Awake in the Night Land

Awake in the Night Land

John C. Wright / Nov 22, 2019

Awake in the Night Land AWAKE IN THE NIGHT LAND is an epic collection of four of John C Wright s brilliant forays into the dark fantasy world of William Hope Hodgson s novel The Night Land Part novel part anthology t

  • Title: Awake in the Night Land
  • Author: John C. Wright
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  • AWAKE IN THE NIGHT LAND is an epic collection of four of John C Wright s brilliant forays into the dark fantasy world of William Hope Hodgson s 1912 novel, The Night Land Part novel, part anthology, the book consists of four related novellas, Awake in the Night , The Cry of the Night Hound , Silence of the Night , and The Last of All Suns , which collectively tell thAWAKE IN THE NIGHT LAND is an epic collection of four of John C Wright s brilliant forays into the dark fantasy world of William Hope Hodgson s 1912 novel, The Night Land Part novel, part anthology, the book consists of four related novellas, Awake in the Night , The Cry of the Night Hound , Silence of the Night , and The Last of All Suns , which collectively tell the haunting tale of the Last Redoubt of Man and the end of the human race Widely considered to be the finest tribute to Hodgson ever written, the first novella, Awake in the Night , was previously published in 2004 in The Year s Best Science Fiction Twenty First Annual Collection AWAKE IN THE NIGHT LAND marks the first time all four novellas have been gathered into a single volume John C Wright has been described by reviewers as one of the most important and audacious authors in science fiction today In a recent poll of than 1,000 science fiction readers, he was chosen as the sixth greatest living science fiction writer.

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      • John C. Wright

        John C Wright John Charles Justin Wright, born 1961 is an American author of science fiction and fantasy novels A Nebula award finalist for the fantasy novel Orphans of Chaos , he was called this fledgling century s most important new SF talent by Publishers Weekly after publication of his debut novel, The Golden Age.


    1. I read the reviews of this on and thought I have to read it for myself, I figured if it was half as good as they were saying it would be a good book.It's far better than then I had hoped, it's just as good as the reviewers claim. The sum exceeds the parts, it's a masterpiece made from smaller masterpieces. Take "The Mocking of Christ with Mary the Annunciate and Mary the Elder" by Frans Schwartz, for example. The alter piece consists of five pieces, depicting Christ being mocked by the crowds a [...]

    2. We are 21 Million years in the future, the sun has gone out already and the moon doesn't exist anymore. In the Last Redoubt the surviving humans live and defend against the nightmarish creatures of the Night Land, knowing through the use of advanced technology that in another 7 million years they will fall too. The setting is unique and allows a lot of weirdness but there is also room for romance, heroes and of course horrendous beasts who are able to launch physical and mental attacks. The firs [...]

    3. This is a sequel by other hands, being based in the setting of William Hope Hodgson's The Night Land. However, I can assure you that it stands alone.It consists of four stories, three set in the Last Redoubt, and a fourth set at a mysterious location that only slowly unfolds. The first three have their time given in a line up front -- which tells us, also, how many years they are before the extinction of mankind.That is part of the setting. All take place after the sun and the moon were lost, an [...]

    4. The Night Land is a terrifying place of poisoned waters, deranged abhumans, and ghastly, gigantic Things That Watch. Against this encroaching oblivion, the dwindling number of men must make their stand in The Last Redoubt.Wright has a gift for the written word that cannot be taught. A writer either has it or he doesn't. Wright has it and then some. The stories are sometimes horrifying, sometimes inspiring, but the language itself is always engrossing. Once you start reading it is difficult to st [...]

    5. Whoa. John C. Wright just might be the Tolkien of Science Fiction. Read this book as soon as possible, all the way, and to the end.

    6. Interconnected novelettes set in the far future (22 million years away) where humanity is dying upon a darkening Earth.This is not so much SF as weird-tale/horror with some science-ish trappings. As I read them, I cannot stop critiquing their likelihood and logic. For one thing, these stories are set millions of years before the world would end. A million years is a long time, guys! The entire length of human civilization is not a 10th that at present, and the events of even one thousand years a [...]

    7. John C Wright is not for everybody, and a series of novellas set in the same realm as an obscure, early piece of weird fiction that almost nobody today has read is probably even less for everybody, but I loved this anthology to bits and pieces--figuratively, because it was an ebook, and I would be sad if my e-reader no longer functioned.Wright captures perfectly the awful grandeur of William Hope Hodgson's creation, the last bastion of humanity, besieged in its seven-mile tall Redoubt, on a worl [...]

    8. The Night Land is the distant future imagined by William Hope Hodgson in 1912. It is the end of the human race, long after the death of the sun, where all that remains of humanity and goodness lives in a great fortified pyramid called The Last Redoubt, beset by Elder Horrors from Beyond, giants, werewolves, The Silent Ones, slow moving sphinxes the size of mountains, and so forth. This book is a series of stories set in that land, mostly about people who journey out into the night to rescue love [...]

    9. This is a book that simultaneously makes you want to give up on your own writing (because you know that you'll never, ever be this good) but also write even more (because you feel that inspired by what Wright pulls off). Any fan of H.P. Lovecraft or Gene Wolfe will devour this work, and then read it again and savor it. The line-by-line writing is gorgeous, and the novellas themselves are epic nightmares that somehow manage to stay grounded in very flawed, very believable human characters. "Tour [...]

    10. Lovecraft's worst nightmare. Humanity's last bastion slowly losing its ascendancy. Advanced technology, imperfectly understood. Grecian tragedy mingled with the doom of humanity. Malign intelligence bent on destruction. C.S. Lewis' Space Trilogy without any hope, and with more moral dogma (and religious undertone) courtesy of Wright's hard-line Catholic convert mentality. The setting is amazing, but Wright didn't write that. The stories read like Lovecraft, only laced with more Conservative mind [...]

    11. I've never read anything else by John C. Wright. I picked this up since I read "The Night Land" and was eager to read more stories set in the same universe, especially if they featured a slightly more contemporary style of writing than the original (Wright uses actual dialogue, for instance). All of the four stories are excellent, particularly the second and third.I give this four stars out of five, if only because the setting is not Wright's own.

    12. If this book were written 50 years ago, it would be considered one of the classics. 50 years from now, if our civilization is still around, it will be.

    13. This is a collection of four novellas based on the world of William Hodgson's The Night Lands. The first novella is available as a free download, which I read before buying the full version. After reading the second one in the series, I went to Gutenberg and downloaded William H. Hodgson's book, The Night Lands. I'd say those actions should speak for themselves as to how much I liked John Wright's work.William Hodgson's Night Lands could be up there with Middle Earth and the Star Wars universe, [...]

    14. My reaction to this book was mixed. I loved the first story and the last, which delivered all the horror and wonder promised in Hodgson's original opening of The Night Landd more.In between, the narrative dragged more than a bit. One of the middle stories pretty much completely followed the classic tale of Antigone (don't read that one if you're feeling even mildly depressed), and the other's point was hard to grasp (the hero refuses the temptation to create an alternate timeline that would some [...]

    15. I have seen AWAKE IN THE NIGHT LAND compared to Lovecraft, but I have not yet read any Lovecraft. I'll get to that, but from what I think I know it is an accurate comparison. The atmosphere of the book is extreme and savage darkness, but never quite nihilism. Hope and Light and Love are always present, even though at times seeming forgotten, but they are made so vivid only by contrast to the massive blackness and brutality of the Night Land. The creatures are bizarre, but their evil only brings [...]

    16. This was certainly one of the most unique books I've ever read. The premise is frankly awesome (in the truest definition of the word), being set millions of years in the future and in fact, near humanity's end. The pervading feeling of despair and fear is palpable as depicted with each story. I was really impressed by the writing style and the creativity.I'm only rating this 3 stars instead of 4 because I feel that some of the action wasandering. Some are ok with this and some get a bit bored- I [...]

    17. I read this some time ago and can't think how I missed mentioning it here.Halfway through the first story I went to the original inspiration, William Hope Hodgson's The Night Land, to see how similar they were. Wow. Spot on, style-wise but so much more to the point than the original. Unlike Wright I'm not likely to love Hodgson's work. However, there was much to admire in this book and I enjoyed the way Wright was able to be both derivative and original simultaneously. As well as giving us good [...]

    18. Some of the finest tributes to Hodgson. Wright's continuation/expansion of Night Land is up there Meikle's Carnacki tales, or John B. Ford's sadly neglected pastiches of Hodgson's nautical horror. It's worth mentioning that. while his writing style is archaic and his vocabulary appropriately erudite, Wright's prose is far more accessible, and dare I say, enjoyable compared to that of original work that inspired it. So I'd say that this work is worth it even for those that liked Night Land's prem [...]

    19. This is the book (short stories I know) that introduced me to Mr. Wright. Let's just say that I've been reading his books twice over in the past couple years due to nothing else being as great as his stuff.So great I had to take it with me when I went camping so I could read it again around the dying campfire.

    20. More approachable than Hodgson's original (q.v.), and references to other authors (Olaf Stapledon, Frank Belknap Long, Sophocles, Charles Sheffield, and probably others) make this homage a decent read.

    21. Prose is 10/10Story is 10/10Character is 9/10 - names can be confusingWell worth the price of admission.John Wright is becoming one of my favorite authors and this book is one reason why. In my opinion, there is literally no one else who can write like Mr. Wright.

    22. The first two stories were absolutely amazing. The second half lost a bit of the feeling of the others. Still a really great read.

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