Book Review: Tales from the Nightside

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Tales from the Nightside

Simon R. Green returns with an all new Nightside book, well new in a way at least.

Tales from the Nightside compiles 10 short stories, 9 previously published ones in various magazines and supernatural detective omnibuses and 1 brand new Nightside adventure.

This makes this short story omnibus a must have for every Nightside fan, giving people the opportunity to get their hands on short stories pretty much impossible to acquire otherwise. That and you know: the first new Nightside story in years!

Without delving into the book too deeply to avoid spoilers, all stories feature a myriad of characters, both well known stars from the series such as Razor Eddie , Deadboy and of course leading man John Taylor, but also recurring lesser known ones such as Larry Oblivion , Leo Mourn and eternal passer-by (not just in the Nightside books btw) Harry Fabulous . A lot of them are origin stories too, answering a lot of questions that seasoned readers of Mr Green’s books no doubt have about several of these characters.

Now a little about The Big Game, the all new Nightside story, because let’s face it: a new story demands a little extra attention.

Starring John Taylor, Shotgun Suzie and a couple of other series regulars as well as a new and unexpected ally, they go up against an all new villain, threatening not only the Nightside itself (business as usual in that place), but the very being of our heroes.

It’s a great little story, proving that the Nightside isn’t getting old nor stale at all. It is, however, raising a hell of a lot of questions, which aren’t answered at all. If you’re well acquainted with the series, you’ll spot those right away. If you’re not, and you love dark fantasy and neon noir detective stories, you’ll likely to like it for the great storytelling with brilliant characters that all these stories are.

Tales from the Nightside is a great way for fans to find out more about the characters and the setting that they love, and for people unacquainted with the dark, secret, hidden heart of London that is the Nightside to get to know the setting as well as many of its denizens.

If you love detective stories with a dark twist and don’t know the setting yet this is definitely a series worth discovering. Might as well start here, with this awesome collection of short stories, introducing and expanding on this world and the people that live in it in one go, depending on how well you know it already.

Out on January 6 2015, but already available for pre-order at all your usual book sellers.

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