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Review: Something from the Nightside by Simon R. Green

Review: Something from the Nightside by Simon R. GreenAuthor: Simon R. Green
Title: Something from the Nightside
Series: Nightside #1
Publisher: Penguin
Pages: 230
Release Date: 2003
Genres: Urban Fantasy
'Something from the Nightside' is the first book in Green's Nightside sequence, a hard-boiled mystery that chronicles the life of John Taylor, a down-and-out private detective with supernatural abilities who specializes in finding lost things in Nightside. The realm of Nightside is 'the secret, hidden, dark heart' of London, a subterranean world where time and reality have no meaning, a place where it's always three o'clock in the morning and something dangerous is most definitely lurking right around the corner. When a desperate blonde comes to John searching for her runaway daughter, he takes the case, although it means returning to his place of birth, Nightside. John has been living in 'the real world' for five years, and returning to Nightside means being reacquainted with old friends like Razor Eddie, Punk God of the Straight Razor, and Shotgun Suzie, a leather-clad bounty hunter. But the first rule in Nightside is never trust anyone.
Format: Paperback
Also by this author: The Man with the Golden Torc, Tales of the Hidden World
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Something From the Nightside is an urban fantasy novel written by Simon R. Green in 2003.

By far, it’s the most fantastical urban fantasy I’ve read. Simon R. Green pushes the limits of imagination with the strange world of the Nightside. He does an excellent job of getting the reader to suspend disbelief. Weird is the main word that comes to mind when I try to think of how to describe this book. Weird, but in a good way.

John Taylor is a private investigator who has a gift for finding things in the Nightside. The Nightside is a hidden and dangerous part of London. Five years earlier, he left the Nightside, vowing to never return. Now, a client is asking him to take her into the Nightside to find her missing daughter. Simple enough, right? No. Nothing is what is seems. If you are going to read this, be prepared to be surprised and, potentially, grossed out. Giant cockroaches that lay their eggs in human hosts really got me!

I enjoyed Something From the Nightside. This is a series I will definitely continue reading.

I’m deducting half a star only because there were a few things that were so far out there I just didn’t understand what had happened.

About Simon R. Green

Simon was born in Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire, England (where he still resides), in 1955. He has obtained an M.A. in Modern English and American Literature from Leicester University and he also studied history and has a combined Humanities degree. His writing career started in 1973, when he was a student in London. His first actual sale was a story titled Manslayer, back in 1976, but it didn’t appear till much later; Awake, Awake…. was his first sale to a professional editor, in 1979. Furthermore he sold some six or seven stories to semi-pro magazines before that market disappeared practically overnight.
After years of publishers’ rejection letters, he sold an incredible seven novels in 1988, just two days after he started working at Bilbo’s bookshop in Bath (this after three and a half years of being unemployed!). This was followed in 1989 by two more, and a commission to write the bestselling novelization of the Kevin Costner film Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, which has sold more than 370.000 copies.

(bio from his website, photo from Goodreads)


Jen Schaper
I am a mom of three kids, a wife, and a wannabe author. For Books That Hook, I review books, create features and discussions, design the website, and do all the administrative stuff.

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