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For me this is what science fiction should be like. It has the necessary ingredients of a good novel, good characterization, good descriptions, good plotting, and thoughtful exploration of the situations. The requirements of science fiction, for me, include imaginative and even surreal scenes. This book has these, and although surreal, in my opinion, it never seems absurd. On the contrary, it all seems hyper-real as a dream does when one is in the middle of the dream, with a sort of compelling logic of its own.
The quality of the writing and descriptions is excellent. It is also easy to listen to, unpretentious. I might even say that it is inspired.
Of course, others may have a different experience of the book. But that is mine.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Strangeley I enjoyed this listen, despite his over use of description and really annoying habit of stating where the characters are (in the nightside! if you listen to this book you'll hear that phrase approx. every 3-5mins, very irritating). However the writer clearly has talent, (but he may want to invest in a decent editor for his future titles) the story line is engaging and the characters, although exagerated to the limit, are believable and fun. If you like Angel and stereotypical Privat Eye detection then you'll like this, if you can get past some of his annoying habits as a writer you could even love it. All in all it's worth a listen, but I still can't decide whether to use one of my points to purchase another of the series when there are so many other potentialy great stories out there.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful
Creatures with no faces, horses that talk and run there own business, and houses that eat people are some of the things you will find In The Nightside. SRG is highly imaginative when it comes to monsters, not having to resort to trolls or sorcerers as found in other books. This book reads like a 1950's detective story only a lot weirder, with characters such as Razor Eddie and Shotgun Suzie.
Every other line begins with or ends with "In The Nightside" or "The Nightside" and each time they are pronounced as if each word is capitalized. The book is filled with lines such as the following: The air was thick and oppressive, hot and moist, like the artificial heat of a greenhouse, where great fleshy things are forced into life that could not normally survive. This world is intersting that SRG has created, only I believe it is better in the short story or novelette size.
I will buy more SRG, if it is on sale for $4.95 or less, but I don't believe I will be paying full price for it.
20 of 20 people found this review helpful
The first installment is pretty good. It is true that the author says "The Nightside" at least once every 30 seconds but the story was entertaining enough that it did not bother me. My review though, is not so much for the book but of the narration. The one thing I absolutely loved about this audiobook is the use of narrator Marc Vietor. I loved his deadpan delivery for the books. For me, his voice is the embodiment of John Taylor. He has made the series and as an avid reader I refuse to purchase the novels but will instead listen to the audio. It's worth checking out especially if you are looking to be entertained during a car trip or even a daily commute.
38 of 39 people found this review helpful