to be the machinations of a mad woman But it has certainly got me excited for the next book, along with Beverley s little reveal hide spoiler I really hope there isn t a long wait before the next instalment, because the fast pace of this coupled with an exciting ending has just left me wanting flag 19 likesLike see review Apr 28, 2018 Silvana rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves fyeahfantasy, mine mine mine, kindle google, reading with friends, sff 2018 reading challenge, sl sword challenge 2018 Move over Newt Scamander, there s a new wizard in town With better plots that actually make sense and not just load of over egging codswallop Sorry, I was still a bit carried away with the Crimes of Grindelwald movie I thank thee, Ben Aaronovitch, for keeping my faith in urban fantasy and their wizards Peter Grant is still my man, he is a solid character that s skillful, dedicated and dependable Boring Not a chance Peter, as his colleagues and guvs always said, had a penchant for situation Move over Newt Scamander, there s a new wizard in town With better plots that actually make sense and not just load of over egging codswallop Sorry, I was still a bit carried away with the Crimes of Grindelwald movie I thank thee, Ben Aaronovitch, for keeping my faith in urban fantasy and their wizards Peter Grant is still my man, he is a solid character that s skillful, dedicated and dependable Boring Not a chance Peter, as his colleagues and guvs always said, had a penchant for situations gone pear shaped Despite having the rest of the London police force, his enigmatic master, his river lover, and his diligent apprentice on his six, the threat from the elusive super villain Faceless Man and his minions was just too big Aaaand it s getting dire in this book, which is thrilling ride from start to finish Definitely as good as Foxglove Summer, now spiced with Arthurian and Mithraic myths Aaronovitch has seamlessly tailored a magical story based on these myths but made it fresh and entertaining with all the references of places and people in the urban environment it is so immersive Can t wait for the next one This series is the bee s knees, I am just so chuffed whenever I am reading it flag 19 likesLike see review View 2 comments Nov 17, 2018 Rosie rated it it was amazing Shelves 2018 at this point ben aaronovitch could publish a book of photocopies of his bare arse and i d give it five stars regardless of that this book fucking ruled flag 19 likesLike see review View 1 comment Nov 05, 2018 Siria rated it liked it Shelves 21st century, british fiction, fantasy This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here More like 3.5 stars, to be honest I had fun while reading this, but I can t say that I enjoyed it as much as I did previous instalments in the Rivers of London series Peter s narrative voice is as fun as always, there s the potential for comedy and drama in the promised arrival of a baby Brook, and I m glad that the Chorley storyline has been wrapped up he couldn t go on doing Spectacularly Evil Stuff indefinitely without being omnipotent and or making the Folly team seem incompetent I had More like 3.5 stars, to be honest I had fun while reading this, but I can t say that I enjoyed it as much as I did previous instalments in the Rivers of London series Peter s narrative voice is as fun as always, there s the potential for comedy and drama in the promised arrival of a baby Brook, and I m glad that the Chorley storyline has been wrapped up he couldn t go on doing Spectacularly Evil Stuff indefinitely without being omnipotent and or making the Folly team seem incompetent I had a lot of feelings about Leslie May I could have done without all the Dark Ages references, but at least Peter was very insistent on the fact that King Arthur is a mythical figure and the invention of Geoffrey of Monmouth I honestly would read at least a novella s worth of Peter Grant talking critical source analysis of medieval texts, especially if it works in as many Discworld references along the way as Lies Sleeping does However, there are significant plot holes, Chorley s masterplan never quite made sense to me even after the big reveal, and if you ve spent several books building to a climactic confrontation with an incredibly powerful wizard, you need to make sure that it s got heft and consequences to it I desperately wanted Aaronovitch to slow down in that scene, to give it a couple of additional beats to justify that build up Instead I was, to quote late 90s cinematic masterpiece 10 Things I Hate About You, whelmed This was also a book where, I felt, Peter spent much time than before working independently While it makes sense that as he climbs the police hierarchy and becomes a skilled magical practitioner that he s capable of that kind of independent interaction, one of the joys of the first few books was the sense of the Folly as a small and scrappy group, us against the world, with all the close quarter contact that inevitably resulted in between Peter, Nightingale, and Molly Now, as Aaronovitch expands the cast of characters being trained at involved with the Folly, there s inevitably less real interaction between those three, and I think the book suffers from that I also get the sense that Aaronovitch no longer quite knows what to do with Molly or Nightingale Perhaps he s reserving a book for each of them later on in the series, but I just don t think he s very interested in exploring how Molly came to be at the Folly, or in making explicit exactly what happened to Nightingale during World War Two When Nightingale gets moments in Lies Sleeping, they re mostly big set pieces where he uses incredibly advanced magic and blows shit up to spectacular effect Don t get me wrong, these are immense fun to read about and I love a fond description of all the ways in which a character is being skilled and competent But you can t have a main character whose arc is simply working on refining his magical abilities to hitherto unknown levels, but off screen , and I m worried that Nightingale is being set up as the powerful Jedi mentor who s killed off before his young padawan is quite qualified flag 19 likesLike see review Dec 01, 2018 Caro the Helmet Lady rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves 2018 reads, fantasy urban fantasy, favorites, humor So, this was a rather fast one and no matter how hard I tried to read it slower, it didn t work though not like recently I m a very fast reader, to be honest Names, names, places, history, architecture, the pack is full and maybe even fuller than in last two books L is back and Mr Punch as well I m not spoiling, it s on the blurb and I had to confess I kind of missed him O.o I guess I m going to reread the first book soon just because of that O.oAnyways, fun fun, and I crave So, this was a rather fast one and no matter how hard I tried to read it slower, it didn t work though not like recently I m a very fast reader, to be honest Names, names, places, history, architecture, the pack is full and maybe even fuller than in last two books L is back and Mr Punch as well I m not spoiling, it s on the blurb and I had to confess I kind of missed him O.o I guess I m going to reread the first book soon just because of that O.oAnyways, fun fun, and I crave for , but I guess will be A TAD different from what we are used to already Tiny very tiny minus for too many deus ex machina moments yes I have to bitch, duuh, otherwise my head will explode , but we want to keep our Peter in one piece, right Also Molly Foxglove 3 I want the next book out already goddamit flag 19 likesLike see review View all 15 comments Dec 02, 2018 Charles rated it it was ok This book follows The Hanging Tree Peter Grant, 6 my review and ends maybe The Faceless Man 2 story arc In the process it advances the teeming multitude of long term series plots, including the important Lesley May plot line while creating I frankly found this book to be too much a tangled spaghetti of plots and characters to be truly enjoyable.I ve been a long term fan of Ben Aaronovitch s Rivers of London I typically listen to them on audiobook, although I have read several This book follows The Hanging Tree Peter Grant, 6 my review and ends maybe The Faceless Man 2 story arc In the process it advances the teeming multitude of long term series plots, including the important Lesley May plot line while creating I frankly found this book to be too much a tangled spaghetti of plots and characters to be truly enjoyable.I ve been a long term fan of Ben Aaronovitch s Rivers of London I typically listen to them on audiobook, although I have read several in dead tree format The series narrator Kobna Holdbrook Smith has deservedly become the voice in my head of DC Peter Grant I listened to this particular book, which is 430 pages in dead tree form Koban sounded hoarse at the beginning of the recording, but was in fine fettle after the first quarter.This series must be read in series order It would be incomprehensible otherwise Even with digressions to provide reminders of the backstory, the backstory is just too large and complex for a reader to jump in Particularly annoying to me is that Aaronovitch has included events from his Peter Grant Rivers of London graphic novels Series into the mainstream Rivers of London Series For example events found in Rivers of London Body Work my review are mentioned a couple of times Events from Rivers of London Cry Fox 1 , which I have not read, effect the events of this book to a greater extent I don t read many graphic novels I frankly have a hard time keeping up with the infrequently published print books of the series The author s co mingling of plots from all the Rivers of London stories makes following and enjoying the series harder for folks that are not all in with the entire franchise.Prose, characters and plot are all very much as before although there is a lot of them As mentioned above, characters like Sahra Guleed and Abigail Kamara who play a large part in the graphic novels, now play a large part in the story I frankly think that Abigail as a Junior Apprentice is just too cute The Nightingale character, who I really like seems to have been relegated to a subordinate position in the series While thankfully, The Faceless Man story arc finally ends the interesting to me Lesley May plot line still has many books to go In addition, Grant s romantic life, which I have found to be only mildly interesting, achieved cliffhanger status.An issue I m having with series is the proliferation of magic practitioners and Falcon Events Earlier in the series use and abuse of magic was a State Secret The cover up was extreme and effective The Sub rosa existence of magic is a fave part of the series world building to me With this book, it s obvious that hundreds of folks in and outside of the Met are aware of it How can this have escaped the notice of the media Especially, with the bloodless carnage, fire and smoke that Aaronovitch wreaks inside the City Even if the mobiles are fried by the magic, there are still witnesses.I like this series, but it s wearing on me It appears that Aaronovitch wants fans of the series to accept it as a way of life, like Star Wars or Harry Potter The lengthening backstory is consuming too many pages The series now has too many sub and long term plots, and too many characters not all of them good The author is also wont to spread these plots over than one book, which dilutes their effect The merging the graphic novel plot lines into the Rivers of London Universe exacerbates this The graphic novels also look to be a higher priority with the author than the print books It s hard enough to remember all the events of the six print books, without having to figure out if a story reference was in a comic book I didn t read I think the series is sagging beneath the weight of too many plots spread out across too many types of media Finally, this story ended a story arc The author has not committed to an end to the series I frankly can t see myself reading twenty plus Peter Grant books In summary, this was an OK read for the series by Aaronovitch fanatics, but it was by no means an easy read for the rest of us The Faceless Man story arc was drawn out over too many books and too many other plot lines were piggy backed onto it It lost its definition I thought this book was a jumble of plots and characters that was aimed at setting up for books and graphic novels than bringing a number of the seven years of existing plot lines to a close flag 17 likesLike see review Jane Charles I think this might be the first time I ve read one of your 2 star reviews and thought it was actually for a 2 star book Dec 03, 2018 07 38PM Lydia Bardsley Thank you for this I went through large sections of this book feeling confused, and wondering if I d missed out a whole book by mistake, or if I ve j Thank you for this I went through large sections of this book feeling confused, and wondering if I d missed out a whole book by mistake, or if I ve just forgotten major events of the preceding book It turns out I ve missed quite a lot by not reading the graphic novels I d always thought they were supplementary rather than integral to the main plot of the written books, but this review explains my confusion I ll have to find someone to lend them to me Dec 05, 2018 02 33PM Jan Thanks for your review I can t believe this book was rated so high, I thought I was missing something I also felt the book was too chaotic and, fran Thanks for your review I can t believe this book was rated so high, I thought I was missing something I also felt the book was too chaotic and, frankly, a bit of a mess Jan 31, 2019 01 27AM Dec 20, 2018 Cathy cathepsut rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves audiobook, urban fantasy, mystery thriller crime, read 2018 Halfway through the book I was still trying to find a cohesive plot No red line in this one, like the odd breadcrumb of something familiar the breadcrumbs made up a story eventually and there were lots of entertaining bits and chuckles I loved Foxglove But the final battle was a bit WTF, the resolution was a teeny bit lame and the ending left me with a Wait, what That was it So, was that really it The end of the series Hm Not sure how to rate this 4 stars, because the overall s Halfway through the book I was still trying to find a cohesive plot No red line in this one, like the odd breadcrumb of something familiar the breadcrumbs made up a story eventually and there were lots of entertaining bits and chuckles I loved Foxglove But the final battle was a bit WTF, the resolution was a teeny bit lame and the ending left me with a Wait, what That was it So, was that really it The end of the series Hm Not sure how to rate this 4 stars, because the overall series was great and lots of fun, I guess Kobna Smith did another great job of narrating this Weird ending flag 15 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Nov 27, 2018 Alina rated it really liked it review of another edition Although it started kind of slow and it took me a little to get used again to the rhythm and Aaronovitch s writing, of course I ended up liking this a lot, as expected flag 15 likesLike see review Nov 28, 2018 Mimi rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves urban fantasy, paranormal, mystery, 2018 Another great installment in this excellent series One small caveat though I enjoyed it while I was reading it, but now that I m not reading it any, I m having some trouble recalling the scattered sequence of events The plot and mystery are fairly clear cut, as is the ending, but the way in which the investigation is moved along from one point to another is hard to recall for some reason Or maybe I m just getting old and my recall reserve is quickly dwindling flag 17 likesLike see review View all 7 comments Dec 10, 2018 Lindsay rated it it was amazing Shelves urban fantasy A satisfying climax to the Folly s operations against the Faceless Man sees our man Peter at his earnest best.This is one of the best urban fantasy series currently being published, and a lot of that is down to the main character Peter Grant and his commitment to community and policing, and critically, his fundamental belief in both His point of view can be wry, but he has such a deep belief in the fundamental rightness of what he s doing that it makes him a protagonist that you can t help A satisfying climax to the Folly s operations against the Faceless Man sees our man Peter at his earnest best.This is one of the best urban fantasy series currently being published, and a lot of that is down to the main character Peter Grant and his commitment to community and policing, and critically, his fundamental belief in both His point of view can be wry, but he has such a deep belief in the fundamental rightness of what he s doing that it makes him a protagonist that you can t help but like That s in sharp contrast to his erstwhile partner Leslie May, who fails not because she isn t capable, but because she doesn t share Peter s unshakeable faith in his core values.Regardless, this brings the long running Faceless Man story arc to a conclusion, satisfyingly bringing in elements from earlier in the series including Mr Punch, Leslie and the Rivers The series could finish here, but it doesn t need to, and that s the hallmark of a good long running series flag 14 likesLike see review Nov 19, 2018 Margaret rated it it was amazing Shelves fantasy sf, london I have been waiting with fluctuating levels of patience for Lies Sleeping to drop It was worth the wait.In The Hanging Tree we learned the identity of the rogue wizard known as the Faceless Man whom former PC Lesley May had gone to work for In Lies Sleeping we learn why Leslie defected to the Dark Side, so to speak, and it s not pretty.Since learning the identity of the Faceless Man, several things have happened PC Peter Grant is now DC Detective Constable , and DC Sahra Guleed is now I have been waiting with fluctuating levels of patience for Lies Sleeping to drop It was worth the wait.In The Hanging Tree we learned the identity of the rogue wizard known as the Faceless Man whom former PC Lesley May had gone to work for In Lies Sleeping we learn why Leslie defected to the Dark Side, so to speak, and it s not pretty.Since learning the identity of the Faceless Man, several things have happened PC Peter Grant is now DC Detective Constable , and DC Sahra Guleed is now DS Detective Sergeant All the police operations from the previous books have been amalgamated into one operation under the joint heads of Thomas Nightingale and Alexander Seawoll The task is to find the former Faceless Man and stop him Not an easy task once it becomes apparent that FM has something big, and nasty planned Peter has to make an unlikely alliancewith the revenant that started it all way back in book 1 Mr Punch Lies Sleeping ties up a lot of loose ends from the earlier books, but not all of them, and it sets the scene for the series to go in new directions Which, since Ben has said he will be writing Rivers of London until he dies, could be almost anywhere.We meet some new characters, several of which I hope stick around for further books And we finally learn once and for all exactly what Molly is.The sly tips of the hat to popular culture continue On one page alone is both an Asterix reference AND a Terry Pratchett reference.I am going to state that this is THE best book I have read all year flag 12 likesLike see review View all 5 comments Nov 19, 2018 Mark rated it it was amazing review of another edition A great 5 stars from me, I really enjoyed this book I have to say how Ben does great research into the historical London and then ties it into his plotlines with a great deal of action and entertainment.Can t wait to see where Ben takes the series after this book flag 11 likesLike see review View 1 comment Nov 23, 2018 RoryReads rated it really liked it Shelves fantasy or urbanfantasy 3.5 StarsGood fun but not as interesting as the previous books flag 12 likesLike see review Dec 06, 2018 Hank rated it really liked it There are few series serials that I last past book 3 or 4 Clearly this is one of them After 7 books I think me liking the characters should be a given so what did I like or dislike compared to others in the series.My one ding on this one is that the novelty has worn off a bit Everyone, for the most part, seem to be doing the same things which is comforting but might not keep my interest forever I like Abigail s increased role and I am looking forward to of Foxglove hopefully but I There are few series serials that I last past book 3 or 4 Clearly this is one of them After 7 books I think me liking the characters should be a given so what did I like or dislike compared to others in the series.My one ding on this one is that the novelty has worn off a bit Everyone, for the most part, seem to be doing the same things which is comforting but might not keep my interest forever I like Abigail s increased role and I am looking forward to of Foxglove hopefully but I wish Peter would learn some new spells and Nightingale to reveal of his past.These are small complaints, the scene with Nightingale, Peter and the rogue wizard was great The mystery and chases were equally good, Guleed is a great character and overall it was an excellent book I have never actually read one of these books, the audio done by Kobna is too good to think about anything else flag 9 likesLike see review Sep 20, 2018 Anne added it review of another edition I received a free ARC of this book via NetGalley Thank you, Net Galley, I love this series I can t wait until the audio book is out because all the characters are voiced by Kobna Holdbrook Smith even when I m reading the ARC Action, magic, creepiness, and police procedural all wrapped up into one, and I m only in the middle of the first chapter I have still pre ordered the audio book, though, because the writing really comes alive when Kobna Holdbrook Smith reads it.Update Lots history I received a free ARC of this book via NetGalley Thank you, Net Galley, I love this series I can t wait until the audio book is out because all the characters are voiced by Kobna Holdbrook Smith even when I m reading the ARC Action, magic, creepiness, and police procedural all wrapped up into one, and I m only in the middle of the first chapter I have still pre ordered the audio book, though, because the writing really comes alive when Kobna Holdbrook Smith reads it.Update Lots history in this one, and I love it And that last page, Ben Aaronovitch flag 9 likesLike see review Nov 28, 2018 Hiu Gregg rated it it was amazing The worst thing about binging an ongoing series is that, eventually, you run out of books flag 8 likesLike see review Nov 21, 2018 Sadie Slater rated it really liked it I always think that pre ordered Kindle books feel like surprise presents from Past Me to Present Me, and I was particularly pleased to have something I knew was going to be fun and entertaining, in the shape of Ben Aaronovitch s seventh Peter Grant novel, Lies Sleeping, to look forward to through the last few days of what felt like a Very Long Week last week.It didn t disappoint there were lots of humorous reflections on policing, magic and the relationship between the two, enjoyable character I always think that pre ordered Kindle books feel like surprise presents from Past Me to Present Me, and I was particularly pleased to have something I knew was going to be fun and entertaining, in the shape of Ben Aaronovitch s seventh Peter Grant novel, Lies Sleeping, to look forward to through the last few days of what felt like a Very Long Week last week.It didn t disappoint there were lots of humorous reflections on policing, magic and the relationship between the two, enjoyable character moments, digressions into the history of London and geeky references and in jokes, all narrated in Peter Grant s distinctive voice, and I enjoyed it a lot I also continue to love Aaronovitch s multi ethnic cast of characters and really noticed in this one the way Grant s narrative always identifies white characters as white, refusing to accept the unmarked status of privileged groups in British society I did feel, though, that it was possibly a bit short on plot, and what there was suffered from some pacing issues, with an odd lull about three quarters of the way through and then a rush to wrap things up including one major ongoing plot being tied up in a somewhat anticlimactic way I think this is largely because, like a lot of series, the longer this one goes on the it becomes less a series of separate stories and of a roman fleuve, with much of a focus on the interactions and development of the regular characters than on the plot, but I would have liked a bit actual crime solving Also, I thought it could have done with better copy editing as there seemed to be a lot of the kind of errors that creep in when a text is being rewritten and revised electronically though this is not the only book I ve had this problem with recently are publishers cutting back on proof readers Mostly, though, I just thought it was fun, and definitely over too soon flag 7 likesLike see review Dec 26, 2018 Robyn rated it really liked it Shelves 2018 A really satisfying conclusion to the Faceless Man arc, and I enjoyed the deep dive into London history As always, Peter never fails to amuse flag 7 likesLike see review Jan 01, 2019 Dan rated it liked it I m still enjoying the writing, but the plot is well.For the past several books our protagonist has been involved in an elaborate cat and mouse game with a villain They keep having these confrontations where the two sides run into each other, there s a big magic fight with a bunch of property damage, and then everyone escapes alive and uncaptured and uninjured.We ve gone through a variety of reasons why none of these big magic fights are ever conclusive Two popular reasons are the villain I m still enjoying the writing, but the plot is well.For the past several books our protagonist has been involved in an elaborate cat and mouse game with a villain They keep having these confrontations where the two sides run into each other, there s a big magic fight with a bunch of property damage, and then everyone escapes alive and uncaptured and uninjured.We ve gone through a variety of reasons why none of these big magic fights are ever conclusive Two popular reasons are the villain promised not to kill the protagonist no matter how annoying he gets and as he runs away, the villain likes to hurt innocent people, and then the protagonist has to stop and make sure they re okay, which means the villain gets away free.These are stupid reasons The actual reason why everyone always escapes alive is because the author isn t ready to resolve the plot yet That is a stupid reason too.And, I dunno In this book it just felt like it was wearing particularly thin flag 7 likesLike see review previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next new topicDiscuss This Book topics posts views last activity Nothing But Readi Aaronovitch, Ben Lies Sleeping informal buddy reads starts November 15, 2018 33 192 Jan 22, 2019 05 12AM More topics Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Readers Also Enjoyed Born and raised in London he says that he ll leave his home when they prise his city out of his cold dead fingers Other books in the series Rivers of London 8 books Books by Ben Aaronovitch More Trivia About Lies Sleeping Pe No trivia or quizzes yet Add some now Quotes from Lies Sleeping Here s a comforting thought for you, Peter, he said However long you may live, the world will never lose its ability to surprise you with 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        Ben Aaronovitch s career started with a bang writing for Doctor Who, subsided in the middle and then, as is traditional, a third act resurgence with the bestselling Rivers of London series.Born and raised in London he says that he ll leave his home when they prise his city out of his cold dead fingers.


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    1. The Post in Which I Muse on Audio Versions of BooksStop reading the paper copy and give listening a go You will likely not believe me you will tell me that you hate audio books, that you lose track, fall asleep, and are 100% unable to pay attention I believe you until this series, you could have counted my attempts at audio books on one hand, as I suffered many of the same complaints When I listened to Harry Potter while driving, I found myself getting sleepy If I listened while cooking, I The P [...]


    2. Londinium Calling and I live by the river His best so far Maybe, but I m biased, I love these books, they are to me as cheeseburgers to a fat guy Wait I m a fat guy and I LOVE cheeseburgers Note to self about getting lost in a metaphor And cheeseburgers.Fans of Ben Aaronovitch s wildly popular and fun as a barrel of monkeys urban fantasy series about DETECTIVE constable Peter Grant who is also an apprentice wizard have been waiting since 2016 for this novel and I hate waiting so it Londinium Cal [...]


    3. Coming back to Peter Grant is always a super huge breath of fresh air Every time I pick up one of these books, I know I m going to be blown away by hugely interesting details, a very tongue in cheek Deputy Constable s wry humor, and a richly imagined and described London.Oh, yeah, and Peter s a wizard Working as a cop.Always under the bureaucratic nightmare, wishing things hadn t gone so bad with his previous partner, having sexytimes with a river it s all GOOD Even the takeout and stakeou Comin [...]


    4. My greatest concern after finishing Lies Sleeping is that it may be the final book in the series After all it does conclude the story of The Faceless Man which has continued over the last several books It also leaves Lesley and Peter in ways that could be seen as conclusive, where the reader can be left to imagine how they will go on in the future It is a fun book with all of the regulars turning up to play their parts Molly finds a new friend, Mr Punch shows up and is taken in hand by his d My [...]


    5. This is one of my all time favourite series and this installment was eagerly awaited and did not disappoint, as usual There is just something charming and compulsive about this series that makes me very happy.I won t write about the plot so much, because doing so invariably would spoil the books that came before and what twists and turns there were except to say that I found the way the story went and how some parts wrapped up highly satisfying I know that there is a novella coming out in This i [...]


    6. 4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum ve made it no secret that I love Peter Grant Rivers of London, and right now, it s easily one of my favorite urban fantasy series But for the last few books, our characters have been floundering in their hunt for the Faceless Man, the main baddie who has been a constant thorn in the Met s side since the very beginning, and I was starting to worry that the lack of progress might soon be blowing up in all our faces Lucki 4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum ve made i [...]


    7. 4.5 A bit slower first half but picks up pacing later on I read it right after The Furthest Station which being short had everything condensed In comparison Lies Sleeping plot felt somewhat scattered with less humour, although overall tone seems lighter It s still fun Can t get enough of Peter Grant series


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