Bradbury Stories

Bradbury Stories

100 of His Most Celebrated Tales

Book - 2003
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For more than sixty years, the imagination of Ray Bradbury has opened doors into remarkable places, ushering us across unexplored territories of the heart and mind while leading us inexorably toward a profound understanding of ourselves and the universe we inhabit. In this landmark volume, America's preeminent storyteller offers us one hundred treasures from alifetime of words and ideas -- tales that amaze, enthrall, and horrify; breathtaking journeys backward and forward in time; classic stories with the undiminished power to tantalize, mystify, elate, and move the reader to tears. Each small gem in the master's collection remains as dazzling as when it first appeared in print.

There is magic in these pages: the wonders of interstellar flight, a conspiracy of insects, the early bloom of love in the warmth of August. Both the world of Ray Bradbury and its people are vivid and alive, as colorfully unique as a poker chip hand-painted by a brilliant artist or as warmly familiar as the well-used settings on a family's dining room table. In a poor man's desire for the stars, in the twisted night games of a hateful embalmer, in a magnificent fraud perpetrated to banish despair and repair a future, in a writer's wonderful death is the glowing proof of the timeless artistry of one of America's greatest living bards.

The one hundred stories in this volume were chosen by Bradbury himself, and span a career that blossomed in the pulp magazines of the early 1940s and continues to flourish in the new millennium. Here are representatives of the legendary author's finest works of short fiction, including many that have not been republished for decades, all forever fresh and vital, evocative and immensely entertaining. This is Bradbury at his very best -- golden visions of tomorrow, poetic memories of yesterday, dark nightmares and glorious dreams -- a grand celebration of humankind, God's intricate yet poignantly fallible machineries of joy.

Publisher: New York : William Morrow, 2003.
ISBN: 9780060542429
006054242X
Characteristics: xvii, 893 p. ; 25 cm.

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deebitner
Mar 26, 2018

I'd already said what a joy it was to read The Martian Chronicles a while back. Now I get to share with you how I felt about this compendium of short stories - truly amazing work, and a lot of it very much ahead of its time.

Don't get me wrong, there's a lot of social roles being taken as forever fixed. But at the same time, Bradbury was capable of seeing much more. For instance, "June 2003: Way In The Middle Of The Air" hypothesizes a world where the civil rights movement didn't happen and African-Americans went to Mars as a group.  This is, in fact, a part of The Martian Chronicles - but it has a lot more impact here on its own, and deserves to be read independently. He writes so many short horror stories and clearly loves his Poe - who shows up as a character in a few of them - but he also writes odd short love tales. The sheer size of this volume makes it probable that there's something for everyone.

Bradbury has aged extremely well, as long as you can get past the 50s-household setting of a lot of his work. I am glad that I can. Five of five stars.

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Casiepaws
Jul 20, 2017

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Raiiner
Jun 22, 2011

If I ever read another Bradbury story, whether at school or at home, I'll fly up to Mars and cry. Incidentally, this wasn't a bad anthology. He has some good stuff going for him, but after a while they all blend together and turn out being the same.

They're either about: 1. a boy called Douglas Spaulding. 2. Spaceships and Mars. 3. People dying.
Or not. But the majority were about Douglas Spaulding and Mars.

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