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A Hard Day's Knight (Nightside #11)

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John Taylor is a P.I. with a special talent for finding lost things in the dark and secret center of London known as the Nightside. He's also the reluctant owner of a very special-and dangerous-weapon. Excalibur, the legendary sword. To find out why he was chosen to wield it, John must consult the Last Defenders of Camelot, a group of knights who dwell in a place that some
Hardcover, 294 pages
Published January 4th 2011 by Ace Hardcover (first published January 1st 2011)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
A Hard Day's Knight (Nightside, #11), Simon R. Green (1955)
عنوان: نایت ساید جلد یازدهم: شوالیه دوران سخت؛ نویسنده: سیمون آر. گرین؛ مترجم: زهره حق بین؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، ویدا، چاپ نخست 1390، در 244ص، اندازه 14 در 21 س.م، فروست: مجموعه نایت ساید، شابک جلد 11: 9789642912865؛ شابک دوره: 9789646807914؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان انگلیسی قرن 20 م
Ms. Nikki
Dear John,
You are no longer the super-witty, over-comer of great odds, resource-laced little cad you used to be.
Susie is my girl and all, but I have to wonder if you're holding her back with you.
The Droods have their own series. Let them stay there.
The elves have many kings and queens. Why are they the nightside's problem and how are you so powerful enough to solve it. King Arthur, well, he's just boring to hear about.
I loved you, John, And your twisted world, but you just aren't giving me what
colleen the convivial curmudgeon
I'm going with 3 stars on this one as a sort of average rating.

My biggest issue with this installment is that it's lacking some of the wit and humor and general cleverness* of some of the better installments and, also - and this is the biggest issue - that John has just gotten too powerful. Between his Sight and his gift and his heritage, and the fact that he always has some uber-powerful weapon that he needs for the current crises, there's just not that much in the way of suspense or tension a
Jun 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-read-2011
I really must stop reading whole series in one complete gulp of readiness. Given I am just finishing up the Meredith Gentry series, this may be hard for me to do - there's something about not having to wait for the next book that makes series reading very enjoyable.

However, there is a downside.

And Simon Green ably demonstrated just what that downside is in his Nightside series.

Repetition, folks. So, so noticeable when you read one book straight after the other.

Really - if we haven't read all the
Robert Stadnik
Mar 09, 2011 rated it did not like it
I've read all eleven books in the Nightside series and enjoyed the first few books. But as I read the next book in the series, I couldn't help but feel I was reading the same book over again, but I put that notion out of my mind as I was committed to reading this series. But my dissatisfaction with the repetitive writing grew. Book #11 was such a rehash of the previous books I could barely finish it. For those who have read the series from the start get the same message hammered into them: John ...more
May 03, 2011 rated it it was ok
The night side is the night side inside the night side....Boo

Thank you once again, Simon R. Green for making me dislike your book.

Here's the reason's why.

First, I will never understand, how books like this get published and pass the his editor's table with error's that are clearly seeing name of the main character being writing down a billion times in a span of a few paragraphs(Like the reader's was dumb enough to forget his name ready? nope)and there are part's in the previous book
Krista D.
Jan 09, 2014 rated it did not like it
This was painful reading. I've been struggling to read it for over two months, and these are short books. I just didn't care about King Arthur, the elves, the knights, all of it. I

I skipped through huge bits by the end, just to try to get to the end, as there is normally some big reveal at the end. I probably should have just skipped to the last two pages once I realized this book wasn't going to work for me.

Well, nearly done the series, so I might as well move on.
Ed Nemo
Jan 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Simon R Green’s Nightside books range from good to very good. A Hard Day’s Knight is without a doubt the best Nightside book written. Full of action, fun and a happy enjoyable ending. Absolutely outstanding! King Arthur is finally back…at least for a little while. And action and adventure ensues. Highly recommended!
Mar 22, 2013 rated it liked it
Part 11 in the Nightside stories... It's got an interesting idea about the Lady of the Lake, but not a lot else to go on for this book. This one really exemplifies my complaints about how short and partial fantasy series novels are getting...
Dec 27, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy
This series has run its course.
Mason C.
Aug 06, 2017 rated it liked it
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Deb O rah
Jul 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Green's writing seems more mature, not as rushed as the first in the series with a slightly different format that works well with his story telling.
Feb 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Better than normal, less repetitive and story actually made sense.
Kathy Davie
Sep 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Eleventh in the Nightside urban fantasy series taking place in a neighborhood not near you…thank the gods for that!

The Story
Excalibur has shown up on John Taylor's doorstep and…sh-t…destiny beckons…again. It's never good when destiny shows up and demands a response and Suzie Shooter is quick to encourage John to throw the thing out.

Naturally, nothing is ever easy in the Nightside and Julian Advent is quick to grab John before he can head off to London proper. After all, it is John's fault that t
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This review contains spoilers for the series, but not really for this particular book.

The eleventh, and apparently, penultimate Nightside book, A Hard Day’s Knight finally sees a return to form for both Simon R. Green and John Taylor.

One of my complaints about the last two Nightside books, is that Simon R. Green insisted on describing Nightside locations over and over again, that we’d already seen a hundred times. I felt that John Taylor n
Feb 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
Welcome to the Nightside. For those foolish enough to seek it out, it's a literal tourist trap, populated by beings, human and otherwise, who have never seen the sun rise. A place where your dreams can come true - as long as your nightmares don't get you first. My name is John Taylor. I'm a PI with a special talent for finding lost things. Which was more than enough for me - until recently, when fate offered me a job that I couldn't refuse. So now I'm the new Voice of the Authorities, who run th ...more
Sep 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: urban-fantasy
OK, I'll admit it, thanks to a long flight from SF to NY I hardly put this book down; and that's a good thing.

Simon R. Green's 11th instalment in the Nightside series follows hot on the heels of the major events near the end of Book 10 (The Good, the Bad, and the Uncanny), which finds John Taylor dealing with a mysterious package that show's up on his and Suzie Shooter's doorstep in the post; as foretold by Puck.

To deal with the burden of destiny, John finds himself going back to London proper,
I had been wanting to check out this series for some time. As I tend to do, I grabbed this one out of order. I saw it at the library and it was an impulse grab. Sometimes it doesn't matter in what order I start a series. I don't think it should. Good stories should be able to be enjoyed independently, but some stories rely on knowledge of previous events. Even though this is the 11th book in the series I didn't have any problem with getting a grasp of the setting. But still, I should have starte ...more
Dec 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This is the 11th book in the Nightside series by Green; last I heard there are thirteen books planned for this series. This book picks up just moments where the last left off and plunges us into a wonderful new Nightside mystery that is more epic than the last couple books and more, like novels mid-series.

John Taylor and Shotgun Suzie discover that the sword-like package that showed up at the end of book 10 is indeed Excaliber and it is here for a purpose. If only John knew what that purpose was
Jul 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
i think this is the best nightside book in a while. it's not that i didn't like the good, the bad and the uncanny, but this book was much more cohesive in its overall delivery of the plot as well as the development of the peripheral characters as well as the further development of john taylor and suzie shooter. perhaps the weakest part of this book is the part that is previewed by the synopsis--that john has to return to London Proper after leaving there five years ago (i also think this is the ...more
Dec 27, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Simon Green's Nightside series is a fun sometimes graphic ride through the darker side of city life. In a city where everything imaginable is for sale, you really have to read the fine print and watch your bottom line. Here P.I. and offspring of an immortal abstract being, John Taylor makes his home with a wonderful woman, who's liable to shoot first and not really bother with questions at all. And what should he find in the mail one day...Excalibur...yes, that one...John didn't have to pull it ...more
Isabel (kittiwake)
“Hello, London Knights. I’m John Taylor. From the Nightside. I need to talk to you concerning something that’s a lot more in your line of work than mine. If it helps, Julien Advent vouches for me. If it doesn’t, I never met the man. Look, this really is something you want to know about. It’s Arthurian as all hell, and the words deep shit and approaching fan should be taken into consideration.”
Still nothing. Arrogant bunch of pricks. I was considering the soothing properties of giving the wall a
Oct 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
This is the 11th book in the Nightside and just when we thought things couldn't get any crazier John Taylor finds himself in possesion of the legendary sword Excalibur. The only thing left to do is find out why and the only way to do that is to search out the London Knights of Camelot, in London proper.

This was one of the darkest books in the series for me and while some of the descriptions were hard to read, I really enjoyed it. This is the books where we see alot of threads from throughout the
Mar 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
As with all the previous Nightside books, this one has a clever titles with a pun. Nice introduction that tells the reader what they need to know before reading the next book in the series; orients new readers well.

For those who haven’t read the series, John Taylor, the main character, is a supernatural private investigator/detective who works in an area of London called The Nightside, which is basically a parallel universe that exists alongside the real version of London. His power is the abil
Simon Green writes an entertaining book. I love both the Nightside and the Drood family series. His wit is quick and his stories move at breakneck speed. John Taylor is one of my favorite characters in science fiction, yes, I consider him and Harry Dresden Science Fiction. Green, like Butcher, have fun with their characters and the lives of those around them. Sure there is death and destruction but we have so much fun watching it all happen.

I can't recall ever feeling let down by any Nightside s
Dec 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved the book and look forward to each new addition to the series. It's amazing to think about the length of the series and how the characters continue to change and yet remain familiar and true to form. This series is a wonderful departure from the Wheel of Time / Song of Ice and Fire trend in fantasy where you need a thousand pages to get to the point.

In this book John Taylor get's Excalibur delivered to him in the mail and typical Simon R. Green adventure ensues. Shotgun Susie accompanies
Jan 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
One thing to say about Simon Green is he always could write epic stories with Humanity's fate at stake and it actually feeling real. Mostly due to the bigger than life characters which all have their own good sides and bad sides and not just cardboard archetypes.

I liked the book, I actually finished the book in 3 hours, which does say something but I can't say it's the best in the series. The book is tightly packed with action but my feeling is that in recent books it's all about the plot rathe
Mar 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: urban-fantasy
"Wait. You've got principles? We'll have to update your file."

A Hard Day's Knight is the penultimate book in Simon R. Green's Nightside series.

John Taylor has once again been "blessed" with a duty he'd rather leave to someone else. Actually this time there's two: possession of the legendary sword Excalibur and a new job thrust upon him due to the events in The Good, The Bad and The Uncanny. To accomplish one (and momentarily skirt the other) John will return to London proper for the first time
Mar 09, 2012 rated it it was ok
A Hard Day's Knight is not for everyone. I never thought I would read a book that was so fantastical that I didn't like it. This book went to the extreme in almost everything and the entire time, I was very aware that I was reading a story as opposed to getting lost in the plot. It was over done in every chapter, there was no suspense or intrigue, and the comedy just wasn't to my taste. Now for some people, I'm sure this is the perfect novel, but it was lacking any sort of wit that I tend to enj ...more
Nov 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
Welcome back to the Nightside...

And we're back to everyone's favorite underside of London, where it's always three in the morning and love is always available -for a price. This time around, though, the stakes are higher and the characters are wilder.

At the end of the last novel, The Good, the Bad, and the Uncanny, the Nightside was left without The Authorities, and our favorite private investigator, John Taylor, is left in charge of the Nightside. He's not alone though, along with his girlfrien
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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.

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“Wait. You've got principles? We'll have to update your file.” 26 likes
“The Nightside CSI is only one man, pleasant enough, calm and easy going, and very professional. It probably helps that he has multiple personality disorder with a sub-personality for every speciality and discipline in his profession. One to handle fingerprints, another to examine blood splatter or look for magical residues...He's really quite good at his job though he does tend to argue with himself.
Between himself he knows everything he needs to know. Each sub-personality has a different voice. Some of them are women. I've never asked.”
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