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Long After Midnight Paperback – August, 1982

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This quirky collection of short stories by master storyteller Bradbury provides a fascinating kaleidoscope of his work up to the 1970s. While it inevitably includes tales of science fiction and fantasy including Martians transmuting into Christ figures, deserted worlds, and witches in New York, readers will also be surprised to find a mixture of mainstream fiction. Bradbury includes stories paying homage to Ernest Hemingway ("The Parrot Who Met Papa") and George Bernard Shaw ("G.B.S.-Mark V"). Michael Prichard performs many of the stories well, with competent pacing, tone, and distinct voices. However, throughout a good deal of Prichard's readings, there's an underlying restraint--at times, it even sounds if he's clenching his jaw. Still, the collection will provide fans with some great stories from several different genres. (Aug.) (c)
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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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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Bantam Books (August 1982)
  • ISBN-10: 0553228676
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553228670
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,177,325 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on February 9, 1997
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
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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.
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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.
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Don't have this collection of Ray Bradbury in your library??? Oh my, what you are missing. Each & every story in this book takes you somewhere interesting. I suggest reading, then digesting the story before moving onto the next. You will be sure to want more & more of Ray Bradbury, also the author of "Something Wicked This Way Comes" that was made into a wonderful movie.
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Format: Hardcover
Ray Bradbury's classic collection, Long After Midnight, gets a special treatment from PS Publishing.

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.
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