"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.
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"A fast-paced, macabre excursion into an entertaining world of twisted heroes and rampant weirdness." (Locus)
This last year I've gotten pretty deep into the urban fantasy stories. Jim Butcher's Dresden Files, Richard Kadrey's Sandman Slim novels, Mike Carey's Felix Castor stories, etc. Simon R. Green's Nightside series is a PERFECT addition to the lot. The tone, pace, and writing style of Something from the Nightside acts a perfect introduction to anyone new to the fantasy genre, and seasoned veterines will find a very interesting world and cast of characters in the story. Like most protagonists in the genre, John Taylor is the furthest thing from what you'd call a traditional "hero".
On the contrary, he, along with most of the characters he befriends steer way clear of such title. The only thing seperating villain from anti-hero in this story are motives, and ultimately the comparison of how many bodies the two sides will create as a result of their actions. Taylor is an interesting character on the grounds that he's well aware of this fact, and often using it as a moral barometer for doing (more or less) the right thing...as long as he gets paid of course. Green does a great job of mapping out the structure, layout, and laws (or lack thereof) that exist within the Nightside, and uses just enough foreshadowing and omens in the style of Doctor Who that will interest readers in the next part of the story. Overall an excellent novel, and I for one cannot wait to continue with the other installments of this series. (=
I could not finish listening to this book because I hated the narrator so much. I believe others have mentioned that the phrase "the nightside" is repeated ad nauseum --I actually started counting at one point and came up with 13 repetitions of the phrase in a 10 minute window. Granted, the repetition is not the fault of the narrator, but my counting is because I just got so bored with the narrator's deadpan/ monotone voice. Nothing stirs up this narrator, not even an attack by unkillable, faceless, soul suckers. On top of that, the main character, if I remember right, is supposed to be around 30. This narrator is probably in his 50s, and doesn't seem to capture the main character at all. Things that should have come across as sarcastic, ironic, and comedic just fell flat. And yes, I know male/female narrators are not going to sound all that convincing portraying the opposite sex, but the voice he uses for the main female character kept bringing flashes of a very large, biker looking, male crossdresser. This image would be fine, if the character were a very large, biker looking, male crossdresser.
I started with book 4, now I'm working my way back around to all of this series. The narrator is like listening to an entire theater company in one. He's really amazing. I don't know if I'd read these without this narrator he can time a humorous line and make you giggle where you might not without him. Still it's a fun and imaginative I enjoyed listening to it.
Was looking for a series into which I could get lost - found it! Yes, suspension of disbelief comes in mighty handy from time-to-time, but I just loved the characters (especially Shotgun Suzie!!!) and I was once again enabled to taste that icy fresh and thouroughly distinctive gestalt of "real Coca-Cola"!!! Am so happy to have found this series and am getting into Book 2 first thing tomorrow. Thanks, Simon and Marc! -john
Wow, this was bad. Sometimes sci-fi or fantasy can overcome mediocre writing because the plot is so interesting, the premise is so intriguing, or the fictional world so full and rich that it doesn't matter if the language is a bit stilted or the characters are a bit flat. This isn't one of those times. This writing is so bad I am amazed that it found a publisher at all.
I'm trying to think of something positive to say, something to make this more than just a stereotypical Internet rant. I can't.
All of the Nightside audiobooks have terrific production, great music appropriately used, and superb narration. In this first outing, Marc Vietor does a terrific job of portraying the hesitation, the uncertainty John Taylor has at returning to The Nightside after (literally) hiding in London proper. All in all, I'm sure, without giving away any details of this terrific fantasy noir novel, that you'll agree Something from the Nightside is a superb listen. Keep in mind that it is a horror novel or, possibly, really dark fantasy. It's definitely adult in nature, and rightly so. I think Something from The Nightside will hook you rather quickly on the rest of nine works to date Green has written and Audible has made all of them into audiobooks! BLISS!
Cat Eldridge / Green Man Review
I enjoyed this story enough that I will probably check out the subsequent novels. "The Nightside" is an exciting, and original locale. I look forward to seeing what Green has in store.
My biggest quibble is with the narrator. Don't get me wrong--he's great. A pleasing voice, good narration and gravitas. However, it's revealed early in the story that the protagonist is about 30. The narrator sounds much more mature.
A fan of epic fantasy...the darker the better!
Simon R. Green takes you into a differnt world that is dark, spooky, and funny. I fell in love with the main character (Taylor) right away. I cannot stop recommending this series. The book allows you to escape the stress of every day life and take a trip into the Nightside.
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.
This story sort of reminded me of Neverwhere by Neil Gaimman. I really like it, sort of fantasy and thriller. The only thing I found irritating was the main character said "but that's how things are...in the Nightside" about 400 times. Other than that it was very entertaining and well worth the credit.
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.
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