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Nightlife (Roc Fantasy) [Mass Market Paperback]

Rob Thurman
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Roc; First Printing edition (7 Mar 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451460758
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451460752
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 10.6 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 485,382 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Compelling Urban Fantasy 11 Mar 2007
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Nightlife tells the story of two brothers. Cal - the younger brother who is half human / half 'monster' and Niko the older brother who will do whatever it takes to protect his sibling from the creatures that constantly pursue them.

The story is told by Cal the younger brother, who makes for a cynical protagonist, with an extremely cutting sense of humour. It's interesting how when the style of narration changes (Cal undergoes something of a transformation halfway through) that underlying humour is still there, albeit with a much nastier twist.

It does take a couple of chapters for the story to get going, but almost without realising it, you are slowly drawn into Cal and Niko's world. And once you are in there it becomes very hard to put the book down. Although the major focus of the story is the relationship between the two brothers and their struggle to survive, the world is populated with interesting and original secondary characters - Boggy, Georgina, Robin Goodfellow (yes, that Robin Goodfellow :) ), Promise and Abbagor. It's made very clear that these are creatures / people who all have their own agendas and problems to deal with and who don't necessarily have the welfare of the brothers at heart. It's refreshing not to have the good guys and the bad guys made completely obvious.

Because there is a major change in protagonist behaviour halfway through, this is a book of two halves. The change is very much a necessary part of the plot, but I did prefer the narration of the first half more, finding that because there was less interaction with other characters in the second half it did get slightly bogged down in exposition.

Having said that I recommend this book for anyone who's looking for something a little different in the Urban Fantasy line. (Definitely worth checking out if you like the Ukiah Oregon series by Wen Spencer.)

Moonshine the second book in the series is also available.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Entertaining 24 Aug 2007
Format:Mass Market Paperback
At first I thought the book a bit slow to start with a very gradual build up and there is a point in the middle where you just think "Get on with it!!" but the climax at the end of the book makes it all worth while.

A very good read. The relationship between Cal and his brother to me seems very believable having a brother of my own even if the dialogue does seem occasionally cheesy in the way the rib each other. At times the main characters arrogance gets a little irritating but by the end you cant help but like him.

Buy it. You'll like it!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 'No chick flick moments...' 13 Nov 2009
Format:Mass Market Paperback
In this gritty yet oddly colourful depiction of New York, there's a troll under the Brooklyn Bridge, a boggle in Central Park, and a beautiful vampire in a penthouse on the Upper East Side. Of course, most humans are oblivious to this supernatural underworld, but Cal Leandros is only half-human and very much in the thick of things (he wishes he wasn't). His true lineage is nothing short of inhuman -- so, when Cal and his brother Niko start seeing monsters everywhere they realise that it's fight or flight time once again. They've been running from their past for years, and now it might just be catching up with them...

This book was fantastic. I knocked off a star only because there's a significant alteration in narrator halfway through the book which got a little trying after a while. I enjoyed it initially, it was a clever move on behalf of the writer, but I did get tired of it! That criticism aside, I loved almost everything about Nightlife. I'd ummed and ahhed over this series for some time now, not wanting to waste my time picking up another long started series I might hate... so I read Thurman's other novel 'Trick of the Light', of which there is only one at the moment, thinking it'll be a faster read being only at one book. Unfortunately for me I disliked it and ignored this series as a result. However, I gave in (weak willed that I am when it comes to books) and bit the proverbial bullet: upon finishing 'Nightlife' I wondered why I hadn't started the Cal series sooner! Always the way!

Cal is the first person narrator of this novel and it's delightful to see the world through his eyes. Cal is 19, extremely lazy, half human and works in a dump of a bar. He has an older brother named Niko who is a stalwart warrior with a Roman nose who he's nicknamed 'Cyrano'. Heh.
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5.0 out of 5 stars read this book 15 Feb 2008
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i bought this book on a whim and at first i found it quite boring but after the first couple of pages you really get in to it and it is amazing.
this book reminds me a lot of the tv show supernatural especially the relationship between the two brothers.
trust me if you like supernatural or books by laurell k hamilton and kim harrison then you will love this.
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3.0 out of 5 stars not a hardcore fantasy/sci fi fan 3 Jan 2011
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ok first off i'm a big jim butcher fan which is what drew me to these books in the first place. I read the other comments on here before getting this book for xmas. they kinda had me at more of a negative attitude towards it with their comments about the way the narration changes halfway through etc. well everyone has their own opinion and i don't necessarily disagree.

first point I should make the whole book is just setting the scene for the rest of the series. obvious right? well yes and no, most first books usually fill you in around a specific event happening such as a crime to solve or whatever. what's been done here is that you a introduced to the world that is cal and niko's life. The way they live and why is explained, friends/enemies are introduced and the characters are all padded out. don't get me wrong this doesn't make it boring or mean that there's no plot at all it's there but in this book just rests lightly in the background for the most part.

The humour and the brotherly relationship is all there and possibly is a little overdone at times (the only real negative that i could find)but it still manages to keep the book interesting to read and help move the story along.

as for the change of narrative style halfway through well i thought it worked. It meant that blanks were filled in on parts of cal's life that otherwise may have been drawn out far too long over future books. Also that is really the point that the background stuff is swapped to the backburner for the story and the action begins to really kick in.

my only real reason for only giving it three stars was because it didn't quite make the same quality level as jim butcher for me. But that's not stopped me from just ordering the next one in the series. and it did have me hooked enough to stay up till 3 am to read it.
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