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The Longest Night, Vol. 1 by Christopher…
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The Longest Night, Vol. 1

by Christopher Golden

Other authors: Pierce Askegren (Contributor), Denise Ciencin (Contributor), Scott Ciencin (Contributor), Doranna Durgin (Contributor), Christie Golden (Contributor)7 more, Christopher Golden (Contributor), David Greenwalt (Creator), Nancy Holder (Contributor), Jeff Mariotte (Contributor), Yvonne Navarro (Contributor), Emily Oz (Contributor), Joss Whedon (Creator)

Series: Angel: the series (16), Angel Season 3

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Conceptually, it's a nice idea: a series of short stories, taking place all on the same night. However, by creating such an idea, the editor set up expectations that aren't followed through.

In publishing, there are two ways to present short stories. The first is a simple short story collection, such as the Tales of the Slayer volumes. The other way is through "braided novels", such as I, Robot (and what The Longest Night seems to be). These consist of stories that, while seemingly disparate, tie together to tell a more cohesive story.

When reading the description for The Longest Night, I expected the volume to be similar to 24: to tell a story, or an arc, through multiple (mostly) standalone stories, all in quick succession. However, there is nothing to tie these stories together, no common framework (not even what you would see in a braided novel).

While taken alone, these stories range from acceptable to great, together they seem forced. In fact, few of the stories have anything to do with the Winter Solstice (the longest night of the year; hence the title). The Longest Night would have been better served to be a standalone collection, with each author free to use their own timeframe, rather than this incredulous mishmash. ( )
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Golden, Christopherprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Askegren, PierceContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ciencin, DeniseContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ciencin, ScottContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Durgin, DorannaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Golden, ChristieContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Golden, ChristopherContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Greenwalt, DavidCreatorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Holder, NancyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Mariotte, JeffContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Navarro, YvonneContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Oz, EmilyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Whedon, JossCreatorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0743427564, Mass Market Paperback)

Even if it takes an eternity, he will make amends....

FROM DUSK UNTIL DAWN

December -- sure, 'tis the season and all that, but evil generally isn't up for a holiday. And December 21 -- well, that's usually the winter solstice.

A.K.A. the longest night of the year.

It's easy enough to see why this night would practically be the undead's New Year's Eve, which means, visions or no, it's a crunch time for Angel Investigations.

Now, in the first-ever Angel short story collection, follow our gang hour by hour, evil by evil. From twilight to daylight, Angel, Cordelia, Wesley, Gunn, and Fred have to keep the forces of darkness at bay -- even when black magick has a head start....

With Contributions From:
Pierce Askegren, Scott and Denise Ciencin, Doranna Durgin, Nancy Holder, Christie Golden, Christopher Golden, Jeff Mariotte, Yvonne Navarro, and Emily Oz

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