Something From the Nightside by Simon R. Green
I picked up Something From the Nightside on Jim Butcher's recommendation and I enjoyed it for what it was: not high literature, but a fast fun read.
John Taylor is a private detective with a gift for finding things. He takes a case about a missing girl that forces him to confront his past and enter the Nightside. John Taylor has a serious reputation in the Nightside and he thought he had left that world behind years ago. Now it seems he has to return, and he uses his old contacts and his dubious reputation to crack the case.
Simon R. Green does a very good job of giving you the feel of the Nightside. I like the world he created — it's a creative mix of a lot of dark fantasy places we've seen before. Overall the story was fun and fast-paced. The cast of ... Read More
Simon R. Green(1955- )
Simon Richard Green is a British science fiction and fantasy author. Green was born in Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire. He holds a degree in Modern English and American Literature from the University of Leicester. Here’s a website dedicated to Simon R. Green.
Nightside — (2003-2012) Publisher: John Taylor was born in the Nightside — a city within the city of London where it’s always three A.M. and where inhuman creatures and otherworldly gods walk side-by-side. It’s the stomping grounds for the lost and missing — and John Taylor is an expert at finding people and things in the shadows.
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Something From the Nightside by Simon R. Green
Agents of Light and Darkness by Simon R. Green
Agents of Light and Darkness, the second book in Simon R. Green‘s Nightside, once again follows the almost always abstruse John Taylor, the private detective who is really good at finding things. In Something From the Nightside we learned that John is a former Nightside badass who developed a conscious during his time away from the Nightside and returned to help someone in need. Agents of Light and Darkness follows a similar premise, except on a larger scale. This time it's the Nightside itself that's really in danger. Heaven and Hell are at war and John is stuck in between. He must locate the Unholy Grail before time runs out and the Nightside becomes collateral damage.
I liked Agents of Light and Darkness more than the first book. I always t... Read More
I agree with Justin. This book is more epic than the first and I loved the imaginative characters. I’m listening to the audio version which is really good. ~Kat
Nightingale’s Lament by Simon R. Green
The Nightside stories are so hard boiled that it’s hard to put in perspective, but I’m going to try anyway: If you took Dashiell Hammett’s corpse, rolled it in batter, then deep fried it till black, you would have a pretty good approximation of what Simon R. Green is going for.
Nightingale’s Lament is the third book in the Nightside series, and follows the same pattern as the previous books do: basically, another case file for John Tayler. This time he’s been tasked to discover the cause of the mysterious suicides surrounding a young singer’s performances. Through the course of the mystery he once again uses his reputation to help him solve the case. And, as usual, Simon R. Green throws some new and fascinating characters into the mix.
Green’s writing is becoming repetitive, but he continues to dream up really wacky characters in strange situations. Very creative. Very quick read. The audio is the way to go, I think. ~Kat
Hex and the City by Simon R. Green
Hex and the City is the fourth novel in Simon R. Green’s NIGHTSIDE series. I’ve been listening to NIGHTSIDE on audio lately because I’ve been doing a lot of home improvements, especially painting, and NIGHTSIDE is such an easy read that I don’t ever have to stop and rewind, which is something you don’t want to do when you’ve got paint all over your hands. Audio readers know what I mean.
In Hex and the City, John Taylor is moving on to his next case in the seedy and decadent Nightside where it’s always 3 AM. This time Lady Luck has hired him to discover the origins of the Nightside, something Taylor wanted to do anyway. During his investigation he meets some people/creatures who were fundamentally involved in the establishment of the Nightside. He begins to confirm his suspicion that his own mother, whom he doesn’t even remember, is someone ... Read More
The Good, the Bad, and the Uncanny by Simon R. Green
One of the most memorable settings in all of fantasy literature is Simon R. Green’s Nightside, where it's always 3AM and you can buy everything, including slightly shop-soiled souls if you're willing to pay the price.
In the tenth book of this terrific series, Simon R. Green once again showcases his amazing talent. Fans of the series will be excited to learn that The Good, the Bad and the Uncanny contains the final showdown between our protagonist, hardened PI John Taylor, and the Nightside’s ultimate authority figure, Walker, which comes to a conclusion I enjoyed very much — but I’m not telling.
What's not to like? At times, Green's strength becomes almost a weakness. He has been at this long enough that he can create whole lists of colorful characters doing insane things — and he frequently does. At times, it ... Read More
The Bride Wore Black Leather by Simon R. Green
The Bride Wore Black Leather starts off with John Taylor walking along Nightside’s streets on the way to his office, a place he rarely goes. At first I thought that Simon R. Green was taking his time because this is the reportedly the final NIGHTSIDE novel. As the chapter progressed, though, I realized that John Taylor the character was saying farewell, as he leaves behind one aspect of his life and moves into unfamiliar ones, first as Nightside’s new Walker, or agent of the shadowy Authorities who run the place, and secondly as a husband and father. Nightside, where it’s always three a.m., where dimensions, realities and timelines intersect and collide, where for a price you can have your heart’s desire or your worst nightmare and they are often the same thing, will never be the same for John after tonight.
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Drinking Midnight Wine by Simon R. Green
Simon R. Green lives in Bradford-on-Avon in real life, and I'll wager a guess as to how Drinking Midnight Wine came to be written. I think Green has met some eccentric folks and seen some weird places in the time he has lived in that town, and so it occurred to him to make up magical explanations for them, and build a fantasy novel around them.
Green does a great job of creating engaging characters and vivid scenery. Our hero is Toby, a thirtysomething bookstore clerk who loves books and the pretty lady on the train, and hates exercise and mornings. We also run into the lady-on-the-train herself, aloof Gayle, and her half-crazy sister Luna, both of whom are more than they seem, as well as a minor Norse god, a reluctant werewolf, a gossipy yet mysterious gypsy called the Waking Beauty, and a colony of hippie mice. They are set in a town ... Read More
The Monster's Corner: Stories Through Inhuman Eyes edited by Christopher Golden
FORMAT/INFO: The Monster’s Corner is 400 pages long and consists of 19 short stories. Also included is an Introduction by the editor Christopher Golden, and biographies of all of the anthology’s contributors. September 27, 2011 marks the North American Trade Paperback publication of The Monster’s Corner via St. Martin’s Griffin. The UK version will be published on the same day via Piatkus Books.
ANALYSIS: The New Dead was one of my favorite books of 2010, so when it was announced that Christopher Golden was putting together another horror-themed anthology, I couldn’t wait. Like The New Dead, The Monster’s Corn... Read More
Hawk & Fisher — (1990-2000) Takes place in the same universe as Forest Kingdom. The omnibus Swords of Haven contains the first three Hawk & Fisher novels: Hawk & Fisher (aka No Haven for the Guilty) , Winner Takes All (aka Devil Take the Hindmost), and The God Killer. The omnibus Guards of Haven contains Wolf in the Fold (aka Vengeance for a Lonely Man), Guard against Dishonour, The Bones of Haven (aka Kings in Haven). Publisher: In the dark city of Haven, where everything’s for sale, two city-guard cops cannot be brought. Hawk and Fisher are a husband-and-wife team with fast blades and even faster mouths. Together, they set out to cleanse Haven’s corrupted soul.
Forest Kingdom (Darkwood) — (1991-1993) Blood and Honor has also been published as Blood and Honour. Publisher: King John’s realm has existed peacefully for generations, but now the kingdom is disintegrating. The malign rotten blackness of the Darkwood is encroaching; demons are massing, hunting in packs. King John is out of money, out of men, out of hope. Prince Rupert, the younger son — not so much expendable as surplus to requirements — had been sent out on a Quest. When he returns, much to everyone’s surprise, he has not just the princess but the dragon too… A second son, a tired dragon, a unicorn without a horn and a princess with a wicked left hook: an unlikely company to face a Demon Prince — but face him they must, when the Blue Moon rises…
Twilight of the Empire — (1992-1993) Publisher: A prelude to DEATHSTALKER. Before Owen Deathstalker, there was the Twilight of the Empire… Mistworld. The day would come when it would be a key world in Owen Deathstalker’s Rebellion. Now, it’s as it’s always been, a world on the edge of the Empire, a lawless one, shielded from the outside by powerful ESPers. A world where Leon Vertue can run his body bank, where a burglar like Cat has more to fear from other thieves than the Empress’ justice, a world where Investigator Topaz is determined to make her mark. Mistworld. “Green moves his plot at top speed, and his characters are alive and his background solid.” Baird Searles in Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine. Mistworld has previously been published singly, as well as in the omnibus editions Twilight of the Empire (US) and Deathstalker Prelude (UK). Be sure to enjoy the other Prelude/Twilight of the Empire novels Ghostworld and Hellworld, and the entire Deathstalker series, all from New York Times bestselling author Simon R. Green.
Deathstalker — (1994-1999) Publisher: Owen Deathstalker never wanted to be head of his clan. But when his father is murdered and he himself is outlawed by the order of the Empress, Owen must face the fact that destiny has other plans for him…
Secret Histories — (2007-2012) Publisher: You know what? It’s all true. Everything that ever scared you, from conspiracy theories to monsters under the bed to ghosties & ghoulies & long-leggity beasties. The only reason they haven’t taken over the world yet is because my family has always been there to stand in their way. We guard the door, keeping you safe from the big bad wolf, and you never even know our names. Of course, there’s a price to be paid. By us, and by you. The username’s Bond. Shaman Bond. Licensed to kick supernatural arse. And Bond — real name Eddie Drood — comes from one of the oldest families in England, a family that has been protecting Humanity from the forces of darkness for more centuries than anyone can even remember. And Eddie Drood loved his job — until the day it all blew up in his face… SECRET HISTORIES is a mix of James Bond and Blade, a fast-paced roller-coaster ride through the dark side.
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Ghost Finders — (2010-2012) Publisher: A brand-new series from the New York Times bestselling author of the Nightside novels! The Carnacki Institute exists to “Do Something” about Ghosts — and agents JC Chance, Melody Chambers, and Happy Jack Palmer will either lay them to rest, send them packing, or kick their nasty ectoplasmic arses with extreme prejudice.
Shadows Fall — (1995) Publisher: Considered by the author to be his finest work yet, this is a novel of realistic detail, heartfelt emotion, and dazzling imagination that builds a world readers won’t want to leave and spins a tale they won’t want to end. In a town of amazing magicks, where the real and the imagined live side by side and the Faerie of legend know the automatons of the future, Time sees all — but even he cannot escape the prophecy of James Hart’s return, which can only mean the death of Shadows Fall.