Paths Not Taken (Nightside Series #5)

Paths Not Taken (Nightside Series #5)

by Simon R. Green

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ISBN-13: 9780441013197
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/30/2005
Series: Nightside Series , #5
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 240,576
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Simon R. Green is a New York Times bestselling author whose works include the Secret Histories Novels, the Novels of the Nightside, the Ghost Finders series,  Drinking Midnight Wine, Beyond the Blue Moon, Blue Moon Rising, The Adventures of Hawk & Fisher, and the Deathstalker series. He lives in England.

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Paths Not Taken (Nightside Series #5) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 84 reviews.
Piratenin on LibraryThing 2 days ago
I wasn't very keen on this book. I haven't read the other books in this series, but I have read other Simon Green books and perhaps that coloured my expectations. I felt that Taylor was rather stupid and simplistic. He continually reminds the reader that searching for his mother leads to a dark future. So therefore he searches for her to try to destroy her. It really is tedious.I also felt that the plot was rather stretched out. I would far rather have seen maybe one stop in time (preferably the stop where our heroes encounter Herne the Hunter, my favourite portion of the novel) followed by a more in detail encounter with Lillith and the start of Nightside and then the following battle between John and Lillith for the existence of Nightside. Instead there are multiple, rather tedious stops and the whole novel stops just as it gets going. Its all very well that its part of a sequel, but stopping just before the main battle isn't just a cliffhanger, its a cop out.Aside from anything else, I thought that Suzie was a far more interesting and nuanced character than John. I would really have liked to see the story from inside her head. Instead we were trapped with John, whose simplistic logic made no sense for the kind of character he was built up to be.Perhaps it would have been better had I read the whole series, and I will admit that I am intrigued by the story, but I have to say that the writing was really quite poor and on writing quality alone I wouldn't recommend this book.
bookwormteri on LibraryThing 2 days ago
My least favorite of the series. Taylor and Suzie Shotgun go back in time to the beginning of the Nightside to try to find a way to stop Lilith. Love the series, but meh on this one.
TheDivineOomba on LibraryThing 2 days ago
I always have mixed feelings when I get my hands on a Novel of the Nightside Book. On one hand, I get a wonderful story that exemplifies darkness and all the evil in the world, on the other hand, I get a book that makes me cringe in just how dark that world is. I will never read a book in this series more than once and this one is no different. Okay, our anti-hero John Taylor discovered his lineage, and it is not nice. There are a few plot holes, mostly why does John want to go back in time to stop his evil mother. I suspect it might have been covered in the book before this, but I have not read it. The nice thing about these books is while there is a direct lineage between them, each book is a self contained story with only minor references to previous books.Overall, a good read. Just don't read it anytime before bedtime.
hjjugovic on LibraryThing 2 days ago
This fifth book in the series returns us to the fantastically awful world of the Nightside, a hidden world within London where it is always 3am. Our hero, John Taylor, has learned his mother's identity and begins a trip through time to discover a way to defeat her and save the Nightside she created. Stunningly creative, the Nightside grabs the imagination and keeps you coming back for more in a noir detective series that really is all about the night.
krau0098 on LibraryThing 2 days ago
This is the 5th book in the Nightside series by Simon Green. This book followed a similar format to the last book, in that it is more of series book than a self-contained adventure. Still it was a fun read, quick paced, and very creative.In this book John Taylor travels with Shotgun Suzie and Tommy Oblivion back through time to find out how the Nightside was created. So, pretty much this book is what the last book said it was going to be.Occasionally because of the time travel the story seems a little disjointed. The only other negative was that the continuous descriptions of how the Nightside looked at each new time point got to be a bit drawn out. This book is also another short one, but that seems to be how this series is.There were quite a few good things about this book. I liked how a lot of seemingly random events from the past books were given a reason in this book. It was cool that Green tied the events together so well. It was good to see Shotgun Suzie again. Mostly it was just interesting to see how the character's actions in this book affected the future. It begs the question; could they have really changed the future or were they destined to do what their future selves did in the past so that the future would end up how it was? Time travel circular logic, as John Taylor says, does make your head hurt.Overall, a great book, and a good addition to the series. I am excited to see how this series continues.
dswaddell on LibraryThing 2 days ago
After finding that Lilith is his mother John Taylor and Shotgun Suzie travel back to the creation of the nightside looking for a way to stop her and prevent the destruction of the world. Another good book in the series that is hard to put down.
MaryWJ on LibraryThing 2 days ago
I like the story but continue to be baffled by the basic problem with the continuing storyline: if Taylor messes with finding out who his mother is, he causes the horrible future - and so he immediately thinks of nothing but his mother and investigating and actually talking with her, which would seem to be exactly the wrong thing to do.
les121 on LibraryThing 2 days ago
Another great installment in the Nightside series. It picks up right where the last book left off, continuing the drama of John¿s long, lost mom wanting to destroy the Nightside. It¿s very dark, as usual, but more depressing than the other books because of its focus on the characters¿ emotional issues. There¿s also more romance, though it hardly feels romancy when the pair in question can¿t touch each other, are extremely scarred both physically and emotionally, and almost never put down their shotgun. Regardless, I enjoyed going deeper into the characters personal lives, and I like that no one is entirely good or entirely bad. Everyone lives in shades of gray, especially John, whose choices in this book can be viewed as either cruel and selfish or as necessary evils in pursuit of a noble purpose - or maybe a little of both. I was also excited to finally have some of the many mysteries cleared up even though the story is definitely not wrapped up. Green drops a huge clue towards the end that¿s clearly the answer to how everything will be fixed, but the protagonist has yet to realize it. I¿m looking forward to reading book six to find out what happens next.
lewispike on LibraryThing 3 months ago
Although this comes after "Sharper than a Serpent's Tooth" according to the publishers, it's set immediately before it. I don't have a problem with that normally, but this time it would have been nice to have read them in chronological order rather than publishers order.Very much in the same mould, but this time John Taylor and Shotgun Suzie travel into the past, witness the birth of the Nightside and so much more.
wyvernfriend on LibraryThing 3 months ago
This is not a good standalone. Many of the other books in the series are good standalones but this is a serious bridge book, it's a book that fills in some of the background and the way things will have to go for John Taylor. He has to go into the past to meet with his mother, Lilith, to find ways of dealing with her, meeting up with some pivotal characters and meeting with a lot of the characters and important people in the world.It's one of the weakest I've read in this series but it's not a bad read, it fills in some gaps and progresses the plot. This is a series that I will have to re-read in sequence some day.
bcquinnsmom on LibraryThing 3 months ago
no spoilers! just a synopsisI didn't like this one as much as I have the others, but that's okay. It was still quite good; just a little slower to start and get to the heart of the story. Our hero, John Taylor, in Book #4 "Hex and the City," decided that the only way to face down his mother (whose identity was discovered in said book) was to travel back through time and face her when she was at her weakest, after the creation of the Nightside. If you haven't read the first four books, you have absolutely no clue what I am talking about. Anyway, he takes Tommy Oblivion and Shooter Suzie with him on the journey, traveling back in time a bit at a time until he reaches his final destination.Often very funny, the story is just another step in the direction of the answer to what will be the future of the Nightside and of John Taylor? Will all of the things he foresaw in the timeslip in the original story come to pass? Or was that just one probable timeline? Is he even now creating the conditions that cause him to create the enemies who are always trying to kill him? I will say that this installment was more suspenseful than any of the others, just because it leaves so many questions unanswered.Oh...and for you Cthulhu fans: Lots of sideways mention of the Church of Dagon here...very cool! Don't start with this one; follow the series from its beginning! This is a great set of books and I'm going to be the first in the door of my local Borders store once the next one is released!
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