History Literature / RiversOfLondon

15th Jan '16 3:42:31 PM Anddrix
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* MarketBasedTitle: Book one was re-titled as "Midnight Riot" for the US release, ostensibly [[ViewersAreMorons because American readers need something more dynamic]] to catch their interest.
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* MarketBasedTitle: Book one was re-titled as "Midnight Riot" for the US release, ostensibly [[ViewersAreMorons because American readers need something more dynamic]] dynamic to catch their interest.
2nd Dec '15 6:25:17 AM dbr
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* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Peter, in the first couple of books, is rather a shallow jerkass, albeit one who wants to do the right thing. By later books he has begun to start taking things rather more seriously and is somewhat more insightful.
23rd Oct '15 9:41:30 AM FuzzyBoots
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Wrong book
* EvilHasABadSenseOfHumor: The Faceless Man. In book two, he leaves the message "IF YOU CAN READ THIS YOU ARE A NERD AND ALSO PROBABLY DEAD" written on a demon trap in [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings Tolkien]]'s elvish script. In book four, he leaves a note on a time bomb warning that it is booby-trapped and should not be tampered with "as being blown up often offends".
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* EvilHasABadSenseOfHumor: The Faceless Man. In book two, three, he leaves the message "IF YOU CAN READ THIS YOU ARE A NERD AND ALSO PROBABLY DEAD" written on a demon trap in [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings Tolkien]]'s elvish script. In book four, he leaves a note on a time bomb warning that it is booby-trapped and should not be tampered with "as being blown up often offends".
14th Oct '15 2:23:43 AM CrypticMirror
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no need for future tense there, it is now released
In June 2013 the series was optioned for television, and in January 2014 it was announced that Titan Comics had picked up the licence for a graphic novel adaptation (first installment to be called ''Body Work'' and due April 2015).
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In June 2013 the series was optioned for television, and in January 2014 it was announced that Titan Comics had picked up the licence for a graphic novel adaptation (first installment adaptation, the first instalment to be called ''Body Work'' and due which commenced in April 2015). 2015.
13th Oct '15 12:45:28 AM PaulA
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* ChekhovsSkill: Peter's knowledge of architecture and its history, previously used for SceneryPorn and ShownTheirWork, proves ''very'' plot-useful in ''Broken Homes''. His and his father's jazz expertise likewise pays off in ''Moon Over Soho''.
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* ChekhovsSkill: ChekhovsSkill: ** Peter's and his father's jazz expertise pays off in ''Moon Over Soho''. ** Peter's knowledge of architecture and its history, previously used for SceneryPorn and ShownTheirWork, proves ''very'' plot-useful in ''Broken Homes''. His and his father's jazz expertise likewise pays off in ''Moon Over Soho''.Homes''.
13th Oct '15 12:44:24 AM PaulA
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* DomesticAbuse: The Ghost Magistrate is fine with this, all women are shrews after all. ** Betsy immediately gives Peter a dirty look when Lesley tells her that [[spoiler: her face]] was damaged by oil from a hot chip pan. Lesley hastens to clarify that it was accidental, not this trope.
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* DomesticAbuse: DomesticAbuse: ** The Ghost Magistrate is fine with this, all women are shrews after all. ** Betsy immediately gives Peter a dirty look when Lesley tells her that [[spoiler: her [[spoiler:her face]] was damaged by oil from a hot chip pan. Lesley hastens to clarify that it was accidental, not this trope.

* DomesticAbuse: The Ghost Magistrate ** In a subtle example from book one, [[spoiler:Leslie doesn't have to ask whom the 18th century actor Mr. Punch has a grudge against was, even though she's already shown herself to be quite uninterested in London's cultural history. This is fine with this, all women are shrews after all. an early sign that she's possessed by Punch himself.]] ** Betsy immediately gives When Peter a dirty look when Lesley tells her goes walkabout into the past in the first novel, he has to change routes while exiting the Folly, as he senses something dark and terrible emanating from beneath the main entryway. Later novels reveal that [[spoiler: her face]] was damaged by oil from [[spoiler:there's a hot chip pan. Lesley hastens sealed and heavily-warded chamber beneath the building, implied to clarify contain something ''very'' nasty that it was accidental, not this trope.Nightingale is keeping out of the villains' hands.]]

** In a subtle example from book one, [[spoiler: Leslie doesn't have to ask whom the 18th century actor Mr. Punch has a grudge against was, even though she's already shown herself to be quite uninterested in London's cultural history. This is an early sign that she's possessed by Punch himself.]] ** When Peter goes walkabout into the past in the first novel, he has to change routes while exiting the Folly, as he senses something dark and terrible emanating from beneath the main entryway. Later novels reveal that [[spoiler: there's a sealed and heavily-warded chamber beneath the building, implied to contain something ''very'' nasty that Nightingale is keeping out of the villains' hands.]]

* GasLeakCoverUp: D.C.I. Nightingale has an arrangement with the Metropolitan Fire Brigade for when he has to KillItWithFire. The fire brigade will have appliances on hand to make sure the blaze does not get out of hand, and the fire inspector will write the fire off as the result of 'faulty wiring' or something similar.
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* GasLeakCoverUp: GasLeakCoverUp: ** D.C.I. Nightingale has an arrangement with the Metropolitan Fire Brigade for when he has to KillItWithFire. The fire brigade will have appliances on hand to make sure the blaze does not get out of hand, and the fire inspector will write the fire off as the result of 'faulty wiring' or something similar.

* {{Ghostapo}}: The Ettersberg research facility the Nazis were running in WW2 involved some very horrific abuses of magic, and also human and non-human people. ** The Real Life 'Werwölfe' where fanatic young Nazis in cities just after, or about to, surrender. They went through the streets and hanged everyone who put up a white flag. In the books, they where specialists at finding practioners.
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* {{Ghostapo}}: {{Ghostapo}}: ** The Ettersberg research facility the Nazis were running in WW2 involved some very horrific abuses of magic, and also human and non-human people. ** The Real Life 'Werwölfe' where were fanatic young Nazis in cities just after, or about to, surrender. They surrender; they went through the streets and hanged everyone who put up a white flag. In the books, they where were specialists at finding practioners.

* {{Ghostapo}}: The Ettersberg research facility the Nazis were running in WW2 involved some very horrific abuses ** Victims of magic, and also human and non-human people. ** The Real Life 'Werwölfe' where fanatic young Nazis in cities just after, Mr Punch tend to suffer this as well, though it's a fifty/fifty chance whether you'll have your head whacked off by blunt trauma or about to, surrender. They went through the streets and hanged everyone who put up a white flag. In the books, they where specialists at finding practioners.[[YourHeadAsplode blown apart by magic.]]

** Victims of Mr Punch tend to suffer this as well, though it's a fifty/fifty chance whether you'll have your head whacked off by blunt trauma or [[YourHeadAsplode blown apart by magic.]]

* MagicVersusScience: Magic is an EMP type here. Notably it has the same effect on human brains as it does on technology, just electrical technology is more sensitive and will short out before your brain does. The novels as a whole avert this though. The organised study of magic originates in the setting with Isaac Newton, and Peter frequently attempts to fit magic into an empiricist, rationalist framework. Magic shorts out modern technology not because [[Literature/TheDresdenFiles magic is inimical to modern science]] but because, it is speculated, modern culture has made technology [[PostmodernMagic quasi-magical in itself]]. Nightingale even theorizes that, when machinery becomes able to think for itself, ''it'' may develop the potential for magic. ** In ''Foxglove Summer'', Peter figures out a way to utilise it. Using cheap microprocessors and LED lights, he is able to craft a makeshift magic detector -- when the light goes out, magic is present.
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* MagicVersusScience: Magic is There appears at first to be an EMP type here. Notably it has element of the "Magic as EMP" trope at work; using magic will cause any microprocessor-based devices in the vicinity to break irreparably. However, repeated exposure to magic will have basically the same effect on the human brains as it does on technology, just electrical brain eventually, and Peter's theory is that technology is becomes more sensitive susceptible the more closely it resembles having a mind of its own (and breaks immediately, instead of on long exposure, because the human body has evolved defenses against magic that inorganic technology doesn't possess... yet). In general, magic and will short out before your brain does. The novels as a whole avert this though. The science get along quite well; the organised study of magic originates in the setting with Isaac Newton, and Peter frequently attempts to fit magic into an empiricist, rationalist framework. Magic shorts out modern technology not because [[Literature/TheDresdenFiles magic is inimical to modern science]] but because, it is speculated, modern culture has made technology [[PostmodernMagic quasi-magical in itself]]. Nightingale even theorizes that, when machinery becomes able to think for itself, ''it'' may develop the potential for magic. ** In ''Foxglove Summer'', Peter figures out a way to utilise it. Using cheap microprocessors and LED lights, he is able to craft a makeshift magic detector -- when the light goes out, magic is present.framework.

* PoliceBrutality: A mild example, but Lesley has a distinct preference for threats of violence and can be counted on to suggest the most direct and violent course of action in any situation.
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* PoliceBrutality: PoliceBrutality: ** A mild example, but Lesley has a distinct preference for threats of violence and can be counted on to suggest the most direct and violent course of action in any situation.

* RunningGag: People whom Nightingale or Peter are telling about the supernatural for the first time promptly ask if ''aliens'' are real, too. (When Peter himself asks his new boss this, Nightingale says: "Not yet".) ** Played with in ''Foxglove Summer'', where Peter discovers UFO sightings in the area are actually magic, and decides to go along with the ufologists rather than try to explain to them what's ''really'' happening. He calls this "the reverse Creator/NigelKneale", as a reference to the "magic beings are actually aliens" theme in ''Franchise/{{Quatermass}}''.
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* RunningGag: RunningGag: ** People whom Nightingale or Peter are telling about the supernatural for the first time promptly ask if ''aliens'' are real, too. (When Peter himself asks his new boss this, Nightingale says: "Not yet".) ** ) Played with in ''Foxglove Summer'', where Peter discovers UFO sightings in the area are actually magic, and decides to go along with the ufologists rather than try to explain to them what's ''really'' happening. He calls this "the reverse Creator/NigelKneale", as a reference to the "magic beings are actually aliens" theme in ''Franchise/{{Quatermass}}''.

* SufficientlyAnalyzedMagic: Started by Newton, and Peter adds his own contributions to this when he works out why Magic and Electronic Technology are incompatible. [[spoiler: ''Foxglove Summer'' reveals that David Mellenby had found a way to close the gap between Newtonian magic and quantum theory.]] ** Practically lampshaded in a summary of various eras' prevailing theories about ghosts, as each one (Peter's own included) ''very'' closely mimics whatever the cutting-edge scientific paradigm of its day happened to be.
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* SufficientlyAnalyzedMagic: Started by Newton, and Peter adds his own contributions to this when he works out why Magic and Electronic Technology are incompatible. [[spoiler: ''Foxglove Summer'' reveals that David Mellenby had found a way to close the gap between Newtonian magic and quantum theory.]] ** ]] Practically lampshaded in a summary of various eras' prevailing theories about ghosts, as each one (Peter's own included) ''very'' closely mimics whatever the cutting-edge scientific paradigm of its day happened to be.

* TomatoInTheMirror: In ''Moon Over Soho'', [[spoiler: Simone and her sisters turn out to be the suspected culprits that Peter and Nightingale were hunting, but with all of their own memories faded, they all had no idea.]]
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* TomatoInTheMirror: TomatoInTheMirror: ** In ''Moon Over Soho'', [[spoiler: Simone and her sisters turn out to be the suspected culprits that Peter and Nightingale were hunting, but with all of their own memories faded, they all had no idea.]]
12th Oct '15 7:00:01 AM Sharlee
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* ChekhovsSkill: Peter's knowledge of architecture and its history, previously used for SceneryPorn and ShownTheirWork, proves ''very'' plot-useful in ''Broken Homes''.
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* ChekhovsSkill: Peter's knowledge of architecture and its history, previously used for SceneryPorn and ShownTheirWork, proves ''very'' plot-useful in ''Broken Homes''. His and his father's jazz expertise likewise pays off in ''Moon Over Soho''.
12th Oct '15 6:56:56 AM Sharlee
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* ChekhovsSkill: Peter's knowledge of architecture and its history, previously used for SceneryPorn and ShownTheirWork, proves ''very'' plot-useful in ''Broken Homes''.
12th Oct '15 6:54:46 AM Sharlee
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** Betsy immediately gives Peter a dirty look when Lesley tells her that [[spoiler: her face]] was damaged by oil from a hot chip pan. Lesley hastens to clarify that it was accidental, not this trope.
5th Oct '15 5:36:44 AM Sharlee
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* NamesTheSame: Zack the half-fey shares a first name with [=DCI=] Thompson, head of the Jerry Johnson murder investigation. An aversion, as even when the Chief Inspector tells Peter to call him Zack, Grant is rank-conscious enough that ''that'' ain't happening.

%% * OldFashionedCopper: DCI Seawoll.
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%% * OldFashionedCopper: DCI Seawoll.Seawoll is this sort. Before he meets Nightingale, some of Peter's superiors are too, and aren't impressed with his tendency to get distracted. * OneSteveLimit: Zack the half-fey shares a first name with [=DCI=] Thompson, head of the Jerry Johnson murder investigation. An aversion, as even when the Chief Inspector tells Peter to call him Zack, Grant is rank-conscious enough that ''that'' ain't happening.
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