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5.0 out of 5 stars The Walking Man cometh
First Sentence: In the Nightside, that sour secret hidden heart of London, it's always three o'clock in the morning and the dawn never comes.
Nightside has gone through changes in power and there is now a new group of Authorities. There is also a new threat. PI Jack Taylor is hired by Walker, Taylor's friend and enemy, to deal with this new threat. The...
Published on 4 Mar 2009 by L. J. Roberts
3.0 out of 5 stars Another taste of the darkside
Some well used phrases and characters make another appearence. Felt more like a short story than a novel to me
Published on 9 May 2010 by Gerald Ellard
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Walking Man cometh,
This review is from: Just Another Judgement Day (Nightside) (Hardcover)First Sentence: In the Nightside, that sour secret hidden heart of London, it's always three o'clock in the morning and the dawn never comes.
Nightside has gone through changes in power and there is now a new group of Authorities. There is also a new threat. PI Jack Taylor is hired by Walker, Taylor's friend and enemy, to deal with this new threat. The Walking Man, God's own enforcer, has come to Nightside to destroy evil. Taylor has to find the answer to what will destroy the Walking Man.
This book is definitely not for anyone who is squeamish. The violence is graphic and brutal. Yet the author's creative always amazes me and the story always draws me in.
There is a slightly more series tone to this book with the question of man justifying their actions as being God's will. The book also takes on the topic of our obsession for looking young and brings it to horrific results. I was struck by the observation regarding weapons: "Every gun, every sword, maybe every bomb, too....These are simply instruments of death. Means to murder." Green's trademark humor is still in evidence with a car-eating tunnel.
There is so development of the characters relationships, both between Taylor and Walker and, most significantly, between Taylor and Suzie Shooter. Taylor is a fascinating character in that he is a moral man living in an immoral environment yet considers himself one of the monsters. Suzie is highly damaged yet she loves John and is overcoming a barrier in her relationship to him.
Green somewhat falls into the "guilty pleasure" category for me. I'm not quite certain as to why I like these books so much, but the underlying theme stays with me and I always look forward to the next book.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Divine Judgement,
The book runs for just over 260 pages, with nine long chapters and an epilogue.
After a long opening chapter in which John and his girlfriend Suzie deal with people who offer beauty treatments at a rather high price for some, John is then approached by the powers that be in the nightside to deal with the Walking Man. A mythical figure until now, he is the vengeance of god come to Earth and is in the nightside to kill sinners. The place is just about to have a change of leadership, and this can't be imperiled.
But neither, it would seem, can the Walking man be stopped. Except via a price that might be too high to pay...
As ever with this series there's an awful lot of invention, with new characters and ideas being thrown at the reader in seemingly every scene. Most of which are very inventive ideas. All of which add to the depth of the setting. More so than usual it considers a few moral viewpoints and issues, as the walking man kills those who might well deserve it. But what gives him or anyone the right to do that? There's some decent moral food for thought here as you read.
Regular readers will know the romance between John and Suzie has been growing from book to book, although she has been rather sidelined in the last two. That's not the case here. They inch closer to getting even more attached to each other, despite her problems with having relationships, and she does get a decent share of the action for a lot of the book until being sidelined. Although not for a contrived reason. There's some great development to their relationship here leading to some genuinely touching scenes.
And the pace of the book is prtty good throughout, culminating with a memorable finale.
An above average entry in the series. If you're one of those new readers I mentioned then be aware it can be a bit gory - but never gratuitous - at times and there are a couple of bits of strong language.
2.0 out of 5 stars Another unimaginative and repetitive outing for John Taylor,
This review is from: Just Another Judgement Day: The Nightside Series, Book 9 (Kindle Edition)It seems that Simon R Green has actually run out of ideas for this novel as he is now recycling bad guys.
This novel deals briefly with the changes in the nightside and the new authorities. It is mainly about a man called Walker who is the wrathful agent of god who is put on earth to punish those unworthy. Naturally he has left his morality behind some time ago and now John has to stand up to him and put him back in his place.
Now if you think this is familiar then you are right, this book was basically an extension on the misguided character at the end of the last novel who thought that he was gods wrathful agent upon earth. It seems as though Simon R Green liked the idea and decided to expand upon it even though in doing so he didn't add anything too it.
This novel was once again just a filler novel to bulk out the series until its inevitable end. The one exciting moment I found in this book was when it became clear that John had nothing blocking his gift for the first time in 9 books. I thought finally we can see the hero at his best and firing on all cylinders. Unfortunately however, now that he could use his gift he seemed to have decided that he didn't want to use it after all.
All things considered, another unimaginative and repetitive outing for John Taylor and the nightside. I am far too invested in this series at this point to stop reading but I am really looking forward to it being finished.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, great series,
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4.0 out of 5 stars Now THAT'S what I'm talking about!,
Now THAT'S what I'm talking about. This is what I wanted to see coming from author Simon R. Green. I first became aware of this author when I read a short story of his which was included in the anthology Mean Streets (Anthology). I really liked the story by Green and bought and read the first book in the Nightside series, Something from the Nightside and was so disappointed in it. The "attitude" in this book is what I had expected to find in the first book of the series. I had bought another book at the same time, this one, and finally, after almost 10 months, decided to read it and hope for the best. Yes, yes, yes, it was really good. I found that irreverent, sarcastic, Bogart-like character that I had enjoyed so much in the short story. There are some very funny lines in this book and this author's sense of humor meshes with mine exactly - not always the case for me. But once the major story line starts taking shape this book turns serious in a hurry. The question of what constitutes innocence and who has the right to determine who lives or dies are very much at the core of this novel. These characters were headed for a showdown and I was interested in seeing how the author managed to resolve the problems. Well, he did just fine!
I do highly recommend this book. It presents a fantasy flip side to London, a side where it is always 3 a.m. and all kinds of evil are available for a price. The character of John Taylor is the anti-hero who just can't help doing the right thing when push comes to shove. I believe this is book number nine in the series so I will be traveling backward in the series in order to read them all. Hopefully that first book will be the only one written before the author found his voice and turned this main character into such a fascinating person. The contrasts between the powerfully bad person he can be and the powerfully good person he is made for a compelling reading experience. And I got some good laughs out of it too! Always an added bonus.
3.0 out of 5 stars Another taste of the darkside,
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor effort from one of my favourite writers,
3.0 out of 5 stars Indeed another judgement day for Nightside,
Several familiar faces are present here; Walker, Julian, Jessica Sorrow the Unbeliever, King of Skin, and Count Video. Part of the fun of the Nightside is the wonderful eclectic and carefully drawn secondary characters and it's nice to see previous characters in cameos. Unfortunately, there is less of Suzie Shooter than normal as she is diverted midway through the case. In many ways although this is a fun installment it feels like we're treading water in this installment; baby steps are made in advancing Suzie and John's complicated relationship and Walker and John have a very touching scene that leaves the reader hungry for more emotional connections like it. As to the Walking Man plot it feels like we've seen this before, particularly the religious and moral complexities echo the Angel War that occurred previously. The main difference in this installment is the increase in graphic violence and gore. Although, Green has always used violence within the Nightside to make a point and there have been genuinely gripping scenes before but this time it feels a lot like the violence is there to pad out the main plot or create a false sense that the plot is moving forward, when in fact often it lurches from loose event to event stitched together by violence like an action movie.
This is one for the hardcore faithful only and lacks the subtelty necessary to make a truly engaging stand alone novel. Here's hoping there is some more momentum to the next installment.
4.0 out of 5 stars How am I supposed to stop the wrath of God?,
This review is from: Just Another Judgement Day (Nightside) (Hardcover)Nobody can ignore it in today's society -- people who claim that they are fighting God's battles, and prove that they aren't by their own actions.
That's the central message of "Just Another Judgement Day," the ninth volume of Simon R. Green's Nightside series. And despite its flip title, this is one of the more philosophical and serious trips into the dark side of London -- lots of meditations on people who commit atrocities in God's name. And, fortunately, lots of vintage Nightside weirdness too.
First, John and Suzie are asked by the foppish Percy D'arcy to find out why his friends aren't aging. When they explore an elite clinic, they find a ghastly "Dorian Grey"-style setup run by a notorious mad genius -- Dr. Frankenstein.
Then the main story: Nature abhors a vacuum, and so does the Nightside -- with the Authorities dead, a new ruling gang has been chosen. And unexpectedly, Walker wishes John Taylor to meet the new Authorities (most of whom don't like him), especially since the Walking Man -- "the wrath of God in the world of men" -- is coming to the Nightside. He is invincible, unstoppable, merciless and immune to sorcery and science alike.
And they want John to stop him somehow. Nice easy job, huh? Unfortunately John's talent is no use as the Walking Man cuts a bloody swathe through the Nightside, the Street of the Gods, and the decidedly guilty individuals there. John and the monster-killing Chandra set out to find the only ghastly weapon capable of stopping the Walking Man -- but even that may not be enough to save them.
"Just Another Judgement Day" has Simon R. Green's typical cocktail of Nightside insanity -- Druid terrorists, sex-reversed extradimensional copies of John and Susie, the Lovecraftian Church of the Unspeakable Abomination, and zombie detectives. It even has some cameos by familiar faces such as Razor Eddie, Jessica Sorrow, Walker, and the lovable Julian Advent.
But despite this weirdness, Green is unusually serious in this book -- there's less witty banter and more focus on the difference between God's will and those who use it as a justification for murder. About halfway through, Green's writing explodes into a spray of death, gunshots, pitched battles and the occasional deflated squid-monster deity. Not to mention the Speaking Gun (yes, again), which is as gross and malignant as ever.
Fortunately about halfway through Green realizes that this is getting a bit too grim, so he inserts some mildly gross comedy in the form of a traffic tunnel that eats cars ("I used my gift to find its gag reflex") and some fun religious pamphlets ("Join the Church of the Undecided. Or don't. See if we care. We're only printing these things as a tax dodge").
But fortunately things don't get too light, and Green keeps a steady hand on Taylor's quest against the Walking Man and Chandra's crisis of faith ("Few of them were in any way worthy of the God they claimed to worship"). And he manages to pull an intriguing turnabout in the penultimate chapter, when John unearths the one way to stop the Walking Man.
And this is a pretty deep book for Taylor, whose own beliefs have been a bit nebulous but who is clearly against random supernatural-vigilantism, which makes him a good foil for the quirky, morally upright Chandra ("I have to get a new agent") who develops a very personal spiritual reason to fight the Walking Man. Walker demonstrates his more human side with his fondness for Taylor, and "black leather Valkyrie" Susie makes some progress on her post-rape phobias.
"Just Another Judgement Day" is one of Simon R Green's less humorous urban fantasies, but it touches well on a timeless topic. And it has Lovecraftian monsters as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just Another Judging of a Book.,
This review is from: Just Another Judgement Day (Nightside) (Hardcover)I personal really enjoyed this book and because of it have gotten on to everything that is Simon Green related. The Characters while being insanely powerful are also portrayed with weaknesses. And the story and background setting of the Nightside is positively unique. 5 Stars.
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Just Another Judgement Day (Nightside) by Simon R.Green (Hardcover - 6 Jan 2009)
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