The mind of Ray Bradbury is a wonder-filled carnival of delight and terror that stretches from the verdant Irish countryside to the coldest reaches of outer space. Yet all his work is united by one common thread: a vivid and profound understanding of the vast set of emotions that bring strength and mythic resonance to our frail species. Bradbury characters may find themselves anywhere - and anywhen. A horrified mother may give birth to a strange blue pyramid. A man may take Abraham Lincoln out of the grave - and meet another who puts him back. An amazing Electrical Grandmother may come to live with a grieving family. An old parrot may have learned over long evenings to imitate the voice of Ernest Hemingway and become the last link to the last link to the great man. A priest on Mars may confront his fondest dream: to meet the Messiah.
Each of these magnificent creations has something to tell us about our own humanity - and all of their fates await you in this new edition of 28 classic Bradbury stories and one luscious poem. Travel on an unpredictable and unforgettable literary journey, safe in the hands of one of the great men of imagination.
The stories included are "The Kilimanjaro Device", "The Terrible Conflagration Up at the Place", "Tomorrow's Child", "The Women", "The Inspired Chicken Motel", "Downwind from Gettysburg", "Yes, We'll Gather at the River", "The Cold Wind and the Warm", "Night Call, Collect", "The Haunting of the New", "I Sing the Body Electric!" "The Tombling Day", "Any Friend of Nicholas Nickleby's Is a Friend of Mine", "Heavy-Set", "The Man in the Rorschach Shirt", "Henry the Ninth", "The Lost City of Mars", "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", and "Christus Apollo".
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A book that should give every writer confidence
An editor. The title story is excellent. But, Bradbury naval gazes throughout the rest of the book, seemingly clutching at some sort of deeper meaning. Often his stories have an interesting concept at the center of them, but become derailed by meandering soliloquies about beauty and death. The characters are usually novelists, poets, journalists or bibliophiles - apparently stand-ins for Bradbury himself. So, it's like listening to the author give a depressive 4am rant at a bar.
He could have waited until he knew what he wanted to say... He could have waxed poetic in some way that advanced his plots...
Dick Hill has an old-timey sound to his voice that's perfect for Bradbury's retro science fiction. He puts his all into performing what Bradbury wrote, even if the book he's been given is incoherent.
Regret that I bought the wrong book.
All high school creative writing students should be assigned this book. It would show them that they can write something as good as Ray Bradbury.
- Henry Jenkins
Short Stories are Boring
This collection of short stories reminded me that as much as i remember loving specific stories i forgot how boring soo many others really are.
Write short stories that had a real story line. Some of these just made no sense and were better as a TV show for Bradbury Theater than they are in book form.
I have always loved the story I Sing the Body Electric. Just skip the other stories, stick with the good ones.
disappointment. what happened to my memories of loving RB? Oh yeah they were the longer stories, novels, and novellas not the short stories.
- Erika D. Lawton