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by Simon R. Green

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Lady Luck has hired John Taylor to investigate the origins of the Nightside–the dark heart of London where it”s always 3 A.M. But when he starts to uncover facts about his long-vanished mother, the Nightside–and all of existence– could be snuffed out.
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Fun and entertaining to read. Interesting world building. ( )
ElentarriLT | Mar 24, 2020 |
Excellent book and an ending with a big twist!
This series is getting better and better! ( )
Fidelias | Jan 9, 2020 |
Not just another case book. This one begins a 3-book series that delves into the origin of the Nightside and reveals who John Taylor”s mother is. It doesn”t end on a big cliffhanger, but it definitely leaves you eager to read the next book. ( )
jrg1316 | Jun 20, 2019 |
I liked this a little more than the last one. I can tell that this is a series that is going to be all over the place as far as how well I liked the story. They are super fast reads though, so until they stink up the barn, I will continue. ( )
CSDaley | Mar 28, 2018 |
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Hex and the City is the fourth novel in Simon R. Greenƒ??s NIGHTSIDE series. Iƒ??ve been listening to NIGHTSIDE on audio lately because Iƒ??ve been doing a lot of home improvements, especially painting, and NIGHTSIDE is such an easy read that I donƒ??t ever have to stop and rewind, which is something you donƒ??t want to do when youƒ??ve got paint all over your hands. Audio readers know what I mean.
In Hex and the City, John Taylor is moving on to his next case in the seedy and decadent Nightside where itƒ??s always 3 AM. This time Lady Luck has hired him to discover the origins of the Nightside, something Taylor wanted to do anyway. During his investigation he meets some people/creatures who were fundamentally involved in the establishment of the Nightside. He begins to confirm his suspicion that his own mother, whom he doesnƒ??t even remember, is someone rather important. Heƒ??s not sure what she is or what it means for his own status in the Nightside, but the more he learns, the more nervous he gets.
The NIGHTSIDE books are quick, easy, and fun reads. Their strength is Greenƒ??s setting: the Nightside is bursting with flavor. Itƒ??s the kind of place you wish you could view in person ƒ?? through three feet of warded Kevlar-enhanced plexiglass. Life is both dark and colorful in the Nightside, and itƒ??s brutal, too. Simon populates the Nightside with some crazy characters (many of whom youƒ??ve seen before, but not necessarily all together in one city). Each installment introduces a couple more of them and also lets us spend time with some of our old favorites. In Hex and the City we meet a succubus named Pretty Poison who falls in love with Sinner, the man who sold his soul for true love. Then thereƒ??s Madman, who was sane until he got a glimpse of what lies behind ƒ??reality,ƒ? and the Lamentation who is the God of Suicides. We didnƒ??t get to see Razor Eddie, Dead Boy, or Shotgun Suzie in Hex and the City, but I feel certain that theyƒ??ll show up in a future installment.
After reading four NIGHTSIDE novels back to back, itƒ??s obvious how repetitive the narrative and dialogue are. Green often uses the same words and phrases over and over. For someone who read the books as they came out originally, this may not be quite as noticeable, but even in the same book Green tends to use the same phrases repetitively. Of course this isnƒ??t a series Iƒ??m reading for its ƒ??literary meritƒ? but itƒ??s also one of the reasons I canƒ??t give it a higher rating. Another reason is Greenƒ??s tendency to put John in a situation that weƒ??re told is absolutely hopeless and then to create a deux ex machina (usually in the form of one of his friendƒ??s, or his own, heretofore unknown superpowers) to suddenly obliterate the unstoppable foe. Characters, places, and situations in the Nightside seem to constantly trump each other with their own outrageousness, making everything a bit over the top. Still, Iƒ??m looking forward to learning, along with John Taylor, more about the Nightside, his mother, and his own destiny.
Iƒ??m listening to Marc Vietor read the audiobook version, which was produced by Audible Frontiers. Vietor does a great job with all the characters. I like the audio so much that Iƒ??ve purchased the rest of the series at Audible. ( )
Kat_Hooper | Apr 6, 2014 |
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You can find anything in the Nightside, from the sacred to the profane and back again, but I don”t recommend attending the auctions there unless you”ve got a strong stomach and nerves of steel.
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“She”s not my mother,” I said. “She was never my mother.”

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