The Dark Side

The Dark Side

Anthony O'Neill / Oct 31, 2020

The Dark Side In this dark and gripping sci fi noir an exiled police detective arrives at a lunar penal colony just as a psychotic android begins a murderous odyssey across the far side of the moon Purgatory is th

  • Title: The Dark Side
  • Author: Anthony O'Neill
  • ISBN: 9781501119569
  • Page: 300
  • Format: Paperback
  • In this dark and gripping sci fi noir, an exiled police detective arrives at a lunar penal colony just as a psychotic android begins a murderous odyssey across the far side of the moon.Purgatory is the lawless moon colony of eccentric billionaire, Fletcher Brass a mecca for war criminals, murderers, sex fiends, and adventurous tourists You can t find better drugs, cheapeIn this dark and gripping sci fi noir, an exiled police detective arrives at a lunar penal colony just as a psychotic android begins a murderous odyssey across the far side of the moon.Purgatory is the lawless moon colony of eccentric billionaire, Fletcher Brass a mecca for war criminals, murderers, sex fiends, and adventurous tourists You can t find better drugs, cheaper plastic surgery, or a ominous travel advisory anywhere in the universe But trouble is brewing in Brass s black market heaven When an exiled cop arrives in this wild new frontier, he immediately finds himself investigating a string of ruthless assassinations in which Brass himself and his equally ambitious daughter are the chief suspects.Meanwhile, two thousand kilometers away, an amnesiac android, Leonardo Black, rampages across the lunar surface Programmed with only the notorious Brass Code a compendium of corporate laws that would make Ayn Rand blush Black has only one goal in mind to find Purgatory and conquer it.Visual, visceral, and tons of fun, The Dark Side fuses hard science with brutal crime and lunar adventure It s an intense, stylish, and action packed thriller with a body count to match.

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      • Anthony O'Neill

        Anthony O Neill is the son of an Irish policeman and an Australian stenographer He was born in Melbourne and lives in Edinburgh He is the author of Scheherazade, a revisionist Arabian Nights epic The Lamplighter, a psychological horror novel set in Victorian Scotland The Empire of Eternity, a history mystery involving Napoleon Bonaparte and the early years of Egyptology The Unscratchables, a Swiftian satire featuring dog and cat detectives and The Dark Side, a crime novel set on the far side of the moon.Librarian Note There is than one author in the GoodReads database with this name See this thread for information.


    1. I received a free copy of this from NetGalley.Only human beings would look at a lifeless hunk of rock in a vacuum and think, “This place is too dull. We should spice it up by making it a haven for the worst of humanity, and then it could also be a cesspool for crime and corruption.”Purgatory is a colony on the far side of the moon founded and controlled by a wealthy tycoon named Fletcher Brass who left Earth because he was about to be prosecuted for various crimes, and that makes it perfect [...]

    2. <<>> SHOULD have made GR's Best Awards nominees for Science Fiction <<>>Welcome to PurgatoryOn the Dark Side of the Moon, the far side that never sees Earth is a world less inhibited than our own. Less inhibited, less super ego, and less lawful. A bastion for those hunted on Earth, a thriving Mecca of corruption and unbridled excess--unless it interferes with someone important, like Brass.It looks a lot like a Las Vegas version of ancient Mesopotamia. The exposition has a [...]

    3. I've never met a more polite or sex-crazed (at least verbally) android upon the moon, and I've read about a lot of androids on the moon.Seriously, this is kinda the perfect mixture of traditional mystery meeting an SF adventure. We've got all the world building elements of seedy communities accessible only with a great deal of difficulty or by monorail if you're lucky, crime bosses who are literally a world away from the authorities, and of course, since we're dealing with a mystery, that ONE IN [...]

    4. DNF'd on page 127This book isn't bad, I'm just not all that interested in the plot. I was loving the android, but he's not in this enough to keep me interested.

    5. 4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum bibliosanctum/2016/06/21/If you enjoy gritty and dark, violent futuristic sci-fi mystery thrillers, then The Dark Side by Anthony O’Neill will be just the book for you. O’Neill works crime, sex, drugs, and a psychotic murdering android into a full-on non-stop plot, and that’s just to name a handful of the topics covered in this book.In The Dark Side, two key narrative threads can be discerned, but even though they are fundamentally related to each other, t [...]

    6. Kad sam bio majeni i gledao Blade Runnera, doživio sam ga iznimno dosadnim iskustvom i zadrijemao gledajući ga. Prije nekoliko godina, kad je izašla nekakva ultimativna verzija filma s fantastičnim slikom i zvukom, mislio sam si hajde sad ću više ocijeniti ovaj kultni spektakl, a kad ono - opet mi je uspjelo zadrijemati, jer film ima jednostavno dosadan ton. Boring!No kakve to veze ima s ovom knjigom Pa, kao i u slučaju Blade Runnera, i ovdje je policajac i android i oni se pred kraj film [...]

    7. this book had suspense and action up the wahoo. that wasnt completely surprising. the humour was more surprising. there were serious paasages i laughed out loud, usually to do with Leonardo black. the overall tone was a fine mix of noir and sci-fi. this book wont be for everyone, there us some graphic violence and language but there is also a balance of brilliant writing.

    8. "Only a lunatic would live on the Moon.The Moon is a dead rock--eighty-one quintillion tons of dead rock. It's been dead for nearly four billion years. And--inasmuch as a dead rock wants anything--it wants you dead too." So opens The Dark Side, a bold, brash, larger-than-life adventure with the aforementioned lunatics on the dark side of the moon. Exploding goats, discussions of democratic murder, bouncing chases across rooftops--bouncing because of the lower gravity, of course--, men with bowie [...]

    9. This was a WIIIIIIIIIIILD book. Chapters alternate between a lunar-noir-esque investigation into a series of assassinations, the adventures of a murderous and smiley android, and a sort-of travelogue.The Dark Side is like reading Philip K. Dick and Cassandra Rose Clarke, slapped together with a Quentin Tarantino film. It's bloody. It's strangely comical. It's fun. It's a little terrifying. I'm really obsessed with any media concerning androids, so I'm not sure I'm 100% the most reliable reader, [...]

    10. A psychotic Tin Man android on a murderous romp across the moon, on a quest to find Oz and become The Wizard. A lone cop trying to do an honest job while pitted in the middle of a blood feud. Sinners looking for redemption in a lunar Gomorrah. A potentate seeking immortality who rules with a brass fist.This book really grew on me as I read it. At first, I was a little put off by the fact that it is written in the Present Tenserather than the more usual Past Tense, but I quickly adjusted to it an [...]

    11. Loved this one – it was dark and violent yet humerous and often human nature insightful – a pretty banging story that fairly rocks along.First of all in the severely creepy stakes comes Leonardo Black, a murderous android. He is CHILLING for sure, as he rampages across the moon, very politely and with due consideration, yet you cross his path at your peril. This layer of the novel appealed very much to MY dark side. I kind of loved Mr Black.The other side of the story is one man on a mission [...]

    12. Didn’t work for me.I lost interest. I read 20% and skipped to the end. I’ve loved some sci fi and crime noir stories. But this one just didn’t work for me.Endings are important to me. And I bought this because one reviewer said "There's a good ending, too. I for one did not see it coming, but it was clean, complete, satisfying on every level."Well, for me, the ending was not satisfying.

    13. Purgatory is a lunar territory founded, and dominated, by Fletcher Brass. The capital of Purgatory is the domed city called Sin. Most of the citizens of Purgatory are fugitives from Earth. QT Brass is Fletcher's 31 year old daughter. Fletcher and QT are constantly outdoing each other in being dishonest, deceitful and completely repellent. This book has very imaginative descriptions of Sin, like the raindrops that "splat like slow-motion water balloons". Parts of Sin feel like they came out of a [...]

    14. 3'5/5An entertaining novel, often surprising and funny, which uses the moon as a very original setting, and treats the details carefully. Review in english: dreamsofelvex/201Reseña en castellano: dreamsofelvex/201

    15. TBH, I didn't care that much about the general story (which could have done with less info dumping at times) and would have loved to read only from the murdering android's POV because he is hilarious, but it was nice seeing it all merge in the end. Definitely a unique thriller.

    16. DNF at 5%. Maybe I didn't give this one a fair chance, but honestly this felt like I was reading a textbook. Writing style is not for me. At least not when I'm reading for fun. I read enough textbooks for class lol

    17. The Dark Side is a highly entertaining moon-based science fiction novel. The Lunar world created by Anthony O’Neill is fresh, vivid and a great setting for a novel about a serial killing robot (who apparently represents corporate capitalism run amok) and political intrigue. Darkly funny and built around a good mystery, this novel isn’t dull for a moment.

    18. I won this book through a giveaway. It is the first (and only, thus far) one that I won, and I'm hoping that there isn't some algorithm in place that will preclude me from winning again by giving this book a somewhat negative review!I probably wouldn't have ever come across this book if I hadn't seen it listed as a giveaway. That being said, the plot seemed interesting and I was excited to read it. It was a very quick and easy read. I wouldn't say that I was ever bored with it, by any means, bu [...]

    19. Anthony O'Neill's "The Dark Side" is a dark and frequently unpleasant satire about greed, power, corruption, murder, and the meaning of justice in a deeply unjust world. It features a hard-nosed cop named Justus who's been exiled from his homeland for being a little too good at his job. He's been hired by the lawless town of Purgatory -- a sort of Las Vegas/Wild West hybrid -- to bring some professionalism to its police force. Or so he is led to believe. His first big challenge is to figure out [...]

    20. This was a lot of fun! Especially because of the android all too happy to wreak havoc on criminals, colonists and researchers on the moon alike. Meanwhile, a law-abiding, seemingly incorruptible lieutenant is caught between a dodgy battle of power he knows nothing about in a city known for its utter lawlessness. That made for quite an interesting read. Even still, some parts of it are predictable which fortunately, the non-stop plot makes up for well enough. The intense violence, absolutely free [...]

    21. If you were to make the DarkNet a real Place, mix it with some Vegas Glam and a narcissistic, all powerful magnat, you get Purgatory - or as his chess-opponent and daughter would call it: Redemption. The Dark Side is an entertaining and realistic* Sci-Fi "crime story", brought to life through the eyes of the police lieutnant Justs and the optic sensors of a highly "evolved" android, both finding their own paths. I thoroughly enjoyed the mood the author builds up by his introductions of each chap [...]

    22. I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.В наличии имеются: принципиально честный детектив, андроид с маниакально-капиталистическими наклонностями ('The love of the money is the root of all progress'), колония преступников на Луне и погоня на луноходах. Для развлечения вполне достойное чтиво.The Dar [...]

    23. 4,5*nem tudom, hogy mennyi létjogosultsága van, de akárhányszor megjelent brass, én trumpot láttam magam előtt, pedig messzire kerülöm a politikát. vicces és elgondolkodtató. mmint nem a holdbéli trump, hanem az események meg a személyek. a jellemek és jellemtelenségek.

    24. The author earned a star for doing such a great job of researching what it would be like to live on the moon. I was completely captivated by all the ways to die listed in the opening. "Regolith" felt like a household word by the end.The far side of the moon is conceivably the worst place to live near earth. A barren rock, permanently cut off from radio contact with the earth, unprotected from solar radiation during the day, cold as the vacuum of space at night, with enough gravity to stand, but [...]

    25. This is one of the first sci-fi book I actually enjoyed. I like the idea of mixing the genre with some elements from thrillers.

    26. Sokkal többet is ki lehetett volna hozni a történetből az új seriff van a városban klisé helyett. Érdekesen volt megírva, de nem rágtam le közben a körmeimet.

    27. Normally, I avoid novels full of blood and casualties, but this one is too compelling to ignore. Optioned for a movie, compared to Quentin Tarantino (whose movies I tend to avoid, due to the violence), Anthony O'Neill's "The Dark Side" got me with the amnesiac android traversing the moon, on a mission to "Find Oz. and be the Wizard." Who could resist?The droid has other missions: "See El Dorado. Take El Dorado. Find another El Dorado," and "Smile. Smile. Smile. Kill. Smile." He looks human, but [...]

    28. The Dark Side, by Anthony O'Neil is a wonderful science fiction novel set on the moon. The locale is called Sin, the main city in a territory known as Purgatory, the exclusive domain of one Fletcher Brass, megalomaniac CEO, spacefarer, and inventor of the Brass Code, a set of ideals that would make Ayn Rand shudder. Ideals such as "Don't Break the Law. Break the Law". "Never walk a mile in another man's shoes, unless his shoes are better than yours." "If you fall in a hole, use it as a strategy. [...]

    29. I'm not a sci fi fan. I might occasionally watch a sci fi movie, but seldom a tv show and never read a book in the genre, it just isn't the sort of thing that I can enjoy enough to commit that much time to. All of which only serves to highlight just how much I liked this book. Originally I was taken in by the description, that happens when cults and killer robots are mentioned, but it was so much more than that. It actually made me see the appeal of the genre itself. The author got to created an [...]

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