History Literature / RiversOfLondon

16th Jul '17 11:58:05 AM nombretomado
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** The Ettersberg research facility the Nazis were running in WW2 involved some very horrific abuses of magic, and also human and non-human people.

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** The Ettersberg research facility the Nazis were running in WW2 [=WW2=] involved some very horrific abuses of magic, and also human and non-human people.
4th Jun '17 10:50:57 AM Sharlee
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* HideYourChildren: Although it's clear that the adult vampires from Book 2 were the parents of school-age children, Nightingale opts to cut short the search of their suburban home and contain the infection (i.e. burn the place to the ground) before either child's body - whether undead or dead - is actually seen.
4th Jun '17 9:27:01 AM Sharlee
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* UnreliableNarrator: Downplayed. Peter is very good and accurate when telling us about the plot and his general thoughts, but his deeper emotions are usually kept hidden, even from himself, until moments like the tree-bashing in ''Foxglove Summer' when it all comes pouring out.
* UnusuallyUninterestingName: The Folly is officially merely a part of The Economic and Specialist Crime Team.
* UrbanFantasy: It's about a 21st century cop who uses magic.

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* UnreliableNarrator: Downplayed. Peter is very good and accurate when telling us about the plot and his general thoughts, but his deeper emotions are usually kept hidden, even from himself, until moments like the tree-bashing in ''Foxglove Summer' Summer'' when it all comes pouring out.
* UnusuallyUninterestingName: The Folly is officially merely a part of The Economic and Specialist Crime Team.
Team. An invoked example, as the Met brass are rather embarrassed about their "magic cops" and so conceal the unit's existence by shoehorning it into the blandest category they can find.
* UrbanFantasy: It's about a 21st century cop who uses magic.magic and investigates supernatural incidents.
24th May '17 1:00:45 PM AgProv
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** In ''Foxglove Summer'', Peter mentions the old Celtic horned gods, ending with "[[Discworld/LordsAndLadies Herne the Hunted]]", rather than "Hunter". He also refers to the phrase "[[Discworld/WyrdSisters Pull up a chair and call the cat a bastard]]".

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** In ''Foxglove Summer'', Peter mentions the old Celtic horned gods, ending with "[[Discworld/LordsAndLadies Herne the Hunted]]", rather than "Hunter". He also refers to the phrase "[[Discworld/WyrdSisters Pull up a chair and call the cat a bastard]]". [[note]]The book - which has [[Discworld/LordsAndLadies unicorns, Elves]] and changelings in it - is actually dedicated to Creator/TerryPratchett[[/note]]
6th May '17 10:05:43 PM AnotherEpicFail
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* HannibalLecture: Gleefully defied in an early chapter of ''The Hanging Tree,'' when [[SmallNameBigEgo Albert Pryce]] attempts to get under Peter's skin while representing his daughter in the interrogation room. Not only is the supposedly insightful lecture really just a long stream of condescending racism based on facts that exist solely in Pryce's imagination, but Peter doesn't rise to the bait at all; he just sits back and leaves the representative to make an arse of himself. [[EpicFail The whole thing ends with Pryce being told to shut the fuck up by his own daughter]].
29th Apr '17 8:25:42 AM PaulA
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* "A Rare Book of Cunning Device"
24th Apr '17 2:02:07 AM PaulA
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* ArtifactTitle: In France, where London landmarks aren't such a selling point, the series was renamed ''Le Dernier Apprenti Sorcier'', "The Last Sorcerer's Apprentice". A reasonable attempt, given they only had the contents of the first volume to go on, but one that has become less accurate with every subsequent volume.
16th Mar '17 12:05:20 PM marisachan
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** Nightingale is usually BDH, such as in Book 4 when he [[spoiler: rescues Lesley and Peter from the Night Witch and her cronies by magically ripping the front of the barn open "like a zipper" and then lifting and dropping the barn's roof. The subsequent fight sees another building destroyed. This was after he magically faked the sound of a car driving up to the barn and parking out in the front to distract the baddies inside from the fact that he was approaching from the rear.]]



* FunWithAcronyms: The mnemonic for first-officer-on-the-scene-of-a-disaster is SAD CHALETS. "Survey; oh god there's a bomb. Assess; oh god there's more than one bomb and everyone in the tower will die. Disseminate; oh god there's a bomb, we're going to die, send help."

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* FunWithAcronyms: The mnemonic for first-officer-on-the-scene-of-a-disaster is SAD CHALETS. "Survey; oh god there's a bomb. Assess; oh god there's more than one bomb and everyone in the tower will die. Disseminate; oh god there's a bomb, we're going to die, send help."" Peter cannot remember what any of the other letters are except for the final S which stands for "Start a log". Even Peter admits that it felt like cheating to make the acronym work.



** In ''Foxglove Summer'', [[spoiler:the Sons of Weyland get namedropped by a retired wizard living in the country, and he bequeaths to Peter his old staffs.]]

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** In ''Foxglove Summer'', [[spoiler:the Sons of Weyland get namedropped by a retired wizard living in the country, and he bequeaths to Peter his old staffs.staves.]]


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** In ''Broken Homes'', Peter makes a statement that sounds like a [[Franchise/StarTrek Tamarian]] sentence upon seeing Beverley Brook again:
--> ''Peter grant at the South Bank. His eyes wide, his testicles on fire.''
10th Jan '17 3:13:40 AM PaulA
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* MakingASplash: The Rivers can control their respective watercourses' flow, both consciously and as an unconscious effect of their emotional state. Beverley Brook calls up a flood to extinguish the Covent Garden fires. [[spoiler: Nicky is implied to have drowned one of book four's tree-cutters on dry land, to avenge Sky. Tyburn likewise appears to have flooded much of her upscale street in retaliation for the Faceless Man's siccing a sniper on either her or her daughter.]]

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* MakingASplash: The Rivers can control their respective watercourses' flow, both consciously and as an unconscious effect of their emotional state. state.
** In ''Rivers of London'',
Beverley Brook calls up a flood to extinguish the Covent Garden fires. [[spoiler: Nicky fires.
** In ''Broken Homes'', [[spoiler:Nicky
is implied to have drowned one of book four's the tree-cutters on dry land, to avenge Sky. Tyburn Sky.]]
** In ''The Hanging Tree'', [[spoiler:Tyburn
likewise appears to have flooded much of her upscale street in retaliation for the Faceless Man's siccing a sniper on either her or her daughter.]]



** Note that having Peter ride out Nightingale's duels by diving for cover or veering off to pursue a lesser antagonist, thus saving his neck but missing his chance to recount ''precisely'' what's going on, has become a RunningGag by book six.

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** Note that having Having Peter ride out Nightingale's duels by diving for cover or veering off to pursue a lesser antagonist, thus saving his neck but missing his chance to recount ''precisely'' what's going on, has become a RunningGag by book six.
9th Jan '17 1:57:14 PM Sharlee
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* MakingASplash: The Rivers can control their respective watercourses' flow, both consciously and as an unconscious effect of their emotional state. Beverley Brook calls up a flood to extinguish the Covent Garden fires. [[spoiler: Nicky is implied to have drowned one of book four's tree-cutters on dry land, to avenge Sky.]]

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* MakingASplash: The Rivers can control their respective watercourses' flow, both consciously and as an unconscious effect of their emotional state. Beverley Brook calls up a flood to extinguish the Covent Garden fires. [[spoiler: Nicky is implied to have drowned one of book four's tree-cutters on dry land, to avenge Sky. Tyburn likewise appears to have flooded much of her upscale street in retaliation for the Faceless Man's siccing a sniper on either her or her daughter.]]
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