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Intriguing premise, could have been better realised,
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This review is from: Something from the Nightside (Mass Market Paperback)
This was my first foray into this particular sub-genre, and I bought this on the strength of the reviews. Not for the first time, book reviews being so subjective, the expectation didn't match the reality.
The actual idea of The Nightside is very interesting. If it's similar to worlds created by the other authors mentioned I wouldn't know since I haven't read those authors. There are, however, some similarities to Glen Cook's Garrett series, not so much in the world itself (though there are some) as in some of the stock characters.
The plot is lightweight, and through the 230pp very little happens. Moorcock has shown you can pack a huge amount into a short book, but that's not the case here. Most of the book is taken up by exposition, perhaps pardonable to an extent in the first of a series, but unfortunately it's pretty crudely done. It's all achieved through dialogue, and pretty pompous dialogue at that. Mr. Green obviously wanted to get a lot of information across but what would normally be narrative or thought comes out in long windy speeches from the protagonist, often about a person sitting right next to him.
The book did pick up towards the end, both in pace and in better writing. Some of the characters were interesting as well, but all in all the book was something of a disappointment. If this had been Mr. Green's debut novel I would probably have had a go at number 2 in the hope of seeing an improvement in the writing. As it is, I'll be looking elsewhere for my next read.