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My two main reads at the moment are Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch and Ack-Ack Macaque by Gareth Powell. The first is a re-read and the second is a first time read. So far so good.

I talked about both in episode 80 of the Nerds Assemble Podcast. It was quite funny describing both of them to the Pauls. ‘Cause they are two rather intriguing SFF books.

Rivers of London is like The Sweeney meets Harry Potter. But what I really like about it is that parts of it are set in the more touristy bits of London, so I know where they’re talking about and have an idea of what it’s like there. Plus the laws around the magic in it are good: there’s more to spells then just chanting a few words. It’s actually the first book in a series that so far includes four books. Like I said earlier, this is a re-read, so yes: I highly recommend it.

Meanwhile, Ack-Ack Macaque is a strange SF where what happened to the UK and France in the 1950s is very different to what actually happened. This alternative history with alternative future (we’re in 2059 in the novel, I think) has some interesting bits of tech old and new floating about the place. Though in spite of its title, it’s not necessarily all about the monkey – though he is a central figure. in the story. Ack-Ack Macaque also has his own Twitter account. I’ve enjoyed what I’ve read of the novel so far (over 60% of it).

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Currently reading: Rivers of London and Ack-Ack Macaque

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