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Drinking Midnight Wine [Paperback]

Simon R. Green
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Feb 2002

When Toby Dexter falls for the woman on the train, the woman with the most perfect mouth in the world, he little realises that she isn't quite human: she lives in the magical world that exists alongside our own. And when he follows her to ask her out, he accidently slips from his own world, Veritie, into hers. She warns him that it's a dangerous thing to be a mortal in the magical world of Mysterie and that he must not fall in love with her: she's much older than she looks and mortal must not love immortal. But for Toby, it's too late.

But because this is a Simon Green novel, it's not just a romantic fantasy: in Mysterie, there's big trouble afoot, and before Our Hero can win the hand and heart of his Lady, he'll have to face malevolent immortals, shapeshifting demons and violent gods, all told with Simon's trademark tongue-in-cheek humour and excitement.

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Roc (Feb 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451458672
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451458674
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 15.1 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,987,397 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A highly satisfying comic fantasy--well-written, funny, and with a happy ending." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Alongside the mundane world of Veritie lies the magical world of Mysterie, peopled with gods and immortals, shapeshifters and demons - and when a human man falls in love with an immortal, everyone objects . . . --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book - definately worth reading 5 Nov 2002
By clairefromwales VINE VOICE
Another great book from Simon R Green. It's very funny and doesn't take itself too seriously.
There are some really great ideas - like the Jimmy Thunder, part Hell's Angel, part film noir-private dick and part demi-God! - and some superb lines. Several scenes play out in unexpected ways - I love the troll under the bridge and the geeky deathwalkers - those suprises keep the interest up.
The description of Bradford-on-Avon is very well done and evokes a real sense of place - even if, like me, you've never visited there.
Most of the characters are well drawn, and the villans of the piece avoid caricature.
The only disappointment was the relationship between Toby and Gayle which needed a bit more weight to properly convince.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Somewhere between Shadows Fall and Nightside 7 July 2008
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Drinking Midnight Wine is written in a fast, sharp style that's become more and more familiar in Greens books written outside the Forest Kingdom & Deathstalker universes, in the Darkside and Shaman Bond books. The setting is similar in theory to Shadows Fall and the Nightside, but is a singular novel with no sequel. Well worth a read if you're a fan of Green.

It's set in around modern day Bath (UK) with a main character of a normal guy (Toby) who sees something that shouldn't really happen. There is of course a woman who has something about her thats more than just beautiful, more than merely perfect, but everyone who knows her reveres her. Toby follows her into her world meeting incredible (scary and lovable) characters, including the odd demi-god and angel and it becomes apparent that he's got something to do with something pretty important thats going on. He becomes a focus of something he can't understand.
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A book that builds slowly, yet by mid-way through I couldn't put it down. There is a lot of early character development and apparently not much action but it's all important for later on. The action all happens almost totally in a 24 hour period and action there is, with Norse god fighting an Angel ! Every character has their good and bad displayed. There is little black and white,even characters that are evil have redeeming qualities and the good have their boots of clay.
Another excellent book from Simon Green. The ending is much more satisfying than the ending of the Deathstalker series. This book is more akin to his Shadowsfall novel. If you liked it then this should be your cup-of-tea.
A very good five stars.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not up to Green's usual standards 16 July 2007
I'm normally a big fan of Green's books. The Deathstalker saga is fantastic, Shadow's Fall is supremely creative and his fantasy novels like the Hawk and Fisher titles are great page turners. On the surface, Drinking Midnight Wine has some of Green's trademarks, such as a reluctant hero, a cast of colourful characters and impending doom but it takes too long to get to the showdown and, when it does, it doesn't really amount to much. It's almost like Green got bored while writing it.

It does have some stand-out moments but, overall, if you expect it to be as good as Green's other books, you'll be disappointed.
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