From the Dust Returned
It's like Shakespeare meets Poe & are married by Tim Burton. i reread...more
Monday, August 11, 2008
Meet the Silver Child
After 48 years, finished the book. I've been reading the first book of Cliff McNish's Silver Sequence at the NBS for free. And began...hmmm...since last year? Oh yeah...coz I read it before Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer and HEROES.
And what does it got to do with F4 and Heroes? Okay, there are these kids from different places...special kids with some kind of powers. They can hear THE ROAR comi...more
My mother was the impractical one. Fantasy and adventure in far off kingdoms. SciFi books stacked on her floor.
Whether she influenced my Grandfather or he secretly and briefly escaped into wonder I'll never know. Among his shelves, out of place with the re...more
Ray Bradbury, America's most beloved storyteller, has spent a lifetime carrying readers to exhilarating and dangerous places, from dark street comers in unfamiliar cities and towns to the edge of the universe. Now, in an extraordinary flight of the imagination a half-century in the making, he takes us to a most wondrous destination: into the heart of an Eternal Family.
They have lived for centuries in a house of legend and mystery in upper Illinois -- and they are not like other midwesterners.
The writing is extraordinary. the descriptions of places and people and family members who aren't quite people are epic, and wonderful, and vivid. I cannot think of a single author i've read in the...more
In From the Dust Returned, we have the recapitulation of earlier themes and the repetition of earlier materials, comparable, for instance, to Richard Strauss's reuse of his Death and Transfiguration theme (from early in h...more
And then I swore off him for a while, after seeing him twice at various local book festivals and at a performance of Fahrenheit 451.
So the weather's been gloomy and it feels like there might actually be a fall season in time for Halloween, so I thought, who better to return to? And I picked this book.
In a word: confused. Let's be clear that what I don't like is the editing of this boo...more
As I mentioned, the plot reminds me of a Gaiman book, specifically "The Graveyard Book", which was a fun read by the way. The similarities end with the the plot, however. Although the cover advertises this as a nove...more
I really liked finding about individual...more
Like most , the first book i read by Mr.Bradbury was Fahrenheit 451, i read it as part of a summer reading program and since then have read and re read it often. But i really fell in love with his work when I read the Illustrated Man. Such a range of stories , such amazing twists and suprise endings , such simple yet poetic style!
So when i happened upon a Bradbury book, dark and inviting with ghosts and vampires a...more
Cecy as the mind & body traveller is unforgettable, as is the gorgeous Castillian flower Angelina Marguerite (her name evokes memories of A. Rice's "Mayfair Witches" who's in haste to live--for as days pass--so does her years/life span.
According to the Family (as spoken through Grandmere Nef):
"You the living are blind...You who walk the earth know only t...more
Once again, Bradbury proves his deft ski...more
It reminded me very much of Neil Gaiman's recent award winner, The Grave...more
If you've only read his more science-fictiony works, expect this to be much warmer - it's more along the lines of Dandelion Wine than Fahrenheit 451 in feeling, though it does...more
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Flowers are loved because they go.
The dogs of the field and the cats of the kitchen are loved because soon they must depart.
These are not the sole reasons, but at the heart of morning welcomes and afternoon laughters is the promise of farewell. In the gray muzzle of an old dog we see goodbye. In the tired face of an old friend we read long journeys beyond returns.”