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Peter Grant is facing fatherhood, and an uncertain future, with equal amounts of panic and enthusiasm. Rather than sit around, he takes a job with émigré Silicon Valley tech genius Terrence Skinner's brand new London start up - the Serious Cybernetics Company. Drawn into the orbit of Old Street's famous "silicon roundabout", Peter must learn how to blend in with people who are both civilians and geekier than he is. Compared to his last job, Peter thinks it should be a doddle. But magic is not finished with Mama Grant's favourite son. Because Terrence Skinner has a secret hidden in the bowels of the SCC. A technology that stretches back to Ada Lovelace and Charles Babbage, and forward to the future of artificial intelligence. A secret that is just as magical as it technological - and just as dangerous.
Publisher: New York, NY : DAW Books, Inc., [2020]
Copyright Date: ©2020
ISBN: 9780756416461
0756416469
Branch Call Number: FIC AARONOV 2020
Characteristics: 294 pages ; 22 cm

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(FICTION) "Latest installment in the cheeky and compelling Rivers of London paranormal police procedural series. "--Lauren


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minerva Aug 11, 2020

Ben Aaronovitch is one of my 5 favourite authors - he is simply the best current urban fantasy author writing. If you have never read any of these books, do start at the beginning, or you'll miss a lot! I'm hoping for more on the German wizards...and now the American contingent, but I was very happy to have another book devoted to Peter Grant and his very peculiar London. Loved the Douglas Adams homage and the twisted timeline.

IndyPL_JosephL Jul 07, 2020

While I thought I was content to let the River of London series end with the conclusion of the Faceless Man arc, I'm glad to see that this series still has more to offer. Not as strong as the other books in that the mystery was easier to solve but it sets up plenty of future conflicts and complications that'll captivate magic and police drama lovers alike.

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skeeb14
May 11, 2020

Another entertaining entry in the ongoing series. Aaronovitch is very good at funny one-liners and this book is well-written throughout. My only quibble would be he’s too heavy with the historical/tech content — he gets carried away inventing it and I lost interest trying to follow, as if we all had to write an exam on Ada Lovelace and the Mary Engine after finishing the book. That aside, fans of the series will enjoy this installment.

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RJKoenn53
Apr 26, 2020

Another good Peter Grant story and it kept me engrossed through the entire book. It was a very modern day story integrating computers, programmers, and 3D printers into the story. It touched on some a character modeled a bit on the ultra successful tech entrepreneurs but also touched on the beginnings of computer development integrating them nicely into a magical story. That said I was let down by the ending a bit, it came on very rapidly and felt a bit contrived while most of the rest of the book went along nicely. So it will now be a bit of a dry spell but hoping for a new one in the series in the next year or so, possibly a novella with the German wizard in between.

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