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4.0 out of 5 stars Well paced pulp urban fantasy, 21 Jun. 2007
This review is from: Something from the Nightside (Mass Market Paperback)
As a set-up book, I think this worked well but there are times when Green over-eggs the pudding. For example, he constantly feels the need to reinforce that Taylor has a magical gift for finding things, that the Nightside is full of things that want to kill or do far more unpleasant things to people, and that Taylor is something of a legend in the Nightside (something that could drift into Gary-Stu territory if he's not careful).

He uses the character of Joanna Barrett to ask the questions that the reader would ask about the Nightside, which works in some sense but at the same time can make for some clunky, expositional dialogue. I also felt at times that the questions were reinforcing information that Taylor had already told the reader via the first person POV and wished that Green had spent a little more time establishing Joanna as more of a character in her own right rather than a stock ice maiden/damsel in distress despite herself character. This is because it would have meant more when it came to the Big Twist, which, as it was, really felt rather by-the-numbers.

The pacing is good - Green is careful to make sure that the action never slows down for a moment and he has some wonderfully creepy imagery - notably in a post-apocalyptic scene where Taylor's friend, Razor Eddie meets a very unpleasant end. At times I think that the book is a little too full of characters - Razor Eddie, Walker, The Collector, Suzie Shooter and there is a danger of them merging into one if Green is not careful. It's also ironic that the character of Cathy (who Taylor is supposed to be finding) isn't developed at all beyond the reader being told that she's sassy - and yet she's down to return in the next book - this felt a little rushed to me and makes me wary of how she will be used.

Finally, Green is writing in a noir, pulp fiction style, which he holds well for the first half of the book but fades in and out in the second half as the action hots up. This isn't a serious quibble because Taylor has a strong enough voice to carry you through the action, but again, it does hint at the novel being rushed.
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