Perronet House. Elephant and Castle. n 1969 Sir Roger Walters was commissioned by the Greater London Council to design a high density block of social housing to complement the already completed high rise buildings of commercial, educational and governmental establishments. It won a commendation in the 1971 Good Design In Housing awards.
We all saw this in the page code. But what is MMTE? I tried some numbers. MMTE 6683 (on the phone) 1313205 (english alphabet)
I’ve googled some streets and that’s what I’ve got: - 6683 Marylebon Road
and - 13205 Baker Street
But that’s just the BEGINNING. I’ve continued with Bible (that may mean nothing, but I tried all possible variants I could think of). We have John 6:6-8, John 13:13-20 and John 13:5.
Those are pretty meaningfull if you think about them, linking thm with Sherlock. Let’s don’t forget that it’s JOHN. After Bible I turned to rationalism and started to look for numbers. That’s what I figured out: 1313205/ 1+3+1+3+2+0+5=15; 13+20+5=38 13.9.16/ 13+9+16=38 6683/ 6+6+8+3=23 15(1313205)+23(6683)=38 83-66=17 1+3+2+0+5=11 There’s also a date 1904 and 1881.
1904-1881=23 What a funny coincidence with numbers. However, that’s not the end of my searches. I looked through The Valley of Fear and som of the chapters: Sherlock Holmes Discourses (2), A Dawning Light (6) and Danger (13), and I tried to search for some words, which are equal to numbers. Some of them I’ve got according to my own numbers. Chapter 2 those friend be overstatement shocked his 5 11 15 17 23 38
Chapter 6 many to returned to village which 5 11 15 17 23 38
Chapter 13 of who appointed Deacon day that 5 11 15 17 23 38
AND we still got ‘terror’ - the ninth word.
I continued searching and now I have 38 Deacon Way, which is near the ELEPHANT & CASTLE STATION
And Elephant & Castle has postcode districts which are similar with the numbers I got earlier.
And now I’m reading about the Great London Fire (honestly I don’t remember how I even ended up there, BUT) the fire lasted for 4 days from 2nd September, Sunday till 5th September, Wednesday in 1666 (count: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday). There are 4 days and 1+6+6+6=19+4 days=23.
There are TOO MANY coincidences that make me nervous. TOO MANY NUMBERS that can’t be ignored, can’t be put off. I always got 38 or 23. They must mean something. They aren’t just numbers. If you go on and Google streets, you’ll find 23 Baker St, 3866 Baker Street and yes, let’s not forget about 23 NORBURY COURT ROAD AND LONDON ROAD, which cross, so do Marylebon Road and Baker Street. BTW, 221b Baker Street - 22+1=23. There has never been 221b Baker Street. London only has 22 postcode areas. 23rd is the lost one? Also, there was a fire in London in 1632.
THERE ARE TWO NUMBERS 38 AND 23. Look for them. They are everywhere. They are connected.
Meet DC Peter Grant. He will show you his city. But it’s not the capital that you see as you make your way from tube to bus, from Elephant to Castle. It’s a city that under its dark surface is packed full of crime. And of magic. A city that you never suspected…
Gran’t story starts when he tries to take a witness statement from a man who was already dead. And take him down a twisting, turning centuries’ old mystery that reckons to set London on fire…
Constable Peter Grant is still on probation and about to be assigned a post where his days will be filled with paper. It is only by happenstance, that he stumbles on a murder scene and an eyewitness who happens to be a ghost. This unusual situation brings results in his being assigned to assist Det. CI Thomas Nightingale, head of—in fact, the only member of—a unit which investigates the unusual.
I have never read anything else like this. I am actually a bit shocked about how unique it is :D With having said that, I probably won’t read the other books in the series, I can’t see myself reading more cases by them because I have the feeling I might get bored. This does in no way mean that I didn’t enjoy this book, on the contrary. The world-building is just amazing and I liked how I got introduced to it by someone who’s also new to this (it’s told in the first person by Peter Grant). Also, if you love action, there’s plenty of it. However, the plot sometimes slowed down a bit, which is one of the reasons why I don’t want to read the other books. The other reason is that I just don’t really want to know more about this world.
I could identify with the main character Peter a lot though. He kinda stumbles through life and doesn’t take himself very seriously, which I loved. I also loved the writing in this. The narrative voice of Peter Grant, the young London police constable, is wonderful - rich, realistic, funny, with some slang thrown into it. The story is very modern with an old touch to it and while it seems chaotically at first, it all comes together nicely at the end. Additionally, this is one of those fantasy books that feels very realistic, which is a nice fresh change to what fantasy books I normally tend to read. Overall, the book is very fun, amusing, and full of adventure. If you like realistic fantasy, British cops, magic and a huge mystery, then Rivers of London is a “must read” for you.