"But I do. I was born here, I live here, and I got friends here. They might not be acceptable in polite company, but they're my friends nonetheless. I know that I'm the only one who can stop her. The trick is, how to do it without fulfilling this prophecy that says whatever action I take, not only is the Nightside doomed, but the rest of the world will soon follow...."
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"This is Green's tour-de-force culmination of the Nightside books. Anyone who's enjoyed the series to date absolutely must read this installment." (Romantic Times)
"It's packed with action and dark humor." (SF Revu)
Immigration lawyer in Kansas City. I like Character driven dramas, fantasy (monsters, magic and witches oh my!) and coming of age stories. Favs include: The Book Thief, The Game of Throne series, Harry Potter Series, Dresden Files, Nightside series, anything by Neil Gaimen, 100 Years of Solitude.
I love the characters in this series and it is always love listening to Simon R Green's books. They are fun and exciting and always a great listen. I love the narrator as well, he really brings the characters alive.
Like the previous two Audible unabridged audiobooks I reviewed in the Nightside series, Hex and the City and Paths Not Taken (which form the first two parts of the Lilith story line in Green's ongoing series), it turns out that I had not read Sharper Than A Serpent's Tooth before listening to it this past fortnight. I have absolutely no idea how I managed to miss reading this entire trilogy of novels but the end result was that I approached Sharper Than A Serpent's Tooth not knowing anything at all as to how Green would resolve the Lilith story. Yes, I knew both Taylor and Nightside survived -- with a fair amount of damage to both I'll admit -- Lilith and her crusade to remake the Nightside in Her Image, but not how. What I noticed this time is how good Green is at creating an alternative version of present-day London in a much stranger reality than ours. For example, well into the story here, there's an extended scene involving enslaved fairies working in a sweatshop that's straight out of the absolute worse excesses of Victoria's Empire. Again, I must note that listening to these stories is certainly the best way to get the full feel of what Green's depicting. The Lilith War trilogy of books represents the longest single work in the Nightside series so far with Sharper Than A Serpent's Tooth wrapping up this story quite well. As an audio experience, the Lilith War trilogy is very close to twenty-five hours of Really Fantastic Entertainment for any lover of fantasy. Cat Eldridge / Green Man Review
Urban Fantasy at its Best, the noir detective with magic, gods, demons, angels, fatal females, grumpy bartenders and a man in a bowler hat. In this book find out how the mother of all monsters comes into play as a bad mother too have.
Badass Detective With MAGIC!
The main character, he did the internal monolouge very well.
Magic, Mayhem, and the Mother of all Monsters...Welcome too the Nightside.
Seriously, read it, listen too it. You'll love it!
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Originally published at FanLit.
In Sharper Than a Serpent’s Tooth, the sixth novel in Simon R. Green’s NIGHTSIDE series, John Taylor and Suzie Shooter have just returned from the past where they discovered the origin of John’s mother, Lilith, and witnessed the birth of the Nightside. Now that they’re back in the present, they are determined to stop Lilith from destroying what she created and remaking the Nightside in her own image.
First they must rescue John’s secretary, Cathy, who has been kidnapped. Then John wants to raise an army that they hope can stop Lilith, but he’s haunted by visions of a future where he has destroyed the Nightside and his friends, so he decides to travel forward in time to get some answers. Perhaps if he knows the future, he can change it.
Besides the future, the other interesting places John visits include the cellar of Strangefellows, Rotten Row, Simulacra Corner, the Necropolis, a faerie sweat shop, the Bazaar of the Bizarre (a reference to Fritz Leiber’s LANKHMAR books) and the Street of the Gods (another Lankhmar reference). Along the way he gets help from and/or pisses off a lot of the strange characters we’ve already met, and some new ones, too. There’s Alex Morrisey, Kid Psychoses, Tommy Oblivion, Sneaky Pete, Razor Eddie, Sandra Chance, The Collector, The Little Sisters of the Immaculate Chain-Saw, dancing ghost girls, the Carrion in Tears, Dead Boy, Julien Advent, Jessica Sorrow, Count Video, King of Skin, the Doormouse, the Engineer, Walker, the Beadle, Merlin Satanspawn, and the Lord of Thorns. He even meets the guys in suits who run the Nightside on the backend.
Eventually there’s a huge long battle when Lilith appears on the Street of Gods and everything blows up. This becomes so furiously paced, so “epic,” and so over-the-top that it is actually dull. Green hits us with everything and everyone at once — each person is more powerful than the person mentioned before, wiping away enemies with their vague superpowers such as “undoing probabilities and spreading nightmares” (what does that look like?). For all the build-up, it was a little disappointing, mostly because the action was so frantic and intangible. This part of the story, which was the climax, had little tension or impact, though several characters die. (I’m not sure if they’ll stay dead.)
In previous reviews I’ve complained about the repetitive language in the NIGHTSIDE books. It’s a little better here. Green continues to entertain with his imaginative characters and John Taylor’s amusing voice: “You here to cause trouble?” he said in a voice so deep that he must have had a third testicle tucked away somewhere.
Sharper Than a Serpent’s Tooth ends a major plotline in the NIGHTSIDE series. I can’t say I’m sorry since I was getting tired of Lilith. I’m looking forward to getting back to John Taylor’s private investigations in the next book, Hell to Pay. I’m listening to Marc Vietor read the audio versions. He’s fabulous.
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