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Preview — Shadow Show by Sam Weller
Shadow Show: All-New Stories in Celebration of Ray Bradbury
“Ray Bradbury is without a doubt, one of this, or any century’s greatest and most imaginative writers. Shadow Show, a book of truly great stories, is the perfect tribute to America’s master storyteller.”
—Stan Lee, legendary comic book writer and former president and chairman of Marvel Comics
“Great new tales of imagination in the Bradbury tradition.”
—Hugh Hefner, publisher
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...more
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....more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
As for the stories, there are a few duds, but many more amazing successes. Some stand outs for me were: "Heavy," "The Girl in...more
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...more
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...more
Here are stories bizarre, horrifying, nostalgic and undeniably creepy. The surreal and mundane jostle crazily with each other. These are not Brad...more
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...more
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...more
"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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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,...more
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...more
It is this influence that brought about a collection of new short stories, from a diverse group of twenty-six of today’s authors, as a tribute to Brad...more
This is a collection of stories in celebration of Ray Bradbury.
I’m never sure how to review a collection. I liked most of the stories. If you like Ray Bradbury, you will probably like this book.
It includes works by:
Ray Bradbury - Second Homecoming
*Neil Gaiman - The Man Who Forgot Ray Bradbury
*Margaret Atwood - Headlife
Jay Bonansinga - Heavy
*Sam Weller - The Girl In The Funeral Parlor
David Morrell - The Companions
Thomas F. Monteleone - The Exchang...more
In Shadow Show, Sam Weller and Mort Castle have compiled stories by several authors who were inspired by Bradbury. Included in this prestigious list are such notables as Neil Gaiman, Alice Hoffman and Harla...more