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Paths Not Taken by Simon R. Green
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Feb 09, 08

bookshelves: fantasy
Read in September, 2006

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 out how to stop her is to go back to where it all began. Which means, of course, time travel.

With bounty hunter Shotgun Suzie (also known as Oh Christ, It's Her) he dives into the deep past of the Nightside, hoping to find a way, any way to prevent the apocalypse that he knows is coming....

Now that Green is really getting the story moving, he does what he does best - beat up his characters. In all the books I've read from him, he has consistently endeared himself to me by being utterly merciless to his characters if he has to be. No matter how much you like them, if it serves the story to have them maimed or killed, then that's what's going to happen. While we're nowhere near the overall climax of the Nightside series here, you can get that feeling of foreboding from knowing that soon, very very soon, everyone is going to start suffering horribly.

I can't wait....
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