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The Veldt

4.22  ·  Rating Details ·  3,669 Ratings  ·  270 Reviews
The advanced technology of a house first pleases then increasingly terrifies its occupants.
Paperback, 45 pages
Published November 20th 1987 by Creative Education (first published September 23rd 1950)
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Tansie G. I think that Bradbury is emphasizing how technology can be dangerous. The children came to feel as though the house was their parent, and the parents…moreI think that Bradbury is emphasizing how technology can be dangerous. The children came to feel as though the house was their parent, and the parents began to feel useless and scared. He went for a similar theme/message in "The Pedestrian". (less)

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Paquita Maria Sanchez
Jan 30, 2012 Paquita Maria Sanchez rated it really liked it
Shelves: literature
In 1950, with television becoming more and more integrated in daily life, Ray Bradbury's Sci-Fi paranoia gland started swelling up to epic proportions. After lancing the painful bubble that was his frustrations about easy entertainment and all manner of super-fast flashy new things that do seemingly everything for you, Bradbury bled out all his puss and blood on the page. That makes this story sound dark, and it is pretty dark in many ways, but it is also whimsical and humorous in its dealings w ...more
Stacey
When you read a short story like this one, there's no mistaking the reasons Bradbury is regarded as a master storyteller. His stories are at their most powerful when he's writing of children, as here, and such as Dandelion Wine, or All Summer In a Day. He creates a sense of inevitability, even resignation. You can see the ending coming, you even know why it's coming, and which turn you took to get you there. Still it drags you along to the end, and the story lingers, long after you've read the l ...more
Stephen
4.0 stars. A superb short story from Ray Bradbury and one that is quite a bit "darker" than much of his short fiction. It originally appeared in the Saturday Evening Post in 1950 under the title, "The World the Children Made" and was than included in the anthology

The story is dark, cynical look at the dangers of allowing technology (like TV) raise our children. In the story, two parents install a machine called the “Happylife Home”(think early computer with A.I.) that allows the house to be run
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Steph
Oct 17, 2015 Steph rated it really liked it
I'm in the middle of reading a long book and wanted a break with something Halloween S and creepy and this was short and disturbing. I really like it and think after this book I'm reading I will turn to a couple of really good scary books because that was creepy and it is the season for being disturbd
Radwa
May 09, 2016 Radwa rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-books
A futuristic horror story, with a futuristic house that literally does everything for its residents, from tying their shoes to rocking them in their sleep. The house comes with a special (psychological?) room called the "nursery," which manifests anyone's thoughts. It's used as a way to analyze the psychology of the children.

If you think of fairies, the room will give you fairies, and if you think of killing lions, there'll be killing lions. A big con for me was how "preachy" the story seemed, b
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Marts  (Thinker)
Oct 08, 2016 Marts (Thinker) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016-reads
And if you yearn for an exceptionally strange tale...
Thomreads
Feb 28, 2017 Thomreads rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had to read this book for my english class and I really enjoyed it!
This book is a futuristic (sci-fi) horror story, with a futuristic house that literally does everything for its residents! It was really entertaining and the ending was PERFECT!
We have to keep in mind that this book has been written in 1950 and the written kind of gave us his thoughts on the future by creating a futuristic house! If you haven't read it yet, I think you should because when I read it, I actually felt a little bi
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Prashant
Apr 29, 2012 Prashant rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-book
Since aeon this society has questioned the efficacy of love.

I know we have made millions of movies, written trillions of stories and have had hundreds of thinkers all depicting the helplessness of human emotions. We have the tendency to swoon, drool and even succumb for the ones we love.

But this is not the love that we are talking about in this story. Here, it's the one which because of the absence of physical attraction may not be as complex as the love between a couple. But still, it's much
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Kelly R
I cannot give this book any stars because I really hated reading it. As a work of literature it was beautiful. I saw everything perfectly drawn up in front of my eyes as if the Story were a picture rather than just words on a page. As I read The Veldt I was horrified. I had to stop reading at times because I was sobbing. When I got to the end I was so sick I ran crying to my dad.
I would never recommend this book to be read, but I cannot honestly say that I regret reading it.

If you are looking
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Zuky the BookBum
Mar 27, 2017 Zuky the BookBum rated it really liked it
Another good technological based short from Bradbury. This is about the powers of technology and spoilt children.

I loved how even though the parents so desperately wanted to turn off their house, they couldn't quite resist it enough to do it, ending in a not so nice surprise.

Even with its predictable ending, this one gives you the shivers.
Sheila
Creepy! Very, very creepy! And makes you stop to consider what technology is doing to our lives, and what it has the potential to do to our lives as it continues to advance at an exponential speed. Watch out! And keep an eye on what your children are doing!

Edit: I have now also listened to an audio dramatized interpretation of this story, (thank you Petra!) and after listening to the audio drama I now have a second, alternate opinion of this story. In the print, I thought the children were evil,
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Stevie
May 30, 2016 Stevie rated it liked it
this book is great. I first read it during my 7th grade year in English, and I still love it to this day. The ending is very morbid though, so I'm not completely sure why they made 12 year olds read it... either way, I adore this book and know that it's a great fit for anyone who's a fan of Ray Bradbury.
Katy
Part sci-fi horror/ part fabled warning against the dangers of spoiling children, this worked pretty effectively. Although predictable, I liked the slow build-up, and the ending was fantastic with the creepy daughter quietly offering the psychologist tea. *shiver* I'm not sure which was more frightening - the kids, the lions, or the adults' parenting. If you like to creep yourself out, like I do at this time of year, this is the perfect season to read this short scary story.
Martyna
Jan 27, 2016 Martyna rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebooks
wow wow wow
this was so good! I had to read this for one of my assignments in English class and I'm surprised at how dark it was. The discussion we had about this story was also very interesting. A great quick read!
Z
Jun 18, 2014 Z rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014
Chilling and so delicious despite (or owing to?) its brevity. 62 years after the story was first published, a video (and piece of music) were made to pay homage to it and to Bradbury - the equally delicious track by deadmau5, 'The Veldt.'
Anushuiya
Mar 26, 2017 Anushuiya rated it really liked it
Shelves: short-stories, 2017
Although from the very beginning I could guess what would unfold, the story is intriguing and well exhibited.
Cyndi Goodgame
Mar 21, 2017 Cyndi Goodgame rated it it was amazing
Great. Bradbury didn't let me down. Great view of what technology can do for the worst.
Kaylah
Mar 07, 2017 Kaylah rated it it was amazing
If you're a fan of black mirror, or just want to read a really good work of fiction, I HIGHLY recommend The Veldt by Ray Bradbury. His science fiction foresight has always fascinated me, and this story is no different. It feels almost prophetic of the technology age in which we're approaching. It becomes even more unsettling and impressive when you realize that it was written and published in 1950.... the same year the first answering machine was invented and TVs were just starting to become mai ...more
Michał Obuchowski
Mar 11, 2017 Michał Obuchowski rated it really liked it
Quite sobering, considering it was written in the 50s. Even more so that I read it on my phone... In the bathroom :P
Zeek
Society has evolved to a place where a home can babysit and raise your kids for you, with a nursery that will bring to life anything your child imagines. George and Lydia Hadley were happy to purchase their Happylife Home so affordably, where lights turn on as you walk in a room and the house clothed and fed and rocked their kids to sleep. But something is awry in the nursery. The room is stuck on an African Veldt land with lions feeding and vultures looming- and this imaginary world feels all t ...more
Feyza Doksanbir
Apr 15, 2015 Feyza Doksanbir rated it it was amazing
This short story was written in the 50's. Back then technology was evolving rapidly and the most important year in the 50's was the year of hope. This was the year 1958, a very prestigious year. The world exposition in Brussels was one among the things that took place. Technology was so important that people even thought world peace would come because of it. I believe the importance of technology to people made Bradbury want to write this story. This short story was astonishing. I can even say t ...more
Yongyoon
Feb 13, 2017 Yongyoon rated it really liked it
Shelves: classics
The Veldt is a very predictable short story that still presents interesting philosophical questions. The age, in this case, the 1950s shows itself with the dynamic between the wife and husband. However, disregarding that, the concepts inside are timeless.

7.5/10 (good)
Srinath Sridhar
Jun 28, 2014 Srinath Sridhar rated it really liked it
I am a big fan of electronic music and in particular a music producer called deadmau5. Now, if you are wondering how this is relevant to The Veldt, I swear there is a connection.

deadmau5 produced a single called The Veldt a couple of years ago (2012). The track was inspired by this book, The Veldt. It was a great track, so I thought I should give the book a try. After all, this is a short story and can be read (online) in 20 mins. It was time well spent.

For a story written in 1950 this book has
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Katie Johnson
Dec 13, 2016 Katie Johnson rated it really liked it
Shelves: short-story
This frightening short story displays the reality of a household and society run completely by technology. Everything in the Hadley's house is automated, the cooking, cleaning, and even child rearing is controlled by the house. In this short story we see children so consumed by technology that their parents have no control in their lives and are eventually killed by the visualizations after their children lock them in the nursery room.

This story would need to be handled sensitively with middle
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Andrew Tonascia
May 10, 2012 Andrew Tonascia rated it really liked it
The thought of a house that ultimately simplifies your life by cooking your meals, brushing your teeth, or cleaning your dishes may sound intriguing and useful, but in The Veldt, Ray Bradbury shows us some of the more terrifying aspects to the idea of a "living house." He helps us to realize the importance of doing things on our own. The moment we let someone else, or SOMETHING else control parts of our lives, things begin to go wrong.

Parents George and Lydia Hadley seem to be enjoying their thi
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alice
Dec 06, 2016 alice rated it it was amazing
Shocking, unexpected and scary. Bradbury is a master storyteller and his plots are always so original and fresh. He has the great ability of revealing plot-twists when least expected, resulting in a suspense-packed double surprise. His stories often portray kids in the most truthful and personal ways and The Veldt is no exception. The dystopian idea behind this story finds its roots in the paranoia originated from the popularity of new technologies, a thought that crossed everyone's mind at leas ...more
Jena
It makes me absolutely giddy, to read these old masters of science fiction! I feel the way I felt when I first started reading. Freaking out at the Twilight-Zone-esque ideas, pondering the what-ifs, not able to turn the pages fast enough.

What's cooler and creepier than a "nursery gone bad?" This story explores what happens when a house, run by artificial intelligence turns, on its occupants.
BAD NURSERY, bad bad nursery!
Vincent Russo
Feb 26, 2013 Vincent Russo rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
The song “The Veldt” by Deadmau5 was inspired by this short story by Ray Bradbury. Indeed, the original title of this story was “The World that the Children made”, a recurring line in the song. Already being a fan of Bradbury’s work, as well as fiction that centralizes around dystopian themes, this served as a very quick and enjoyable read. The true talent of Bradbury’s writing style is conveyed by his ability to portray such a dark world in a confined literary space.
Paula Bagley
Jan 18, 2016 Paula Bagley rated it it was amazing
This book is mazing, the story represents how technology is taking over our lives, and even though I use technology a lot and I would never give it up. The book shows the reality in a way so deep it rly shocks you. As well as the amazing story, they literally touch all your senses. When I read the book I could actually smell the grass and other stuff, read this book cause u will read it over and over
Amber
Jan 30, 2016 Amber rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebooksiown
This was a pretty good short story about a smart house and the horrors within its nursery that has been turned into an African Pride land by the children of the house. If you enjoy a scary sci-fi story, definitely check this out. It is available wherever books are sold and at your local library in one of Ray Bradbury's short story collections. I found this short story available to read as a free ebook.
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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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