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Hex and the City

(Nightside #4)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  11,398 ratings  ·  264 reviews
Lady Luck has hired John Taylor to investigate the origins of the Nightside--the dark heart of London where it's always 3 A.M. But when he starts to uncover facts about his long-vanished mother, the Nightside--and all of existence-- could be snuffed out. ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 246 pages
Published February 1st 2005 by Ace Books
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Wants to Read More)
I'm writing this review like a letter from a huge fan to the author who wrote this book I loved.

Dear Mr. Green:

Can I be honest and say that you have a very twisted imagination, and I love you for it? Yet again, I found myself horrified, creeped out, laughing like crazy, and going "Aww, that's so sweet," all in the same book. How do you do it?

I love the way you put interesting legends of all sorts, and folklore in your stories. If I wasn't afraid for my life, I think the Nightside would be on int
May 31, 2021 rated it liked it
I admit I WANT to like these much more than I do. I mean, I love Nightside itself. I'm enjoying the revolving-door supernatural characters with almost larger-than-life backstories more interesting than our MC.

So what's my problem? I guess it's just how formulaic this is getting. We moved away from the more traditional noir and have jumped headlong into a late-seasons Supernatural gimmick without the fundamental humor and heart that makes that kind of thing works.

Hell, I even started looking at
Dan Schwent
Aug 28, 2009 rated it liked it
John Taylor gets hired by Lady Luck to find the origins of the Nightside. Along with the insane Madman, undead Sinner, and his lover, the succubus Pretty Poison, Taylor goes looking for answers, bringing him face to face with the most powerful denizens of the Nightside. But what does the origin of the Nightside have to do with his missing mother?

Hex and the City was a good way to wrap up the first part of the Nightside saga. We learn who's been hounding John all of his life, the origin of the Ni
Nov 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook

Best one of the books thus far! What a fun ride in Nightside. I love Sinner and Mad Man. Loved the zig-zag path that the gang took in order to find out the origin of Nightside. I think I'm more enamored with some of the potential identities of Taylor's mother more than who she ended up being. I've been looking forward to this particular encounter and it wasn't a load of fireworks but it was good and leaves more to come.
Oct 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e-books, read-2016
5 Stars

Hex and the City by Simon R. Green is the fourth 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 c
Alondra Miller
Aug 15, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-i-own, fantasy
3.5 Stars

This is my kinda book!

Even though I started out of order; I never felt lost.

Story about the Nightside; an alternate world in between Heaven and Hell. A place where the sick, twisted, evil, fetish-fiends, and those seeking... an alternative to the normal. The main character, John Taylor is a private investigator, of sorts, sent on (quest?) task to find the origins of the Nightside. There are many who don't want him to find the truth, and many who do; and not for the good of all.

Queen Terrible Timy
Actual rating: 3.5 stars
Full review with personal notes can be read here as usual:

John Taylor in this book is hired to investigate the origins of the Nightside in exchange of information about his lost mother - those who are familiar with the series know, that John has a mommy issue, trying to figure out who and where she is. Knowing he will upset a handful of powerful men - Walker and the Authorities included - John can't refuse the chance and dives in h
Stewart Sternberg
Jul 19, 2019 rated it liked it
It isnt as crisply written as the earlier books. The humor stumbles at times, and some of the action is lazy. However, at the same time, when the book is on target it shines. And we finally solve the mystery regarding John Taylor and Nightside. An overall fun read
Jul 15, 2011 rated it it was ok
While this book is in some ways the best of the Nightside books so far, it is in other ways clearly the worst.
When a writer decides to use time-travel as a plot device, he better use a couple of minutes considering the mechanics of changing time.

This book starts of at an auction auctioning away THE butterfly of the butterfly effect.. (which of course is absurd, even for the nightside)
The butterfly effect is a popular name for the Chaos theory, a theory that states that even the smallest actions
Jul 14, 2009 rated it really liked it
As John Taylor continues to work on cases in the Nightside, a bustling city located somewhere under London where all sorts of supernatural legends and creatures come to live, play, and drink, he finds himself working to solve two mysteries. Lady Luck wants him to learn the truth about the strange city's origins, and in return he'll finally find out who his mother is.

There's only one problem. Well, several. To begin with, no one wants John to find out and several people have been hired to get rid
Syed Aunirbaan
Oct 04, 2016 rated it liked it
Full of inconsistencies, scattered characterization and anticlimaxes yet a really enjoyable piece of work.
3.5 stars, rounded down. This is a series that I started ages ago, and haven't made much progress on. While the books have been amusing, the series has failed to truly capture my attention. Something about the sarcastic humor and the dark mythology falls just a bit flat for me, and I haven't quite latched on to John Taylor as a character.

Anyway, I tried this one on audiobook, and it ended up being a pretty good choice. Although it did take me a little bit to adjust, I enjoyed the narration by M
Timelord Iain
More of the same things I've liked so far, but the repetition of phrases isn't letting up any... ...more
Jan 01, 2016 rated it it was ok
It's been a couple years since I read “Nightgale's Lament” the third book in Simon R. Green's ‘Nightside’ series, and that is the only factor I can think of to explain disconnected from this universe I felt picking up “Hex and the City”.

I cannot imagine that the first three books were as poorly written as this one. They couldn't have been. I wouldn't have continued reading them. Would I? Ok, 'poorly written' may be unfair, but at the very least, this book was awkwardly written.

Was I struggling t
Dec 30, 2010 rated it really liked it
This is the 4th book in the Nightside series by Simon Green.

John Taylor is commissioned by the Lady Luck herself to find something near and dear to John's own heart. Lady Luck wishes to know the origins of the Nightside, John suspects that his own mother is linked to the Nightside's origins. John joins up with Madman (who has seen things no human should and, as such, randomly changes the reality around himself) and Sinner (who has been rejected by both heaven and hell and as such cannot be kille
Jan 31, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This is the fourth book in the Nightside series, and it's the one where things actually start rolling. The books before this were fun, but they were setup for what finally transpired in this book.

The Nightside. As we are reminded in the first chapter of every book, in case our puny mortal minds have suppressed the knowledge, is a strange and unknowable place in the heart of London. Everything you never wanted to meet was there. Magic, terror, true love and all manner of fear and fantasy could be
May 09, 2010 rated it liked it
The overarching plot arc starts in the fourth book in the Nightside series. By the end of the novel, everything has changed. From the first, we have had hints that there is something awful about John Taylor's mother and that if he finds out who she is, then the world might be destroyed. Somehow, a horrible group called the Harrowing is connected to this mystery and has been chasing him his entire life.

Lady Luck hires him to find out the origins of the Nightside, and John accepts, even though it
Jan 31, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: People who are waiting for the next Jim Butcher book and have nothing else
Once again I delve into a Simon R. Green Nightside book. I still find the series readable, but nothing spectacular. There has been a noticeable improvement in the writing, and some of Taylor's imaginings are amusing. He maintains a healthy pace in this book, it rarely drags too much. However, I found the chapter of plot exposition near the climax a bit jarring to the pace, a little too slow. Then the climax of the plot hit, and it almost felt too confused as several plot threads all tried to fit ...more
Aug 02, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: supernatural, fiction
I read 2, 3, & 4 in rapid succession because they are a fast read. I'm sure everyone is tired of me stating I like Dresden better! I will say I really enjoyed John's friends in this one. I'm taking a bit of a break before I hit the next few, as they all deal w/ John's mom. I'm trying to decide how much I want to deal w/ John's mom! Recently I'm dealing w/ my own mom! ...more
Amber Hatt
Oct 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
This was my favorite Nightside book to date. It delves into the origins of the nightside and explains why people are so terrified of John Taylor. It brings light to many more mysteries too, like who the old enemy is that has been chasing John his whole life, and who is mother really is. I think the best part about this book, though, is the supporting characters. SUPURB
Pat Atteberry
May 05, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I thought this was an excellent installment of the Nightside series. Really got into John's and the Nightside's background. Showed more how He can be thought of as so powerful. I can't wait to get to the next one. ...more
Nov 25, 2011 rated it it was ok
I really wanted to like this book. Intriguing premise, but zero character development. You can only have so many incredibly powerful beings, all of whom get beat, before it gets old. I was very disappointed.
Rachel C.
May 10, 2012 rated it liked it
I wish the plots in these books were longer, more complicated, and mattered more to John Taylor than just finding the answer to a question. There's so much potential in the world and the characters that Green isn't living up to yet. I think Butcher got there faster with Harry Dresden. ...more
Gautam Surath
Jan 05, 2012 rated it liked it
Hmmmm. Some progress and some awesome descriptions. New pals of Taylor get more and more funky. The into and exit of Sinner and co was really over the top. All in all a great time pass.
Kathryn Ford
Jul 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Another truly masterful piece of work.
Jan 23, 2019 rated it liked it
"Carpe that old Diem. It's later than anyone thinks."

I enjoyed this one. John Taylor is hired by Lady Luck to uncover the origins of the Nightside, and in exchange, she'll reveal to him the greatest mystery in John's life. Who is his mother? John teams up with Sinner, Pretty Poison, and Madman to track down anyone who may know anything about who created the Nightside and why. Eventually, the trail leads them to the overseer of the Nightside called the Lord of Thorns. He judges harshly and live
At times I really feel like John Taylor's name should be changed to Gary Stu. Because honestly, this guy. man. This guy.
So this time around he's hired to look into the origin of the nightside. and it turns into just about as wacky as an adventure as that sounds. Along the way we learn the truth about John's mother's identity.
I'm noticing at this point that this series has a very particular format. John has to do a case. Teams up with supposedly very powerful people who are never mentioned befor
Ben Truong
Hex and the City is the fourth book in Nightside Series written by Simon R. Green and centered on John Taylor, the main protagonist, who is not a private detective per se, but he has a knack for finding lost things.

Taylor was hired to find the origins of the Nightside and what his mother dearest have to do with it. He was hired by Lady Luck to do so – something no sane person should ever do, but then again, no one ever said that John Taylor was ever sane. While on the case he faces off with Walk
Aug 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I felt a slump coming on and pulled out the next Nightside book and sure enough slump gone. Well, this one packed a hell of a punch. It was much darker than the others, and it worked, as the places that we went and people encountered were strange and dismal and of course, dark in nature. Johns life takes a huge turn as he is still trying to discover who his Mother is. Well, we find out and poor guy, he just can't catch a break. This little book was a wallop of a story moving at lightening speeds ...more
Jun 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 Stars

I have had The Nightside Series on my TBR for YEARS! I finally got around to dusting them off and taking a walk on The Nightside. They are a somewhat gritty and darkish urban fantasy with paranormal and sci-fi elements- there is suspense, drama, and plenty of things that go bump in the night.
The series follow John Taylor, a Private Detective who has a reputation for ‘finding things that don’t want to be found”. So, what is The Nightside? It is a place (parallel/alternate reality) in Lond
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Simon Richard Green is a British science fiction and fantasy-author. He holds a degree in Modern English and American Literature from the University of Leicester. His first publication was in 1979.

His Deathstalker series is partly a parody of the usual space-opera of the 1950s, told with sovereign disregard of the rules of probability, while being at the same time extremely bloodthirsty.


Other books in the series

Nightside (1 - 10 of 12 books)
  • Something from the Nightside (Nightside, #1)
  • Agents of Light and Darkness (Nightside, #2)
  • Nightingale's Lament (Nightside, #3)
  • Paths Not Taken (Nightside, #5)
  • Sharper Than a Serpent's Tooth (Nightside, #6)
  • Hell to Pay (Nightside, #7)
  • The Unnatural Inquirer (Nightside, #8)
  • Just Another Judgement Day (Nightside, #9)
  • The Good, the Bad, and the Uncanny (Nightside, #10)
  • A Hard Day's Knight (Nightside, #11)

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