Tales from the Nightside

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The Nightside is the hidden underbelly of London, where demons and Gods play and all manner of unspeakable delights and torments can be found. Myths and legends are commonplace there, great evils pal around with heroes, and the endless night grants plenty of shadows for monsters to hide in.

The adventures of Nightside detective John Taylor may be over, but Green still has plenty of tales set in his most iconic setting, returning with a collection of short stories from various anthologies. We get more John Taylor of course, but we also spend time with several background characters, gaining valuable insight into the likes of Dead Boy and Larry Oblivion, as well as meeting strangers to the Nightside like Sam Warren.

These fantasy-fueled detective stories won’t be everyone’s cup of tea—Green’s narrative tricks shine through pretty quickly, despite his many charms—but Green saves his best for last with the previously unreleased “The Big Game,” presenting John Taylor with a challenge so monstrous he might finally have met his match.

Tales from the Nightside is fun spec fic with a dash of darkness. You don’t have to be a Nightside fan to appreciate these twisted tales.

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Star Count 4/5
Format Hard
Page Count 320 pages
Publisher Ace Hardcover
Publish Date 2015-Jan-06
ISBN 9780425270752
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Issue May 2015
Category Science Fiction & Fantasy


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