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Shadow Show: All-New Stories in Celebration of Ray Bradbury

3.93 of 5 stars 3.93  ·  rating details  ·  842 ratings  ·  185 reviews
"What do you imagine when you hear the name" . . . Bradbury?

You might see rockets to Mars. Or bizarre circuses where otherworldly acts whirl in the center ring. Perhaps you travel to a dystopian future, where books are set ablaze . . . or to an out-of-the-way sideshow, where animated illustrations crawl across human skin. Or maybe, suddenly, you're returned to a simpler ti
Paperback, 464 pages
Published July 10th 2012 by William Morrow Paperbacks
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I didn't get around to starting this review until I'd listened for quite a while & there are a lot of stories. I probably won't review them all & certainly not in detail, but figure they were at least decent stories & well read.

Sam Weller and Mort Castle - Introduction - Not the best intro, but serviceable, especially if you're not familiar with Bradbury's history.

Ray Bradbury - Second Homecoming - Quite good, especially the talk about it.

Neil Gaiman - The Man Who Forgot Ray Bradbu
When I was 11 years old, Ray Bradbury changed my life.

One Saturday morning, when I was 11, I encountered Mr. Bradbury for the first time in the science fiction section of the San Luis Obispo public library, when I pulled his short story collection The Illustrated Man off the shelf to read while I waited for my mother to get done with her grocery shopping. The first story I read was "The Veldt", which had such a profound impact on my prepubescent brain that to this day I still think of it with aw
Mark Dickson
You should always be just a little suspect when the editor(s) of a collection of short stories have work in it. You should be even more suspect when one of the editors' stories is merely okay and the other is quite bad (and seemingly way off topic/style).

Most of this book was mediocre genre pulp, with a few "literary" folks thrown in for good measure. The stories I liked the best (mostly from the "literary" folks) were too short--they often felt like drafts of stories, added in as a favor or af
WOW. This is a very high 4 that I am rounding up to 5.

I very rarely read short story collections mostly because I lose interest after three or four stories, but I am proud to say that I finished all 27. I was taken aback at how many good ones were in here. What an incredible tribute to Ray Bradbury, perhaps the most versatile writer in history. I urge everyone to read it.

One of the stand-out aspects of this compilation was the brief reflection by each of the author following his or her story.
Ranting Dragon

When the Ranting Dragon was first contacted about reviewing Shadow Show, I was intrigued. A collection of short stories honoring Ray Bradbury? Neat! However, once I got my review copy, I realized how very special this collection is. While Shadow Show was published a little over a month after Bradbury’s June 2012 death, this anthology was not thrown together at lightning speed to commemorate him. This book is actually a carefully curated collection of all o
The timing of this book might make you think that it's some hastily compiled posthumous tribute to Bradbury. Not so. The loving introduction and the even more loving opening essay by Bradbury himself show that this was meant as a living tribute. And it's excellent. The Kelly Link ghost-stories-on-a-spaceship story is beautifully done. There are a number of stories by authors I wasn't really familiar with that I would count among my favorites here: "Children of the Bedtime Machine," by Robert McC ...more
Jason Pettus
(Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography []. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegally.)

I know a number of the people involved with this book, so it wouldn't really be ethically right for me to purport to do an "objective" review of it; but I at least wanted to make a mention of it here at the blog, mostly because it finally came up to the top of my to-read list last week, after first enterin
Jun 16, 2015 Res rated it 2 of 5 stars
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Short stories in honor of Ray Bradbury. More interesting than most of the stories, actually, are the afterwords in which the authors tell about their encounters with Bradbury's fiction -- I surely would not have predicted that Margaret Atwood or Kelly Link was working under the Bradbury influence.

Unfortunately, most of the stories range from forgettable whimsies to amateurish imitations; because it's Bradbury, the authors mostly seem to be straining for (1) vivid and beautiful descriptive writi
Jul 07, 2012 Connieb marked it as to-read
Awww, a bunch of my favorite authors all in one place. I really want to read this book!!
Carl Alves
In most of the anthologies that I've read there are often some good stories, some bad stories, and some in between. The end result is that I usually feel ambivalent. When I first started reading Shadow Show, I thought this anthology would be more of the same after reading the first story, which was written by Neil Gaiman As it turns out, Gaiman's story was the weakest in the anthology, which is chocked full of quality writing and quality stories. Shadow Show is a tribute to Ray Bradbury, one of ...more
Aug 07, 2012 Kris rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: owned
Ray Bradbury is a giant in literature, so tagging his name onto things sets the bar pretty high. This collection lives up to the expectations, although my favorite part isn't the stories themselves: instead I particularly enjoyed how after each story the authors discuss the influence Ray Bradbury has had on them. Touching, funny, and personal, these brief essays are a gem.

As for the stories, there are a few duds, but many more amazing successes. Some stand outs for me were: "Heavy," "The Girl in
A wonderful collection of illustrated short stories, each one of them a tribute to Ray Bradbury. I loved every single one of them!
Thanks to Netgalley and Diamond Book Distributors for the preview!

Una magnifica raccolta di racconti brevi a fumetti, ognuno è un tributo a Rray Bradbury. Uno più bello dell'altro!
Grazie a Netgalley e a Diamond Book Distributors per l'anteprima!
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Originally reviewed here.

Anthologies are rather tricky things to review. Usually, what I do (in the two I've reviewed) is have a little awards ceremonies for the stories awarding 'Best of' various wacky categories. For this one, I don't feel like that would really get my point across. I'm also not sure what categories I would choose. A couple I do know, so I'll share those for your edification. Funniest story: Charles Yu (his story seems indebted as much to Douglas Adams as to Bradbury); Most fo
Joanne hale
I won Shadow Show from a giveaway here on GoodReads, and was entranced by each story, each writer having their own voice that Ray Bradbury should be proud of! (He passed away june 15 2012).

Each story hits their own cord and creates different emotions. I love each and every single one of them for their honesty and supurb story-telling.

there are a total of 27 stories, written by different authors for different reasons, and after each story the author writes a summary of why they wrote what they w
In Shadow Show, science fiction lovers will find stories about other planets, futuristic times, and creatures that aren’t quite human. To label Ray Bradbury simply as a science fiction writer doesn’t do his writing justice, though; Bradbury wrote about life and the human condition, and Shadow Show includes many stories of this kind, too. I enjoyed every story in Shadow Show–I can honestly say that it would be hard for me to choose favorites from this collection, and I commend Sam Weller and Mort ...more
It’s only a little while since Ray Bradbury has left us. I had mourned his passing like so many others. But this collection of stories reminds us of his everlasting legacy and leaves us with the promise that his memory will live on, irrevocably stamped on authors who were influenced by him and who may have had the luck of knowing him while he was alive.

Here are stories bizarre, horrifying, nostalgic and undeniably creepy. The surreal and mundane jostle crazily with each other. These are not Brad
Dec 04, 2012 Chris rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: i-own
I'm not sure how best to review this collection of short stories. I thought about commenting on each story in turn but with more than 2 dozen stories, that surely would have gotten a little unwieldy. Instead I'll just make a few comments about the book, the intent and the content.

This wonderful compilation of stories was envisioned and put into work by a pair of huge Bradbury enthusiasts as a tribute to his amazing work. The editors petitioned a number of modern day writers and asked them to eac
I received my copy of this book through Goodreads First Reads.

With the list of contributing authors gathered to celebrate Ray Bradbury, the high expectations I had about this book were certainly met.

The book is a wonderful example of how talented the contributing authors are. It is also showcases that the breadth Bradbury's influence has no boundaries. He awakened the imaginations of countless people with his enthralling stories and imagery so vivid and colorful that it feels alive. Shadow Show
An upcoming anthology that will be published over the summer by Gauntlet Press.

"SHADOW SHOW" is moving. It starts with a wonderful introduction written by the 2 editors, that is an hommage to Ray Bradbury. It continues with a second introduction, written by Ray Bradbury himself, in which he presents the authors in this anthology as his own litterary legacy.
This is quite touching and moving, especially when we discover that Ray's introduction was written in 2012.. so it is very likely to be one o
What an amazing book with so many fantastic writers! As a tribute to Ray Bradbury they all seem to have outdone themselves. Each story is based on how stories Ray Bradbury influenced the authors writing, and you get to experience both the essence of Bradbury in the style and ideas of the authors. The authors also give you a bit of information on their connections to Mr. Bradbury with some amazing real stories of their own. Too much to even try to reflect on here. If you like ray Bradbury this is ...more
What's the next best thing to reading short stories by Ray Bradbury? Reading short stories inspired by Ray Bradbury!

I love that these writers love his writing just as much, if not more, than I do. The collection includes stories from Neil Gaiman, Margaret Atwood, Jacquelyn Mitchard, and Audrey Niffenegger, to name a few.

I really liked that after each story, the writer wrote a little about his or her story and how it was influenced by Bradbury. I just loved, loved, loved this book.

There were a c
Straight-up, this is one of the best short story collections I have ever read. Ever. I shouldn't have been surprised, the authors of these stories are nearly all superstars, but I was. I expected a good collection, but I got an exceptional one.

I think "The Man Who Forgot Ray Bradbury" might be the best short story Neil Gaiman has ever written, and Joe Hill's contribution "By the Silver Water of Lake Champlain" will be with me forever. In fact, there are twenty seven stories in this anthology and
Ryan I

In the intro to 'Shadow Show,' Ray Bradbury tells of meeting his "true papa" when he was eight years old. It was in the pages of Edgar Allan Poe's Tales of Mystery and Imagination that he was changed forever, bonding with the author in that weird way when ink can be thicker than blood.

Bradbury's instant connection to Poe isn't far off from the countless writers and readers that have been sucked into Farenheit 451, Something Wicked This Way Comes, The Martian Chronicles, or any of the other coun
Casey Hampton
I thought I'd try something new. I kept track of my Goodreads rating for each story as I red, but didn't keep a running tally in my head, deliberately avoiding quantifying any readerly feelings. When I was through, I felt this was a solid 3-star book. When I went through and tallied up the individual stories, it became a 2.69-star book. And so I thought a while on this. And as I thought, the less confident I was in my solid 3-star rating. But then I remembered the section following each story wh ...more
Rating: 3.5 stars.

Like most anthologies, Shadow Show is uneven. I knew going in that that was likely to be the case, especially considering these were stories inspired by Ray Bradbury. Many times while reading stories that were trying a little too hard to be Bradburyish, I thought to myself, "I know Ray Bradbury, and you, sir/ma'am, are not him."

There are some meh stories—I was disappointed by Margaret Atwood's effort, though I can intellectually appreciate what she was going for—some not bad,
Introduction: Sam Weller and Mort Castle
A second homecoming: Ray Bradbury ***** [Is/was there really any American author better at tapping into our bittersweet sense of Americana or that macabre world just out of sight from the corner of our eye?]
The man who forgot Ray Bradbury: Neil Gaiman ***** [A "love letter" to Ray Bradbury and his importance to the literary world and the world as a whole, made all the better by being read by Gaiman himself.]
Headlife: Margaret Atwood ****
Heavy: Jay Bonansin
Jul 28, 2012 Adam is currently reading it
It was worth the price of the book just for Ray Bradbury's introduction and Neil Gaiman's story "The Man Who Forgot Ray Bradbury".
Dec 28, 2014 Brenda rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fantasy fans
Really a joy to read. The bits of commentary after each story makes this collection gold for any Bradbury fan.
Billy Martel
Great collection of modern day writers trying to write old fashion 50's sci-fi/drama in the great tradition of one of the greats. The collection is a bit of a mixed bag at times but when it's on it goes all the way. Highlights include: a story about the secret life of Marilyn Monroe, a story about a boy who falls in love with a dead girl he never met, a story about a world where it's illegal to be fat, a story about a boy on a fishing trip who hears a knocking, a story by Harlan Ellison about th ...more
Paul Allard
A series of short stories in tribute to Ray Bradbury

Nicely-executed by a load of writers and artists, these stories reflect the imagination and writing of Ray Bradbury. Neil Gaiman and Harlan Ellison are probably the best known of the authors.

Some of very well-illustrated, others less so but it all comes down to personal preference as is the case for an appreciation of the stories, some of which are delightful, others less so.

I do not Ray Bradbury’s work well enough to see how the tributes relat
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Sam Weller is the author of The Bradbury Chronicles: The Life of Ray Bradbury (William Morrow, 2005) winner of the Society of Midland Author's Award for Best Biography of 2005. The book was also a finalist for the prestigious Bram Stoker Award. Sam is the former Midwest Correspondent for Publishers Weekly. He is a contributing writer for the Chicago Public Radio program, 848 and his work has appea ...more
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