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Something from the Nightside: Nightside, Book 1 | [Simon R. Green]

Something from the Nightside: Nightside, Book 1

"Taylor is the name. John Taylor...My card says I'm a detective, but what I really am is an expert on finding things. It's part of the Gift I was born with as a child of the Nightside - the hidden heart of London where it's always three a.m., where inhuman creatures and otherworldly gods walk side-by-side in the endless darkness of the soul. Assignment: Joanna Barrett hires me to track down her teenage daughter, who decided to forgo the circus and run away to the Nightside."
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"Taylor is the name. John Taylor...My card says I'm a detective, but what I really am is an expert on finding things. It's part of the Gift I was born with as a child of the Nightside - the hidden heart of London where it's always three a.m., where inhuman creatures and otherworldly gods walk side-by-side in the endless darkness of the soul.

"Assignment: Joanna Barrett hires me to track down her teenage daughter, who decided to forgo the circus and run away to the Nightside. The kid has no idea what she's getting herself into...You can find anything in the Nightside-if it doesn't find you first."

John Taylor is not a private detective per se, but he has a knack for finding lost things. That's why he's been hired to descend into the Nightside, an otherworldly realm in the center of London where fantasy and reality share renting space and the sun never shines.

Listen to the entire Nightside series.

©2003 Simon R. Green; (P)2008 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"A fast-paced, macabre excursion into an entertaining world of twisted heroes and rampant weirdness." (Locus)

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    Diane Rivers 11-30-13 Member Since 2010

    I'm obsessed with audible

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    ""In The Nightside" (squared)"

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    ARR Miskatonic U 10-17-12
    ARR Miskatonic U 10-17-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Painful."

    I couldn't make it through this audiobook (and I'm really not that picky.)

    -I was initially turned off by the helpless naive woman and jaded white knight scenario. Yaaaawn.

    -The author tells the reader how strange and mysterious and creepy his make believe world is without ever showing us. It's a little grungy, but I never heard anything that made me think, "Wow, what an interesting, dangerous, creepy place."

    -The author repeatedly alludes to the protagonist's powers and sordid past, making a huge fuss about it all. I never made it to the big reveal, but hopefully it's worth all the buildup.


    Instead of spending a credit on this book, listen to Jeff VanderMeer's Finch (talk about creepy), or Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere, or any of the Dresden Files books.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    MARC WEUSTE 07-29-12
    MARC WEUSTE 07-29-12
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    "Terrible narration"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Not sure.


    Has Something from the Nightside turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not really.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Marc Vietor?

    Yes


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    Repetitive. How many times do we need to her "in the dark side"?

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 07-09-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Stick to "The Dresden Files""

    Writing was so heavy handed I couldn't bear it. It has all of the horror and desperation but none of the wit of "The Dresden Files."

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Gary Powell, OH, USA 07-05-12
    Gary Powell, OH, USA 07-05-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Oh, that was horrible!"
    What disappointed you about Something from the Nightside?

    I have been searching for an urban fantasy series even half as good as the Dresden Files. Don't waste your time here. The writing is heavy-handed and cliché. It is very hard to be sympathetic to the protagonist. In addition, his supernatural gifts swing from ineffectual to omnipotent right at the climax of a conflict, and what is the fun in that?

    I listened all the way through, hoping the writer would get stronger, but that didn't happen. Never mind the film noir stuff – it's simply written badly, and left a horrible taste in my mouth.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Simon R. Green again?

    I would not touch a book by Simon Green again.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Marc Vietor’s performances?

    I might be willing to give the narrator another try, if the material were of better quality.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    At the end, I felt extremely let down.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Christofer 07-01-12
    Christofer 07-01-12
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    "Good story but too florid"
    Would you try another book from Simon R. Green and/or Marc Vietor?

    Simon R. Green? no
    Marc Vietor? YES


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Not worth it


    Which character – as performed by Marc Vietor – was your favorite?

    John Taylor. His gritty portrayal was perfect.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    If he says "In the Nightside" one more time, I'm going to punch something.


    Any additional comments?

    We already know that the characters are "in the Nightside". You don't have to remind us every page. I mean that literally. The main character says or thinks "in the Nightside" once or twice a conversation.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cheryl 02-04-11
    Cheryl 02-04-11

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    "Ok episode of the Twilight Zone - no Harry Dresden"

    This felt like a TV script with dramatic pauses written in for really long commercials. I don't think I would have finished reading this, but the narrator was good enough that I finished listening to it.
    While it was enjoyable at $4.99, I would not spend my monthly credit on it or pay full price for it or any others in the series.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Larry 03-16-10
    Larry 03-16-10 Member Since 2012
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    "Something of an adjustment."

    Admittedly, I had a bit of difficulty getting into the book at first. I found the somewhat repetitive nature of the character alluding to the "Nightside" every other sentence, as if you are not aware of where you are, a bit distracting. Once I became accustomed to Mr. Green's writing style, I went on to enjoy the storyline.

    Marc Vietor did an excellent job with the reading and his various voices added to the flow and tempo of the audio.

    Overall I liked the book and have gone on to read the rest of the series. However, I find this first installment to be my least favorite of the series. This is of course understandable; as Green gradually develops the characters and plot lines in later books, you begin to fully appreciate his talent for storytelling. It's worth the time and effort.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Alan San Diego, CA, United States 01-22-09
    Alan San Diego, CA, United States 01-22-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Interesting/Fun"

    Good effort and interesting short story. Good value and fun listening. I will probably listen to more of these stories.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 05-28-10
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    "Wasted credit"

    Quite possibly the worst dialog ever written.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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