Yes! We will be there.

Back when I was at Crimefest in May, I became vaguely aware of an event that was going on in Iceland later this year. I thought little of it.

Whilst I was at the Theakstons Old Peculiar Crime Writing Festival, known simply in crime writing circles as Harrogate, I heard more about IcelandNoir.

It caught my attention, a little.

Holidays for the boyfriend and I are currently on a not about to happen basis. It has been almost three years since our last overseas holiday, and since then we’ve only had one other break away of at least a week, when we travelled round Scotland and The North, back in March.

Our next planned foray overseas was to be in 2015.

The thing is I can’t wait until CrimeFest next year to see some of my friends again, and it’s too long to go without something to look forward too.

We would normally go to FantasyCon, hosted by the British Fantasy Society, but this year, since the UK is hosting World FantasyCon, it’s too big a thing for us, and also at the wrong time in my shift cycle for me.

The alternative, or so we thought, would be Bloody Scotland, but again the timing is ill-fitting with my shifts.

Then a friend told me they would be attending IcelandNoir. Then another couple of acquaintances also mentioned they would be there, and my mind began to churn.

How long is the festival? How long would we need to go for? How much would it cost to go? Could we afford it? In short? We couldn’t go, was the first answer I came up with.

Then my heart got involved, which in turn inspired the money talks, the what have we gots, the what can we do withouts, the things coming up, and the things coming in….

The talks finally ended in a maybe, just not yet. Lets get some potentially large bills out of the way and see what happens.

Then I got a phone call out of the blue. The result of which means we ARE going to IcelandNoir, we are going to strike at least two things off the Boyfriends Bucket list (already off mine) and yes, as of today we are both registered with the festival and we WILL BE THERE.

W00T!!!!

Taboo

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When you get down to it all it’s got a  great plot, with an interesting twist. However,  I felt like the story really didn’t know where it should have been set, as it’s main character is an American, working in Ireland with an FBI connection.  It’s also a great example of how the wrong choice of narrator for an audio book can spoil your enjoyment.

Moon Over Soho

Vampires who feed of jazz music, and musicians, and a killer whose MO is to bite off their victims penis using teeth in her vagina. It’s all in a days work for probationary constable and apprentice wizard Peter Grant.

A fantastic follow up to Rivers of London, with a story just as catchy that ensures you can’t help but keep turning the pages.

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“Policing: Most of the time you are doing it to maintain public order. Occasionally you’re doing it for justice. And, maybe once in a career, you’re doing it for revenge.”

 

Rivers of London

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I’d never heard of Ben Aaronovitch until a couple of months ago, when I attended a panel on genre crossing crime novels at the Theakstons Old Peculiar Crime Writing Festival. As he described his novels, I became completely intrigued and as I walked through the bookshop in the hotel after listening to him speak, I made sure to pick up a copy of this, his first novel, and I’m so glad I did.

It’s crime fiction with more than a touch of magic. As a probationary police constable, turned apprentice wizard Peter Grant is a fantastic character, intelligent, warm and funny, and yet a little like the grown up younger brother you just want to keep a look out for.

If you like Neil Gaiman, Robert Rankin, or Christopher Fowler, you’re definitely going to find something you love in this.