Something from the Nightside was fun, fast, and Marc Vietor gave the perfect voice to John Taylor. I am in fact listening to it for a second time; immediately after hearing it the first time
The surprise at the ending........don't want to give anything away, but the twist was a good one
He created the perfect voice for John Taylor.
Moved - no; made me laugh, smile, chuckle, rewind to hear it again - oh hells, yeah!
Yes. John Taylor is a very good Anti-hero in my book
The ending which wasnt at all what I expected
John Taylor of course.
Yes when Cathy is safe and how she works her way into Taylors life
I liked this book enough to buy the complete series to read on a long vacation. It was a shame for it to end. But it did end well to me
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Creatures with no faces, horses that talk and run there own business, and houses that eat people are some of the things you will find In The Nightside. SRG is highly imaginative when it comes to monsters, not having to resort to trolls or sorcerers as found in other books. This book reads like a 1950's detective story only a lot weirder, with characters such as Razor Eddie and Shotgun Suzie.
Every other line begins with or ends with "In The Nightside" or "The Nightside" and each time they are pronounced as if each word is capitalized. The book is filled with lines such as the following: The air was thick and oppressive, hot and moist, like the artificial heat of a greenhouse, where great fleshy things are forced into life that could not normally survive. This world is intersting that SRG has created, only I believe it is better in the short story or novelette size.
I will buy more SRG, if it is on sale for $4.95 or less, but I don't believe I will be paying full price for it.
Loved this from the moment I started listening to this weird macabre Twilight Zone/Dean Koontz style story. The narrator is amazing. He really brings the main character John Taylor to life and is able to create an amazing number of other distinct characters. Wasn't sure what to expect but I was entertained the whole time. Two bloody thumbs up.
I love the stories and the main character in this series. I was not sure if I would like it, but wanted to give it a try since I have bought Simon Green's other books. I was even listening to it in the car, and my wife became interested. She wanted me to explain and fill in the story so she could keep up with the plot. The narrator is really good, and can bring the characters to life. I await the other Simon Green books and hope they get a great narrator to read them as well. Give it a try, if you like a good detective story in a dark fantasy setting.
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First time listener to the Nightside. The reader was awesome. The book really held my attention and went so fast I didn't realize almost 6 hours went by. I just downloaded book 2 in the series. :J
I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)
It's actually not a bad listen. It goes fast and the narrator is pretty good - sure he has a lot of dramatization, but it seems to fit the tone of the story.
The book almost feels abridged - certain events happen in what feels like a day, but the relationship of the characters advance as if it was much longer than that.
The story is like a comic book - events, characters, locations and situations that are not part of our reality. If you can suspend disbelief to accept these events, you should enjoy the story.
I would listen to more in this series but only if they were on sale (or with a spare credit) - they are too short and not quite good enough to pay full price for. (On sale it's a definite 4 star, full price, only a 3.)
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Simon R. Green has created a cast of zany characters in a dark imaginative world that's fun to explore. The audio is very good. However, this series starts to go down-hill after the first few books. It gets extremely repetitive and I ended up not liking the series in the end.
Take 1 part Dashiell Hammett, 1 part Jim Butcher, 1 part Mickey Spillane, and finally 1 part Neil Gaiman, add a dash of Archie Goodwin wise-assery from Rex Stout;
Mix thoroughly with Magic and pour out sideways, there you have it: "The Nightside".
One could call this Campy or a Homage' to the Detective writers/stories of the 30's, 40's and 50's, "Witch" I loved growing up. Later i began to read "Constantine", "The Dresden Files", "Neverwhere" and Marion Zimmer Bradley's "GhostLight" Series.
This Series is a combination of those [above] styles/stories, and out popped Mr. Green's own Flavour of Magical Detective.
I appreciate this Homage to the old style of rough and tumble, classic American Detective (Dick). I can read the affection that Mr. Green has for those stories and the idea that there is Magic in the world. To me it is fun to read the English slant on this beloved genre' of writing.
The Narrator is wonderful and easy to understand.
I want to read more of these and some of the other different Series by Mr. Green.