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The Toynbee Convector

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One of Ray Bradbury’s classic short story collections, available in ebook for the first time.

THE TOYNBEE CONVECTOR is a brilliant short story collection from one of the genre’s master storytellers. Several of the stories are original to this collection. Others originally appeared in the magazines Playboy, Omni, Gallery, Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, Woman's Day, and Wei
Hardcover, second printing, 275 pages
Published July 1988 by New York: Knopf (first published June 23rd 1988)
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Apr 28, 2016 Sawsan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
مجموعة قصصية تضم مزيج لطيف ومتنوع من قصص الخيال والرعب والفانتازيا
Simona Bartolotta
Mettiamola così, ragazzo: la vita è uno spettacolo di magia, o lo sarebbe se la gente non dormisse in piedi.

Una delle cose più difficili è dare un voto ad una raccolta di racconti. Perché è ovvio che ci saranno quelli che amerai e quelli che invece proprio no, non fanno per te. Naturalmente ci sono le eccezioni, non è così raro trovare libri di racconti tutti magnifici o tutti orrendi, ma per me in questo caso è stato un po' difficile decidere per quelle tre stelline.
Tre stelline combattute, sì.
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This collection of short stories was originally published in 1988. At the time I heard an interview with Bradbury – probably on NPR – and one story in particular was mentioned. A tender love story titled The Laurel and Hardy Love Affair. I was surprised, knowing, and loving, Bradbury as a science fiction writer. I shouldn’t have been; Bradbury’s writing has always tapped into emotions, and love and regret are two that we all come across in our lives. I’d forgotten the name of the collection, but ...more
Mar 19, 2015 George rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Διάβασα το διήγημα "Το μεγάλο ταξίδι στον χρόνο", που κυκλοφόρησε σε έκδοση με σκληρό εξώφυλλο και εικονογράφηση της Anita Kunz, στα ελληνικά από τις εκδόσεις Επιλογή και στα αγγλικά από τις εκδόσεις Turner. Πολύ όμορφο και απίστευτα καλογραμμένο διήγημα, όπως θα περίμενε κανείς από κάτι που έγραψε ο μοναδικός Ρέι Μπράντμπερι. Το διήγημα το απόλαυσα όχι χάρη στην πλοκή του, που ήταν ιδιαίτερα απλή, αλλά χάρη στα μηνύματα που ήθελε να περάσει και την απίθανη γραφή του. Διαβάστε το οπωσδήποτε!
Michael Montgomery
The Toynbee Convector: No one understands the title of this book before reading it. But hey, that's okay, because after reading the first story you'll understand completely. The first story, like countless others in the fine collection, are great. However, this was the strangest book I read by Bradbury so far. Most of the stories here take place in ordinary places, but in some cases, not so much. What bothers me is that nearly all the stories involve some love affair or other adult matter. It do ...more
Nic moc, většina povídek mě moc nebavila, protože jsem se často ztrácela v Bradburyho fantazii a přirovnáních.
Bavilo mě "přijďte a vezměte s sebou Constance" kupodivu, protože zatím cokoli s touto postavou bylo utrpení. A taky "Nefalšovaná podomácku vyrobená opravdová egyptská mumie plukovníka Stonesteela" i když nějaký génius přeložil Green Town jako Zelené město, ale dobře.
"Ta věc nahoře na schodech" zase dětství vs. dospělost, a parádní napětí a trochu Lovecraft konec.
Vlastně když o tom teď t
THE TOYNBEE CONVECTOR. (1988). Ray Bradbury. ***.
This is a collection of twenty-three short stories by Bradbury. There is no underlying theme, just a collection. The stories range from ‘Oh my gosh’ horror stories to time travel to space travel. There are a few of them that are very good. There are a few that are just good. The rest of them are mostly pedestrian efforts to flesh out small ideas that have been worked before. It is difficult to flesh out both plots and character together in short s
Richard Knight
The Toynbee Convector is highly misleading in both title and cover. Ray Bradbury, who has written both exceptional novels (Fahrenheit 451, Something Wicked This Way Comes) and short story collections (The Martian Chronicles, The Illustrated Man) swung and missed with this book of bite-sized tales, and mainly because it feels so disjointed and aimless.

The stories in this collection are all over the place, and only one of them ("The Toynbee Convector") could even come close to being considered sc
Mark Oppenlander
Sep 02, 2012 Mark Oppenlander rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
This was an entertaining book for me to read, as it contained only one or two stories that I had previously read. A whole new volume of Bradbury stories to explore! I was able to enjoy this with a freshness that is inherently missing from re-reading many of Bradbury's other books, most of which I first touched when I was young.

Having said that, many of the stories in this book still felt familiar. These stories were mostly written in the 1980's and Bradbury was well into his career at this point
May 07, 2016 Cesar rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The stories are not consistently excellent. They were all good, some a bit confusing. He touched on not only science fiction but also homed in on basic human emotions and feelings. There were some endings that were not what I expected, others were. But still the collection was entertaining. If someone reads this expecting 100% science fiction they will be disappointed. But someone looking for entertaining stories will not be. All in all, I would recommend this collection.
May 24, 2014 Nancy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I gave this book 3 stars not because the stories aren't excellent, but because many of them are not really SF (what I love); just stories set in a dreamy American mid-west, some with a twist at the end, others more nostalgic. The theme of this book is Time, travel forward and backward, mostly in the mind. Again, a great book, but if you're looking for The Martian Chronicles or Fahrenheit 451, this is not it.
Dec 19, 2012 John rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yet another excellent collection of Bradbury's short fiction which reveals his strengths unabated well into his fourth decade as a professional writer. A number of these stories were apparently unique to this collection at the time. They run the gamut from the supernatural ("On the Orient North") to the mundane ("The Laurel and Hardy Love Affair"), from the earnest ("One Night in Your Life") to the comical ("The Thing at the Top of the Stairs"), even managing to encompass love and hatred in a si ...more
Jim Krotzman
I like to study Bradbury's first sentence and last sentence in his short stories. It is interesting how he takes an idea and gives it a twist that you don't expect. These stories haven't been published before, and I don't think they are as good as some of his others. I did enjoy the last one in the book, "Colonel Stonesteel's Truly Egyptian Mummy."
Jul 29, 2014 Ron rated it really liked it
Another collection of Bradbury short stories - some of them were very good, others not so much. All in all, I'd say this was a notch below some of his other collections. However, you'll find some of the same stories showing up in the various collections which can make reading the collections go faster.
Ευθυμία Δεσποτάκη
Τελικά το παζάρι βιβλίου σου δίνει την ευκαιρία να ψαρέψεις τόσο πολύτιμα μικρά πετράδια που καταντά συγκινητικό. Ο Ταξιδιώτης του Χρόνου κι η τρυφερή του ιστορία, η απόλυτη αγάπη για την ανθρώπινη φυλή. Απλά, αν το πετύχετε διαβάστε το. Ό,τι άλλο κι αν πω θα είναι σπόιλερ.
Edward Burton
Conveys the same flavor as Dandelion Wine and The Martian Chronicles (but not quite as spellbinding as The Martian Chronicles--what book can be?) Short stories about people in everyday situations and their raging dreams and desires simmering just below the surface.
Questo raccolta di racconti di fantascienza di Ray Bradbury ne contiene 22. Eccoli:
1) Il Convettore di Toynbee;
2) La botola;
3) Sull'Orient, diretto a Nord;
4) Una notte nella tua vita;
5) A ovest di October;
6) L'ultimo circo;
7) Stanlio e Ollio;
8) Suppongo tu ti stia chiedendo perché siamo qui;
9)Lafayette, addio!;
10) Banshee;
11) Promesse, promesse;
12) Approccio d'amore;
13) Una per sua signoria, e una per la strada!;
14) A mezzanotte, nel mese di giugno;
15) Mi benedica, padre, perché h
Jan 22, 2016 Ellen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This volume of short stories runs the gamut from sweet love tales to wild sci-fi yarns. Some are extremely funny and others are downright creepy. There are a few that I just didn't understand but for the most part I enjoyed this book immensely. I loved "Trapdoor" - after living in a house for 10 years the occupant suddently notices an attic trapdoor they'd never seen before.......hmmmm. In "One for His Lordship, and One for the Road" a group of Irish workmen find their way around a rich man's la ...more
Mar 08, 2015 Jeremy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
This is my favorite collection of Bradbury short stories thus far. A great diversity of themes and flavors. Bradbury is so much more than a science fiction writer. He is a philosopher and a social commentator.
Veronica Schneider
Nice to read a book full of short stories. Most of the stories I enjoyed and they left me mystified but towards the end of the book the stories seemed to get more gruesome and more sexual.
Matteo Pellegrini

Il volume raccoglie ventitre racconti dell'autore di "Fahrenheit 451". Ray Bradbury ha firmato queste storie inquietanti che spaziano dai più classici temi di marziani e astronavi fino a mostrare una vena che sfiora l'horror.

Todd Wheeler
Aug 19, 2012 Todd Wheeler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The best collection of short stories by Bradbury that I have read this summer. Having binged on the author the past few months, I recognized many of the themes in these stories, particularly the wonder of childhood when everything is magical and possible.

I also saw many memories reborn in these stories, of his time in Illinois, of circuses and storms, simple fears ballooning into nightmares. It is amazing how Bradbury mined these memories, these treasures, over and over again during his career,
Jennifer Ranger
Nov 24, 2014 Jennifer Ranger rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ray Bradbury is one of the greatest science-fiction writers of all time. That goes without saying. This collection is a nice mix of science-fiction, horror, and realistic fiction. If you need a quick read, try one of the stories in this collection.
Apr 26, 2011 Camilla rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Camilla by: Marco
E' da circa un mese che sto leggendo questo libretto.. Un tempo assurdo per una raccolta di storie, più o meno brevi e non vedo l'ora di finirlo.
Si, lo ammetto certe storie sono carine, specialmente le prime, ma certe altre finiscono così bruscamente che rimango lì pensando "embè, e ora?"

Non lo abbandono perchè non c'è niente di difficile o pesante in questo libro, solo non mi attira nè mi trasmette niente. Non vedo l'ora di finirlo per restituirlo al legittimo proprietario. Meno male che non l'
Alessandro Amadesi
Una raccolta di racconti che spazia dalla fantascienza sentimentale alla fantasia più sfrenata, fino al confine dell'horror, fino a...
il bello di questa raccolta è che i racconti riescono a parlare della vita nei suoi tanti aspetti. trascinante ed a tratti commovente. Da 'Addio, Lafayette' a 'Stanlio e Ollio', Bradbury dimostra ciò che non dirò certo io per primo: di essere un narratore vero, anche se spesso relegato dal pubblico medio nella sola zona degli scrittori di fantascienza. E' molto di
Sep 17, 2014 Barry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Mr. Bradbury does not fail to disappoint with this collection of short stories. There is a variety of settings to capture the attention of a wider audience, and many of the stories leave one with a shiver after a suspenseful conclusion that never fully resolves. Irony and intrigue make for a winsome combination, and there is much of both sprinkled throughout. This volume is a winner from almost angle, and well-worth a read.
Jun 04, 2015 Tasha rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Some stories were great, some were meh.
Mar 29, 2010 Sheila rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As others have said before me, perhaps not the greatest collection of Bradbury stories ever. Some I've read before, in other collections, I think; or maybe it just FEELS like I've read them before.

Nonetheless, Bradbury's exuberance in writing is the hook that keeps me reading him, even on the more well-worn paths of his ideas. He just kind of drags you along with him.

Nov 16, 2010 Ananda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I had high hopes for this. I'm usually a big fan of short stories but this left me scratching my head. Most of these stories are just plain pointless, as soon as you really think something's going to happen it ends. A few of them were very enjoyable, for example, The Toynbee Convector, Banshee, and Colonel Stonesteel's Genuine Home-made Truly Egyptian Mummy.
Apr 30, 2012 Kathleen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
jubilant and surreal-- i love the drawing-text duet, the simple & unsurprising but still very Bradburry story
re-read it this weekend

(Seems from the comments that this title refers to both an illustrated single-short-story book, a collection of stories, and a tv show.. the version I read was the tall and slim single-story illustrated book..)
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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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