- Paperback: 248 pages
- Publisher: Open Road Media Mystery & Thriller (8 July 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1480491160
- ISBN-13: 978-1480491168
- Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.6 x 20.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 310,996 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Tales of the Hidden World Paperback – 8 Jul 2015
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"[In] a Simon R. Green book, everything is larger than life--the heroes extremely heroic, the villains astonishingly villainous, the choices between good and evil very clear-cut. Still, if the ultimate outcome is never really in doubt, there's plenty of entertainment in the journey, and the engagingly-drawn characters." --SFF.net"If they're making fantasy adventure much better than this, I don't know about it." --"Science Fiction Chronicle "on "Beyond the Blue Moon"
[In] a Simon R. Green book, everything is larger than life the heroes extremely heroic, the villains astonishingly villainous, the choices between good and evil very clear-cut. Still, if the ultimate outcome is never really in doubt, there s plenty of entertainment in the journey, and the engagingly-drawn characters. SFF.net If they re making fantasy adventure much better than this, I don t know about it. "Science Fiction Chronicle"on"Beyond the Blue Moon""
About the Author
Simon R. Green is the New York Times-bestselling author of Blue Moon Rising, Beyond the Blue Moon, the Adventures of Hawk & Fisher, the Novels of the Nightside, the Secret Histories Novels, and the Ghost Finders Novels. He is a resident of Bradford-on-Avon in England.
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One of my favorite parts of this collection was reading the personal notes from Green at the end of each story. He usually explained either what had caused him to come up with the idea or what he was doing that influenced the creating of that story. After I began to realize that feature was at the end of each story I started to read the explanation first. It didn't spoil any of the stories for me and actually enhanced them in many cases.Read more ›
For Green fans, there is a bit of the Nightside, a lengthy taste of the Droods, a few other stories that prefigure later series and a few tales that improvise and work variations on often encountered themes. For super fans there is a note from the author at the end of each story that offers some insight into how and why the story was written.
On the other hand, if you are new to Green I'm not entirely sure this collection will offer a complete picture. The Nightside story isn't as clever, witty or satisfying as an actual Nightside book. The story of the Droods' armorer doesn't have the personality and depth I associate with each of the books. And so on.
For my part I thought some of the briefer stand-alone stories were interesting, and I enjoyed reading the stories from earlier in Green's carer to see how he had developed over time. This book offered a fine opportunity to read a short Green tale in a quiet moment. There were some surprises and some comforts, but it was mostly having a chance to dip in and out that I liked.
Please note that I received a free ecopy of this book in exchange for a candid review. Apart from that I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.
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Simon R. Green is one of those authors who just overflows with awesome ideas -- in fact, often he will slap some of his awesome ideas into books that are otherwise unrelated. Read morePublished 23 months ago by EA Solinas
Very good set of short stories, the trouble was they went too quicklyPublished 24 months ago by Mike
Let me begin by saying that I have bought and will continue to buy everything by Simon Green, without a doubt my favorite author. Read morePublished on 28 July 2014 by Gav
I really enjoyed this book. I found it a great introduction to the work of this author and it left me wanting to explore his works further. Read morePublished on 15 July 2014 by Julian Froment