A Graveyard for Lunatics
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A Graveyard for Lunatics (Crumley Mysteries #2)

3.6 of 5 stars 3.60  ·  rating details  ·  994 ratings  ·  66 reviews
Halloween Night, 1954. A young, film-obsessed scriptwriter has just been hired at one of the great studios. An anonymous investigation leads from the giant Maximus Films backlot to an eerie graveyard separated from the studio by a single wall. There he makes a terrifying discovery that thrusts him into a maelstrom of intrigue & mystery--& into the dizzy exhilaratio...more
Hardcover, 285 pages
Published July 14th 1990 by Knopf (first published 1990)
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Linda Robinson
I will make a new tradition to read a Bradbury book on his birthday, which at my age means I'll reread books I've already read, but that's a good tradition for a content old age. Watched a video of Bradbury talking about writing. It was perfectly timed to bump into it on his birthday and, a break from Annie Dillard's Writing Life. Dillard is brilliant, but damn! she goes on and on about how arduous writing is. Molding, crafting, snipping, killing your darlings, insisting the writer have no distr...more
Simona Bartolotta
E fu così che l'adepta, ancora piangente per la recente scomparsa del suo idolo, dovette dare due ad un suo libro.
Dove sono i capolavori del calibro di Fahrenheit 451 e Cronache marziane?
Bradbury, perché mi hai fatto questo?!
Mark Oppenlander
If I could give this book 2.5 stars, I probably would. It is one of the more disappointing books I have read during the Bradbury project. As it stands, I am going to give it the benefit of the doubt; perhaps I just read this on an off day.

This is the sequel to "Death is a Lonely Business," picking up a few years later with the main character now working for a movie studio. Many of the characters from the previous book show up as well, including Constance Rattigan, Inspector Crumley and old, blin...more
Matthew
Hm. Well this is weird because Bradbury is a genius and I loved all of the books and short stories by him I've read to date, so it feels weird to say this, but... the book just wasn't very good. Ray Bradbury wrote a book that was not very good. Weird.

The positive things I can say about it are that, as always, Ray Bradbury is great with creating memorable characters, and he's very very good with dialogue. This book is no exception. I was especially a huge fan of J.C. (an eccentric Jesus look-alik...more
Amanda
I gave this book three stars because, while I did not like the story so much, Ray Bradbury is such a genius that I can dislike a story he created and still see the wit and genius in it.
Oh, Ray Bradbury, how I love you! I will not speak of Brandbury in the past tense-his genius lives on.
As I sai, I really did not like the story so much. I figured out the identity of the Beast quite early in the story, although I did not figure out any of the rest of the pieces to complete the puzzle.
My favorite...more
Cathrine Bonham
Great novel that really captures the spirit of old Hollywood. I loved the studio drama and the writing was classic Bradbury. I thought that it failed a little as a Mystery story because I was way ahead of the protagonist.

Read Death is a Lonely Business before you start this novel though, you will be thankful for the Character development that he builds on from the previous book.
Benjamin Featherston
Many books set in Hollywood have been written by authors claiming to have a unique insight into the industry. This is one of the few novels which actually delivers a different perspective. Bradbury's film studio is a surreal landscape filled with eccentric characters, and his narration captures the genuine wonder as well as the seedy underside of film-making.

This book is second in a series which begins with "Death is a Lonely Business", but works as a standalone mystery. I picked it up without...more
Rachel
This was, well, strange. The big plot reveal was incredibly easy to figure out, but it was kinda done well. The style of the writing, however, left me feeling as though I'd simultaneously been belted with a rubber mallet while attempting a deep conversation with a hyperactive child who can't quite fix on one subject. I also found myself having to reread parts, as it felt like I'd missed something that was staring me in the face, but maybe if I'd read the first one, I wouldn't have had this probl...more
Anthony
Nov 03, 2008 Anthony rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Anthony by: Eric Vaughan
Shelves: the-darker-side
I lived in Venice Beach California at the time I read this book, and the coolest thing about it, was some of the book took place not far from where I lived. I was working on writing my first screenplay when my roommate walked into my office and put that book on the bookshelf. He said a friend gave it to him. I wasn't a really big reader back then, but we didn't have cable or satellite in our apartment. So after a few hours of boredom I picked it up. I mean, how bad could it be, it's freakin' Ray...more
Ron Arden
I had never heard of this Ray Bradbury novel and was eager to read it. The story was a bit different than the sci-fi I am used to, but it was still enjoyable. Parts of the book were a bit slow for me, but I enjoyed the conclusion.

The tale is set in and around a movie studio in the 1950s where great films were made many years before. It is 20 years since the studio head died, some say mysteriously. The movie studio has an adjacent graveyard and some people believe the studio head has come back to...more
Сергей Бережной
Голливуд должен быть разрушен. Но только после того, как этот роман будет экранизирован.

Пригласить постановщиком лучше всего Фрица Ланга, а в помощники ему взять Билли Уайлдера. Рэй Харрихаузен будет делать спецэффекты и застенчиво играть Холдстрома. Борис Карлофф и Эрих фон Штрогейм появятся в эпизодических ролях, Джин Келли станцует на крыше Оперы Гарнье, Чаплин сыграет Иисуса, Сильвия Сидни — Констанцию, а Лон Чейни — все главные роли, кроме, конечно, САМОЙ главной. САМУЮ главную сделает сам...more
Patrick
I'm not sure why I wanted to read a Ray Bradbury book lately, but I did. I read Farenheit 451 10 or so years ago and really liked it, but hadn't really heard of any of his other work. This is the book that jumped out from me on the bookshelf at the library, so I picked it up. Unfortunately, I didn't love this book. It is an interesting mystery that takes place in a Hollywood studio in the 1950's. Bradbury worked as a screen writer in Hollywood and seems to have a love/hate relationship with it....more
Jeanette
it's a follow up (sort of) to Bradbury's Death is a Lonely Business which i hadn't realized when i bought it. the copy i got online has one of the greatest inscriptions i've ever found and i can't believe anyone ever let it go, honestly:

"Christmas 1993

Just in case you haven't read this one -- or read it long enough ago so it's worth re-reading -- here's a lively graveyard to go digging around in. (You might even share it with your ghoul friend.)

Dad & Julie"

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"For while the peopl...more
Sam
Ray Bradbury semi-autobiographical book about a young screen writer in Hollywood. This a mystery story mixed up with nostalgia, stirred into a stream-of-consciousness style narrative, with a deep love for early movies, and keen eye for the kind of people who made them.

It is difficult to characterize the book, as it is very unusual. I liked it a lot as I read it, hence the five stars. Writing this review six weeks later, it is hard to to even explain what the book was truly about. The actual plot...more
Mutlu Cankay
Sene 1954, Los Angeles. Karşısında kurulu olan mezarlığın aksine Maximus stüdyoları son derece hareketli bir yerdir. Tüm stüdyolar arasında en çok karı kapan güçlü ve köklü bir şirkettir. Kahramanımız arkadaşı Roy ile birlikte korku sinemasını canladıracak bir proje getirmeleri için görevlendirilmiştir. Roy özel efekt ve makyajı hazırlayacak kahramanımız ise senaryoyu yazıp "Canavar" ı tanımlayacaktır. Cadılar Bayramında kahramanımıza yapılan eşek şakasından sonra gelişen tuhaf olaylar onları "C...more
Al

Halloween Night, 1954. A young, film-obsessed scriptwriter has just been hired at one of the great studios. An anonymous investigation leads from the giant Maximus Films backlot to an eerie graveyard separated from the studio by a single wall. There he makes a terrifying discovery that thrusts him into a maelstrom of intrigue and mystery -- and into the dizzy exhilaration of the movie industry at the height of its glittering power.

From Publishers Weekly

Hollywood, Halloween night, 1954. At a m

...more
Joyce
A funny/sad, fast-paced book, A Graveyard for Lunatics is the first Ray Bradbury novel I've read. Published in 1954, during the demise of the almighty Hollywood studio system, Bradbury reveals his love and knowledge of movies in a fantasy/murder mystery tale that begins one Halloween night. The denouement is predictable early on but Bradbury's writing makes the book enjoyable. The characters are stock LA noir i.e., hard drinking detective friend, aging movie star, Dr. Feelgood, movie mogul, mogu...more
C.D.
I wasn't sure about this book when I started. It began in such a thick cloud of metaphors I could only vaguely grasped what was happening. It was also the first mystery novel of Bradbury's that I've read.

Fortunately, I had faith in Bradbury and he did not disappoint. The characters he created were very weird but somehow that made them more vivid and real. They spoke for themselves. His dialogue is so compelling I found myself skimming down the page to find out what happens. Luckily I had the sen...more
Stephanie Ricker
Next up! A Graveyard for Lunatics: Another Tale of Two Cities by Ray Bradbury. No matter how much I read, there always seems to be more Bradbury out there. I was a little thrown by this one, I’ll admit. Bradbury writes vibrantly, forcefully, and rapidly: this is excellent in a short story. In a novel, though, it’s occasionally disorienting. I honestly wasn’t quite sure what was happening at times, there were so many exclamation marks, italics, and oblique references being thrown around. (One can...more
Matteo Pellegrini

Notte di Halloween, anno 1954.
Un giovane sceneggiatore, da poco entrato a far parte di una delle maggiori case di produzione hollywoodiane, riceve un invito anonimo e si reca negli studios; e qui tra una corsa di bighe, la sabbia del deserto e le cascate del Niagara, scopre nascosto dietro un tramezzo un cimitero, un luogo fitto di segreti che lo trascina in un vortice di intrigo e mistero.
Ray Bradbury offre in questo libro una combinazione di poliziesco e letteratura noir.

Traummachine
I didn't realize it at the time, but this is the middle book of a trilogy, along with Death is a Lonely Business and Let's All Kill Constance.

This was my 2nd Bradbury book, and despite fabulous quotes it was my second disappointment. I know he's got to be an amazing author, but apparently I should have stuck with my first instinct and started with Something Wicked This Way Comes. Next time...

While October Country was hit and miss (it's a short story collection), Graveyard really never grabbed me...more
Laura Brown
I wish I had known this book was the second of a series when I picked it up. I spent my entire time feeling like I was too stupid to understand what the inside joke was. It was intriguing enough to keep me reading, but my reading experience really could have been a lot better.
Danger Kallisti
Feb 12, 2008 Danger Kallisti rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Bradbury fans, people who like wonder and mystery, Angelinos
Shelves: angelino-stuff
I still love Bradbury. This series was wonderful, because it was the same fairy-tale style, the same gentlemanly PG-13 storytelling as his books for younger audiences, but instead of science fiction, it talked about my other love – LA. I'm glad that I found this series again. I walked around with scenes from these books in my head for years before I figured out what they were and how to find them again. I know that his style can be schmaltzy at times, and that a lot of people don't like it. I kn...more
Andrew
"A Graveyard for Lunatics" is Ray Bradbury's loveletter to his nostalgic memories of Hollywood in the 1950's. It's style is quinticessential Bradbury all the way, but it is not his best work. The whimsical imagery and eccentric characters are Bradbury's strength in this tale. The major weakness of this book is simply "too much of a good thing." Bradbury's dialogue took presidence over story, ultimately making this "mystery" not much of a mystery. The plot was weak, and the fact that the unnamed...more
Peggy
I've read many of Bradbury's books, starting when I was a kid. I loved so many of the sci fi ones, like The Martian Chronicles and R is For Rocket. I will never forget Dandelion Wine and Something Wicked I thought I'd love this one, since I love old movies and Ray Harryhausen. But from the beginning the descriptions were too frenetic for me. Have you ever seen an early Robin Willams interview? He was always extremely funny, but exhausting as he jumped relentlessly from bit to bit to bit. This bo...more
Lizardsonic
I'm a bit biased since I'm a huge Bradbury fan. It's an intricate mystery set in the backlots of a Hollywood film studio from the eyes of an up-and-coming scifi screenwriter. One of the best parts of the story is the attention Bradbury lovingly pays to each character. Even the minor characters feel like fleshed out real people.

Bradbury's writing style has always reeled me into his stories. He writes with such deep sensory detail that you can't help but get sucked in. Don't want to spoil the sto...more
Velika
Loved it! Ray Bradbury is easilly becoming my favorite author from everything I have read up till now.
August Niehaus
I've hoped to never by disappointed by Bradbury, and sure enough, though I had my doubts about this book, he has not let me down. This reads like one giant hallucinogenic-fueled trip through a naive 30-some-year-old's childlike headspace: it's metaphors, it's exaggeration, it's rip-roaring adventure with a terrifying edge. Though the mystery is not mind-boggling, it's definitely a stellar framework on which to hang a symbolic fictionalized autobiography, especially one so full of quotables, memo...more
Steve Shilstone
A pleasing buffet snack especially for lovers of Hollywood history.
Baal Of
This book is like a Fabergé egg to me. I can stand back and admire it's intricacy, and delicate beauty. The language is complex and subtle, the characters speak with lots of implied meaning, and are rarely direct. But like the aforementioned egg, it's not for me. I don't want one in my house, and despite my love for much of Bradbury's work, I just didn't care about this book. I found the mystery to be dull, and the characters unappealing. I ground my way through the book, bored. Which is why aft...more
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“Once upon a time there were two cities within a city. One was light and one was dark. One moved restlessly all day while the other never stirred. One was warm and filled with ever-changing lights. One was cold and fixed in place by stones. And when the sun went down each afternoon on Maximus Films, the city of the living, it began to resemble Green Glade cemetery just across the way, which was the city of the dead.” 0 likes
“It was almost ten o’clock and I was making my final walk-around of the night, drinking in the simple but incredible fact that at last I worked in a place where everything was clearly defined. Here there were absolutely sharp beginnings, and ends that were neat and irreversible. Outside, beyond the stages, I did not much trust life with its dreadful surprises and ramshackle plots. Here, walking among the alleys just at dawn or twilight, I could imagine I opened the studio and shut it down. It belonged to me because I said it was so.” 0 likes
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