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Something from the Nightside by Simon R. Green
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Dec 11, 2010

really liked it

I discovered Simon Green's Nightside series via an anthology of short stories including one by Jim Butcher. The protagonist is a detective named John Taylor who has a "gift" for finding things in the darkside, which is effectively a special part of London located in another dimension.
Nightside is an interesting place, with Gods, demons, forgotten gods, aliens, witches and supernatural creatures, elves, and humans. It was set up to be beyond the control or influence of Heaven or Hell, by someone to whom John is related.

John Taylor is an interesting and generally enjoyable character, rather reminicent of one of Dashell Hammett's creations as played by Bogart. He's aloof but likeable and not really on anybody's side but his clients.

He has a mysterious past that exposes him to people who continually are trying to kill him for unknown reasons, and even his friends at times try to kill him. He is surrounded by interesting characters dead and alive, of whom my favorite is Larry Oblivion, the Existential Detective.

Green has a nice narrative style, although repetitive at times, and the stories are enjoyable frolics through a fantasy world. As hybrid mystery-fantasies, they generally stand better as fantasy than mysteries, but there are some nice turns and twists in the series.

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