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It's reading club time again, and I have a glowing review for you this time around as I loved this month's book!
I've actually had this one - and its sequel Moon Over Soho - on my bedside table for well over a year, waiting to be read. I'm glad I finally got around to it :)
The blurb on the cover would have you believe that this is a kind of "Harry Potter for grown ups", but it really isn't. Yes, there's a trainee wizard in the mix, but other than that, there's very little similarity.
It's much funnier, for a start, and much more gritty and real - which is impressive for a book chock full of magical creatures and gods. Sometimes you almost forget about all the spooks and spells as you enjoy the solid police procedural elements of the story.
The characters are likeable, the intertwining stories are entertaining, it's very well written, and it really is just plain fun. What more could you ask for?
And one of the things I loved most about the book is that it feels almost like a love letter to London in parts, and I love London too, it's where I grew up, and even though I have now moved away, we go back to visit often. So I enjoyed reading such fond words about my old stomping grounds :)
For my artwork, I have chosen to illustrate my favourite minor character from the books, Molly, the maid servant of indeterminate age and species...... here's her introduction from the opening stages of the story:
"How many people live here?" I asked. "Just the two of us. And Molly" said Nightingale. Toby suddenly crouched down at my feet and growled, a proper rat-in-the-kitchen growl that was all business. I looked over and saw a woman gliding towards us across the polished marble. She was slender and dressed like an Edwardian maid, complete with a starched white bib apron over a full black skirt and white cotton blouse. Her face didn't fit her outfit, being too long and sharp-boned with black, almond-shaped eyes. Despite her mob cap she wore her hair loose, a black curtain that fell to her waist. She instantly gave me the creeps, and not just because I've seen too many Japanese horror films. "This is Molly," said Nightingale. "She does for us". "Does what?" "Whatever needs doing" said Nightingale. Molly lowered her eyes and did an awkward little dip that might have been a curtsey or a bow. When Toby growled again Molly snarled back, showing disturbingly sharp teeth. "Molly" said Nightingale sharply. Molly demurely covered her mouth with her hand, turned and went gliding back the way she came. Toby gave a little self-satisfied snort that didn't fool anyone but himself. "And she is....?" I asked. "Indispensable" said Nightingale.
And here's my painting of her:
Everything on here is acrylic paints - the background and the city skyline were monoprinted using a gelli-plate, the Thames was drawn on with a Molotow paint pen, and Miss Molly from the Folly was painted freehand, loosely based on that spooky girl from the Ring movie....
I've just realised she was supposed to be wearing a white blouse. Oh well, close enough :)
Next month I will be reading The Toyminator by Robert Rankin, which I have just realised is a sequel and I haven't read the first book yet. Oops. Maybe I should get the first book and read that instead.....would that be allowed in the rules, Darcy?