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The Good, The Bad, And The Uncanny
Simon R. Green
Ace, 288 pages

Simon R. Green
Simon R. Green was born in 1955 in Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire, England. He obtained an M.A. in Modern English and American Literature from Leicester University and he also studied history and has a combined Humanities degree. After several years of publishers' rejection letters, he sold seven novels in 1988, just two days after he started working at Bilbo's bookshop in Bath. This was followed by a commission to write the novelization of the Kevin Costner film Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. He is a British Fantasy Society (BFS) member and still finds time to do some Shakespearean acting.

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SF Site Review: Deathstalker
SF Site Review: Deathstalker Coda
SF Site Review: Deathstalker Return
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SF Site Review: Drinking Midnight Wine
SF Site Review: Beyond The Blue Moon
SF Site Interview: Simon R. Green
SF Site Review: Deathstalker Destiny
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SF Site Review: Deathstalker Honor
SF Site Review: Twilight of the Empire
SF Site Review: Deathstalker Rebellion

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A review by Michael M Jones

The Good, The Bad, And The Uncanny Things never slow down in the Nightside, the secret black heart of London where it's always the darkest part of the night and the shadows have teeth. And as always, where there's trouble, there's John Taylor, private detective and all-around go-to guy when things get weird. His latest job's unusual, even by his standards: escort the elf known as Lord Screech across the Nightside, and keep him safe against all of the many, many nasty people and things that will undoubtedly come out of the woodwork for a chance at killing an elf.

Providing transportation for this little outing is Ms. Fate, the Nightside's very own transvestite superheroine. Survive that, and there's the issue of the three Oblivion brothers, one of whom went missing sometime back, but who desperately needs finding again. Survive that, and John gets to deal with something really upsetting. It seems Walker, Voice of the Authorities that run Nightside, is dying, and he's looking for a replacement. Who better than John Taylor himself, the one man the entire Nightside knows, fears, and occasionally hates? Problem is, John doesn't want the job, so Walker's ready to try the hard sell on him....

The tenth book in the popular Nightside series continues to expand upon a mythos spanning dozens of books and several different series at this point. Not only do we get treated to some more of the Nightside's strangest, deadliest secrets, including the source of Walker's terrifying seeming-omniscience, but we meet the third and most dangerous of the Oblivion brothers, who only shows up when reality itself is threatened. We also get some explanation regarding the recent change of leadership involving the Fae, which has also affected Simon R. Green's Secret History series, and which ties back into an earlier work, Shadows Fall.

Part tour of the Nightside, part farewell to several long-running characters, part Devil's last temptation for John Taylor, there's a definite sense of progress and winding down with this book, as though Green's tidying up the board in preparation for the last few books of the series. It's chock-full of the usual mad ideas, bizarre concepts, weird moments and characters-writ-large that Green specializes in. Though thoroughly entertaining, it's more of a payoff for existing fans than a suitable entry point for newcomers. Either you're in or you're out at this point.

Copyright © 2010 Michael M Jones

Michael M Jones enjoys an addiction to books, for which he's glad there is no cure. He lives with his very patient wife (who doesn't complain about books taking over the house... much), eight cats, and a large plaster penguin that once tasted blood and enjoyed it. A prophecy states that when Michael finishes reading everything on his list, he'll finally die. He aims to be immortal.

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