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Toby Dexter is a slave to his own daily grind-nine-to-five at the local bookstore. But one evening he gets a reprieve in the form of a beautiful woman riding the same train... A woman who opens a door that wasn't there a moment before... The door to Mysterie.....

Title : Drinking Midnight Wine
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ISBN : 9780451458674
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Number of Pages : 290 Pages
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Drinking Midnight Wine Reviews

  • Proditor
    2019-01-15 16:38

    I've seen a few reviews compare this to a comic book, to which I can only say, you don't "get it". That's fine, there is nothing wrong with that, but my belief is that those who loved Deathstalker, don't necessarily get Green's other work. Green's mastery is as a wordsmith. His genius is in the use of character. It's a bit incorrect to say a Norse god gets modern and becomes a Private Detective, it's a lot more accurate to say that a guy who can't find his place in the world (And who also happens to be the great to the 13th or so power removed in lineage from the Norse Gods) finally finds a nitch that works for him. That's what makes Green readable, you can always find something to identify with in his characters. The human condition is prevalent and strong in Green's writing and that is what links you to his characters. Whether that's Jimmy Thunder or his superlative Hawk and Fisher, they all have something that tugs at you. They all have something with which you can draw a parallel. And along the way you get the best banter in the business short of Brust. I wholeheartedly recommend Drinking Midnight Wine to pretty much everyone. Keep an open mind, relax, enjoy.

  • Scribblegirl
    2019-01-19 20:37

    Full disclosure: except for Blue Moon Rising, most of Simon Green's books leave me cold, no matter how badly I want to like them. The Eddie Drood series is okay, and I might like the Nightside series had I not read Jim Butcher's Dresden Files first, but most of the time, Green's books feel slightly misogynistic & sexist in a 1960's sort of way, and I don't trust him not to do what he did in Shadows Fall, which was to yank the rug out from under me at the end and spin out the literary equivalent of Pam having dreamt the entire season while Bobby was in the shower. Drinking Midnight Wine feels very much like Shadows Fall in tone, so by 1/3 of the way through, I suspected a Shadows Fall kind of ending, and Green didn't fool me. The book starts out fine, but then takes a digression so that Green can introduce a few of the other characters in the book. I almost put it down, but right about the time I was tired of it, he returned to his main character, Toby Dexter...who seemed remarkably lazy and unimaginative from the start, so I didn't really buy it when he suddenly became the guy with all the answers and ready to go to the mattresses to save the girl, the city and the other city, with all its magic inhabitants. There just wasn't enough character development there for me to make a believable leap. Similarly, a few other characters conveniently became other than they had been for most of the novel too, and while Green gave reasons for the sudden changes in behavior, it felt pretty convenient and lazy for the changes to happen, like Green just can't stand to write an unpleasant ending. Which I realize may be the case, given the number of books I've read of his that do 180-degree turns so that everyone can live happily ever after, despite Green spending many, many pages in each of them repeating that happily ever after isn't in the cards. I guess the folly lies in me reading Green and expecting anything different...a lesson I have finally learned. From now on, I will stick to Jim Butcher.

  • Fantasy Literature
    2018-12-20 20:49

    Simon R. Green lives in Bradford-on-Avon in real life, and I'll wager a guess as to how Drinking Midnight Wine came to be written. I think Green has met some eccentric folks and seen some weird places in the time he has lived in that town, and so it occurred to him to make up magical explanations for them, and build a fantasy novel around them.Green does a great job of creating engaging characters and vivid scenery. Our hero is Toby, a thirtysomething bookstore clerk who loves books and the pretty lady on the train, and hates exercise and mornings. We also run into the lady-on-the-train herself, aloof Gayle, and her half-crazy sister Luna, both of whom are more than they seem, as well as a minor Norse god, a reluctant werewolf, a gossipy yet mysterious gypsy called the Waking Beauty, and a colony of hippie mice. They are set in a town ... Read More:

  • Kati
    2019-01-19 21:50

    I'm a big fan of Green's "Nightside" series but I had to drop this book. It's a stand-alone story that has nothing to do with Nightside but it still feels like Nightside - just without the Nightside. It's bordering on a carbon copy. Also, the story is told from various POVs and unfortunately, that causes it to drag on. If Green told it just from the POV of Toby, the first guy we meet, the plot would have been much tighter, I think. Also, Toby was the only character that caught my interest and when Green dropped him for like 40 pages right after his introduction... My recommendation? Go and read Green's "Nightside" if you want something entertaining.

  • Vickie
    2019-01-15 20:28

    Every once in a while I will read a stand-alone book that doesn't belong to a series, but I wish it did. This was one of those. A satisfying ending, but I would like to hang out with the characters for a while longer. It's a neat premise, a town that resides in both the real world [Veritie] and the other [Mysterie]. And it's a fight of good versus evil, a man thrown into the battle rather against his will. But he rises to the challenge. He thinks outside the box and is smarter than he credits himself. I liked this one a lot and can definitely recommend.

  • Heather
    2019-01-17 15:33

    This was the first Simon R. Green book that I read. It isn't what I would say is his best work ever, but it was enough to get me to read another one of his books.

  • Carro
    2019-01-06 16:47

    I first read Drinking Midnight Wine years ago and have just re-read it. It is a one-off book of Simon R Green's, not part of any larger series and was written before the Nightside Books.It has something in common with the Nightside books - in that it dips into a parallel universe with great powers - some evil, some good - but all dangerous just due to their extreme power. I've read quite a few of the Nightside books, but in some ways prefer this one. It is warmer, quirky and just for a change is not set in London. There is a lot of urban fantasy set in London, and I have read and enjoyed many such books, but a change is good.This book is set in the small Wiltshire town (check it is Wiltshire) of Bradford-on-Avon - which it so happens I used to know well as I lived near it for a few years. The town is picture book - golden stone cottages up a steep hillside, curving river in the valley, old stone bridge across the river and a cute little station with another golden stone building as the station house. One of the first things that happens is there is a fight between two powers, and the station is blown up. It is really hard to imagine Bradford-on-Avon and explosion in the same universe. Its just such an unlikely place to be a nexus for otherwordly powers and the pivot for the fate of the world.It did add enjoyment for me that I could picture the streets Green was describing and their re-assignment to other worldly characters and having a howling "thing" in the little building on the bridge was also amusing - after the number of children that have yelled into down the years or tried to leap out and surprise their friends.Anyway, onto the book. I think the greatest strength, which occasionally is a weakness, is the ordinariness of the main character, Toby. He really is an ordinary human, and doesn't have or develop any special powers. Everyone around him has various srength and powers, but he has nothing. One of the underlying themes of the book is free will. So this is not as the Nightside books are, an ongoing saga of someone with connections to a darker world, but the one-off adventure of a fairly ordinary bloke who decides to follow a gorgeous woman as she steps through a doorway into a parallel world. About two thirds of the way through the book I got a little bored as Toby, the ordinary man, was still largely following around after the powerful, gorgeous woman. That is what I meant by a weakness in the book. However it all rallied and there was a big fight at the end.I did like this book for the occasional cracks about the world and people's motivations, the inventiveness of the array of powerful and less powerful beings and their falabilities. A lot of time and imagination was spent on this book, the world building and the world twisting - as in how Bradford-on-Avon was changed for the story.

  • Alexander Collas
    2018-12-22 16:57

    Green is one of my favorite authors. He has a few tells but even those are fine once you know about them. The Nightside series introduced me to him and it is a world I still miss. This book lives up to his others and is well worth the read.

  • Joy Gilbert
    2018-12-22 20:32

    Simon R. Green has a way with words that people who only know him from his Deathstalkers series will not recognize. The prose is at times funny and refreshing, poignant and hardhitting. One of my all-time favorite books.

  • Hervé Beilvaire
    2019-01-16 17:36

    Toby Dexter. Il habite Bradford-sur-Avon, une vieille ville où il ne se passe rien. Tous les jours il va à son travail en prenant le train. Tous les jours il ouvre la porte de la librairie Gandalf pour travailler « ranger des retours, garnir des etageres, brancher l’aspirateur ». Tous les jours il reprend le train pour voir en face de lui, La femme à la bouche parfaite, la femme inacessible. Tous les jours il essaie de lui parler mais n’y arrive pas.Pourtant ce soir là, une averse va en décider autrement…Voulant proposer l’abri precaire de son parapluie, il voit cette femme, a la bouche parfaite, disparaître par une porte. Porte qui n’existait pas avant ! Ne voulant pas laisser passer cette chance, il s’engouffre dans cette « porte »..Pour atterrir en Mysterie ! Toby Dexter sera t’il le champion de la terre ? Celui qui fera que Mysterie et Veritie seront sauvées ?Notre monde a deux facettes… Veritie, notre monde tel que nous le connaissons. Mysterie, est pareil, sauf que la magie et les êtres fantastiques y regnent. Et Toby Dexter va se reveler un point focal ! Celui de pouvoir voyager entre les deux mondes. Sauf que Toby ne veut qu’une chose ! L’amour de la femme à la bouche parfaite ! C’aurait pu être sympathique, sirupeux et ultra glamour, de la part de l’Atalante de nous faire un Harlequin fantastique. Mais Simon R Green ne verse pas dans le sirupeux. Il prefere que le vin soit à point pour qu’on puisse le boire… Jusqu’àpres minuit. Complots fous, êtres semi divins voulant êtres humains, objets magiques ayant des etats d’âmes, voire des caprices. Voici une aventure d’un libraire qui aurait voulu être normal s’il n’avait pas emprunté la porte. Magie, humour corrosif et sympathique. Ecriture aisée, ce roman se deguste avec un blanc moelleux, une musique de John Williams en fond sonore…Et un clappement de langue à la fin. LE VIN DE MINUITAuteur : Simon R GreenCollection : La dentelle du cygneEdition : L'Atalante

  • Josh
    2018-12-21 14:39

    A solid read, but there's a lot of concepts that Green throws around here that aren't necessarily well defined or linked up very well. It's almost as if he's tossed together a bunch of cool ideas he thought would make for an interesting story, hit "blend" and just poured it out rather than really planned it all together.The basic plot isn't terribly complex: guy with a terribly ordinary life meets a beautiful woman and on a whim he follows her throw a door he shouldn't have been able to see. Now he's crossed out of his mundane world into a magical world and is bouncing back and forth between the two and seeing how they merge and warp over each other in what he'd thought was a pretty sleepy English town.There is of course a cosmic threat, so allies are summoned (I rather like Jimmy, the demi-god for hire, scion of Thor who sort of plays PI and looks for a fight) the threat is investigated and things all boil to a head.But there's not a ton of depth here. most of the characters don't go deep enough to get their own real voice and are more a collection of quirks and powers bound up in their 1 line character concept. The plot resolution is a bit of a deus ex machina, IMHO and I always find that frustrating and a bit weak.But the concepts are really fun: Veritae vs. Mysterie (the mundane world vs the magical one), the Serpent in the Sun, the Hob, the Brother Under the Hill, the Mice and more are cool ideas...that all deserve a bit more fleshing out. I liked this, but I should have loved it.This is the same problem I'm having with Green's "Nightside" books: the abundance of cool concepts outstrips the characters and development, making it hard to care about anyone. Drinking Midnight Wine (a fairly pretentious title, actually) has similar issues. It's enjoyable, but I wanted more out of it.

  • Anna
    2019-01-14 16:52

    I kept waiting for this book to be more than it was, which kept me reading, but I'm afraid it never got there. The biggest weakness for me was the cast of characters, who were all rather one dimensional and who spent their time chiefly talking about how Very Powerful they were and trying to prove how clever they were. All of the winking and nodding then undermined any legitimate dramatic moments and made them feel false and unearned. Most characters had nothing in the way of actual development, and those that did... for Toby, character development seems to have meant rapidly oscillating between wisecracking and being unbearably entitled to self pity and helplessness to bombastic grandstanding, in no particular order and without any sort of transition. Toby is a vehicle for too many contradictory tropes. Beyond that, I found the writing repetitive (we heard the first seventeen times that Gayle is a Power and a Domination...) and the pacing puzzling. the book jumps from two hundred some pages of exposition straight to denouement with about a paragraph long stop in the world of actual plot. I kept seeing glimmers of the book thus might have been, whether as a Terry Pratchett style romp or as a fantasy epic, but it never quite came together... a shame, for I would have loved to read either of those books.

  • David Caldwell
    2018-12-19 19:44

    I have read this story a few times now and have enjoyed it everytime.This book represents a turning point for Simon R. Green.Before this book came out, he had been writing his Deathstalker (space opera) series and his Blue Moon (sword and sorcery fantasy) series.This book is his first foray into urban fantasy.It is the embryonic Nightside in some ways.Toby Dexter becomes a focal point when he follows the beautiful Gayle through a strange door into Mysterie.Toby seems to be an early (and more innocent) version of John Taylor.The way he faces down the talking mirror and The King of Cats is very much in the falvor of John Taylor.Leo Morn, Nicholas Hob, Jimmy Thunder, Jessica Sorrow the Unbeliever,Lord of Thorns,the Walking Man and even Strangefellows make their first appearance(or at least mention) here.While they may be slightly different than when they appear in the Nightside, they take their first steps here.Leo Morn is much more powerful in this story than he is in the Nightside especially with his Brother Under the Hill giving him guidance.But even with his increased powers , he is still outclassed by the Powers and Dominations in the story.The fights between Angel and Jimmy Thunder are awesome.The Mice are great fun, even if they are just a bunch of old hippies

  • Isabel (kittiwake)
    2019-01-02 19:41

    When Toby Dexter follows a beautiful woman through a door he has never noticed before, he finds that he has moved from Veritie (the real world) into the magical world of Mysterie, and although he is still in Bradford-upon-Avon it is a very different version of the Wiltshire town, peopled by godlings and mythological beings, some of whom are very old and powerful indeed. It becomes clear that he is a focal point, someone who will make a decision at a crucial point in the struggle between good and evil. The inhabitants of Mysterie, however powerful are limited by their mythological roles, whereas Toby, being from Veritie, has free will, and can change the course of events. The hidden identity of the woman Toby loves will not come as a surprise to anyone, but Toby doesn't realise even when he meets her sister.The story was rather slow in the middle, with too much time spent walking around town chatting to various of the inhabitants. However, overall it was very enjoyable; the mice were great, and the thought of the baddie's true identity gave me a shiver - just imagine if it were true!

  • Paula
    2019-01-16 13:48

    The protagonist of Drinking Midnight Wine is Toby, who lives a very tedious life working in a bookshop and only clambers out of his rut one evening on his return from work, when he decides to wait out a rainstorm at the train station and witnesses something he shouldn't have seen. Although he's been besotted with the woman who often sits in the same railway carriage, he hadn't realised that she was much more than she appeared, until he follows her from the real world of Veritie into the realms of Mysterie. There, it seems, a plot is afoot to merge the two worlds together, which will ultimately lead to the destruction of both. Toby finds himself dragged along to both investigate what is going on and ultimately to try and thwart it. It's an entertaining enough book, particularly if you're playing spot-the-real-identity for some of the characters, but I can't say I would read it again.

  • Aelvana
    2018-12-22 17:46

    I really love his Hawk and Fisher books, so I decided to try more by him in the hopes he's kept that same humorous sarcasm. It is there, though not as strongly. The plot itself is a bit weak, but the characters are pretty interesting. A middle-aged bookstore clerk followed a strange woman through a door that wasn't there a moment ago into the magical world that coexists with our own, thus starting a chain of events that flings him at the center of a plan to destroy both worlds. I didn't figure out the joke behind Veritie until after I finished, sadly (for those wondering, it's a slightly altered form of the Latin word for "truth", which I only know because Pratchett and Peretti both mention it in one novel or another). Green could've done more with the most intriguing concept: that the mortal world is stronger because it allows change. Or he could've tried to go deeper into the limits of Mysterie: what you are defines who you are. Either of those would make a fascinating sequel.

  • Netanella
    2019-01-17 21:57

    What a great read! The cast of characters read like the script of a Gaiman graphic novel - a Norse demigod, Luna, Gaia, a fallen Angel, a werewolf, a nephilim, the King of Cats, the Serpent in the Sun, the Waking Beauty, etc., etc. The plot of the novel - to save the worlds of Veritie and Mysterie from the evil plots of the Serpent and his Son - was engaging, oftentimes bone-splintering and gorey, and humorously written. The one thing that is very noticeable, though, after coming off of reading ten Salvatore novels in a row, is that the characters did a whole lot of talking. Hurry up here and speak to this person, now hurry up here and speak to that person...this goes on for a good third of the book. The pace does, blissfully, pick up in the end, and the end is, well, a good old fashioned happy ending. Complete with birdsong.

  • Alexander Draganov
    2019-01-14 14:54

    One of the best novels by Simon Green. Toby, a harmless shop assistant follows a mysterious beautiful woman trough a strange door, into a world of magic and mystery. There, he must become a hero and save the world from a demonic villain. Sounds trivial, but it really isn't. Green has a marvellous imagination and creates a spectacular realm of legends and mysteries, neatly blendinh fantasy, humour and horror into one. The characters, like Jimmy Thunder, God for Hire, Leo Morn, a descendant of heroes who doesn't want anything even remotely connected to heroism and many others are very colourful and memorable. The story is touching and the same time with high tension and the final conflict is awesome. Kudos for Mr. Green - he creates worlds which are in the same time savage and beautiful, like real magic.

  • Cait
    2019-01-10 17:41

    I was very disappointed in this book, or at least in the first half of it that I read before putting the thing down. I'm usually a big fan of Simon Green's writing, but the concept of the main character here seems to be something I find completely wretched: an boring-as-defining-characteristic man sees a beautiful-as-only-characteristic woman (in this case, "the woman with the most perfect mouth in the world"), falls in love with her without knowing anything at all about her, and in the end wears her down with his stalking. (I peeked at the last chapter; yup, he gets the girl.)No, thank you. I don't need to waste my time here; I'll go re-read some of the Hawk & Fisher or Nightside books instead.

  • Vanyer
    2019-01-06 17:40

    Picked this up at a used book store because I love Simon Green's Secret Histories series. I did like the book, despite the shifting POVs. It had lots of references to entities and events in the other books, which I always love. Sort of inside jokes. But didn't have a "Man I loved that book!" reaction. It seemed a little unfinished, more potential and more world building than could fit in one book. Then I saw that it was written before the Secret Histories and the Nightside books, and suddenly everything made sense. Another reviewer had called it "embryonic Nightside" and I totally agree. I think this was his first try at telling a story in that world. Definitely worth a read, and if you like it, try out his other series.

  • Roger
    2019-01-01 19:57

    checked this out from the library not too long after settling in to Chicago [the suburbs, really]. i was starting a game of Mage: The Awakening with a new group of friends. my first role-playing game ever, and for some reason this book was the perfect book to pick up on a whim.i'll always have fond memories of riding the Metra train, commuting to the city while reading this book. something about the combination of this book, the crisp Fall air, the magic and mystery of things coming together. electric and, the writing is kitschy humor. if you like reading Jim Butcher, you'll like this guy.coincidentally, a former room-mate left this behind, so i'm adding this to my permanent collection!

  • Lynn
    2019-01-01 19:33

    I had great difficulty reading Drinking Midnight Wine. I am an avid reader of the Nightside books, so I had high expectations for another of Simon R. Green's books. Unfortunately I found our protagonist, Toby to be an entirely unsatisfying and generally irritating character. His "love" with Gayle is so irritating and the way that she reacts is just as frustrating. The only saving grace that this book happens to have is that the world that Green creates is fascinating and all of his other characters are interesting and well rounded individuals. So whenever Toby and Gayle weren't the main focus of a chapter I was engrossed, when they were I had to force myself not to stop, I nearly did with about 100 pages of the 300ish page book.

  • Ade Couper
    2019-01-12 17:58

    This is one of Simon R Green's earlier works , & I believe his 1st urban fantasy - & it's pretty damn' good.....It's set in Bradford-on-Avon , reputed to be the oldest continuously inhabited town in the UK , & concerns Toby , a shop assistant , who sees a lady on the train , is smitten , & follows her through a door that isn't there......Meanwhile a reputedly haunted farmhouse is taken over , & there is some very strange sunspot activity....The wit & humour that characterise Green's writing shine through , with some great 1-liners : the plot is a bit of a slow burn to start with , but once it gets going it canters along at a good pace , & the characters are engaging . I had fun reading this.Worthy of your attention.

  • Sally Bisbee
    2019-01-17 13:32

    "There is a world beyond the world, a place of magics and mysteries, evils and enchantments, marvels and wonders. and you are never more than a breath away from all of it. Open the right door, walk down the wrong street, and you can find waiting for you every dream you ever had, including all the bad ones. Secrets and mysteries will open themselves to you, if something more or less human doesn't find you first. Magic is real, and so are gods and monsters."I liked this book, but not nearly as much as Green's Nightside books. I may keep reading this series, then again, I may not...

  • Nicole
    2018-12-28 20:57

    After reading many mainstream novels (including the Nightside series, so I enjoyed a few of those references), I found myself in a paranormal universe I haven't experienced in other books. Veritie and Mysterie gave this book a little something different, and though the story line wasn't terribly interesting, nor the characters terribly believable, I read the whole novel through and felt satisfied with this work. Generally I only read series yet I was quite happy with my time spent reading this stand-alone novel.

  • Jsrott
    2019-01-15 14:37

    When you read Green, you know what you're going to get- an interestingly different take on a lot of different mythologies, wrapped up with some well described characters, and a lot of action. I enjoyed this for all the same reasons I've enjoyed Green's other books, and this one has the benefit of not being a part of a series, so he can wrap up the story without having to leave something open for the next installment.

  • Karen
    2019-01-14 15:30

    A very clever tale of alternate reality and the shift between those worlds. I really liked his story and the down on his luck main character whose life gets a big jolt.I decided I really liked his style of writing and went on to try his Nightside series but was not impressed. This is a great stand alone novel and maybe I will try some others again to see if he can captivate me again as he did with Midnight Wine

  • Sandy D.
    2019-01-14 17:49

    A fantasy novel that wasn't too bad - set in modern day Britain, with a bookstore clerk as the main character. He falls in love with a woman on the train, who leads him from Veritie (our world), to Mysterie (the flip side of our world), where he becomes a focal point and must save both worlds from ultimate evil. Lots of philosophy, symbolism, and some pretty funny tongue in cheek bits, but it didn't really grab me and pull me into the book, which is what I really want in this genre.

  • Jason
    2019-01-19 13:44

    This fantasy book was not developed enough for my taste. By the end of the book, it is just becoming an interesting premise and setting, with potential for more. The reader learns about the world at the same rate as the confused-but-game main character. The story is implausible (even for a fantasy-type book, where you're SUPPOSED to suspend your disbelief), and the action-packed finish and subsequent wrap-up are cheesy and shallow.

  • Donna
    2018-12-30 14:47

    This is not one of Green's best books. The dialogue is not as witty as his norm and the plot is more confusing. I liked the mythological aspects but thought the plot jumped around too much. Toby Dexter follows the woman of his dreams into a door that appears out of nowhere and ends up in the world of Mysterie, leaving behind the world of Veritie and thereby becoming a pivotal figure in history.