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Simon R. Green is a New York Times bestselling author whose works include Drinking Midnight Wine, Beyond the Blue Moon, Blue Moon Rising, The Adventures of Hawk & Fisher, and the Deathstalker series. A resident of Bradford-on-Avon in England, he is currently working on the next Deathstalker novel.

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Ace (May 27, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0441010652
  • ISBN-13: 978-0441010653
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (198 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #161,333 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Simon Green is the author of the bestselling DEATHSTALKER cycle, the New York Times bestseller ROBIN HOOD: PRINCE OF THIEVES, and many other novels. He lives in Bradford-upon-Avon in Wiltshire.

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70 of 75 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 11, 2004
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In Something From the Nightside, Simon R. Green takes us on the initial exploration of a fascinating hidden world located far below the civilized streets of London. In the Nightside, it is always 3 AM; people (and other things) come from all kinds of worlds (including fictional ones) and times to indulge in the secret and oftentimes perverse pleasures they can never pursue in their own worlds; and anything and everything is possible - the sight of a fallen angel burning eternally in a blood-sealed circle qualifies as a mundane sight. Native Nightsiders all possess a gift of some sort - oftentimes a deadly one. It's a dangerous place, which is exactly why John Taylor left it five years ago. Now ensconced in the real world of London, he is a private detective of the film noir sort. When a rich dame comes seeking his help in finding her lost daughter, though, he finds himself returning to the secret world he vowed never to set foot in again. John Taylor's natural-born gift is an uncanny power to find things, especially within the confines of the Nightside. If anyone can find the missing girl, he can - whether he can survive long enough to do it, is a completely different matter.

Despite his misgivings, the journey back feels like going home. Little has changed in the Nightside. At Sidefellows bar, Alex Morrisey is still tending the bar (but of course, he is cursed to always remain there); Razor Eddie, Punk God of the Straight Razor and Nightside's most proficient eternal killer, is still coming in for free drinks; Suzie Shooter is still around to shoot first and ask questions later; and young punks still have no better sense than to challenge John Taylor's powers.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By abt1950 on August 31, 2004
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For those who have read Gaimon's "Neverwhere," the idea of a London that exists in parallel but separately from the everyday London will be familiar. But Simon Green's alternate London, which he calls "the Nightside," is a far grimmer place than Gaiman's quirky Neverwhere. It's populated by the likes of Shotgun Suzy Shooter, Razor Eddie, pedestrian-eating cars, and the supernatural dregs of uncounted worlds and times. The Nightside is a dangerous place, but it can be equally enticing to those who live there.

"Something from the Nightside" is the first of a series of novels about John Taylor, a man with the gift of finding things. He grew up in the Nightside but left it for the safety of ordinary London. As the story opens, he's barely making it as a private investigator. In walks Joanna, an obviously desperate (and rich) woman in search of her missing daughter. The two venture into the Nightside, where Taylor encounters friends and enemies (sometimes they're the same) and must deal with a macabre and deadly series of events.

This slim book begins at a furious pace, and the author keeps the action revved up through all of its 230some pages. Taylor's background (and he has an intriguing history) is important to the plot, but it's given briefly, almost as if the book were a sequel trying to bring new readers up to speed. Green's tried to combine the feeling of hard-boiled detective fiction with horror and dark fantasy. It's an interesting mix, and partially successful. There's not a lot of character development, just scene after scene of bizarre encounters and narrow escapes. In many places the characters feel like stereotypes and the plot twists are expected. But Green writes with an energy that keeps the reader going, "Something from the Nightside" is not a book with any deep meaning or particular literary merit. But it is a good read--and a fast one.
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51 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Marc Ruby™ HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on May 17, 2004
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Hidden in the dark core of London is The Nightside, a place where it is always 3 A.M., and every arcane and twisted appetite can come for satiation. Creatures from all the planes gather here, and not for idle chitchat. And the gods, for the most part, avoid it like the plague.
John Taylor is a 'finder.' It you pay him enough he can find anything, whether you want him to or not. For the past five years Taylor has refused to enter The Nightside, fearful of a heritage that has made him one of the most feared an hunted men in a place where everyone hunts. But nothing is forever, and the detective is offered a huge fee to discover the whereabouts of a young runaway who was last seen wandering the streets of The Nightside, drawn like a moth to the fire.
With this beginning, Simon Green opens a new series about a run down noir detective whose territory is a place where no sane person would ever go. Taylor is a strange cross between Angel and Philip Marlowe - full of attitude, wisecracking, and haunted by his past. And The Nightside has a great deal of Los Angeles in its bones.
Green's error is in getting carried away with the Raymond Chandler imitation. The plot is excellent, and The Nightside, if a bit derivative, is the kind of place where a hard-boiled detective with a 'private' third eye should be able to find countless interesting cases. The prose is a bit too over-blown. Caught by the necessity of establishing Taylor's character and the overarching weirdness of this little bit of occult geography, Green has allowed the writing to outrun itself. The result is something that sounds like Chandler but without that writer's ability to stab an image through the heart in the space of a sentence.
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