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Sun Dec 7th, 2014


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09:35 pm
Five volumes into the Rivers of London series and I finally have the secret of How To Read Aaronovitch. (But that's only because the back story has gone far enough that I can now discern its outlines.) So: read once to see what happens, read again to separate the main plot from the back story stuff, read a third time to fix the back story in one's head, read a fourth to fix the main story in one's head (because by now I've forgotten it), and read a fifth and possibly sixth time to note all the dropped threads and throw-aways that may impact the action several books down the road. Like, any interaction with the rivers themselves. Because seriously, why's Lady Ty got it in for Peter so badly?

Also make a list of those bland and infinitely confusible English names that Nightingale hung out with during the war, with notes as to who they are. You'd think by now someone would have done this on wikipedia, she grumbles. But google David Mellenby and they first want to change it to Mellanby, and then present you with a page of fanfic selections.

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From:incandescens
Date:December 9th, 2014 12:01 am (UTC)
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I do wonder if it wasn't originally so much who Peter was, but just the fact that Nightingale had taken an apprentice, and the apprentice was actively dragging Nightingale back into interaction with the rest of the magical demi-monde, installing computer equipment at the Folly, etcetera. I'm sure that Lady Ty would have preferred Nightingale to keep on fading into the background while she inched her way further into the establishment.

Of course, when Lady Ty actually got to know Peter (and failed to control him), she developed new reasons to be annoyed with him.
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From:flemmings
Date:December 9th, 2014 12:35 am (UTC)
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See, I always figured Lady Ty was in the mundane Establishment and wouldn't care what the Folly guys were up to. But yes, given the Rivers' casual use of their mh godly powers, even just for sending minions trotting, they might resent being under the eye of an active and observant person like Peter. Especially one with an agenda like Tyburn.
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From:incandescens
Date:December 9th, 2014 12:41 am (UTC)
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IIRC, it's shortly after Peter goes to pay audience to Mama Thames and demonstrates that he's not going to simply roll under, that Lady Ty tries to have a private meeting with him and get him under her control. (Possibly she has a spy in her mother's court. Or maybe it was just the latest gossip.)

Which was a major misjudgement. She overdid it - perhaps she has a lack of experience when dealing with actual practitioners?
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From:incandescens
Date:December 11th, 2014 01:47 am (UTC)
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I just received a mysterious small package and a card! Thank you very much indeed!

(Yours are in the post, and I hope they get there in time...)
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From:flemmings
Date:December 11th, 2014 02:30 am (UTC)
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The small package is an exact duplicate of the one that went walkies. Am glad it arrived as expeditiously as packages are supposed to; and I look forward to the one from your end.
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From:incandescens
Date:December 11th, 2014 02:50 am (UTC)
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Excellent. :) I will save it for Christmas.

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