"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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©2003 Simon R. Green; (P)2008 Audible, Inc.
"A fast-paced, macabre excursion into an entertaining world of twisted heroes and rampant weirdness." (Locus)
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.
The reader puts more emotion into his words than I could ever do
Suzie Shooter aka Shotgun Suzie aka Oh Christ It's Her Run! really I don't have to say more she is just awesome
None before but this is a great start
Welcome to the Nightside where dreams come true and Nightmares walk the streets.
Buy this you won't regert it
This is one of those first books that spends a great deal of time introducing the characters and places. It's fine and understandable. Hopefully the next book will have a more intricate plot although this had some twists and turns most were viewable ahead of time. It was interesting enough to make me read the next and isn't that really the best recommendation there is?
Loved the narrators voice. Tone and inflection were very good.
Oh, gosh, I gave this guy two credits worth of a chance, and couldn't even finish the second installment. What is this guy, fourteen? An escapee from the Big Bang Theory? I wanted to love it, the way I love Jim Butcher's Dresden, but the writing is just so very lame. Perhaps they could include a rim shot where it's supposed to be funny so I won't miss it. Sorry Mr. Green, no more credits from me.
Wonderful intro to the Nightside series. John Taylor is a man of two cities, both old and insane. Really enjoyed Razor Eddie, Pew, the Brittle Sisters of the Hive, and of course Suzie Shooter. Looking forward to all the works in this series.
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.
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