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The Cat's Pajamas: Stories

3.7 of 5 stars 3.70  ·  rating details  ·  1,065 ratings  ·  86 reviews
Ray Bradbury is, indisputably, one of America's greatest storytellers. The recipient of the 2000 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, he ranks among the most beloved -- and widely read -- of American authors. In The Cat's Pajamas, this "latter-day O. Henry" (Booklist) takes us on an amazing walk through his six-decade career, p ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published July 6th 2004 by William Morrow (first published 2004)
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El
This is a compilation of some of Bradbury's other short stories, many of which were previously unpublished. As much love as I have for Bradbury, I kept thinking throughout reading this why many of them were not published before this collection came out. Harsh perhaps, but I have high expectations for him. Especially when in the introduction he comments on how he always wanted to be on the same level as Fitzgerald, Melville, Twain, etc.

The stories themselves were - for lack of a better word - qua
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Chris
Well-written, though the distance between Bradbury and the characters or lesson of the stories isn't much. More than a few read as if Ray had a bone to pick with someone or something and wrote a story to air it out. Still, after a few years of not reading Ray, it's pleasant water to dip your toes into, with his talent for finding magic in the mundane.

My favorite of the stories, "The House", sees a marriage tested by the husband purchasing a once grand, now decrepit, L.A. house. He's elated by t
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Brad McKenna
This collection of short stories didn't have such a heavy sci-fi bent as The Illustrated Man, but the ambiguous endings still remained. He was a master at posing questions about the human condition. One of the stories was about a black boy obsessed with becoming white, until he meets a white boy obsessed with become black (by tanning) to put things into perspective.

He also included a story about a group of senators losing the United States to an Native America Tribe's casino.

Then there was one
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James Swenson
I enjoyed this collection of short stories as I was reading it, but when I was done, I couldn't remember much of what I'd read. I had the most fun with "Hail to the Chief," in which a group of U.S. Senators gambles away the nation at a Native American tribe's casino.
Elena Shyringovskaya
Откровенно говоря, я не люблю короткие рассказы. Да и вообще считаю, что кроме Сомерсета Моэма, О.Генри и Эдгара Алана По они редко кому удаются не скучными огрызками прозы. Словом, выбрала я эту книгу не из-за рассказов, а из-за названия, в силу своей великой любви к семейству кошачих.
Но после этой книги Рей Бредбери пополнил мой маленький список мастеров коротокого жанра. Каждый рассказ - отдельный целый мир на разные темы - от любви к кошкам до ненависти к политикам, от странностей мужской д
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Emily
I was expecting only one book, but all the short stories were good.ggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggg ...more
Pustulio
Bradbury mi amor. MUA MUA MUA
Steven
I enjoyed this collection of stories much in the same way that I enjoyed a collection of Tennessee Williams short stories. The stories are mostly set in the past, and I like that in the same way that I enjoy some of the Turner movie classics. Stories set in the present don't appeal to me as much; it's harder to romanticize the present, the present is too complex and noisy and obsessed with techno-gizmos to provide any real sense of mood. Sometimes I'm not sure that people in the present are real ...more
Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
This is a great collection to have around when you just want a quick story. All but two of these stories were previously unpublished, and are from different times in Bradbury's writing career. Some from the 1940's and 50's, some as recent as 2004.
I'm always amazed at the boundlessness of Bradbury's imagination! He is truly a national treasure.
R.
The usual mixed grab-bag of latter day Bradbury. Some good ("The Island", "Sometime Before Dawn", "Hail to the Chief", "The House", "The Ghosts", "The Transformation", "A Matter of Taste"), and some so not so ("The John Wilkes Booth/Warner Brothers/MGM/NBC Funeral Train", "Epilogue: The R.B., G.K.C., and G.B.S. Forever Orient Express").
Camille Mccarthy
I love Ray Bradbury but this book just didn't seem to be written by him. The writing was so awkward it made me cringe at times. I was not surprised that most of these stories were previously unpublished. Most of them had pretty good plots but the way they were written seemed so unnatural for some reason. Also I feel like sometimes he tries too hard to emanate Poe or his other favorites rather than just being himself. His other short-story collections ("The Illustrated Man," "The Martian Chronic ...more
Martha
I would rate this "it was OK" because critically that's where it probably fits. Yet for summer reading this was fun and entertaining, a little silly and wacky sure, but I'm glad I picked it up. This was my first book by Bradbury and it's clear what an imagination he has, and how gifted he seems at dialogue, suspense, and story-telling. Also, I kind of enjoy the old-fashioned style of his writing from the 40's/50's. I especially liked "The House" and "The Cat's Pajamas" but I admit I keep thinkin ...more
Pam Bustin
I might've given this collection of short stories a 3 (liked it) but then I hit the story The Completist - which is a solid 4 if not a 5 for me.


Bradbury speaks about the genesis of The Completist in the intro. It is the story that got him writing again after his wife’s death. He didn’t write for ... well, I don’t often do this but I’d like to give you a wee excerpt and let Ray explain it for himself... I hope that’s OK with the Goodreads folks.

He writes:

“During the last six weeks a strange and
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Mark Oppenlander
Here is another late-in-his-career collection of Bradbury stories that is uneven, unfocused and generally mediocre. These stories span Bradbury's writing career from the 1940's to the 2000's, but each of them had either never been published or had never before been collected. Some of these pieces are brand new to this collection, but they feel like re-treads. I find it somewhat remarkable that an editor felt that they should be collected. But perhaps this was just a late attempt to cash in on Br ...more
Damian Reyes
Cuando había leído 14 cuentos de 21 que compone este libro, pensé en calificarlo con menos estrellas, tal vez dos, tal vez una, la mayoría de los cuentos me parecieron mediocres, algunos regulares y casi ninguno bueno, pero a partir del cuento 15 la calidad cambió notablemente, y los 7 posteriores y últimos cuentos me parecieron maravillosos. De estos, destaco:
La transformación
Sesenta y seis
Cuestión de gustos
Cuando llueve me pongo triste
Todos mis enemigos están muertos
Reading Reader
Only three stars, but I'm not sorry I picked it up.

Bradbury's voice is unique, and it comes through unmistakably in these stories. As always, Bradbury's stories here are about being human; most of these are set in a familiar world rather than a science fiction one.

This isn't Bradbury at his best, but it's still Bradbury -- and his stories are entertaining and often thought-provoking. Recommended for fans, not as an introduction to his work.
Nesa Sivagnanam
The book offers twenty-two tales, spanning Bradbury's six-decade career.

Here you will find stories strange and scary, nostalgic and bittersweet, humorous and heart-touching, ranging from the not-so-long-gone past to an unknowable future.

There is a tale of a group of senators who drink too much and proceed to gamble away the United States at a casino in an Indian Reservation -- one state at a time.

A newlywed couple buys an old, grand, dilapidated house and finds their fledgling relationship teste
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Kelly Thompson
I'm a Ray Bradbury fan, have been for years. When I found this collection of his short stories, some previously unpublished, in our local library, I snatched it off the shelf, anticipating a great weekend of reading. Sorry, Ray, but for once you failed to deliver. The stories in this collection date from the 1940's to the early 2000's and while it was interesting to see how his choice of subject matter and his storytelling methods have evolved over 60 years of writing, several of the tales seeme ...more
Fellini
Отличный сборник рассказов, разных и по своему прекрасных.
Самый милый "Кошкина пижама", жутковатый "Превращение" и на ту же тему, но добрее "Куколка". Почти анекдотический "В Париж, скорей в Париж", оптимистичный "Все мои враги мертвы" и почти притча "Дело вкуса". Читать стоит, непременно.
Kaysy
I am completely in awe after finishing this book. What Bradbury has done is remarkable. Over 20 short stories, all completely different, completely entertaining, and incredibly imaginative. The stories range from sci-fi to murder mystery to comedy to harsh reality and none of them were boring. And the stories I was less entertained by were over within 10 pages and something new and interesting awaited. My favorites were the hilarious "Hail to the Chief", the charming title story "The Cat's Pajam ...more
Sarah
I am a big fan of Ray Bradbury. His novel, “Fahrenheit 451″ is one of my favorite books and his short stories never cease to amaze me. The man has incredible talent for thinking outside of reality, for putting things succinctly and expressively at the same time. Not to mention he’s entertaining beyond all get out. Some of these stories were ridiculous, some were funny, some were poignant – but I liked them all. My favorites included “The Careful Man Dies,” and “A Matter of Taste.” These two and ...more
Laura
The Cat's Pajamas contains twenty-two short stories by Ray Bradbury that span a writing career of six decades. I do not consider myself a reader of science fiction, but I did enjoy this short story collection.

A few random observations--I find it interesting how many of Bradbury's early stories are set in the future and many of his later stories involved time travel to the past. In some stories I could hear the author's writing voice, but in others it was muddled or different. I imagine this is
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Thara
I picked this book based on a story I had read way back in middle school. Unfortunately I can't recall the name of that story, but I remember it to have caught my attention. It definitely seemed to fit in the sci fi category. Even though I haven't read his more popular Farenheit 451, I thought the short stories would be a good way to revive my interest in his books and this genre of fiction. I was a bit puzzled by some stories and couldn't understand how they were sci fiction. Maybe I didn't qui ...more
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B
I can't tell you why I liked this.

Many of these stories were irredeemably broken for a variety of reasons. Nothing happened or it didn't make sense or it didn't really end interestingly. The single worst offender is the story in which a group of twelve senators gamble away the country state-by-state. Senators? I mean, oops.

Yet somehow it always seemed like the next page would turn up interesting. So points.

Interesting that most of the stories were so explicitly focused on race. That never seeme
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Eloi Puig
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Cameron Kunzelman
Incredibly middling Bradbury. It must have been a slow year in order for this to win a National Book Award.
Evelyn
Bradbury's writing is excellent. However, the stories in this collection engaged me unevenly. Some, like "We'll Just Act Natural," were evocative and heartbreaking. I liked the eponymous story as well; "The House" was also good. The other ones weren't particularly memorable, and I guess for someone like me who associates Bradbury's stories more with childhood, stories that have more adult components just feel off without anything actually being wrong with them. I shall read more of his collectio ...more
Rhett
Not the best collection of Bradbury stories but offers a few excellent shorts.
Lisa
I'd had this book since Christmas so upon his passing I had to pick it up. For comfort, because forever he's with me in his books and his words. He shaped my childhood, my life, how can you ever give thanks and repay that? For my imagination, I thank you Mr. Bradbury.
The book ends with a poem and these words, simple and true.

"But this sure think I know by sounding sea:
Their deaths diminish, words replenish me.
For traveling down the shore in lonely car,
I open wide their books and there they are!"
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