[LMB] OT: Half-price Ben Aaronovitch

alayne at twobikes.ottawa.on.ca alayne at twobikes.ottawa.on.ca
Thu Sep 3 16:09:02 BST 2020

Subterranean Press is advertising the hardcover of _The October Man_ by 
Ben Aaronovitch -- which I very much enjoyed despite no Peter Grant -- at 
a substantial discount.

Aaronovitch is currently working on a sequel: he's been asking on Twitter 
about the optimal German Romantic names for several spells.


Here's your chance to pick up a Ben Aaronovitch signed limited edition at 
55% off the original price!

We've have a healthy number of copies of The October Man, a Rivers of 
London novella, which we're offering for $18 per copy, instead of the 
usual $40.

Important Note: These copies are distributor returns, and may have scuffs 
and dings (mostly minor). They’re being sold in “as is” condition.

About the Book:

With this long new novella, bestselling author Ben Aaronovitch has crafted 
yet another wickedly funny and surprisingly affecting chapter in his 
beloved Rivers of London series. 

If you thought magic was confined to one country—think again.

Trier: famous for wine, Romans and being Germany’s oldest city.

When a man is found dead with his body impossibly covered in a fungal rot, 
the local authorities know they are out of their depth. But fortunately 
this is Germany, where there are procedures for everything.

Enter Tobias Winter, an investigator for the Abteilung KDA, the branch of 
the German Federal Criminal Police which handles the supernatural. His aim 
is to get in, deal with the problem, and get out with the minimum of fuss, 
personal danger and paperwork. 

Together with frighteningly enthusiastic local cop, Vanessa Sommer, he 
quickly links the first victim to a group of ordinary middle aged men 
whose novel approach to their mid-life crisis may have reawakened a bloody 
conflict from a previous century. 

As the rot spreads, literally, and the suspect list extends to people born 
before Frederick the Great, Tobias and Vanessa will need to find allies in 
some unexpected places.

And to solve the case they’ll have to unearth the secret magical history 
of a city that goes back two thousand years.

Presuming that history doesn’t kill them first.

Limited: 2500 signed numbered hardcover copies: $18 (dinged)

>From Publishers Weekly: 

“In this enjoyable spin-off from the Rivers of London urban fantasy 
series, Aaronovitch successfully transfers his blend of the supernatural 
and humor from England to the Continent as he introduces Tobias Winter, a 
German police officer who practices magic… Supernatural mystery fans who 
enjoy more whimsical takes on the paranormal will hope for more of Winter 
and Sommer.”

>From Booklist:

“Aaronovitch expands the universe of his Rivers of London series (Broken 
Homes, 2014) to include new characters operating in different countries 
with ties to supernatural crimes and detective work. The October 
Man introduces Tobias Winter, a sanctioned magic practitioner who 
investigates the supernatural angles of crimes for the Abteilung KDA 
(which fans will recognize as the German extension of the British Folly)… 
Aaronovitch delivers yet another classic detective novel rich with the 
magical world building accomplished in his previous work.”

>From Kirkusreviews.com:

“The October Man is a long novella set in the same world as the Peter 
Grant series (which begins with Rivers of London) and is also about a 
magic-wielding police detective who solves supernatural crimes... If 
you’re familiar with the Peter Grant series, this one is a must-read. If 
you’re new to this setting, then The October Man makes a great entry 

-- Alayne McGregor
alayne at twobikes.ottawa.on.ca

If there is a book that you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, you must be the one to write it.
-- Toni Morrison

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