Based on recommendations from an acquaintance, I expected a British version of Butcher's Dresden Files series - maybe with a twist of Neverwhere. It was nowhere near as witty, and I wasn't intrigued by the story either.
Mostly I was just unimpressed. Everything felt a little too contrived, and the narrator was a bit too mature-sounding to believe that he was really John Taylor.
If you want a good supernatural PI story or one about the seedy, spooky world of London Below, stick with Butcher or Gaiman.
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The Nightside is a parallel World or maybe just a parallel London? that can be accessed through London's Tube system for those in the know. A pretty Dame walks into John's office wanting him to find her runway daughter that is rumored to be "IN THE NIGHTSIDE".
Why did I use the word 'Dame'? Why did I all cap "in the nightside"? Well. It's because this reads sort of like a cheesy clichéd old school private eye movie and the words "in the Nightside" were used SO many times that if you were playing a drinking game, you'd have been dead several times over. (Another reviewer mentioned this)
No one talks like that and what kind of writing and editing is that? It almost drove me MAD.
The world building is lacking in spite of John saying almost every sentence how it is "in the Nightside". There are supernatural entities and other bad guy humans with gifts of their own. John's gift is "finding things" and it only works "in the Nightside" (lol). We experience him open his mind to get a ghostly image of the girl's trail. Unclear? Me too. His gift also seems to change or pick up extra skills as needed when they're in trouble. The book is short. Time could have been taken to explain so much.
Anyways, it had intermittent moments when it was almost really good, but was an overall flop because it wasn't fleshed out enough. I feel like I just experienced first hand someone's vague dream memories upon waking. I kept thinking the entire time that I could be continuing to reread Harry Dresden, which is the void I was trying to fill.
Narration: Marc Vietor has a great voice. He does decent female voices and each character is identifiable and unique. However, his lilting cadence is a bit too much sometimes.
Probably. The naration was decent, although not strong in the female voice performances.
The book was enjoyable, and for a disounted price I'd probably listen to more of the series. All in all the book was not as good as the Dresden Files, the obvious origin of where Green ripped off the paranormal detective idea.
John Taylor is a paranormal supernatural investigator with powers of his own. He's good at what he does but he has one hang up... He wants to find out who and what his mother is. In the mean time he's snarky and witty and he gets the job done. He is from the nightside where the paranormal and the supernatural live and play deadly.
I like mostly fantasy - Robert Jordan, Charlaine Harris, Jim Butcher, Patricia Briggs, etc.
I listened to several short stories by this author -all fantasy genre & pretty good. This book reminds me of an old Philip Marlowe gumshoe dectective novel. The main character can move between human reality & The Nightside, an alternate reality. In this installment we are introduced to John Taylor, a PI, with some supernatural talents. He sets out to save the day & the girl. Decent story &I will listen to the 2nd book at some point. This author usually gets a lot of good reviews so I will try one more before I draw a line in the sand & go no farther. Wishy-washy reviews usually irritate me but I cant't bring myself to get off the fence just yet - mea culpa.
this book rates very high in my entire book reading and listening history
My all-time favorite books are "Count of Monte Christo", "Dune", and anything by Tolkien. This book is just a bit less overall.
He gives a voice that is not mine to the characters.
I resented having to stop listening to sleep or eat.
Simon Green essentially describes a world within a world (the nightside) that is downright scary and defiant of traditional logic or sense of normalcy, but can somehow be rationally assimilated, found to be intriguing and even liked. His style of describing the characters and their various encounters with the protagonist (John Taylor) is most captivating. This was further accentuated by his uniquely vivid depictions of sceneries and customs of the nightside. The proverbial "cherry on top" would be Marc Vietor's narration of the story and how the characters sprung to life under the majesty of his delivery.
One of the most memorable moments of the book was the scene where John and Joanna are encountered by the Harrowing (John's dreaded enemies) and Razor Eddie shows up to dispense some nightside "justice". This scene clearly illustrated the dreadful nature of the Harrowing and showed exactly why John's only option in the past was to flee upon seeing them. However, it also illustrated the immensely powerful nature of the character Razor Eddie and how fortunate John was to have him as a "friend" in the nightside.
My favourite scene in the book took place during the event where John and Joanna locate the entity which assumed the form of a house and held Cathy captive. The most exhilarating moment for me was when Cathy revealed that Joanna was not her mother and John then finally realised that he had been deceived by the entity (the house) and its puppet (Joanna), all for the malevolent purpose of luring him in and absorbing him.
I definitely wanted to listen to this book all in one sitting. In fact, I think I would have achieved this if not for the onset of urgent obligations.
Simon Green and Marc Vietor make a great team. Green is blessed with an intense, boundless and inspiring sense of imagination while Vietor's narrative skills easily go hand-in-hand with Green's creative genius.
Better than average
I like alternate realities and this was a good one
At first you are going to get tired of the title showing up in every scene. We walked down the street in (pause) "The Night Side" and turned at the end of the block in (pause) "The Night Side." We found a restaurant that could only exist in (pause) "The Night Side." And so on. But it tapered off and there is an interesting story once you get past that.
Different, Fast-Paced, Gripping
It contained elements from many other stories but was very unique.
This was my first time listening to this narrator but his performance was excellent.
In the Nightside you can find anything your looking for... unless it finds you first.
I enjoy this series very much anyway, but the reading of it definitely put John Taylor in the character he comes through with in the story
John Taylor -- who else. Unbelievable in many ways, but still in some ways someone you can relate to.
John Taylor. He performed him brilliantly. Just like I envisioned him.