Thursday, July 31, 2014

Favourite "modern" author - Simon R Green

I stumbled upon Simon R Green while reading Jim Butcher and his Dresden Files novels.  I think in the back of the book there were advertisements for similar style and genre authors.  I found a number of them, but SRG was my pick of the bunch.

Witty, eloquent and able to spin nuances that made me smile over it's simplicity.  His characters and more importantly the support characters or even those making a brief appearance are memorable.  From the Nightside series there was Razor Eddie, Punk God of the Straight Razor; Jessica Sorrow the Unbeliever; Suzie Shooter also known as Shotgun Suzie, also known as Oh God, it's her, run! and the list goes on. There is never a dull moment in his books.

Books to date that I recommend.

The Secret History series
The Man with the Golden Torc
Daemons Are Forever
The Spy Who Haunted Me
From Hell with Love
For Heaven's Eyes Only
Live and Let Drood
Casino Infernale
Property of a Lady Faire

The Nightside series
Something from the Nightside
Agents of Light and Darkness
Nightingale's Lament
Hex and the City
Paths Not Taken
Sharper than a Serpent's Tooth
Hell to Pay
The Unnatural Inquirer
Just Another Judgement Day
The Good, the Bad, and the Uncanny
A Hard Day's Knight
The Bride Wore Black Leather

The Ghostfinders series
Ghost of a Chance
Ghost of a Smile
Ghost of a Dream
Spirits From Beyond
Voices From Beyond

The Deathstalker series
Deathstalker Rebellion
Deathstalker War
Deathstalker Honour
Deathstalker Destiny
Deathstalker Legacy
Deathstalker Return
Deathstalker Coda

Currently read the Ghostfinders series.  Will leave you with the opening lines from Ghost of a Chance.

Everybody knows there are bad places in the world.

Houses that make you walk by on the other side of the street.  Bedrooms that no-one in their right mind would try to sleep in. The television screen that isn’t empty enough, the mirror with too many faces reflected in it, the voice in the night, and the dark at the top of the stairs.  There are bad places everywhere, in crowded towns and empty fields. Places where there are no safety barriers, where the walls of the world have worn thin, places ... where we know we’re not safe.  It’s in  these bad places that we see things we don’t want to see.

As I was walking up the stair,
I met a man that wasn’t there.
He wasn’t there again today.
I wish that man would go away.

Ghosts. They’ve been around as long as we have, in one form or another. Strange sights and sounds, visitations and wonders, spirits of cold earth and empty graves come back to trouble the living.  Things that won’t lie down; and none of them bound by the laws of the living.  The dead; and things that aren’t dead enough.
There are bad places in the world, but it isn’t the ghosts that make these places bad; it’s the bad places that make ghosts.

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