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Paths Not Taken (Nightside #5)

4.04  ·  Rating Details ·  8,496 Ratings  ·  187 Reviews
John Taylor just discovered his long-gone mother created the Nightside—the dark heart of London—and intends to destroy it. To save his birthplace, he will have to travel back through a very distant—and probably deadly—past.

ebook, 272 pages
Published August 30th 2005 by Penguin Group (USA)
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Dec 20, 2016 Julie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
To me it's always very interesting and very brave when an author creates a good character that does bad things to good people because he has to and he knows it. He can look someone in the eye, tell them that he's so very sorry, and then do something utterly horrible to them because it has to be that way.

Very rarely do authors continue with that kind of harshness with the hero through a whole series of books. Usually the character buckles or makes an exception or something magically happens that
Feb 09, 2008 Chris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
We're really getting into the meat of this story, and something tells me that I'm gonna have to order the most recent book at some point.

John Taylor has a mission. In the last book, he was tasked with finding out how the Nightside got started, and his search revealed a secret that had long been hidden - the identity of his long-lost mother. He'd wanted to know all his life, and now that he does, he'd do anything to stop her.

His mother is a dangerous woman, and he knows that the best way to find
Kat  Hooper
Jun 01, 2013 Kat Hooper rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
Originally posted at FanLit:

Warning: Contains spoilers for previous NIGHTSIDE books. If you haven’t read them, please start at the beginning with Something from the Nightside. Otherwise you’ll be lost.

Paths Not Taken is the fifth book in Simon R. Green’s NIGHTSIDE series. In the previous installment, Hex and the City, John Taylor investigated the origins of the Nightside and discovered that Lilith, his own mother, was its creator. Now, in Paths Not Taken,
Oct 21, 2015 M rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Ok im fine with a book that forces a hero to do horrible things because it's the only way to stop some Great evil or because it's the only way to save their own lives. But Taylor's just a selfish A-hole. Honestly, i would buy Pretty Posion (evil succubus that enjoys leading the good to hell) as the hero over Taylor, at least she's honest about what she does and Why. He lies, tricks, and kills people throughout the seris when he really doesn't have too. He doesn't even try to find an alternative ...more
Alexander Draganov
Very interesting and original Nightside novel, which has awesome monsters, epic fights and shattering revelations as John Taylor and his friend Suzie travel trough the past, in order to discover the true origins of the Nightside; the Wild Hunt was especially marvellous chapter. The character development is also quite strong, as well as the romantic touch. My only complain is that the characters sometimes seem way too powerful for the tension of the story, this is a problem Green had in some of t ...more
Oct 08, 2015 Graylark rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2-5-stars
The plot meandered all over the place. Too many loopholes/ unanswered questions, and pointless filler.

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Behdad Ahmadi
ترجمه این سری هم که شده جگر زلیخا. تا الآن 4 یا 5 تا مترجم متفاوت به خودش دیده این مجموعه. اما تنها امید فعلا به اینه که مترجم بقیه جلد ها یک نفره (و مترجم جلد اول که ترجمه بسیار خوبی داشت هم نیست).

اما خود کتاب, یک نایت ساید کاملا کلاسیکه. حجم حوادث کولاک می کنه, اتفاقات بسیار پر هیجان, پر تعداد و کوتاه. اما بالاخره آخرش دوباره یک اتفاق طولانی و پر کشش و پر توصیف هم دیده میشه که برای جلوگیری از کسل شدن روایت خیلی خوب بود.

اما اصولن نایت ساید کتابی نیست که یادت بمونه, یا حتا ارزش دوباره خوندن رو د
Jul 20, 2016 Alondra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
4 Stars

Another fun time with John Taylor, as he attempts to go back in time to save the Nightside and his friends from the wrath of his mother. Lilith has returned, as we know; and she is up to no good. He takes along a couple of friends, and makes many enemies along the way. His reputation seems to proceed him. The confrontation between John and Lilith was exciting to see, as he realizes how alien she truly is.
Jan 19, 2010 Chichipio rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
The first three quarters of this book were almost painful to read. Too much self-fulfilling prophecy for my liking; especially because, this time, it was John himself the one doing it, instead of his enemies. After what he saw in the previous book, he should know better.

I know that John is supposed to be more bluff than brains, but some of his decisions here set a new low, even for him. The whole thing with Merlin came up a bit out of the blue. They talked to him a little, then, without further
Jan 15, 2009 Rachel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay, forgive me for saying so, but these books are not high art. But they are fun and quick reads. This one has John Taylor going back in time to see the creation of Nightside, to help him figure out how to stop his mother Lilith from destroying it in the present. It has a strong focus on Suzie Shooter, her relationship with him, and the knowledge John has of her possible future.

You know, fun, interesting ideas about time travel, love the pop culture references (how many lines are quotes from o
Feb 01, 2016 Wickedshizuku rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Paranormal fans, Urban Fantasy fans, Fantasy fans, Science Fiction fans
Recommended to Wickedshizuku by: Goodreads
*GAH BLAH BLAH!* Angst! Serious angst saturates the pages of this one!
John and Suzie do some time traveling in this one, and you'll never believe where they go.

Yeah, you're sure as hell not going to find that out from me. I'm gonna need you to go pick up this series by Friday. Yeah.
Cheers Pretties!
Maggie K
Aug 21, 2012 Maggie K rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
So, a lot of times these Nightside books are annoying to me because they're so over the top. This one could have fallen into that trap as there a couple of really ridiculous little vignettes that didn't need to be there, was TIME TRAVEL people...and some real ass-whooping....and we see how a lot of supporting characters got their it still gets 4 stars. Happy reading!
Ryan Mueller
Another fun entry in the Nightside series. It's completely over-the-top at times, but it keeps me turning the pages. I love the characters and world Green created, and it keeps getting more epic with every book.
Jun 15, 2015 M rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
In good enough condition to take on a trip---I left half of this novel in the Minneapolis airport recycling bin! It made hours pass, but I'm not sure I will pursue other books by Simon R. Green. Thank you Danika!
Jan 02, 2017 Jason rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 Stars

Paths Not Taken by Simon R. Green is the fifth book in the Nightside series. These stories are classic noir like private eye mysteries in an urban fantasy setting. They are perfect for my interests today. I have been reading a lot of urban fantasy lately. Combine my new favorite genre with a detective noir like story and you have made me something special. I loved this book. I loved the writing of Green. I loved the world of Nightside. And I especially loved our main character (can't cal
Nov 20, 2016 Linnea rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
John Taylor has to stop his mother from destroying the Nightside. In order to do that he has to travel into the past with Shotgun Suzie and Tommy in order to watch the creation of the Nightside. That way they hopefully find a way to destroy John Taylor's mother. When they ask Old Father Time for help he lets them time-travel to the past. When he sends them back in time, they don't go far enough. They think John Taylor's mother has something to do with it. They have to find many ways in order to ...more
Midu Hadi

How John Taylor Surprised Me With His Beliefs About Good and Evil -- A Review of Paths Not Taken (Nightside #5)

My Thoughts

The first instance ever that I have read the words jet-black describing the MC's mom's hair. The thing with jet-black is that while I have heard it used quite often in my family, I haven't heard it or read it anywhere else. We use it to describe a shade of black darker than black and shiny. Maybe I found this word because this book was written by a British author and not an A
Radosław Matynia
The weakest one of the series for me till now. The story is good but it gets boring few times (like SRG had to fill book with something between his good ideas). There is this awkward romance between John and Suzie. And for John, I don't like him very much in this book. He doesn't think about the consequences of his actions, tell Suzie ten times that he will never let her be hurt again and let her be hurt again next page and he is acting like a jerk.

Simon R. Green is one of my favourites writers
Mar 17, 2014 Daniel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
May I begin by stating that overall, this was a tough book for me to get through.

I picked it up at a used bookstore, and I read the first few pages, and it seemed promising enough. However, what I didn't realize at the time is that it was fifth in a series. And while some readers may think this invalidates my review, please stick with me-- I believe a number of my thoughts would be valid had I still read the four books prior to this one.

And then let me also say I will not be reading the previous
Patrick D'Orazio
Nov 05, 2010 Patrick D'Orazio rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
John Taylor has finally discovered who his mother is and after the confrontation with her that finished off the previous book in this series, he is ready to travel back in time to do his best to disrupt her plans. By being there at the origins of the Nightside and confronting Lilith he hopes to prevent the horrible visions of the future he has seen and knows that he is the cause of. Against his better judgement Shotgun Suzie and Tommy Oblivion want to tag along for the ride. They need to get Fat ...more
Kathy Davie
Mar 05, 2016 Kathy Davie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, urban
Fifth in the Nightside dark urban fantasy series for young adults set in an alternate London.

My Take
Green grabs you and you had better hang on for a wild ride into his imagination. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll be on the edge of your seat. Green always leaves me panting for more….a girl's just gotta know!

He does have an interesting perspective on the origin of all the evil creatures that haunt our paranormal world and certainly an interesting message to always present a confident façade.

The S
Feb 22, 2015 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Shotgun Suzy so much. And John.
Lilith, is batshit crazy.

This one started out pretty bland for me but picked up once they got into the meat of the story; by doing a thing that will help John deal with this whole Lilith mess.

And, it's quite a mess.

I've been listening to these on audio, and I love listening to John dealing with the emotions he tries so hard to keep shut down. He cares about all of his friends, even though he knows at the right cost, they'd have no problem taking him out.
Scott Rachui
Jul 02, 2013 Scott Rachui rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read Nightside from the NOT begin with this book since so much of what's in this book depends on earlier stories.

Having said that, this is a great book that is moving the story of supernatural PI John Taylor along to a major milestone (I once thought it would be the conclusion to the series, it's so significant...but there have been multiple books since then, so it's not a conclusion).

Taylor knows that his mom is Lilith, the initially created female before Eve who refused to submit to
Jul 13, 2014 Jennifer rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Well, this book explains why the possible future that has been plaguing John Taylor all his life is more probable than the other possible futures. It also turns out that a lot of problems Taylor has to deal with in his own time are ones he created in the past; John Taylor was a troublemaker in the Nightside before he was even born.

Not a bad book, but since it takes place in the past it reads almost like a prequel, leading to a predetermined destination rather than forging a new path.


In my rev
Apr 07, 2014 Kristin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Another enjoyable installation in the Nightside series. Our good protagonist, John Taylor, decided he needed to go back in Time to find out the beginnings of Nightside and confront his Mother, the Being and Power known as Lilith. Taylor's goal - to prevent Lilith from destroying a future Nightside. His companions on this quest are Tommy Oblivion and Suzie Shooter. Except, things don't go quite as planned...

Green continues to work on his world building and fleshing out his characters. In this boo
Gareth Otton
It's a hard thing to review this latest book.

On the one hand it has a huge number of elements that I really hate. Time travel is always a great big no for me as I simply can't get past the unending paradoxes as well as the illogical cyclical problems that always arise. There is also the problem of the enormous amount of dubious philosophy that is thrown into this book in both the history of the world and behind the character's reasoning.

On the other hand this book is what I hoped it would be i
Martin Murd
Dec 03, 2015 Martin Murd rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
That book is the first one in my remembered history that i have rated with 1 star. It is not how the book is written nor is it because of a storyline. Those would make it a solid 3, maybe even 4 star book.

The shoddy rating comes from one thing only: John Taylor.

I have personal distaste about hypocritical a**holes as a general disposition and The Big Hero serves double helping plus a side dish of downright painful stupidity and arrogance. The amount of sheer self-righteous abuse he commits with
Dec 30, 2010 Karissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the 5th book in the Nightside series by Simon Green. This book followed a similar format to the last book, in that it is more of series book than a self-contained adventure. Still it was a fun read, quick paced, and very creative.

In this book John Taylor travels with Shotgun Suzie and Tommy Oblivion back through time to find out how the Nightside was created. So, pretty much this book is what the last book said it was going to be.

Occasionally because of the time travel the story seems a
Nancy Oakes
Feb 12, 2008 Nancy Oakes rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
no spoilers! just a synopsis

I didn't like this one as much as I have the others, but that's okay. It was still quite good; just a little slower to start and get to the heart of the story. Our hero, John Taylor, in Book #4 "Hex and the City," decided that the only way to face down his mother (whose identity was discovered in said book) was to travel back through time and face her when she was at her weakest, after the creation of the Nightside. If you haven't read the first four books, you have a
Sep 18, 2013 Neil rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Another solid book in the Nightside Series. Paths Not Taken, Book 5 in the series, takes on a darker tone as John Taylor, Shotgun Suzie and the Tommy Oblivion the Existential Detective venture back in time to witness key events in the past that helped shape the Nightside and some of the Powers within it.

Simon R. Green tied many of the events and characters in the prior books into this book, and I always find that's one of the great joys of a expansive series like this. Suzie Shooter's character
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