I have mixed feelings about writing this. There are people who like this series a lot, and I don't mean to offend them, and I wouldn't want to discourage anyone who might enjoy the series from doing so.
However, here's my experience with Simon R. Greene. You start off his series entertained by his apparently inexhaustible inventiveness and his facile allusions. Oh, so he's doing a three-way pun on The Weapon Shops of Isher? I didn't think anyone read A.E. van Vogt any more. That kind of thing.
After you get sucked in, you start to realize what you're in for. John Taylor is a poseur, and he spends the whole series preening. Marc Vietor gives the books exactly the kind of reading that they call for, so the effect is amplified, and you start to picture him telling stories in bars, while people who have actually done things in their lives look at him out of the corners of their eyes. And you learn to cringe, sensing that Taylor is about to bloviate again about "my other eye ... my third eye ... my private eye," or whatever it is he says every novel.
Otherwise, there are a lot of oddities, but no real characters that I can think of, at least in the sense that Green treats them with any consistency or feeling. One novel Suzie Shooter is shown as having been horribly abused and unable to get close, and as having a strong aversion to being called by a particular name, which is a trigger for her. The next novel Taylor is calling her by that name, apparently because Green just forgot about the whole thing. At the end of the series they're getting married. How did she work through the trauma? Magic, apparently, since we don't see anything happening to change things. Not the kind of story where you do show somebody working through actual emotions, I suppose, but doesn't that make it exploitative to have brought it up in the first place?
The unfortunate thing is that you do get sucked in anyway, or at least I do, and I've gone through almost all of the Nightside books, and most of the Secret Histories books. I hate myself for doing it, and I really don't want to hear about "aboriginal pointing bones" again, or get bombarded again by all that empty cleverness, but I do it anyway. Be careful it doesn't happen to you.
I am addicted to audio books, mostly fantasy. I have alwayz loved to read but could never find the time. This way I keep my mind occupied with wonderful stories and don't get caught up in life's stresses. I'm so glad I found this site.
Book was good....weird ending for sure. I enjoyed reading it..but i will not b continuing the series
The audiobook performance was fine. I couldn't decide whether the story was trying to be serious or was a send up on the old detective novels. Mr. Green created some characters that will be very fun I hope in the future books but if I had to hear "in the nightside" one more time I was going to throw the book away.
I was hoping to find another series similar to Jim Butchers "The Dresden Files" books, bud sadly this is not quite what I had hoped for.
Have never left a review before, but first time for everything. Was trying some contemporary stuff went through Dresden, Verus,and Castor liked all them but this one seemed like the writing was cheesy and lazy. I'm not saying I could do better, but it just seemed he was repeating himself through the whole book I think he said this is the night side about 150 times. Sorry for the bad grammar an punctuation
Overall the book was good. I wish I had a penny for every time I just heard 'in the night side.' It was overused and then used some more.
I purchased this book on recommendation from Audible. it said, if you enjoy Jim Butcher, try this series. This book is nothing like the Dresden Files books. If that is what you are looking for, then don't waste your time.
I would recommend this to a friend, definitely a great story to listen to.
The voice actor was very good at distinguishing the tone and voice of each of the character, especially the main character. Additionally, the depictions of each scene was done well enough to the point where you were fully immersed in the trials and tribulations of the characters.
The story was incredibly good, although I will agree with the others who have reviewed this text that the use of "the Nightside" in text can get a bit annoying. Does not distract overall from how good the story was, but does make for a sort of tick it seems the author could not get out of.
I am so happy I found Audible!
If you read Butcher's, Dresden Files, then it may be frustrating to hear how much Green tried to re-create Harry and his world. If you can refrain from doing that and take this for what it is, it is enjoyable.
Yes, as the other reviews have said, the words: Night Side, are a constant. To put this in perspective for you, there was another review that said it would make a "great drinking game if you took a shot every time you heard it", well, you'd be drunk by the end of the first two chapters to be sure.
But, if you can think of John Taylor as a younger, less Dresden, more comic book, generic 50's P.I. then you can definitely have fun with this. It's a light read, fast paced and fun.
Marc Vietor does a fantastic job capturing John Taylor's persona. But, if you can't seem to get passed the repetitiveness try reading it first, it is not as bombarding that way.
I prefer urban/para romance right now for the fantasy aspect, but I listen to other genres as well.
Unusual, Creative, Unexpected
I think the overall concept of the book. I have not come across this idea before which is saying something when my favorite genre is urban fantasy. I really like this concept quite a bit.
This question always trips me up. I like the whole book. Trying to pull specific scenes out of a book doesn't work for me.
No. I like the complete atmosphere of the book. You bounce back and forth between what is considered normal and the Night Side.
I am going back through my library to write reviews and to see what I actually have. I forgot about this book and how much I liked it. I intend to read it again soon then to continue the series.