Book Review – London Falling

  • Title: London Falling
  • Author: Paul Cornell
  • Date Reviewed on GoodReads: 04/02/2014

“You with the tentacles, you’re nicked!” ~ Paul Cornell ~ London Falling

The first fifty pages or so of London Falling read like a gritty British police drama. Four cops are working their last night on a long complicated case to catch a gangster. One of the cops is dirty, and the others are just exhausted – knowing if this last desperate try doesn’t work, their funding will be pulled and they won’t be able to continue to pursue Toshack. It’s all or nothing. They catch him, but he dies in police custody in mysterious circumstances. Circumstances that have nothing to do with the usual suspects of bent coppers. The investigation quickly changes everything as the four cops (one’s an technical analyst) develop The Sight, and end up on a much stranger case.

Technically, I would give this book three and a half stars. It reads more like horror than fantasy. And, although I liked it – the story was SO dark, at times I just didn’t feel like picking up the book. However, the story does move at a good clip, once it gets going, and I loved the last few chapters.

The end of the book sets up a sequel, which is apparently coming next May. I’ll look forward to it. Much of this novel felt like set-up and introduction, and a full story set in this world with these characters could be really cool.

Oddly enough, when I was reading the book, I thought it would make a great television series. Paul Cornell is nothing if not a visual writer. In the afterword, the author mentions it was originally a television series pitch from “decades ago”.

PS: This movie has nothing whatsoever to do with the recent (2014-2016) apocalyptic disaster film with the same title.

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