The Furthest Station by Ben Aaronovitch

The Furthest Station

There have been ghosts on the London Underground, sad, harmless spectres whose presence does little more than give a frisson to travelling and boost tourism. But now there's a rash of sightings on the Metropolitan Line and these ghosts are frightening, aggressive and seem to be looking for something.Enter PC Peter Grant junior member of the Metropolitan Police's Special As...

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ISBN:1473222443
Edition Language:English
Format Type:ebook
Number of Pages:144 pages

The Furthest Station Reviews

  • Carol.
    Apr 26, 2017

    A delightful side adventure in the Peter Grant universe. I found myself chuckling, highlighting as a went, enjoying Grant's wry observations of the city and it's denizens.

    All the elements that make the series so remarkable, lovable and familiar are here: the humor, the sudden realization that Peter has gotten himself in over his head, references to destroyed landmarks, strange and remarkable Rivers, Molly's sinister looming and her cooking experiments, Toby's reluctance to obey, Peter's inevitab

    A delightful side adventure in the Peter Grant universe. I found myself chuckling, highlighting as a went, enjoying Grant's wry observations of the city and it's denizens.

    All the elements that make the series so remarkable, lovable and familiar are here: the humor, the sudden realization that Peter has gotten himself in over his head, references to destroyed landmarks, strange and remarkable Rivers, Molly's sinister looming and her cooking experiments, Toby's reluctance to obey, Peter's inevitable distractions into research, notes on police procedure and interview techniques, commentary on casual racism, and further observations on Nightingale's remarkable dress code and his failure to modernize.

    Written as a novella, it's a little more streamlined than the average Peter Grant book. Kumar, with his willingness to work with 'weird bullocks', has contacted Peter for assistance. There have been ghost sightings on the Metropolitan Line of the Tube train and passengers have been strangely unable to remember any details.

    As usual, the clever social commentary, self-depreciation and genuine curiosity had me chuckling, underlying a bit or two every few pages. I adore the way Aaronovitch is able to make me chuckle without resorting to absurdity, although there is that too. Although I kind of wish he'd stop referencing all the fabulous 'ethnic' places to eat, because I was hungrier than usual eating this one, especially when he snacked on crab with ginger and spring onions. But that provides a nice contrast to some more emotional moments, particularly one where Peter recognizes

    The story is remarkably well balanced with a minimum of digressions, so it may be even more palatable than the novels for some. Weaknesses were minor, with the most glaring being a quick wrap-up. I rather think Aaronovitch would just keep writing, but someone has to cut him off. At any rate, it's not that bothersome. I just flipped back to the beginning and re-read it. Absolutely delicious, although I'm not sure how it compares with the Chinese crab-ginger dish. Can't wait to hear it read by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith.

  • Fran
    May 07, 2017

    Ghosts on the Metropolitan Train Line? Assault on a commuter by a non-existent person? When the British Transport Police Underground Unit is called, the commuter does not recall the incident. Another commuter who was accosted expresses surprise and disbelief at police presence within ten minutes after he called the police. This calls for intervention by the Special Assessment Unit aka The Folly headed by Peter Grant and Detective Chief Inspector Nightingale with an assist from teenage volunteer,

    Ghosts on the Metropolitan Train Line? Assault on a commuter by a non-existent person? When the British Transport Police Underground Unit is called, the commuter does not recall the incident. Another commuter who was accosted expresses surprise and disbelief at police presence within ten minutes after he called the police. This calls for intervention by the Special Assessment Unit aka The Folly headed by Peter Grant and Detective Chief Inspector Nightingale with an assist from teenage volunteer, Abigail.

    In total seven incidents, seemingly supernatural, were mentioned in police reports as having happened on the London Tube's Metropolitan Line. Abby compiles a list of train stops in question. Peter and Nightingale plan on boosting the intensity of ghosts by feeding them magic hoping they will appear as entities that talk and react. Using low-grade light called werelight, several ghosts are conjured up and try to impart information about a magical abduction before they vanish.

    The team of Peter and Nightingale was greatly enhanced by Abby's diligence and determination. Mentoring Abigail in magic could assist her in becoming an equal member of The Folly in the future. This is my first foray into the Peter Grant series that mixes urban fantasy and police procedural techniques. "The Furthest Station" by Ben Aaronovitch was a nice place to start.

    Thank you Subterranean Press and Net Galley for the opportunity to read and review "The Furthest Station".

  • Paromjit
    May 27, 2017

    This is a short novella in the series featuring our intrepid detective, Peter Grant, attached to the Folly, the police unit that deals with all things magical and fantastical in London. Unlike the full length novels with sprawling storylines, this is a more sparse and tightly written affair. It appears there are regular ghostly presences on London's Metropolitan tube line, they are given to invective that is racist, sexist and just generally abusive. However, whilst several rail customers make c

    This is a short novella in the series featuring our intrepid detective, Peter Grant, attached to the Folly, the police unit that deals with all things magical and fantastical in London. Unlike the full length novels with sprawling storylines, this is a more sparse and tightly written affair. It appears there are regular ghostly presences on London's Metropolitan tube line, they are given to invective that is racist, sexist and just generally abusive. However, whilst several rail customers make complaints, these are withdrawn rapidly as they lose their memory of the event. Sergeant Jaget Kumar of the British Transport Police and Peter work together to track down the ghosts as they interview Jessica Talacre whilst her memory remains intact.

    So we learn of ghosts, loopers and entities, and the vestigia they leave behind. Peter and Jaget, with the help of DCI Nightingale, set up the conditions where they meet various train ghosts, a veritable psychic soup, like a postboy, Mr Ponderstep, the banker, and the young Alice Bowman, entranced by dogs, from whom Peter begins to surmise that a woman has been abducted. There are ghosts that have been trapped in rose jars, and an elderly couple, Allen and Lilian, who took in a young boy, Chess, without the required legal paperwork. Chess, it turns out is a preschool river god. Peter has his cousin, a prodigy it turns out, chasing down ghosts tirelessly whilst she develops her own knowledge of the magical world. Peter tries to track down a missing social worker before she ends up dead.

    This has the wry wit and comic humour of the series and makes a welcome contribution to the Rivers of London novels. We see more of Jaget in his occupation and the way in which he interacts with Peter as they hunt down their ghosts. Peter is always good to spend time with, he is such a great character. A very enjoyable read of a wonderful series. Cannot wait for the next full length novel, which I have to admit would be more to my taste, this felt too short. Many thanks to Subterranean Press for an ARC.


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