Long After Midnight Hardcover – Apr 1 2010
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About the Author
Ray Bradbury (1920-2012) was an American novelist, short story writer, essayist, playwright, screenwriter, and poet. Among his best-known works are The Martian Chronicles, The Illustrated Man, and Fahrenheit 451.
Michael Prichard has recorded well over five hundred audiobooks and was named one of SmartMoney magazine's Top Ten Golden Voices. His numerous awards and accolades include an Audie Award and several AudioFile Earphones Awards. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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This collection of 22 short pieces might prove something of a puzzle for anybody picking it up based on Bradbury's reputation as a science fiction writer. To be sure, there are stories here that fit neatly into that genre due to subject matter (robots, time travel) or setting (Mars) but Bradbury is really not a science fiction writer so much as a storyteller. This is a distinction that seems to be much more clear today than it was back in 1976 when Bradbury seemed to be stuck with the Sci-Fi type despite stories such as those found in "Long After Midnight", which are closer to literary than genre fiction even when employing science fiction devices.
Perhaps a good example of the latter would be "The Messiah". This story simply yet profoundly examines the nature of religious faith via the characters of a missionary priest on Mars and a telepathic, shape changing Martian.
Other pieces defy any easy classification and stand alone as simple revelations of the human condition and the mysteries of life. "Getting Through Sunday Somehow" is such a one. Bradbury's gift for poetic nostalgia is used to brilliant effect here as an American writer in Dublin, facing a gray wall of ennui, is transformed and made aware of his blessings through a bar room philosopher and a street side harp player.
Bradbury, with his seemingly boundless imagination and gift for transcribing the visions of that imagination, is a treasure and these stories are literary jewels shining dark and light.
Long After Midnight is a well-known collection to Bradbury fans (and other readers), because it was first published in 1976. It was nominated for a World Fantasy Award. I think it's great that PS Publishing has decided to publish it again, because this edition contains beautiful black and white drawings. I'm sure that they'll please Bradbury fans.
This edition contains an introduction by Ramsey Campbell and the following stories:
- The Blue Bottle
- One Timeless Spring
- The Parrot Who Met Papa
- The Burning Man
- A Piece of Wood
- The Messiah
- G.B.S.--Mark V
- The Utterly Perfect Murder
- Punishment Without Crime
- Getting Through Sunday Somehow
- Drink Entire: Against The Madness of Crowds
- Interval in Sunlight
- A Story of Love
- The Wish
- Forever and the Earth
- The Better Part of Wisdom
- Darling Adolf
- The Miracles of Jamie
- The October Game
- The Pumpernickel
- Long After Midnight
- Have I Got a Chocolate Bar for You
- I Rocket (previously unreleased material, only in the deluxe edition)
The cover art (The Witches' Sabbath by Francisco de Goya) looks very good. It's a beautiful painting.
Long After Midnight is an excellent collection of Ray Bradbury's stories. He's a storyteller, who entertains his readers with different kind of stories. In my opinion this collection contains many of his best stories. I think it could be said that Long After Midnight is like a treasure trove of different kind of literary pearls.
If you're a Bradbury fan, you'll love this illustrated collection. If you haven't read Bradbury, but you're thinking of reading his novels and stories, this collection is a good place to start, because these stories are interesting.
Most of Bradbury's short story collections contain one or two that fall flat, but this one, while it doesn't have any that really stand out, doesn't really have an clunkers as far as I can remember. It's just a solid set of work, not his best, but definitely worth reading.