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  1. Toby Toby says:

    The Night Mayor takes the cyberpunk concepts of artificial realities powered by AI and ghosts in the machine and inserts a real and obvious passion for classic films noir to give us a fun cyber noir novel Two Dreamers responsible for creating interactive Dream experiences are press ganged by the British government to enter the dreamscape of a dangerous criminal and change the world around him to such an extent that he is forced back in to the real world Only in this Dream he is an all powerf The Night Mayor takes the cyberpunk concepts of artificial realities powered by AI and ghosts in the machine and inserts a real and obvious passion for classic films noir to give us a fun cyber noir novel Two Dreamers responsible for creating interactive Dream experiences are press ganged by the British government to enter the dreamscape of a dangerous criminal and change the world around him to such an extent that he is forced back in to the real world Only in this Dream he is an all powerful god, and in reality he was obsessed with old flatties from the classic Hollywood film noir period, the combination providing room for Lee Marvin, Claude Rains, Edward G Robinson, Peter Lorre et al to onceskulk around those dark brooding streets of a city where it s perpetually 230am and raining.It s a fun adventure story that is at its best when utilising the traditional hardboiled narrative approach and loses its way a little in the mirrorshades world of what in this instance can only be considered cyberpunk lite There s a lot of imagination involved from Newman and some real skill to make what could have been a terribly gimmicky concept in to a genuine serious novel that utilises that gimmick to great effect This makes spotting the references to all of your favourite noirs that muchfun rather the eye rolling and groaning that you might otherwise expect from otherjokey novels.If, like me, you re a fan of both of these genres and classic film noir, The Night Mayor is a book that should definitely find its way in to your collection


  2. Bill FromPA Bill FromPA says:

    In our opinion, this note of confusion is at the very heart of the oneiric quality specific to the series Raymond Borde and Etienne Chaumeton, A Panorama of American Film Noir All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream Who said that Edgar Allan Poe Or Vincent Price The Night MayorThis novel should delight all devotees of film noir The plot concerns a manhunt for a killer who has escaped into The City, the fugitive s self constructed virtual reality based on films noir, or In our opinion, this note of confusion is at the very heart of the oneiric quality specific to the series Raymond Borde and Etienne Chaumeton, A Panorama of American Film Noir All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream Who said that Edgar Allan Poe Or Vincent Price The Night MayorThis novel should delight all devotees of film noir The plot concerns a manhunt for a killer who has escaped into The City, the fugitive s self constructed virtual reality based on films noir, or flatties as they re referred to in the futuristic milieu of the novel The characters experience not just the mise en sc ne of the films, but their actual narrative techniques, as they fade out and fade in to travel from one place or another, or hear the sourceless moody jazz that accompanies their nocturnal walks Newman throws out references tofilms and actors than I suspect all but the most obsessive fan could catch, I m sure I missed many but did catch a large number such as mentions in passing of an address of 99 River Street, or a restaurant named Mildred s Appearing in typical characterizations but under their own names are many B list stars and character actors that are the glory of the genre, such as Dan Duryea, Gloria Grahame, Thelma Ritter, and, of course, Elisha Cook, Jr.The sf content is very derivative of Philip K Dick, particularly Ubik, with some scenes of high weirdness as characters attempt to re shape the dream world in which they find themselves But Newman does not share PKD s deep seated ambivalence about reality and while such scenes may bend the character s minds, they never threaten to warp the reader s orientation There are also a few alternate history hints thrown out early in the novel which are never developed and add nothing that I could see to the story s meaning The real strength of the book is in the scenes,than half of the total, which take place in The City, and which read something like Finnegans Wake re written by Eddie Muller We had faded in on Poverty Row I had been in town long enough to know the place It was the worst slum in the City, far from the swish Metro and Paramount districts Jerry built tenements cramped together, as convincing as cardboard flats Every hotel room had an irritating sign flashing outside the window Every alley had a mangy black cat set to cringe in a flashlight beam When a door got slammed, the walls shook There weren t many people on the streets at any time of the day Extras cost money This was the world of peeling paint, tap dancing cockroaches and the constant shadow of the boom mike On Poverty Row, life had a low budget and a short running time


  3. A.M. Steiner A.M. Steiner says:

    A curious artefact Written before the internet reduced film buffery to a matter of possessing opposable thumbs, this light novel is essentially a relentless torrent of film noir references The central conceit, suspiciously similar to the Star Trek episodes A Piece of the Action and The Big Goodbye which aired a year or two before Night Mayor s publication , features an inception like dream raid in which a couple of cyberpunks attempt to bring down a super criminal in a black and white, always A curious artefact Written before the internet reduced film buffery to a matter of possessing opposable thumbs, this light novel is essentially a relentless torrent of film noir references The central conceit, suspiciously similar to the Star Trek episodes A Piece of the Action and The Big Goodbye which aired a year or two before Night Mayor s publication , features an inception like dream raid in which a couple of cyberpunks attempt to bring down a super criminal in a black and white, always raining, dreamscape It s amusingly written, and contains a decent number of neat ideas, but nothing is inspected deeply and the main purpose of the book seems to demonstrate Newman s encyclopaedic cineaste credentials That s a shame, because to me it s at its best when he s inventing rather than pastiching As a final thought, most of the films he adores were already fading into obscurity in 1990, and I suspect that to a young modern audience, most of the references would be meaningless I enjoyed it, but I don t think it could possibly get published today


  4. MH MH says:

    Newman s first novel about a dangerous virtual reality world filled with film noir trappings and characters, and clever observations about them, is awfully entertaining The time spent in The City where it s always 2 30 in the morning, dramatically shadowed, and raining wasenjoyable to me than the time spent in the very cyberpunk 80s future world with it s Dreamers, sentient computers, and government agents, but the whole thing moves at a good pace, has some great set pieces, and was a Newman s first novel about a dangerous virtual reality world filled with film noir trappings and characters, and clever observations about them, is awfully entertaining The time spent in The City where it s always 2 30 in the morning, dramatically shadowed, and raining wasenjoyable to me than the time spent in the very cyberpunk 80s future world with it s Dreamers, sentient computers, and government agents, but the whole thing moves at a good pace, has some great set pieces, and was a lot of fun


  5. Lydie Blaizot Lydie Blaizot says:

    Un roman dont l id e de base, tr s int ressante, est g ch e par le manque d informations sur l univers et par des personnages peu convaincants Je me suis pos e beaucoup de questions, rest es sans r ponses, et j ai aussi regrett que le m chant, Truro Daine, reste autant en retrait de l histoire C est pourtant lui l auteur de tout ce mic mac Un roman dont l id e de base, tr s int ressante, est g ch e par le manque d informations sur l univers et par des personnages peu convaincants Je me suis pos e beaucoup de questions, rest es sans r ponses, et j ai aussi regrett que le m chant, Truro Daine, reste autant en retrait de l histoire C est pourtant lui l auteur de tout ce mic mac


  6. Fons Fons says:

    This is a tough one to review.The trouble with Kim Newman, for me, is that I love his topics narratives story lines, but somehow his writing just doesn t jell with me The same happened with Life s Lottery and Anno Dracula3 stars, although I want to love it .


  7. Martin Willoughby Martin Willoughby says:

    Good story and entertaining enough Pity about the spelling mistakes that a professional editor left in.


  8. John Noonan John Noonan says:

    I mean, it was fine.


  9. Staticblaq Staticblaq says:

    I d been waiting for this story to hit Kindle for a while The first handful of pages are the best interpretation of the old fashioned detective noir milieu that I have read in a modern author It was simply fantastic Then the story moved into the SciFi elements and I was for a few chapters until the author detailed the rules and concepts behind what I as reading Once all the world rules and scope was established, it was game on again.Written, in 1992, it wouldn t shock me if this story had ha I d been waiting for this story to hit Kindle for a while The first handful of pages are the best interpretation of the old fashioned detective noir milieu that I have read in a modern author It was simply fantastic Then the story moved into the SciFi elements and I was for a few chapters until the author detailed the rules and concepts behind what I as reading Once all the world rules and scope was established, it was game on again.Written, in 1992, it wouldn t shock me if this story had had some influence on the movie Inception There s a lot of genius involved in this story, and like seeming all genius, there s also a fair touch of madness In a story set within a dream world constructed from a mishmash of old noir films, the reader must be prepared for the surreal dream mechanics that take place That was, however, my least favourite part of the book The author must have an encyclopedic knowledge of the subject matter as the story is a real tour de force of noir tropes and themes Unfortunately, I fear most of the references are lost on my limited grasp of the genre Still, this was a cracking concept for a story and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it


  10. Mike Mike says:

    This was Kim s first work of fiction and it has some of the brillance of his later Anno Dracula series of which i am a big fan It took me a few chapters to get into this figure out what was going on but for a finish i did enjoy it even though i have no interest in film noir.I did recognise quite a few of the real names used but i am sure a lot of the references went over my head The cyberpunk elements are pretty well done entering a persons artifically created dream world manipulating i This was Kim s first work of fiction and it has some of the brillance of his later Anno Dracula series of which i am a big fan It took me a few chapters to get into this figure out what was going on but for a finish i did enjoy it even though i have no interest in film noir.I did recognise quite a few of the real names used but i am sure a lot of the references went over my head The cyberpunk elements are pretty well done entering a persons artifically created dream world manipulating it, while there is also a bigger AI presence watching over all As a side note, it s a very short book which you will get through in a couple of days


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The Night Mayor [EPUB] ✷ The Night Mayor ✺ Kim Newman – Larringtonlifecoaching.co.uk This first novel is a highly entertaining and imaginative journey between fact, fiction, and fantasy in the depths of a city where it is always two thirty in the morning and always raining The convent This first novel is a highly entertaining and imaginative journey between fact, fiction, and fantasy in the depths of a city where it is always two thirty in the morning and always raining The conventions of film noir are lovingly exploited in this entertaining novel New York Times Book Review.