Posts Tagged ‘London’

Tom Pollock’s ‘The City’s Son’ is set in a modern/futuristic version of London which is a battleground for strange supernatural entities.

I would like to make very favourable comparison’s to ‘Neverwhere’ and ‘Un Lun Dun’ and can’t wait to read more about Beth and Filius in the following books.

Tom’s website is found here. He is also active on Twitter and Facebook.

No trailer but I did find an interview with Tom.

Kate Locke’s ‘God Save the Queen’ is modern Steam Punk set in a London with a number of historical differences to our own. Published in the last couple of weeks and featuring a kick-arse heroine this is an enjoyable start to an original series.

Kate has a rather nice website for the series, which already promises another book for next year.

There can even be found a soundtrack – awesome!

 

There isn’t a trailer for this one so I shall treat you instead to a video from the novel’s soundtrack..enjoy.

Mike Shevdon’s ‘Strangeness and Charm’ is the third instalment of the Courts of the Feyre series. Niall our chief protagonist has rescued a number of half-fey from the Bedlam research facility but this has left a number of these potentially dangerous individuals living out among the masses, and he has now been sent to bring them in. Some of the action still takes place in and around London, including Borough Market in South London. This outing also finds us visiting Glastonbury, another very interesting (but much smaller) city.

Now I’m not sure which came first, this book or this song (below) but they are well matched and as a trailer is absent enjoy the sounds.

Mike Shevdon’s ‘The Road to Bedlam’ is another foray into the twilight world of the Feyre. Our Hero Niall has now been accepted into this world and is sent to investigate strange occurrences in a small fishing village somewhere on the North Sea Coast. Thankfully we do still have some London action in this one too, and this takes place in the infamous Bethlem Royal Hospital, commonly known as ‘Bedlam’.

I think I enjoyed this book less because it wasn’t set as strongly in London as the first but it is still an enjoyable story, and one which you need to read fully appreciate the events of the third.

Mike Shevdon’s ‘Sixty-One Nails’ is a very clever fusion of fiction, customs, and folklore. The action takes place on and around The Strand and Covent Garden in London, as well as venturing into the London Underground. It is also very entertaining and not even slightly girly as some of you might expect a novel about the Fey to be. I really loved it and couldn’t recommend it more highly.

You can check out Mike’s Page at the Angry Robot website, where you will also find lots of other great books. They are definitely one of the most interesting Fantasy publisher out there at the moment if you ask me (which you didn’t I know).

The latest instalment from Ben Aaronovitch is ‘Whispers Under Ground’.

It was published a few weeks ago now, but sadly I haven’t yet found time to read it.

This time Peter is taken into the London Underground to fight supernatural crime. I’m really looking forward to it.

Couldn’t find a video at all for this one, but the website can be found here.

Ben Aaronovitch’s ‘Moon Over Soho’, I am sure you have guessed, is set in London’s Soho district. This is the second outing for hero Peter Grant of the Metropolitan Police, and whilst I felt it wasn’t quite as good as the first, it’s a fun romp with our favourite conjuring copper.

Once again there is no trailer, so here’s and interview to watch instead.

More information about Ben and his books can be found at The Folly.

Ben Aaronovitch has begun his series of magical police procedurals with ‘Rivers of London’ which is set in and around Covent Garden.

This is a fantastic start to an entertaining series, one I would definitely recommend to anyone that loves a clever plot with a sarcastic hero.

I couldn’t find a trailer to link here, but I did find an interesting interview with Ben for you to watch instead.

Ben also has a really nice website.

I’m sure that nobody would dispute the fact that Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere has set the standard for all London Fantasy that has followed it.

Considering it was a novelisation for a TV mini-series I actually enjoyed the book more, this is a normal occurrence when the book came first but rarely the other way around.

The thing I loved most about Neverwhere is the way it has forever changed the way I think when I use the London Underground. I can’t use the tube without hearing ‘Mind the Gap’ and thinking of this book!

Before my Belgian boyfriend came to visit London for the first time, this was the book I gave him to read.

Neil has a very active website and can be found on Facebook and Twitter too.

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Posted: July 12, 2012 in General
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So my intention with this blog is to try to list as many books as I can find set in an alternative London, these might be in a London where magic exists, or fae, or vampires, a London in the near or far future, or perhaps the past. It turns out I have read rather a lot of these, and it wasn’t even intentional. Now it has morphed into a mild obsession.

It was only recently while chatting to a fellow bookseller at work that I realised that I had stumbled upon what I guess could be described as an emerging genre….

Bear with me while I attempt to list and write comments for the ones I have read although I have decided not to add longer reviews as there are plenty of those out there already. I would also love to hear about anything I may have missed too 🙂