What Abigail Did That Summer by Ben Aaronovitch

What Abagail Did That Summer by Ben Aaronovitch

Read May 2021
Recommended for Abigail fans
★  ★  ★  ★

This was mostly a delight. It won’t work for everyone, I’m sure, but for me it was strongly reminiscent of The Furthest Station and a delightful return to the world of magical London. You see, I have to specify ‘magical,’ because False Value, the most recent novel in the series, was felt endlessly about Google a hip big tech company and less about the Folly. It also has clever foxes who run espionage rings.  It doesn’t have any of Peter’s clever voice, but it does have Abigail, and I think Aaronovitch did a decent job at getting inside her head. But what do I know? Both he and I are on the wrong side of the century to say for sure.

At any rate, I liked Abigail’s left-brain thinking, and the development of the relationship with another kid. It did strike me that the occasional slang sounded a touch off–I think perhaps because usually kids that speak in such have either hardly at all or a lot in their vocabulary–but again, what do I know? I appreciated the Professor Martin editor artifice. What I didn’t love was the ultimate conflict. Eventually, I got what was happening, and I think it worked for the story, but I’m not sure I actually liked it. I also didn’t love that Abigail (view spoiler)

All that said, it’s one of the first print editions of the world of The Folly that I’ve enjoyed in quite some time, making for a bittersweet return.

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