resonant: Brian from The Breakfast Club: Demented and sad, but social (Default)
In the absence of a question for today, I'm just going to toss this out there:

I'm semi-voluntarily* devouring Ben Aaronovitch's "Rivers of London" novels and so far quite enjoying them. These are books that feature a cop who's an apprentice wizard, and also such supernatural characters as something kind of vampirish, something kind of dwarfish, something kind of goblinish, and the human incarnations of the spirits of all the rivers.

So the Rivers series is especially lovely in its sense of place, and in Moon Over Soho, I came upon this description:

Cheam is another typical outer London village that acquired, in short order, a railway station, some posh detached villas in the late-Victorian style, and finally a smothering blanket of mock-Tudor semis built in the 1930s. Cheam is what the green belt was established to prevent happening to the rest of southeast England. Pictures of Cheam adorn the walls of planning offices of every Home County to serve as an awful warning.


Which made me think, as one does, how much I'd like to see Aziraphale and Crowley in this universe.

It would be a challenge, since the Good Omens mythos is Christian (for values of Christian that are very interested in the Genesis and Revelation and not too much interested in anything in between) and the Rivers mythos is so cheerfully pagan. But that might be part of the fun -- poor Aziraphale would have a crisis if he had to admit that he liked a genius loci.



* By semi-voluntarily I mean that I'm enjoying them very much, but a long vacation and a Jeeves and Wooster anthology taught me not to binge-read the works of a single author in a single universe; too much risk of the author's quirks becoming annoying via repetition. HOWEVER, the library owned Book 1 and Book 5, so not unreasonably I put in a Request To Purchase form suggesting that they maybe consider buying Books 2, 3, and 4 ... and when they bought them, they immediately checked them out to me. So I'm trying to finish them before they're due back.



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