OtherSyde

OtherSyde

by J. Michael Straczynski (Other)

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ISBN-13: 9780743487207
Publisher: ibooks, Incorporated
Publication date: 09/01/2004
Pages: 294
Product dimensions: 6.04(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.82(d)

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OtherSyde 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
SenoraG2001 on LibraryThing 11 months ago
Better than I thought it would be.
SherryThompson on LibraryThing 11 months ago
I read this years ago when it was first published and Straczynski's "Babylon 5", his fabulous "Five year SF novel for TV", was still fresh in my mind. For anyone who watched that show regularly, you will surely remember Morden who was the human rep for the Shadow. He would target people by asking them, "What do you want?" For a few, this seemingly harmless question subtly pushed them closer to their darkest wishes.Okay, nothing like that scenario happens in this book. Othersyde is definitely not in the same "universe" as the science fiction TV series. For one thing, Othersyde is not science fiction. It's more urban horror and (perhaps) demon possession than anything else. However, for those who have seen the author's Hugo-winning show, little phrases turn up here and there throughout the book which will give the viewer/reader shivers.And for the person who has never watched the series? Not to worry. You won't know what you're missing. You'll be busy being overwhelmed by subtle horror, moments of disgust, incipient nightmare and the desperate feeling that nothing can stop the evil gripping the town. For me, the most ghastly moment, the one that runs over and over in my mind, involves the mysterious power's drawn-out and brutal destruction of its human tool when they are done with it. My mind plays that long scene over and over and I can't shake it. Yack!Othersyde is not perfect. Like a couple of other Straczynski stories, the ending just isn't as good as the rest of the tale. Consequently, I give this 4 stars.I don't actually own a copy of this book. I think I read it courtesy of interlibrary loan. I remembered it just now when I was inputting data for Staczynski's Demon Night, so I put it on my wish list.