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  • Taschenbuch: 336 Seiten
  • Verlag: Atom (Time Warner Books Ltd) (1. Juli 2010)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 190741004X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907410048
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 12,6 x 2,2 x 19,6 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.0 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (1 Kundenrezension)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 785.857 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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Scott Westerfeld wurde in Texas geboren. Er studierte Japanisch, Spanisch und Latein und arbeitete unter anderem als Lehrer, Redakteur und Software-Designer. Seit einigen Jahren lebt er abwechselnd in Sydney und New York City und schreibt mit großem Erfolg Romane für Erwachsene und Jugendliche.
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The Midnighters of Bixby, Oklahoma, know that their town is full of secrets - especially since they keep the biggest secret of all: knowledge of the secret hour, the mysterious time at midnight when the world freezes, except for them and the creatures that inhabit the darkness. What they don't know is why earlier generations of Midnighters all disappeared, or why they are now the only Midnighters in town. As they learn more about the secret hour's twists and turns, they uncover terrifying mysteries woven into the very fabric of Bixby's history, and a conspiracy that touches both the midnight hour and the world of daylight. At the same time, the Midnighters' own secrets start to emerge, including some that were never meant to come to light, changing the fragile dynamics among the five. This time Jessica Day is not the only Midnighter in mortal danger. If the group can't find a way to overcome their differences, they could lose one of their own - forever. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch .

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Scott Westerfeld is a software designer, composer and the author of the bestselling Pretties and Uglies series. He lives in New York and Sydney.

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1 von 1 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Amber am 16. September 2007
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This wasn't as good as the first book but it was interesting enough to keep me reading till the end. I found this one a little complicated and sometimes had to go back and read some parts again to make sure I understood exactly what was happening.

The author didn't really add any background to this 2nd book so if you haven't read the first book alot of the story would make no sense at all. I had a hard time remembering everything from the 1st book and would have liked some kind of re-cap. Maybe this is a series better read one book after the other.

I will be reading the 3rd part some time soon. The series is original and the characters are nice enough. I am however looking forward to trying some of Scott Westerfeld's other books. I have heard they are better.
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An exciting, mysterious adventure 5. April 2005
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"Touching Darkness" continues the saga of the five midnighters: Rex the Seer, who can sense Focus and has a knack for history, Melissa the Mindcaster, a mysterious, reclusive psychic, Dess the Polymath, who's brilliantly mathematically inclined (and also my favorite character), Johnathan the Acrobat, who can literally leap tall buildings in a single bound, and our heroine Jessica, who's recently discovered powers of Fire-Bringing can incinerate scourges of darklings (read: the bad guys) in a single shine of her flashlight. A new threat against the Midnighters has arisen in their small town of Bixby, Oklahoma. It turns out traitorous humans are now working for the darklings, meaning the daylight 24 hours of the day (as opposed to the single secret hour) are no longer safe for our heroes. And they seem to be after Rex in an effort to transform him into a grotesque half-human half-darkling beast...

This sequel definitely doesn't disappoint, and I was pleased that it went into such great depth about the characters, especially Melissa, who was the biggest mystery of Book One. Like a previous reviewer, I was however disappointed about the lack of fight scenes. The fight scenes we do get end pretty quickly, thanks to Jessica's unstoppable Fire-Bringer power. I'm interested to know what the darklings will be trying in the next installment, because their plan sure failed miserably this time -- Jess burned them to a crisp! I like Scott Westerfeld's simple, easy-to-follow writing style, and the creativity put into the storyline, especially the bit about tridecalogisms, is just wonderful.

I highly recommend this book (but don't touch it before you've read the first!) and will be anxiously awaiting Blue Noon! I'd love to find out about the "metallurge" power that was briefly mentioned!
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Wow! 10. März 2005
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A great follow up to The Secret Hour, this book is one that I, personally, found hard to put down...Westerfeld weaves a great story about the midnighters, people who can see the 'blue hour' and move about in it: Rex, Melissa, Jessica, Dess, and Jonathan. As before, it seems that trouble is brewing among the darklings, and one of the midnighters is in danger (I'm not the best at plot descriptions, in case you haven't already noticed, lol), and it is not Jessica. The story of the midnighters and basically history of Bixby is explored more in this book, and a few things are pulled together, but the third volume of the series still has a long way to go (guessing by how my side-plots splintered out of Touching Darkness)...and so I will happily await the third installment.

The few complaints I have are as follows: Westerfeld uses the word 'maelstorm' way too many times to make the word, which normally is a good, mature adjective, into something forgetable. He used this once in Uglies, his other book which I am not finished reading, and I almost groaned at the thought of seeing this word another 5-billion times, but thankfully he only used it once there...I digress, however. This was not the major disappointment of the book. Just an annoyance. But the major complaint I had was that there weren't many interesting battle scenes up until the end, which was OK as it helped to focus on the characters but was also a bit of a let down. Westerfeld delves more into the midnighters and their fragile cooperation in this novel, relationships, etc, which is interesting. I was hoping to see more of Jessica, the kick-@$$ fire-bringer, but again, not really until the end. Still, it was a great, enjoyable read with a AWESOME ending, I think, semi-cliffhanger-ish but not to an extreme degree.

I would recommend this to all of my friends.
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Great Second Book In Series 13. April 2007
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The book Touching Darkness, is the second book in the Midnighters series. In Bixby, Oklahoma, five teenagers in High School have an extra hour, when time freezes. There are also darklings (bad animals that only live an hour a day), that are trying to get Rex, (one of the Midnighters) because they need someone new to communicate with their human allies.

(SPOILER) My favorite part in this book is the part when they are fighting the darklings and slithers, near the end of the book. Jessica (the main character) goes out with another midnighter and try to save Rex. Rex has changed into a darkling, and is one of them now. Jessica saves him by killing all the darklings with her powerful beam of light. She then turns her flashlight on Rex to get the darkling skin off of him. This is my favorite part because it has a lot of action and suspense.

I recommend this book to everyone. It is filled with action, suspense, and even mystery about the extra hour at midnight. Touching Darkness makes me think about new things and extends my imagination because the book is so creative. I also recommend this book because it kept me reading, it's a real page turner. I like the book because it shows how someone can be torn away from a regular life, to the life full of secrets, and of trying to survive from things, almost no one else knows about. That is why I recommend this book; I also think you should read the first book of the series before this one, to help understand it.
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The Second Journey 7. Februar 2006
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Jessica and her frineds are part of a secret world. A world of special ablities and meatls that destroy. A world that only opens at the stroke of midnight and last for only one hour each day, halting time in the daylight realm, and opening the door was to the blue hour of midnight. Jessica and her midnighter friends are faced with a major problem, a daylight person knows of the secret midnight hour, and is stalking Jessica! Now it is a rush aginst time as they learn of a deadly plot, of the secrets of the darklings, and a grusome fate that could await one of their friends. Can they save him in time, or will he fall, helplessly, into the hands of their darkling enemys and their daylight allies. Can they save him? Find out in. Midnighters #2: Touching Darkness.
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Another Westerfeld winner, and not just for YA'a 13. Oktober 2007
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Review of Midnighters trilogy:

Yet another YA science-fantasy winner from Westerfeld, with appeal well beyond the target audience, if your reviewer is a fair guide.

"Jessica Day moves into the small town of Bixby from Chicago, and although she hits it off with the "in" crowd, she also falls in with a bunch of weirdos who don't like the daylight, wear black a lot and are covered in metal jewelry. In the middle of the night she wakes up and discovers the world asleep with the exception of her weirdo chums and weird black slithery things..." -- from the best online review I saw of vol. 1; google farah-sf[dot]blogspot[dot]com

I know, it sounds sort of hokey and comic-booky, but actually works pretty well. The kids are fun, the action is fast & furious, and the pages turn most satisfactorily. There's even a nice touch of moral ambiguity in the wrapup volume.

Note that this is really a single novel, split into thirds by the publisher. You'll know by the end of #1 if you want to continue. I'm betting you will. But do start with #1! Midnighters #1: The Secret Hour

The story is set in Bixby, Oklahoma, now a suburb of Tulsa. I grew up about an hour away, and the problem with Westerfeld's Bixby is, it doesn't much resemble the real eastern Oklahoma. Westerfeld has numerous references to desert and salt flats, but this part of Oklahoma is pretty well-watered -- the native vegetation is a scrub-oak & pine forest. This won't affect your enjoyment of the story, really, but I have no idea why Westerfeld used a setting that would fit better in west Texas or New Mexico. Curious, seemingly pointless, and annoying.

Happy reading--
Peter D. Tillman
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