Everybody Comes to the Nightside

I just finished my last RIP book. Thanks to Carl for the great idea!

Everybody Comes to the Nightside, by Simon R. Green is actually a Science Fiction Book Club 3-in-1 book including originally published: Something From the Nightside, Agents of Light and Darkness, and Nightingale’s Lament.

The Nightside books center on John Taylor, a private investigator who has special abilities that help him find things in a dark, magical place called the Nightside. My favorite passage that pretty much sums it up is from the forward in Nightingale’s Lament:
“My name is John Taylor. I’ve made that a name to be respected and feared, but it’s also made me a target my whole life.
I operate as a private eye, in a world where gods and monsters are real. The Nightside: the sick, secret magical heart of London. A place where dreams come true, whether you want them to or not. It’s not easy to find a way in, and it can be even harder to find a way out.
I can find anything, solve any mystery. Except the answers to the dark and deadly secrets of my own past.
My name is John Taylor. And if you’ve come looking for me, either you’re in trouble, or you’re bound to be.”

In the first book, Something From the Nightside, a woman comes to John to ask him to find her daughter. They must travel to the dark and magical world of the Nightside, from where John has fled. The story incorporates dark humor, suspense, and horror, all wrapped up in an eerie mystery. This is my favorite in the series so far, simply because the Nightside is such a mystery and the slow reveal is great because it’s such a new and different place.

In the second book, Agents of Light and Darkness, the Nightside is already exposed to us, so Green can concentrate more on the plot, meanwhile still introducing new, creepy places within the city. A mysterious monk comes to John to ask him to find the Unholy Grail. Angels, demons, and everyone else dangerous seems to be searching for it as well. John teams up with Shotgun Suzie, a deadly assassin who once tried to kill him, for this disturbing tale.

In Nightingale’s Lament, the third book, Taylor is hired to find a famous singer in the Nightside whose audience seems to be committing suicide after her shows. Many more creepy (and yet fun) characters are introduced in this story that either aid or try to kill Taylor along the way.

This was a perfect choice as a final RIP Challenge book. I can probably attribute some of my disturbing dreams lately to the stories in this novella. I love how it’s written in a sort of classic pulp fiction detective novel, yet very fresh and fun.

Speaking of creepy, disturbing things, I was on the edge of my seat several times last night watching Heroes! Each episode keeps getting better!

Don’t forget to read the online comic!

5 thoughts on “Everybody Comes to the Nightside”

  1. These sound very interesting; I love a mystery and supernatural mix. Will look for them at the library first.

    This is an “itinerary” – following the books by one author. 🙂

    Still haven’t received the book yet? Send me your address again, maybe I copied something wrong. I’ll mail you either The Wyvern Mystery or Lolly Willowes whichever you prefer. Can’t imagine where The House on the Borderland has gotten to.

  2. I need to get caught up with this series as he has written several more and they are really fun.

    I also need to get caught up with the online graphic novel for Heroes. I agree, each episode has been great and I really enjoyed last night’s episode.

  3. I have only completed Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman and The House of Spirits by Isabelle Allende so for, for the R.I.P. Challenge. I’m almost done with The Thirteenth Tale, and I so wanted to complete Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell (which I just found out tonight won a Hugo Award). I guess I’ll have to take ALL the way to the END of October to finish this challenge.

    You, however, have done very well. Hooray for your completion!

  4. It’s amazing how a decent product tie-in (like the webcomic) does so much to help the show… specifically as it relates to some of the characters they’ve been covering, like Nathan and Hiro. Just when you think you’ve got an angle on things, the comic adds to the continuity and furthers it along.

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