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Stories Volume 1

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One hundred classic stories from the celebrated author of Fahrenheit 451.
softcover, 956 pages
Published (first published 1981)
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Jun 05, 2012 Ingo rated it really liked it
I don't envy the editors of this collection. There are easier tasks than deciding what to choose from the 500+ stories Brad Bradbury has written in his 90+ years. These two volumes combine about 150 of them (stories, not years), so this is the biggest collection to date.

There are some classics in here that have been anthologized quite a few times: "There Will Come Soft Rains", "A Sound of Thunder", "Mars Is Heaven" among others.

From the lesser known stories I particularly enjoyed some of the cre
Charles Moore
Mar 11, 2015 Charles Moore rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Many, many years ago my cousin gave me a copy of Bradbury's "Martian Chronicles." That was about all I ever read of Bradbury until now. I liked the "Martian Chronicles." They were imaginative, exciting, and different in a Twilight Zone
These stories are much broader, of course, but I think represent a very creative mind at work. I have a theory that you get a better idea about the author's thinking and imagination by reading collections of short stories. Instead of having to develop a few ideas t
June 6, 2012:

Reading some of Bradbury's short stories on this day, the day he passed away, leaving the world at the age of 91.

"A medicine for Melancholy": Read this one first. A very fine, downplayed story set in the 1700s -- and quite a bold story. What a cure for melancholy!

Up next now: "Fever Dream"...

"Fever Dreams": Reading this was strange, strange indeed. Because it resembled an unpublished story of mine quite some. And I know I've never read this Bradbury tale before. Of course, "Fever Dr
May 07, 2016 Shawn rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It seems almost blasphemy to make a bad comment about Bradbury's work, given how he is so highly rated, but I found most of these stories pointless. I find he reads like Dickens - why use two words, when twenty would do? And these stories felt very much like he had to hit a word count; repetition or unnecessary detail seem to be the norm.
Stephen Waddington
Oct 11, 2011 Stephen Waddington rated it it was amazing
It's 100 stories so some will be better than others. I would describe them as imaginative, thrilling, moving, thought provoking, prescient, nostalgic and extremely well written; I love the way he uses language.
I will never 'finish' this collection or Volume 2; I have been reading and re-reading these stories for forty years and see no reason to stop now.
Dec 02, 2013 Salimbol rated it really liked it
A rather amazing collection of stories from Bradbury, showcasing his imagination, his ability to shift tone and topics, and his fantastic use of language. (As a side note: I think I deserve a medal for accomplishing the Herculean task of getting through this nearly-1000 page tome ;-).
Feb 12, 2011 TheYetiWakes rated it really liked it
Great collection of stories. This and Volume 2 highly recommended for such a breadth and fun collection to keep near by and dip into whenever.
Aug 18, 2009 Jak rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like any collection of short stories there will be good and bad. Fortunatly there was more good than bad in these two volumes.
John Herbert
Jan 03, 2013 John Herbert rated it liked it
Shelves: over-hyped
So many stories - a mixture of good and indifferent.
But good if you want short sharp reads.
Aug 04, 2011 Sho rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, short-stories
About time I checked him out. Not as good as I thought it would be.
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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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