|Plot Summary of Long After Midnight|
This 1976 volume is the last of Bradbury's great short story collections, and my personal favorite. "One Timeless Spring" is a unique coming-of-age tale of a 12-year-old who is convinced his parents are poisoning him; "The Utterly Perfect Murder" details a 48-year-old's revenge on the boy who bullied him when they were 12; "Have I Got a Chocolate Bar for You!" depicts the relationship between a Catholic priest and the rotund young man who periodically comes to confession to talk of his peculiar obsession; "The Parrot Who Met Papa" is an utterly hilarious spoof of Hemingway (or maybe Chandler) and his literary groupies; the title story is a very different one for Bradbury, about a lonely oceanside suicide ... and then there are some of Bradbury's usual stories about friendly robots and light horror. A truly marvelous mix.
This synopsis report prepared by David Loftus
|Chapter Analysis of Long After Midnight|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?
- fantasy world/fantasy past
Coming of age
Explore/1st contact/ enviro story
- colonizing/homesteading another planet
Robots, Computers, VR
Robot, PC, VR Plotlets:
- good robot(s)
- change of heart
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Cultural problems, alien culture
- feelings of a human growing up among aliens
- one culture tries to impose its culture on another group
- Space, need spacesuit
- 20th century
- general past
- medium future 22-24th century
A substantial portion of this book takes place on a non-Earth planetary body:
- inhabited by friendly aliens
- big overbuilt futuristic city
Takes place on Earth?
Planet outside solar system?
Takes place in spaceship?
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
scientific jargon? (SF only)
- none/very little science jargon needed
Sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- vague references only
- descript of kissing
How much dialogue?
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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