A story I totally missed in my 70-year life, but a sweet little tale with a quirky mix of childish fantasy and adult concerns.
The plot is an extravagantly violent adolescent magical fantasy (not necessarily a bad thing), which is truly enriched by a reader who makes the characters sound bigger-than-life with a rich repertory of pitches, pronunciations and pacing. It's rare to hear one person voice as many distinct characters as a Disney animated movie.
A nice adventure into magical police and the gods of the Thames in modern London, with well developed out-of-control complications.
What sounded like an amusing coming-of-age story set in the future turns out to be a moving survivalist story about the unresolved issues of real life as a stressed high-school family-supporting junior in a Detroit-like Manhattan at the end of this century. As a survivor of similar conditions in South Chicago in the middle of the previous century, I hear reality.
A good British whodunit, slightly marred by the narrator's inability to sensibly read the quotations from classic Romans at chapter openings. They sound like a phonetic syllable-by-syllable pronunciation of some complicated pharmacological drug, instead of a pithy epigram. Only annoying to those who know Latin as a language.
The reader's confidential, murmuring narration raises the story to an adult level. The notion of a wizard-detective working in brutal Chicago (my home town) has lots of potential.
A breathless adolescent sci-fi thriller.
Hey, what's wrong with that?!
It's OK at incorporating current "hot" science topics.
A good notion of what it is like to play for keeps in the mire of equatorial Africa. One gets really roughed-up when big money is at stake in a street-life society.
The relevance to all the recent fires in the big-burn country makes it worth to read about the dramatic events of a century ago. Not to mention the federal services and people we sacrifice to the inevitable process.
fun erotica in romance genre
realistic modern adolescent
already too many books
Frank Sinatra and Peggy Lee sang the title (of this review) in 1946
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