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The Good, the Bad, and the Uncanny Amazing as always I even cried in this one.Just read the series my friends, I can t recommend these books enough. 4 StarsWell, now you ve done it John Taylor I could see the set up this is how it all ends I mean, this ending is how it begins I really love this character and hope that when it does end, that he gets redeemed It s not his fault, it s destiny Mmmm John Taylor is hired to escort an elf with a secret across the Nightside, and then he joins a rival, Larry Oblivion, to find out what really happened to Larry s brother Tommy during the Lilith War.It felt like three separate short stories There s the story of John and the elf, that mostly seemed like setup for a plot that didn t continue during the rest of this novel Then there s a story about how Larry Oblivion got his weapon, which was nearly a third of the book jarringly told from Larry s p John Taylor is hired to escort an elf with a secret across the Nightside, and then he joins a rival, Larry Oblivion, to find out what really happened to Larry s brother Tommy during the Lilith War.It felt like three separate short stories There s the story of John and the elf, that mostly seemed like setup for a plot that didn t continue during the rest of this novel Then there s a story about how Larry Oblivion got his weapon, which was nearly a third of the book jarringly told from Larry s point of view Finally there was the story of the search for Tommy Oblivion and the confrontations that leads to.Things just didn t come together for me Too much of the book felt like random encounters, and the ongoing story stuff I just plain didn t like Oh, I loved the idea of why Walker wanted to talk to John, but some of the revelations, and especially the story s resolution, felt off I liked Walker better in the early books, back when he was a relatively flat character The way he s been presented since we started to get to know him better has been inconsistent, and in this novel particularly he comes off like a comic book mastermind rather than a person capable of keeping the Nightside going.The biggest problem with these books, and the reason I m starting to judge themharshly, is that they re really, really repetitive Part of it is the author s insistence on constantly talking about the Nightside and its inhabitants and its dangers in similar terms or the exact same ones from book to book Part of it is just a stylistic quirk, one that unfortunately bleeds over into the Eddie Drood books Every character, group, and location gets an epithet and a couple of sentences or even paragraphs worth of back story And it s not just the important people or places, we get random filler about every person John Taylor passes on the street or even thinks about I think it s intended to give the setting depth, but constant asides about this hero or that god or the other criminal gang have the opposite effect on me The overdone, similar descriptions make everyone blend together, like they re the same generic person wearing a different mask.There s a lot of potential for the next book s story, but I worry that the stylistic choices that have been bothering me will keep me from enjoying it even if I like the plot choices The Good, the Bad, and the Uncanny is the tenth novel by Simon R Green in the Nightsideseries enter at your own peril I would have shortened the title to The Bad as this book is simply, well, bad.This is the part of the review in which I give you the setup of the novel, well can t really do that here I can tell you this much, it has an 80 page introductory portion, including about 40 pages of an entertaining action packed car chase Only t The Good, the Bad, and the Uncanny is the tenth novel by Simon R Green in the Nightsideseries enter at your own peril I would have shortened the title to The Bad as this book is simply, well, bad.This is the part of the review in which I give you the setup of the novel, well can t really do that here I can tell you this much, it has an 80 page introductory portion, including about 40 pages of an entertaining action packed car chase Only that by the end of it, you still don t know what the heck this book is going to be about Once you finish the novel, you ll notice that this early portion was simply the setup for the next book Needless to say that something, the most horrible thing you can imagine that will end up destroying everyone we love and the world as we know it is coming to the Nightside Then again, everything introduced in this series is like that I ll give you the setup for the next one then Excalibur is coming, we don t know what the crap it is, but know that shit will hit the fan and eat your babies in an inexplicable way.Up to this point in the series, I ve had a bit of love and hate relationship with it, but at the very least the Nightside has always entertained me, with a few very good installments in the middle That s all I m asking, a little bit of fun and entertainment But when you have gone through 140 pages of a 275 page novel and still looking for the book s plot to pick up in some way, then there s something seriously wrong with it by my estimation The worst part of it is that we had to go through 40 pages of a fairly pointless flashback narrated by a minor character one doesn t care for and within the first few sentences you can pretty much tell what the whole flashback is going to be about and how it ll conclude So why torture your readers through this Even worse than the worst, and inside the Nightside that s possible, is that the final portion of the book where everything comes together is actually promising and the prospect of excitement finally makes you want to forget the journey to this point It s the culmination of what was begun in the first novel, a moment we ve all been waiting for, and in typical The Bad style, it falls flat on its face completely anti climatic and uninspiring Just another day in the Nightside I guess.Above all of this, as hard as it may be to believe, what has really gotten to me is that for a place that should be unique and different, everything is the same We enter a shop, careful with the plates, they eat balls for breakfast Buyer beware We enter another shop, don t look at the mirror, it ll suck the light out of your eyes and steal your soul Buyer beware We enter a bar, it s filled with the worst criminals of the Nightside Enter at your own peril We got to a different bar, it s filled with the worst criminals What Enter at your own peril Careful with Timmy the man eating blob, it s so horrible it can t be described Don t pet the Garakunta, the half dragon half rabbit beast, it s so horrible it can t be described I think you get the idea Every time we enter a new establishment we spend pages in passages like this one, and everything is the freaking same, the same old shit over and over Though I particularly never cared for this type of dynamic, I can admit it had its charm early on Ten books later, and still doing the same crap Well, it s gotten old.The Nightsideseries has a lot of parodical elements, but it has become a parody of itself Though I ve enjoyed most of it to this point, I ve kept waiting for the series to take that other step, and things were looking up after five or so novels, but now, I m just not sure if it ll ever get there for me I ll keep reading, and I hope that this particular installment is simply an aberration, but at this moment I m completely disenad with the Nightside.The Nightsidehas a big fanbase and they ll enjoy the heck out of this novel, and it seems like most have, but it just didn t do anything for me other than to wish to get to the end of itThe Good, the Bad, and the Uncannywas the perfect storm of everything I ve disliked of this series and ruined some of what I ve enjoyed the most I m hoping for the best for the next ones, but hard to feel optimistic about the prospects For all the attempts of being fun, funny, entertaining, witty, exciting I simply got bored and that s a hard thing to do Seems fitting that the next one is titled A Hard Day s Knight 5 Stars The Good, the Bad, and the Uncanny by Simon R Green is book number 10 in the Nightside series I really enjoyed this book and it was one of the darker books of the series The Nightside series is one of my favorite today and a perfect example of how good the Urban Fantasy genre can be I would read about John Taylor everyday if I could.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 5 Stars The Good, the Bad, and the Uncanny by Simon R Green is book number 10 in the Nightside series I really enjoyed this book and it was one of the darker books of the series The Nightside series is one of my favorite today and a perfect example of how good the Urban Fantasy genre can be I would read about John Taylor everyday if I could.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 call him the good guy , John Taylor These marvelous urban fantasies have worked because of the amazing place, the scary and relatable hero John Taylor, and his equally interesting friends and associates I love the humor, the action, and the writingThis story is dark and centers on the manWalker 10 books of thread lines come together in this one I could read these books all day every day Thank you Simon R Green for the amazing series and kick ass, bad ass, and simply cool hero in John Taylor.Highest recommendations for the series.The amazing world building combined with the fantastic writing of Simon Green make the Nightside series a favorite of mine Simon is an intelligent, eloquent and well read writer able to casually throw in references to Dante s Inferno, Macbeth and the Bible without sounding pretentious I m almost certain there are other references in there I overlooked Please note I picked this book up without reading any of the previous novels and keep that in mind when reading this review.In a tucked away part of London where nightmares run wild and things are rarely what they seem, John Taylor is a PI with a sordid past Bored Simon is an intelligent, eloquent and well read writer able to casually throw in references to Dante s Inferno, Macbeth and the Bible without sounding pretentious I m almost certain there are other references in there I overlooked Please note I picked this book up without reading any of the previous novels and keep that in mind when reading this review.In a tucked away part of London where nightmares run wild and things are rarely what they seem, John Taylor is a PI with a sordid past Bored because life is too perfect, John goes looking for trouble and finds it, mirroring the sentiment that we all feel, some days you just shouldn t get out of bed This is not a book for the weak stomached The scenes are graphic and disturbingly creative Anyone who manages not to shudder when John stops his pursuers by using a vanishing spell to remove all of their fillings and crowns has never had dental work The way Simon describes them slinking off when John threatens to do the same to their testicles is just one of the many cinema worthy passages Think Gone in Sixty Seconds had a good chase scene This book puts that chase scene to shame.The characters are witty with dark sarcasm and dry humor A cross dressing super hero ominously named Ms Fate and an exceptionally snobby elf start the story on the right track as they race through the parts of town that everyone who knows better avoids in a bright pink Fatemobile that screams look at me, look at me Even on their best behavior, they are unable to keep their fists to themselves or their words friendly.Without giving answers, the book stirs up many questions What is a society if not a group of people trying to live together Are certain peoplevaluable than others Do some people haveright to life than others Does power corrupt or is it the personality of people who seek power that makes them susceptible to being corrupted by it What is valuable to us What is worth dying for Love, love, love, loved it Some people will tell authors not to use large words where short ones will do, but I don t appreciate being talked down to, in writing especially Humbug I enjoy authors who challenge my vocabulary and reference other works If you want something to breeze through in an afternoon, pick up something else, but for everyone else, this is a quality read and I will most definitely be picking up other Nightside books by Simon R Green so look for them in upcoming reviews.5 out of 5 stars Eliabeth Hawthorne It s an entertaining crime noir meets modern fantasy fiction series but after ten other books, some of the descriptions are frustratingly repetitive This far into the series, I think we all know about the dark nature of the Nightside and we don t need to be reminded about all the various forms of sin and suffering over and over again A lot of the descriptions felt like a copy and paste from previous books and a little like filler.Also filler ish was the first job Taylor takes on in this instal It s an entertaining crime noir meets modern fantasy fiction series but after ten other books, some of the descriptions are frustratingly repetitive This far into the series, I think we all know about the dark nature of the Nightside and we don t need to be reminded about all the various forms of sin and suffering over and over again A lot of the descriptions felt like a copy and paste from previous books and a little like filler.Also filler ish was the first job Taylor takes on in this installation, seeming to beabout needing to round out the page count rather than really forwarding the ongoing plot lines.Towards the end, things wrap up pretty quickly, suddenly and with a bit of a jolt and then the book ends on a one liner clearly meant to draw you into coming back for book 12.Still a good series for light reading There s never been high brow literature in here but not every book needs to have such lofty goals An enjoyable story and characters should be appreciated for their entertainment face value I just wish there was a little bit new and less rehashed in future Nightside novels but I fear the very nature of the series and setting may work against such freshness from happening John Taylor, the PI with a knack for finding things, gets a visit from Walker the powerful, never to be trusted agent who runs the Nightside on behalf of The Authorities He tells John he s dying, and wants to offer him an important job His 2.5Definitely not the strongest in the series It actually took about half the book to just get past the set up and exposition which is rare It didn t help that Larry Oblivion isn t really the most interesting of secondary characters we needDead Boy, Razor Eddie, and Susie Shooter.That said, I wouldn t call this book filler as much as set up It s certainly set up some interesting things which will definitely have consequences to come and oculd lead to some very fun dangerous things 2.5Definitely not the strongest in the series It actually took about half the book to just get past the set up and exposition which is rare It didn t help that Larry Oblivion isn t really the most interesting of secondary characters we needDead Boy, Razor Eddie, and Susie Shooter.That said, I wouldn t call this book filler as much as set up It s certainly set up some interesting things which will definitely have consequences to come and oculd lead to some very fun dangerous things So while this book doesn t stand well on its own, it could lead to bigger and better, or dreadfully worse, things I wish the ending was a bit less anti climactic, but I hold out hope that the arc it s creating and the eventual pay out will be well worth the set up.And, the great strength of the series, it s still filled with random weird and wonderful little references, such as the blind Greek man singing the love song to his mother Mini Review In many ways, this also felt like a filler novel in the series but several plot points are wrapped up in a fashion that one would call a very Nightside manner There s a portion where I was a little confused because I was wondering why JT would act like that but it wasn t JT at all That portion was about Larry Duh One of the downsides of the way Marc Vietor chooses to narrate the story If I keep this meandering pace up, I may finish up the series before the year is out D


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