Something from the Nightside (Nightside Series #1)

Something from the Nightside (Nightside Series #1)

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by Simon R. Green, Marc Vietor
     
 

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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.

For John Taylor, there's no place like home...  See more details below

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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.

For John Taylor, there's no place like home...

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Simon R. Green, the British author best known for his swashbuckling Deathstalker space opera, which featured the larger-than-life characters Owen Deathstalker and Hazel d'Ark, is back with another outrageously fun series.

Something from the Nightside is the first book in Green's Nightside sequence, a hard-boiled mystery that chronicles the life of John Taylor, a down-and-out private detective with supernatural abilities who specializes in finding lost things in Nightside. The realm of Nightside is "the secret, hidden, dark heart" of London, a subterranean world where time and reality have no meaning, a place where it's always three o'clock in the morning and something dangerous is most definitely lurking right around the corner.

When a desperate blonde comes to John searching for her runaway daughter, he takes the case, although it means returning to his place of birth, Nightside. John has been living in "the real world" for five years, and returning to Nightside means being reacquainted with old friends like Razor Eddie, Punk God of the Straight Razor, and Shotgun Suzie, a leather-clad bounty hunter. But the first rule in Nightside is never trust anyone…

Like Green's popular Deathstalker novels, Something from the Nightside is thoroughly enjoyable. John Taylor and his group of homicidal friends are guaranteed to entertain (and terrify), and although this novel has a satisfying ending, it's obvious that Green is setting the table for a much bigger, more complex conclusion. Paul Goat Allen

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781616375621
Publisher:
Audio Holdings
Publication date:
02/28/2010
Series:
Nightside Series, #1
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 7.30(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Simon R. Green is a New York Times bestselling author whose works include Drinking Midnight Wine, Beyond the Blue Moon, Blue Moon Rising, The Adventures of Hawk & Fisher, and the Deathstalker series. A resident of Bradford-on-Avon in England, he is currently working on the next Deathstalker novel.

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Something from the Nightside (Nightside Series #1) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 188 reviews.
Mistb0rn More than 1 year ago
I had no preconceptions for this book when I picked it up. I just happened across it at a local book store, read the back, thought it sounded interesting and bought it. While reading it, I had a similar experience that a previous reviewer had. I was really into it about a third of the way through, then very nearly lost interest, and got back into in towards the end. I rated it so high because the concept is great, the main character is very good and his writing style I do like. Overall it was worth the price and a solid read for a long vacation trip. I will probably pick up the second book in the series and see if it holds me until the end. Being a huge Jim Butcher\Harry Dresden fan, I will say if you liked the dresden file series then I would give this a shot. Overall the series definitely has promise.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Reading this book is like a bland meal that you do not particularly like but do not want to waste by throwing away. It seems a good third of the book is spent reiterating the fact of how dangerous and scary Nightside is, another third is spent reiterating how much a badass the protaganist is and the last third is spent actually developing the story. While being an overall good concept the presentation leaves a lot to be desired, the characters have potential but are two dimensional. A lackluster experiance that i would not recommend unless it were a loaner.
FireHorse More than 1 year ago
I decided I liked this book at about the second paragraph. That's unusual for me -- I expect to like a book before too long, but typically it's more toward the second or third chapter that I make the decision. I didn't like everything about the book. At 139 pages on my Nook, the book is a little short, more of a novella than a novel. The main character, John Taylor, is interesting but we don't really find out very much about him. In fact, we find out more about the characters Razor Eddie and Walker than we do about John. I assume this was a conscious decision on Mr. Green's part in order to motivate readers to pick up the next novel. If so, it was certainly effective, as I will probably read the next several. But at the same time, I would have liked to get a little more idea of who the main character is, and why he's so important to Nightside. While we're on the topic, Green introduces a truly dizzying number of groups in this novel, and explains almost nothing about any of them. That's probably understandable, as the action begins pretty much with the first page and continues until end. For all of that, it's still a very enjoyable read. It seems to take the idea that "getting there is half the fun" to heart. We don't find out very much about John or the Nightside, but we have a lot of fun in the process.
MadMatter More than 1 year ago
Interesting premise. I didn't find the main character terribly interesting. After reading the book,I didn't really care what happens next to him or his compatriots. I think the author should take some hints from Jim Butcher's Dresden character. Create a memorable personality.
katdresden More than 1 year ago
After reading the Dresden Files a few years back, I wanted to get into a more hard boiled science fiction genre. Green was just what I needed! It was so action packed and the story was always moving. John Taylor goes back to the nightside, a place where monsters exist, cars eat people, and gods walk among men. This is a great series for anyone who wants a fast paced read with amazing originality!
J_Clayton More than 1 year ago
This story gets off on the right foot with great characters and a strange new world that isn't unique to the fantasy readers, but does have some fun differences. Up until about halfway through the book i was seriously enjoying the book but then the story begins to unravel and by the end i found myself quite disappointed. Not a book to put at the top of you reading list but maybe something you may want to give a shot later on down the road.
Creative_Critique More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! What a great kick off to the series. I appreciate the intensity, non-gore - but riveting story line. Must read for your self. Characters are built up well and the setting is strong, giving you lots of room to envision the story!
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I read the previous reviews, so maybe subconscientiously I was expecting the repeated use of "in the Nightside", but I really didn't notice it. I felt like I was really rolling the dice when I bought this due to the flavor of the reviews...Don't miss out on this one! It's fast-paced and exciting. It takes off right at the beginning and doesn't let up. Action and adventure. An easy reading style of writing. Loved it! Fans of the Sci-Fi and Fantasy genre will NOT be disappointed!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
John Taylor, the reluctant hero, Suzie Shooter, the emotionally ravaged heroine....fighting together against the dark at the heart of the world. Awesome !
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Fast paced short read. worth checking out
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