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- Listening Length: 5 hours and 51 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Audible Studios
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 24 Nov. 2008
- Language: English
- ASIN: B002SPZW3U
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Something from the Nightside: Nightside, Book 1 Audiobook – Unabridged
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John Taylor is a private detective, no one's hero, who has run away from the Nightside. He is dragged back to his previous life by a damsel in distress who needs a hero.
This book introduces the main characters that you will meet throughout the series. Walker a force for the Authorities, who can call on the armies of church and state to sort things out, Razor Eddie Punk God of the Straight Razor who made a deal with someone or something from the Street of Gods. Alex Morrisey Strangefellows bar owner ,who may be related to King Arthur, who only wears black until they invent a darker colour. My favourite character apart from John Taylor has to be Shotgun Suzie also known as " Oh Christ its her, RUN!"
All said and done a fun read and an easy one!
John, once someone to be reckoned with in the Nightside, has left behind the excitement and danger to scratch out a baseline living in the 'real' London, using his Gift - for finding things - to help. The peace never lasts with Green though, so soon John is pulled back into the underside of London to chase a missing girl..... but it's never that simple is it? Chased and harassed by half the bizarre denizens of the Nightside, and scaring the daylights out of the rest, John finds old friends and enemies and makes a few new ones as he chases down the girl - not to mention breaking one of the rules of being a private detective by falling for her mother, his glam and clever client.
Don't buy this book if you want an intellectual read, or if you've never liked Simon Green before. If however you do like him, or are simply interested in a light, fast peculiar rampage through a twisted world, you should enjoy it. And yes, you probably can start it when you go to bed, finish it, and still wake up none too tired - good job, because it's hard to put down.
Despite his misgivings, the journey back feels like going home. Little has changed in the Nightside. At Sidefellows bar, Alex Morrisey is still tending the bar (but of course, he is cursed to always remain there); Razor Eddie, Punk God of the Straight Razor and Nightside's most proficient eternal killer, is still coming in for free drinks; Suzie Shooter is still around to shoot first and ask questions later; and young punks still have no better sense than to challenge John Taylor's powers. Taylor's gift can be deadly, and he is soon given the opportunity to prove that five years away have not lessened his powers. The secret of Taylor's childhood and mysterious destiny are fleshed out as the story progresses, but the one thing Taylor has been unable to find is the meaning and significance obviously attached to his life - although he's pretty sure it has something to do with his non-human mother who disappeared after he was born. Some unknown but very powerful someone (or something) has been trying to kill him ever since he was a kid, and the blank-faced, pseudo-beings called The Harrowing soon appear to claim their long-stalked prey. They are just one of several deadly problems Taylor encounters on his mission to find the missing young girl.
The actual climax of the story is a little less satisfying than what comes before, but that's about the only small weakness in this action-packed, fast-paced novel. Green proves himself a master of sly, dark humor in these pages, mixing a sharp wit with sociopolitical satire and plenty of campy hard-boiled detective adventure to create a portal to a wondrously enigmatic world where anything can happen and usually does. While the search for the missing girl remains the center of the novel, the story really shifts to that of the mysterious John Taylor himself, as we learn about his past and - thanks to a Timeslip phenomenon - a cataclysmic future he will supposedly bring about. Messiah-like references to him by the likes of the Brittle Sisters of the Hive raise intriguing questions, questions John Taylor wishes he knew the answers to himself.
The prolific Simon R. Green has created other worlds of great fascination in the fields of science fiction and fantasy, but the Nightside may be his most memorable creation, as it truly takes on a unique life of its own. Something From the Nightside leaves many a door open for Green to continue his dark and highly entertaining jaunts into this fascinating world, and the intriguingly complex life of John Taylor is guaranteed to bring delighted readers along for the ride as long as it lasts - especially if it takes us to more places where plague rats travel in pairs because they are afraid to venture out alone.
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