PRAISE FOR SIMON GREEN'S "FOREST KINGDOM" NOVELS
For the HAWK AND FISHER SERIES
I think what charmed me about it is the absolutely unabashed manner in which Green has copied the style of almost any current cop/detective/sleuth TV show -- I kept seeing Hawk as a slightly aging Ken Wahl, and the situations and dialogue are straight off your current screen....Green makes this peculiar combination of classic fantasy and modern tube script work; it's good fun, and ideal light reading.
Asimov's SF Magazine
Haven is one of the most interesting settings yet to appear in fantasy fiction, and Green's very different approach to writing fantasy adventure -- bearing a strong resemblance to the private eye novel -- works surprisingly well.
Science Fiction Chronicle
Swift, intriguing and lively. Green has a marvelous gift of leavening grim situations with wicked wit, and the intrigues are intricative enough to leave even the most practised mystery-solver puzzling. A stormer of a series. Fine stuff.
For BLUE MOON RISING
This fantasy adventure is one readers will savor and enjoy for a long time to come.
New York Daily News
Easily my favorit of Simon Green's fantasy novels.
Science Fiction Chronicle
For BEYOND THE BLUE MOON
chosen as one of the year's best books by SF Chronicle
I was completely caught up in their adventure and read it intently and impatiently until they finally achieved their destiny. If they're making fantasy adventure much better than this, I don't know about it.
Science Fiction Chronicle
Fans of Hawk & Fisher will particularly enjoy the revelations about the deadly duo's background, and as always Green provides plenty of spectacular violence and some spectactular wonders. Solving the mystery is almost incidental, but that doesn't really matter in this engrossing adventure.
Continuing the adventures of a pair of charmingly roguish and intensely honorable heroes, this fast-moving wisecracking sequel to BLUE MOON RISING belongs in most fantasy collections.
Wiltshire (UK) Times
PRAISE FOR SIMON GREEN'S "DEATHSTALKER" NOVELS
A huge SF novel of sweeping scope, told with a strong sense of legend ... some old-fashioned heroes and a theme of honor -- and for the most part, it works.
When Owen Deathstalker, foppish aristocrat-about-the-galaxy and master of the martial arts who'd rather write history, is outlawed by the maximally evil empress Lionstone, it's a pretty sure bet that narrow escapes and desperate deeds will follow. They do. This first-in-a-series is populated by a suave and suitably blasé; hero, nasty villians galore, a wide assortment of peculiar supporting characters of many bizarre species, and the requisite confused love interest; and it is set on a criminal planet, Mistworld, at an imperial court, and all over a wildly variegated galaxy. Green blends derring-do, space battles and wry banter aplenty to form an eminently satisfying space opera.
For DEATHSTALKER REBELLION
Green makes a virtue of taking everything to extremes, and has a lot of fun ... the action is fast and frantic, even compelling.
For DEATHSTALKER WAR
The action is fast and frenzied ... consistently entertains with some wondrously quirky and warped characters.
For DEATHSTALKER LEGACY
Swashbuckling ... rushes from one dramatic set piece to the next ... when Lewis sets off on his heroic quest to locate the original Deathstalker, accompanied by an outrageously diverse band of cohorts, the prospect of another long series of long novels actually sounds like fun.
Full of high drama and huge body count ... it's good fun in Green's best gory style, and all ends with a cliffhanger escape that promises much more action to come in future volumes.
An over-the-top masterpiece that veers between brutal comedy and touching riffs on love, loyalty and betrayal ... bloody funny and extremely bloody.
The Guardian (UK)
One of the few writers still using the galactic empire as a theme, and he does it to good effect. At times the stories have some of the feel of a fantasy epic, but they're undeniably sf, rip roaring space operas with dastardly villains, exciting battles, nefarious plots, and strong willed heroes. Take this as an antidote after one too many serious and relevant stories about the human condition.
Science Fiction Chronicle
A great facility with action scenes, dialogue and likeable characters. Terrific new characters.
SFX Magazine (UK)
I would recommend this book if you like your plots sweeping, your characters big and your stories bold.
SF Crow's Nest
Space opera at its action best. The novel is populated with heroic figures reminiscent of Lancelot and Arthur and villains that make Darth Vader seem like a nice person ... Once again, Simon R. Green has written a work that will appeal to Star War fans.
Midwest Book Review
It's fun, it's frenetic, and it's a barrel of laughs. Doubtless not to everyone's taste, but I can't wait for the next one. Heartily recommended.
For DEATHSTALKER RETURN
A fun, twisty romp with surprises around every corner.
Space opera at its finest ... The motley band of rebels plays off each other with the sharp wit and endearing affection found in the best buddy comedies, and Lewis, with his wry humor, is an engaging galactic Indiana Jones.
Space opera on a grand scale done with great talent and a sense of adventure.
Have fun. Reading even one Deathstalker leaves one feeling jollier than before.
A guaranteed blood-and-thunder romp, shot-through with broad swathes of fashion parody, a sustained piss-take on 'lives of the Rich and Famous' and the occasional lance of satire. This last is refreshing stuff. It's mostly aimed at Dictatorship, Fascism, Established Religion, the Toadying Media and so-forth--and it's nice to find an author who knows that laughter is the most destructive weapon to aim at a repressive establishment. In short, very violent, very funny, very good.
For DEATHSTALKER CODA
Action, characterization, and ethical dilemmas all balanced and mingled in a way to keep readers turning pages.
Green has created an amazing universe that stretches light years into the far future. Deathstalker Coda provides a very satisfying conclusion to a highly enjoyable series.
Green's ingeniuty and sarcastic prose style keep readers from getting grossed out by the bloodshed or bored by tired space opera theatrics.
Thankfully, Deathstalker Coda is one of those books that has quite obviously been written to entertain you, the reader, rather than simply indulge the writer. Coda bounds forward at a terrific pace...always keeping its focus on the characters rather than impenetrable technobabble. [H]is prose sparkles with wit, great dialogue and a genuine sense of place. Coda retains the sense of adventure and high spirits that so many epics lose when they drown in their own backstory. You really shouldn't start the series here, but you'd probably enjoy it even if you did.
SFX Magazine (UK)
An epic crescendo in this final installment. Green uses every trick in his extensive repertoire in constructing this ultimate Deathstalker adventure. Highly recommended.
DEATHSTALKER CODA is the latest, last, and possibly even the best installment of Simon R. Green's sprawling space opera, a story overflowing with over-the-top action, memorable characters, bizarre twists, unexpected revelations, monumental battles, huge armies, and visceral fight scenes.
For TWILIGHT OF EMPIRE/DEATHSTALKER PRELUDE
Lots of action ... an uncomplicated plot ... and plenty of exotic dangers and scenes, the kind of story you read to clear your mind of everyday hassles.
Science Fiction Chronicle (HELLWORLD)
Green moves his plot at top speed, and his characters are alive and his background solid.
Baird Searles, Asimov's SF Magazine (MISTWORLD)
Fascinating characters and a complex plot to keep your interest at a fever pitch.
PRAISE FOR SIMON GREEN'S NON-SERIES NOVELS
For DRINKING MIDNIGHT WINE
A likable hero, some new takes on the set up, and his usual highly polished adventure format ... I wouldnt mind another trip to the worlds of Veritie and Mysterie.
Science Fiction Chronicle
Green weaves numerous plot threads together with vivid characters, sharp dialogue, and a touch of Terry Pratchettish absurdity. This world and these characters are so amusing that it will be a shame if Green doesn't revisit them.
A fantastic tale. It reminds me a lot of Neil Gaiman's "American Gods," but itÕs a little more past-paced and intense. Green has packed Mysterie with a cast of colorful characters. DRINKING MINDNIGHT WINE has a little of everything -- mystery, fantasy, norror, suspense and a wicked sense of humor. Green throws it all in a lender and what comes out is a very satisfying story.
The News-Star (Monroe, LA)
An engaging cross-world fantasy that transforms a small English village into a realm of wonder and nightmare. Fans of the urban fantasies of Charles de Lint and Tanya Huff should enjoy this multilayered tale. For most fantasy collections.
An incredibly English novel, in the best sense of the word.
The Guardian (UK)
An imaginative and fun adventure.
Wisecracking fantasy adventure. An entertaining romp ... Many of Green's characters have a depth that humorous fantasy often lacks.
With his usual over-the-top style, Green mixes gods, angels, hard-hitting violence, and mundane details with absurd abandon, working humor into even the most horrifying moments, for some great fun, with a bit of a blood-stained edge to it.
A highly satisfying comic fantasy -- well-written, funny and with a happy ending.
Stands out as being an original and interesting fantasy. It is also a highly entertaining book, easy to read and great fun. Without making it an actual comic story, Green writes with a dry wit and irony which is refreshing and appealing, particularly when compared to the pedestrian nature of much fantasy writing.
For SHADOWS FALL
A memorable effort with some brilliant moments. The finale is epic.
Shadows Fall is an extraordinary town.
PRAISE FOR SIMON GREEN'S "NIGHTSIDE" NOVELS
For SOMETHING FROM THE NIGHTSIDE
So much fun it's practically irresistible ... the start of a series of books that could come to dominate our beach reading for many a summer to come.
A fast-paced, macabre excursion into an entertaining world of twisted heroes and rampant weirdness.
Nobody delivers sharp, crackling dialogue better than Green, and no one whisks readers away to more terrifying adventures or more bewildering locales.
Black Gate #6, Fall 2003
Devotees of edgy urban fantasists Laurell K. Hamilton and Jim Butcher will eat this one up.
A grand tour ... the setup and the writing are good enough to make me hope for more in the series in the near future.
Science Fiction Chronicle
A fascinating little gem that makes people want to walk on the wild and visit his extraordinary world.
Midwest Book Review
A fun read, lots of action and some pretty wild character. I get the feeling Simon Green is setting up a series, and I'll be willing to read more of them.
Books 'n' Bytes
For AGENTS OF LIGHT AND DARKNESS
Green's writing style is a mix of creepy and matter-of-fact, perfectly suited to his dark-tinged story. Supernatural and religious elements combine in the Twilight Zone-like setting.
Considerable skill ... a quick fun book to read ... a lot of talent on display ... so much fun you're only thinking about what comes on the next page -- or in the next book.
Even better than the first ... one of the easiest and fastest reads I've had this summer.
(Science Fiction) Chronicle
For NIGHTINGALE'S LAMENT
The latest installment in Green's Nightside series is a delight -- exciting, action packed, truly suspenseful.
Strong chracterization of a complicated hero is one of the qualities that makes Green's series effective. With dark humor and psychological horror he rivals urban horror writers such as Jim Butcher and Christopher Golden. Laurell Hamilton fans should enjoy this series as well.
Nightingale's Lament offers all the pleasures of the previous novels while still seeming fresh. Green's prose is consistently funny... The NightSide is entertainingly explored, and Green creates several scenes of horrifically imaginative awe. Green is a remarkably effective writer, and his work here is exemplary. He describes vistas that are astonishing, inspiring and darker than the reader might expect. Green's characterization deserves praise as well as his prose. Simon R. Green is a man who knows what works and delivers...no less than a perfectly satisfactory reading experience.
for HEX AND THE CITY
All the elements of a classic PI story... I find this series to be totally enjoyable, and this latest one is no exception.. Green is a natural story teller with a wonderful imagination. Think Mickey Spillane writing espisodes of Millenium. He makes the Nightside come alive in such a vivid way that you wonder if maybe he hasn't actually been there himself. take a vacation with Green into The Nightside...
Green is a master chef. Fans of Harry Dresden would find John Taylor a terrific read...but then again, so would any fan of good, dark urban fantasy. Recommended.
Infused with a wonderful dark humor that is as unique as the nightside itself.
for PATHS NOT TAKEN
...A great entrée into the series for new readers and will delight fans...of the Nightside as well.
Fans of the Nightside series will enjoy the journey into the past of London's underworld.
Green's Nightside novels continue to build, one to the next... Fascinating new players are introduced... High Recommended.
Green makes this kind of story look deceptively easy and he never fails to deliver an entertaining adventure.
Green weaves the threads from book to book that enrich the series as a whole and make each book better than the one before. With every book in this series Green fleshes out his world more and more. A perfect blend of mystery and supernatural fantasy, the Nightside has it all, superb plotting, witting humor and great dialogue. Full of original and unique characters the Nightside is a place I love to visit. John Taylor is a combination of Magnum PI, Van Helsing and Gandalf only hipper and cooler. Get comfortable before you start reading, because chances are you'll want to read it in one sitting. I cannot recommend this series enough.
for SHARPER THAN A SERPENT'S TOOTH
...Colorful and quirky characters. ...it's packed with action and dark humor. Taylor is an eminently sympathetic hero,...entertaining.
This is Green's tour-de-force culmination of the Nightside books. Anyone who's enjoyed the series to date absolutely must read this installment. Highly recommended.
Sharper Than a Serpent's Tooth is an excellent blend of dime store detective and dark fantasy. It's an intense culmination of a gripping series. Highly recommended.
Infinity Plus Review
for HELL TO PAY
The most entertaining aspect lies...in anticpating what Green's twisted imagination will conjure next.
This is an absolutely fantastic and compulsively readable entry in Green's long-running Nightside series. Witty banter, a well-constructed plot and compelling characters combine to make this one hell of a read.
As always, Green shines in his over-the-top no-holds-barred action and descriptions of the Nightside's nastiest, strangest corners. ...no one can write quite like Simon Green when it comes to stylized or extreme dark/urban fantasy storytelling...it's all in good fun. I absolutely love this series. HELL TO PAY is urban fantasy with a neon edge. I'll happily recomment HELL TO PAY as a worthy addition to the Nightside series.
Green Man Reviews
Simon R. Green takes his Nightside series to the next level. With all the mysteries solved in the previous SHARPER THAN A SERPENT'S TOOTH, it was anyone's guess where the story might go from here. Well, now we know--and it's dynamite. If you're looking for fast-paced, no-holds-barred dark urban fantasy, you need look no further: the Nightside is the place for you. With John Taylor as your guide, you know things will never be dull... Strongly recommended.
I love Green's little NightSide novels, they are absolutely tops with me. Each one a quick-reading nugget of fun, chock-a-block with monsters, gangsters, touch talk and good jokes. Here's the book you pick up to read while you ride on one of them cigar tubes that scoots through the skies, crammed with sweaty Others. Yikes, get me my gas mask and aluminum-foil helmet. I don't want anybody reading my mind on the plane. They can read their own Simon R. Green novel. Green's little NightSide novels are the epitome of delightful paperback cheese, smart but not too smart, well-written but not literary. They are tonic to a complicated world that often in fact does demand complicated literature.
The Agony Column
It's no secret that I am a huge fan of this series from Green, and in this latest tale from the Nightside the adventure is a real treat. Green is a demented and disturbed genius, and I mean that in the nicest way! If I ever need help, I want to call on John Taylor.
PRAISE FOR SIMON GREEN'S "SECRET HISTORIES" NOVELS
For THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN TORC
THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN TORC is an enjoyable change of direction from sci-fi master Simon R. Green. The idea...has been tackled before, but Green has given the idea a new lease of life with Eddie Drood, a character as fresh and original as anything seen in fantasy for some time. This will appeal to readers of Terry Pratchett and Christopher Fowler, and should work outside the genre's traditional fanbase.
There's no one who's consistently more entertaining writing that subset of contemporary fantasy that involves the wizards and creatures secretly living among us than Simon R. Green. I've enjoyed all of the books in the Nightside series and this new novel...is even better, with its blend of humor and high adventure.
This spy yarn is packed with enough humor, action and plot twists to satisfy fans who prefer their adventure shaken, not stirred.
an action packeg paranormal mystery.
Monsters & Critics
Written in Green's usual sarcastically snarky style, this is an entertaining and enjoyable series first. ...While the story treads on the same ground as Green's Nightside series, it stands on its own with the addition of James Bond-esque gadgets and high jinks.
With crossover appeal to fans of urban fantasy and adventure/suspense, this witty fantasy adventure belongs in most libraries.
The wisecracking plot hits the ground running and ends with a riproaring finale. Green has certainly provided himself with plenty of scope for Eddie's future adventures.
Quite sharp and easy to read...wonderfully imaginative. Green presents some great plot twists, and a few sparkling and quite original concepts. Imaginative narrative, which pays homage to a range of pulp prose. The novel rattles along at such a pace that, if you're into spoof fantasy, you'll find it compelling despite yourself.
SECRET HISTORIES is a mix of James Bond and Blade, a fast-paced roller-coaster ride through the dark side. The equivelant of a theme park ride, seat of your pants writing, with larfer than life characters and exaggerated situations. You'll step off exhilarated and a little dizzy, but you'll be aware that you had a pretty good time.
Another example of Green's action packed yet irreverent approach to story-telling... All the staples are there for a cracking read; a fast paced plot (complete with car chases and big explosions) coupled with a main character that the reader really wants to succeed. Green's sense of humour runs rampant throughout the book.
Graeme's Fantasy Book Reviews
It's almost impossible to find a writer with a more fertile imagination than Simon, and in his latest book he combines that imagination with non-stop action adventure and a dash of romance. He's a writer who seems endlessly inventive.
Charlaine Harris (charlaineharris.com)
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