I Sing the Body Electric!
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 seet of emotionsthat bring strength and mythic resonance to our frail species. Ray Bradbury characters may find the...more
Overall, this group of short stories seemed to have less of the sci-fi and fantasy elements than most Bradbury I've read. That's not a bad thing; I often like Bradbury's realistic fiction just as much as his sci-fi. It just gave a different feel to this book....more
Although the version of the book I just finished was printed in 1983, I Sing the Body Electric was originally published in...more
The stories in I Sing the Body Electric were so varied. I enjoyed all the little vignettes of futuristic sci-fi and alternate universes. The sampling is so wide that no two stories can be tied together. They range from fantastic (The Lost City of Mars) to scary (Night Call, Collect) to just plain weird (Tomorrow's Chi...more
I was lucky enough to see Ray Bradbury and Ray Harryhause...more
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 seet of emotionsthat bring strength and mythic resonance to our frail species. Ray Bradbury characters may find themselves anywhere and anywhen. A horrified mother may give birth to a strange blue pyramid. A man may take Abraham Linkoln ou
This is a collection of Ray Bradbury short stories, most with Bradbury's unique Twilight Zone twists and all written with his wonderfully lyrical language. A time machine traveler tracks down Ernest Hemingway to give him a more fitting departure from the world....more
And strangely, we were moved by the hush of the woman herself, by the lostness of her face. For it was a face in which a whole lifetime of lostness showed. It was a face in which children, never born, gave cry. Or it was a face in which children, born, had passed to be buried not in the earth but in her flesh. Or it was a face in which children, born, raised, had gone off...more
Some of the other stories were mildly...more
"But how many of us have that much sense? Most of us don't have brains enough to leave a party when the gin is out. We hang around." (5)
"You'd make a lousy writer," he said. "I never knew a writer yet was a good talker." (9)
Along the way, our fa...more
The 1969 <...more
The second story is "The Terrible Conflagration Up at the Place". Hysterical story of a bunch of Irish patriots with more booze than brains, who decide to burn...more
I remember liking this story more last time I read it, years ago. But really, this is classic Bradbury. Not sci-fi Bradbury--although the premise relies on a technologically souped up cyber-granny-- but the same wistful, recreate-the-strange-wonder-and-mystery-of-childhood Bradbury that makes his Dandelion Wine such a treasure.
One thing I love about this author is his exuberant language. His motto seems to be. Hey, why settle for a single striking image when you can sta...more
This collection has a few clunkers, but it also has a few gems, like the title story and "Tomorrow's Child." It's a good jumping off point for those who want to explore an unpretentious and elegant write...more
Anyway it was still a good read and well worth the amount of time that it takes to re...more
So this work was just kind of meh. I very much appreciate Bradbury's classics -- "Something Wicked this Way Comes," "Fahrenheit 451" -- but perhaps short stories just aren't my thing wi...more
Did not finish; finished with it.