Ghost of a Smile Mass Market Paperback – Aug 30 2011
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About the Author
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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But the Ghost Finders series is a great disappointment. The dialogue is childish and the repartee non-existent. The plot is just a level by level video game narrative. The characters are, at best, cartoonish. After a few pages I was hoping Green would get into gear and create a sort of "Torchwood" kind of team. But this never left Scooby-Do territory.
I'm going to just forget this one for a while, because I really don't want its memory to detract from my enjoyment of the remaining Nightside books. Honestly.
It's throughly low brow in it's own way, but that is what makes it so good. Everything he writes is so over the top, but he does it with real emotion, and a genuine flash of amazement.
For those who have read the previous book in this series, our intrepid Ghost Finders are called to deal with a sticky situation and the usual hyjinx that Simon Green always brings to his books ensures.
Let me be clear.
This is a book for someone who wants to read a great story, and not looking to read something that will alter the very landscape of their existence. For me though, this book was a welcome addition to my library.
They are the good guys, and they will do what is necessary to save the world, even if it means pilfering the armoury and making the hard decisions.
Once the action starts, it doesn't stop. Another quality series from Simon R Green!
I will add that while I have not read the other reviews, I know what they will complain about. There is a certain Deus ex machina quality to some of the solutions to this book. The bad guys also tend to talk and wait for the heroes to come up with a solution to destroy them when they could easily win. While this may not be realistic, (though, who are we to judge what other-dimensional beings would do?), they are still fun.
The truth of the matter is that violence in real life is scary. Getting stabbed in the back or shot from across the street is more likely to occur than having tea and scones with Auric Goldfinger and Pussy Galore. But guess which one of them I would rather read about? Try to remember, these books are written in the name of fun and entertainment. Give it a shot, what have you got to lose?
Get the previous book first though if you haven't read it yet.Ghost of a Chance (A Ghost Finders Novel) Otherwise, some of the book won't make sense and will seem a little disjointed.
And if you do like this one, definitely try his Nightside series. I still re-read those books occasionally and enjoy them every time.