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Something from the Nightside (Nightside, Book 1) Mass Market Paperback – May 27, 2003
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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.Read more ›
"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.
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.Read more ›
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Okay in places, but too much of the author and too little of the story and the characters. Still, a lot has been left to work with, suggesting to me that the rest of the series... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Bonnie M. Juettner
I couldn't even finish it. I downloaded the sample and it seemed promising. I bought the ebook and shortly after the end of of the sample it just went downhill. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Maggie Rogers
I was entertained. It is by no means a triumph of writing or of story telling, but it was seriously entertaining! I cannot stop reading these Nightside books. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great read for anyone tired of the same old boring stories. It has a Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Supernatural, Haunted World of El Superbeasto feel to it. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Steven L Frazier
I came to this series after reading the Dresden Files and watched Lost Girl.
I get it. The place is bad. The worst. The people in the place are also bad. Read more
This book suffers from UPS: uninteresting protagonist syndrome. John Taylor is a private detective with undefined magical superpowers and mysterious parentage who hails from a... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Stewart Bushman