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Long After Midnight Hardcover – Apr 1 2010


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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: PS Publishing; Limited signed ed edition (April 1 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848630549
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848630543
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 17.2 x 5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 839 g

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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 is a professional narrator and stage and film actor who has played several thousand characters during his career. An Audie Award winner, he has recorded well over five hundred books and has earned several AudioFile Earphones Awards. Michael was also named a Top Ten Golden Voice by SmartMoney magazine. --This text refers to the MP3 CD edition.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Great one of Bradbury's best!! Feb. 9 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Recovering from one or two monotonous bores, "Long After Midnight" is an excellent collection of the best of Bradbury. It offers a wide variety of appeals to all audiences and all of the stories are gripping to the point that you feel like it is taking over your life and making it a part of the story. Some of the stories have such parnormality that they could easily be the storyline for an X-Files episode. Yet some are so ordinary and monotonous that it almost seems that it was an ordinary work of literature. But none of the stories in "Long After Midnight" are ordinary. All of them are written with such painstaking detail which make them spectacular. Being as it is "Long After Midnight" is a must read for almost all readers today
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Treasures of imagination and wonder April 28 2002
By Richard Cody - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I must preface this review by stating that I have not read this edition but the original paperback Bantam publication from 1976. Assuming that the contents are the same, I will proceed thusly. . .
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.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Perfect stories for bedtime scares Sept. 21 2004
By Sarah Sammis - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I thoroughly enjoyed these short stories. They're the perfect length, each about 10 to 15 pages, just enough to build up the story and knock it over with a classic Bradbury twist. My favorite stories for far are "The Burning Man", which asks the reader to reexamine his or her own prejudices in the setting of a typical lone road hitchhiker horror story, and "The Perfect Murder" which shows that time is the ultimate judge and jury.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A classic Bradbury edition Nov. 26 2008
By DH Dixon - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
After the variable and sometimes slightly unhinged previous collection, where it was considered that he had lost his magic, he produced this collection which has always been one of my favourites. The purpose of my review here is to put in a word about the Earthlight cover design, which is so handsome and atmospheric and suits Bradbury's vision ideally. This edition is a treasure and I hope that the cover design will be kept for future editions.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Not one of his very best, but a solid collection of Bradbury stories Sept. 25 2012
By Ash Ryan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This collection of 22 short stories showcases the range and diversity of Bradbury's writing. There are, of course, science fiction stories set on Mars or aboard rocket ships---such as the opener, "The Blue Bottle"; "The Messiah" about priests on Mars and a Martian who appears to humans in the shape they want to see, similar to a few of the stories in The Martian Chronicles and elsewhere; and "G.B.S.--Mark V", about a robot George Bernard Shaw. There are also scary stories, such as "The Burning Man" and the shockingly horrific "The October Game", perfect for Halloween. Then there are humorous stories, such as "The Parrot Who Met Papa" about the kidnapping of a bird which has memorized Hemingway's final unpublished novel, and the closing story "Have I Got A Chocolate Bar For You!" And there are moving stories, such as "The Miracles of Jamie" about a young boy who imagines that he is Christ reincarnated as a means of coping with his mother's terminal illness, and the aforementioned "Chocolate Bar". And there are several other stories, some of which are difficult to even classify. But they all have in common Bradbury's trademark charm and magic.

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.

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