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Somewhere a Band is Playing

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A NEW RAY BRADBURY NOVELLA WHICH HE HAS BEEN TINKERING WITH FOR 60 YEARS. THE BOOK INCLUDES THE FINAL MANUSCRIPT AS WELL AS EARLY DRAFTS.
Hardcover, First Limited , 187 pages
Published June 28th 2007 by Colorado Springs: Gauntlet Press (first published June 2007)
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Lee Thompson
May 16, 2012 Lee Thompson rated it liked it
Damn it. I wanted to love this. Even with all the extra excerpts and the teleplay, which were interesting to read to see how Bradbury had changed things for the final version, weren't enough to really impress me. I think this is one of his weaker works: thin, underdeveloped, lacking any character development at all. None. It might not even deserve 3 stars (I'm mostly giving them to him for idea and prose.)

Mark Oppenlander
This is another book I was fortunate to be able to find through the magic of inter-library loan. It includes the novella "Somewhere a Band is Playing" along with early snippets, fragments and drafts that have a connection to the final manuscript. It is a signed, limited edition. The copy I have in hand is #299 of 500 with Bradbury's signature in red ink on the cover page.

I won't bother to repeat my thoughts on the novella (see my review of "Now and Forever" on February 23, 2014 for that), but I
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Patricia
Aug 15, 2015 Patricia rated it it was ok
I needed to read a sci-fi book for the Summer Reading program at the library, so I chose an author I have enjoyed before. I loved the setting of this story and the old-fashioned feel of it, but I guess I just don't really understand Bradbury. Or sci-fi. A bit weird for me. But a quick read that made me think a bit.
Michael Sentman
Very much an eloquently written praising to small towns in America where everybody knows everybody and never wants the town to change. I enjoyed the writing, done as only Bradbury can, but no being a lover of small towns nearly as much as Bradbury I only appreciate the piece and admire the love Bradbury put into this novella. It really was too short to develop any characters as actual dynamic characters and the plot was hidden well with mystery but still simple. It was an enjoyable piece to read ...more
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Nov 25, 2012 6robertson_alec rated it really liked it
This was an amazing story both my dad and I loved this book. He requested me to read this story so I did and I really enjoyed it. I would definitely recommend it to people who prefer to read mystery and entertaining stories great book.
Keri Spetzer
May 05, 2013 Keri Spetzer rated it it was amazing
Ray Bradbury had done it again. It's an interesting tale that societal values and ideas. It's a quick read and I'd recommend it to anyone.
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American novelist, short story writer, essayist, playwright, screenwriter and poet, was born August 22, 1920 in Waukegan, Illinois. He graduated from a Los Angeles high school in 1938. Although his formal education ended there, he became a "student of life," selling newspapers on L.A. street corners from 1938 to 1942, spending his nights in the public library and his days at the typewriter. He bec ...more
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