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Simon R. Green
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Dec 29 2009 Nightside (Book 9)

Just another success from the New York Times bestselling author

God's own enforcer, the righteous engine of destruction known as the Walking Man, has come to the Nightside. His sole purpose is the elimination of the wicked and the guilty, which means no one will be left in the Nightside once he gets started. So the Authorities have hired P.I. John Taylor to stop him. Legend has it that he can't be killed. Taylor is very much hoping that the legend isn't true.




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Simon R. Green is a New York Times bestselling author whose works include Drinking Midnight Wine, Beyond the Blue Moon, Blue Moon Rising, The Adventures of Hawk & Fisher, and the Deathstalker series. A resident of Bradford-on-Avon in England, he is currently working on the next Deathstalker novel.


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4.0 out of 5 stars Just another judgement day Sept. 4 2012
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The delivery was quick. Very happy with Amazon. Simon R.Green is a great scifi writer and I enjoy reading his books. Now I'm trying to own the lot so I can read them anytime.
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4.0 out of 5 stars How am I supposed to kill the wrath of God? June 5 2009
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
Nobody can ignore it in today's society -- people who claim that they are fighting God's battles, and prove that they aren't by their own actions.

That's the central message of "Just Another Judgement Day," the ninth volume of Simon R. Green's Nightside series. And despite its flip title, this is one of the more philosophical and serious trips into the dark side of London -- lots of meditations on people who commit atrocities in God's name. And, fortunately, lots of vintage Nightside weirdness too.

First, John and Suzie are asked by the foppish Percy D'arcy to find out why his friends aren't aging. When they explore an elite clinic, they find a ghastly "Dorian Grey"-style setup run by a notorious mad genius -- Dr. Frankenstein.

Then the main story: Nature abhors a vacuum, and so does the Nightside -- with the Authorities dead, a new ruling gang has been chosen. And unexpectedly, Walker wishes John Taylor to meet the new Authorities (most of whom don't like him), especially since the Walking Man -- "the wrath of God in the world of men" -- is coming to the Nightside. He is invincible, unstoppable, merciless and immune to sorcery and science alike.

And they want John to stop him somehow. Nice easy job, huh? Unfortunately John's talent is no use as the Walking Man cuts a bloody swathe through the Nightside, the Street of the Gods, and the decidedly guilty individuals there. John and the monster-killing Chandra set out to find the only ghastly weapon capable of stopping the Walking Man -- but even that may not be enough to save them.

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars How am I supposed to stop the wrath of God? Jan. 14 2009
By E. A Solinas - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Nobody can ignore it in today's society -- people who claim that they are fighting God's battles, and prove that they aren't by their own actions.

That's the central message of "Just Another Judgement Day," the ninth volume of Simon R. Green's Nightside series. And despite its flip title, this is one of the more philosophical and serious trips into the dark side of London -- lots of meditations on people who commit atrocities in God's name. And, fortunately, lots of vintage Nightside weirdness too.

First, John and Suzie are asked by the foppish Percy D'arcy to find out why his friends aren't aging. When they explore an elite clinic, they find a ghastly "Dorian Grey"-style setup run by a notorious mad genius -- Dr. Frankenstein.

Then the main story: Nature abhors a vacuum, and so does the Nightside -- with the Authorities dead, a new ruling gang has been chosen. And unexpectedly, Walker wishes John Taylor to meet the new Authorities (most of whom don't like him), especially since the Walking Man -- "the wrath of God in the world of men" -- is coming to the Nightside. He is invincible, unstoppable, merciless and immune to sorcery and science alike.

And they want John to stop him somehow. Nice easy job, huh? Unfortunately John's talent is no use as the Walking Man cuts a bloody swathe through the Nightside, the Street of the Gods, and the decidedly guilty individuals there. John and the monster-killing Chandra set out to find the only ghastly weapon capable of stopping the Walking Man -- but even that may not be enough to save them.

"Just Another Judgement Day" has Simon R. Green's typical cocktail of Nightside insanity -- Druid terrorists, sex-reversed extradimensional copies of John and Susie, the Lovecraftian Church of the Unspeakable Abomination, and zombie detectives. It even has some cameos by familiar faces such as Razor Eddie, Jessica Sorrow, Walker, and the lovable Julian Advent.

But despite this weirdness, Green is unusually serious in this book -- there's less witty banter and more focus on the difference between God's will and those who use it as a justification for murder. About halfway through, Green's writing explodes into a spray of death, gunshots, pitched battles and the occasional deflated squid-monster deity. Not to mention the Speaking Gun (yes, again), which is as gross and malignant as ever.

Fortunately about halfway through Green realizes that this is getting a bit too grim, so he inserts some mildly gross comedy in the form of a traffic tunnel that eats cars ("I used my gift to find its gag reflex") and some fun religious pamphlets ("Join the Church of the Undecided. Or don't. See if we care. We're only printing these things as a tax dodge").

But fortunately things don't get too light, and Green keeps a steady hand on Taylor's quest against the Walking Man and Chandra's crisis of faith ("Few of them were in any way worthy of the God they claimed to worship"). And he manages to pull an intriguing turnabout in the penultimate chapter, when John unearths the one way to stop the Walking Man.

And this is a pretty deep book for Taylor, whose own beliefs have been a bit nebulous but who is clearly against random supernatural-vigilantism, which makes him a good foil for the quirky, morally upright Chandra ("I have to get a new agent") who develops a very personal spiritual reason to fight the Walking Man. Walker demonstrates his more human side with his fondness for Taylor, and "black leather Valkyrie" Susie makes some progress on her post-rape phobias.

"Just Another Judgement Day" is one of Simon R Green's less humorous urban fantasies, but it touches well on a timeless topic. And it has Lovecraftian monsters as well.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A welcome return to the Nightside March 22 2009
By Timothy Fitzgerald - Published on Amazon.com
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Having read all the Nightside books and branching out to the Secret History series, Simon Green was starting to read a bit stale. While still good reads and full of fresh and interesting ideas, the last Nightside book (as well as the second SH) seemed kinda formulaic, John Taylor paint by numbers if you will.

Green seemed to just be throwing out new characters and fresh ideas just as scenery while Taylor strolled around, all of them having very little to no impact on the story or main character. Characters like Walker and Suzie were just kinda there, and the plot kinda felt very "been there, done that".

So I was pleasantly surprised to find the 9th book in the Nightside to be the best in a while. It is hard to say it is better than the middle trilogy, as that story and the individual books were all just quality jaunts through the Nightside from top to bottom. However, I would say that it is the best of the latter trilogy, and if not for the excellent Agents of Light and Darkness, better than the first trilogy as well.

What makes the new book so interesting is bringing back some real emotional investment for John Taylor. The new character introduced, The Walking Man, God's Wrath personified, places John in very interesting moral situations. He is killing evil people, but the Nightside is filled with Grey characters so where does John draw the line?

In addition to that added moral conundrum, John is also left reeling from some unexpected and unwelcomed attention and news from Walker. Walker is by far the best supporting character in the Nightside, and the relationship between he and John has always been complicated, but the new book adds a new wrinkle that deepens their connection even further.

Add in your usual array of random and creative Green beasties and baddies, and you have one satisfying romp through the Nightside. The book convinces me the Nightside still has some legs left in it (which I was seriously doubting after the Unnatural Inquirer) as well as returning John to the more heroic Champion of the Nightside role he enjoyed in earlier books. Still a hero who does not mind throwing salt in a guys face before kicking him in the balls...but a hero nonetheless!

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best of the Series So Far Jan. 9 2009
By The Bluesman - Published on Amazon.com
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I found this series just after Simon wrote Hex and the City. I've read every book at least twice. The last book, the Unnatural Inquirer, was not his best, and I was worried the series was deteriorating. However, this book again showed the brilliance of Simon Green. It starts off, in typical fashion with an action sequence; then, we get to see Suzie (Oh God It's Her, Run) and John at home. Not exactly the Cleavers. This book develops the characters to a level we have not seen before. We learn why Walker takes such an interest in John. We learn what it takes to bring SS out of her shell (hint:its small, cuddley and needs help); we learn what really, really pisses John Taylor off, and we learn just what Gods wrath might be like. All in all, the best of the series to date.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great additon to the Nightside series; Taylor takes on the Wrath of God June 22 2009
By K. Eckert - Published on Amazon.com
This is book 9 in the Nightside series by Simon Green. I love this series and I loved this book. Last I heard there are going to be 12 books in this series; I hope it is more because I enjoy this series immensley.

The Nightside has a new Authority in place but the New Authories have a problem. Walker comes begging John Taylor to deal with it. You see the Walking Man is coming to the Nightside. The Walking Man is a human man that delivers the wrath of God upon humanity. The Walking man sees in black and whites, no greys. People are either bad or good and, the Nightside being what it is, everyone in it is in trouble. In fact the Walking Man is bent on destroying the whole darn place. The New Authorities need John to find the Walking Man and...deal with him.

This was a great book. As usual it opens with a small case that John Taylor and Shotgun Suzie have to solve; this case is just as interesting and creative as the rest of the book. These books continue to be wilding entertaining, bizarrely creative, and an all around great ride. I love the way Green throws in off-handed comments about the strangest things. Just the fact that the book starts in Strangefellows bar with The Tribe of Gay Barbarians doing the Cancan is enough to make me eagerly devour the whole book. Too bad it was over so quickly.

In this book Shotgun Suzie joins John for part of the journey but John's closest friend is a monster hunter from the Middle East named Chandra. Chandra is a great character. We learn even more about Walker and where his power originates. John and Suzie come to more of an understanding in their "relationship". Madness and mayhem are everywhere. And of course John has to face the Wrath of God.

These books continue to be hilarious, fast-paced, action packed, surprising, creative, and all around hugely entertaining. I was sad when it ended and am eagerly awaiting the next book.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Recommended Read.... Feb. 22 2009
By Deborah Wiley - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
John Taylor is about to face his toughest opponent in the Nightside....

The Nightside is the dark side of London, a hidden section where evil flourishes and the things that go bump in the night coexist with gods and legends. John Taylor is a P.I. with a talent for finding lost things. The Authorities oversee the Nightside; a new group has taken over, but now they want John's help. The Walking Man, the living embodiment of the wrath of God, has his sights set on the Authorities and John may be the only one standing in his way....

Simon R. Green never fails to entertain with his Nightside series and JUST ANOTHER JUDGEMENT DAY is a prime example why. Newcomers to the series could probably read JUST ANOTHER JUDGEMENT DAY as a stand alone but I wouldn't recommend it. In fact, Nightside is a series I highly recommend reading in order as we see some ongoing plotlines as well as character development. In particular, John's fear over who the Authorities are and his relationship with Shotgun Suzie may seem a bit odd if one hasn't read the prior books. Longtime fans of the series will appreciate that we are beginning to see some movement in the relationship between Shotgun Suzie and John, as the scenario was beginning to stagnate a bit.

John Taylor is one of the most intriguing characters in fiction. While he resides in a world of darkness, John basically wants to do what is right. His confrontation with the Walking Man is perhaps his most philosophical ever. The Walking Man points out some of the atrocities of the Nightside, but is his vigilantism truly justified? The sidekick, Chandra, helps add a touch of lightness as well as balance to this very weighty story, as the entire concept of God's will as defined by any one man is thoroughly examined.

JUST ANOTHER JUDGEMENT DAY is another spectacular offering from the very talented Simon R. Green. I can't rave enough about this series. Highly recommended for any fan of dark or urban fantasy!

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