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Something from the Nightside (Nightside, Bk 1)
Something from the Nightside - Nightside, Bk 1
Author: Simon R. Green
John Taylor is not a private detective per se, but he has a knack for finding lost things. That's why he's been hired to descend into the Nightside, an otherworldly realm in the center of London where fantasy and reality share renting space and the sun never shines. For John Taylor, there's no place like home...
PBS Market Price: $8.09 or $4.19+1 credit
ISBN-13: 9780441010653
ISBN-10: 0441010652
Publication Date: 5/27/2003
Pages: 240
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.

3.7 stars, based on 257 ratings
Publisher: Ace
Book Type: Paperback
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reviewed Something from the Nightside (Nightside, Bk 1) on + 10 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 5
After reading all the positive reviews, I was excited to read this but was quickly disappointed. Was more like a narration rather than a story and how many times does he have to say "the Nightside"?

Tries to be an update on the detective/noir genre but left me cold. Dresden Files is SO much better for my taste, he makes the character someone I can relate to. Sadly, I did enjoy Drinking Midnight Wine by Green but this one wasn't that good and I don't plan to continue on.
reviewed Something from the Nightside (Nightside, Bk 1) on + 33 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
I picked this up to read between books, and I am now about to order the third in the series. It seemed like a brief read, and that is what it was.
It was a light, enjoyable book, not meant to be delved into with any depth. That is exactly what I liked about it. It shows you mystery, oddity, and a character with a past. Cliche, but it works. Not an old dog with new tricks. It is a new dog performing old tricks, which can sound insulting, but what I mean is it's a fresh, different perspective on something that has been done to death, and it does not ask too much of you. All you have to do is get buried in the story as it is told. You don't have to wonder about the 'why' of things being possible, because they simply are in the Nightside. It was good to see a writer tell a story, rather than offer endless explanations about the inner-workings of the oddities. I could see this being an hour long tv series on the sci-fi channel, much in the same vein of other projects they have done. That is what it seemed like.
I recommend it, enthusiastically.
reviewed Something from the Nightside (Nightside, Bk 1) on + 20 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
First in this series. Very interesting setting and characters. Definitely worth reading.
reviewed Something from the Nightside (Nightside, Bk 1) on + 29 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
I tried... I just could not get into this book at all. Starts off like an old detective agency story.... ughhhh, just awful! I hope someone else enjoys it more than I did.
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Helpful Score: 3
A very quick, rather fun little read. At only 240 pages, the plot can't get too complex, but it does make for a satisfying little story. The main character is well-fleshed-out, with many hints to a rather *interesting* past. Some of the supporting characters seem a little thin, however. All in all, a good start to a series, likely to appeal to fans of Jim Butcher's "Dresden Files."
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reviewed Something from the Nightside (Nightside, Bk 1) on + 17 more book reviews
My usual paranormal are vampire funny romance...and this was a definite change from those. Some rather intense moments and a LOT of twists and turns and WHAT?! packed into this fairly short read. On to book two!
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I enjoyed this book very much. I found the characters interesting and multilayered, the setting intriguing, and the plot engaging. John Taylor is a unique PI and I look forward to reading about more of his cases. I agree with another reviewer who found the constant repetition of "in the Nightside" to be annoying -- if the tale had repeatedly ventured back and forth from our mundane world to the Nightside then the reminders wouldn't have been so out of place, but aside from the opening chapter Everything occurred in the dark and sinfully indulgent realm of the Nightside.

I've also read the second volume of this series and am happy to say the author Simon Green refrained from the constant reminders of the location, perhaps because the whole story took place in the Nightside. Both books refer to past experiences of the main character, John Taylor, which adds dimension to him. I look forward to reading more about him.
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all the joy of a mystery, with the addition that John is one bad***. starts out with a mini-case, and then goes on to the big one, and always ends surprisingly