The Stories of Ray Bradbury
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One hundred of Ray Bradbury’s remarkable stories which have, together with his classic novels, earned him an immense international audience and his place among the most imaginative and enduring writers of our time.

Here are the Martian stories, tales that vividly animate the red planet, with its brittle cities and double-mooned sky. Here are the stories that speak of a spec...more
Hardcover, 1059 pages
Published April 6th 2010 by Everyman's Library (first published 1980)
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Richard
Jun 05, 2014 Richard rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of vintage SF and fantasy
This has many good stories in it. although some are better than others.

Some of the science fiction tales are still enjoyable while others haven't held up as well over time. For instance the stories set on Mars convey a feeling of desolation and insidious, insanity-inducing weirdness which still works for me, in spite of details which may have been proven wrong by subsequent scientific discovery. The Venus stories, on the other hand, are a little too out to left field: this planet is presented a...more
Rachel Crooks
It's been a long time since I remember reading the work of a writer who writes like no other person. So many writers are "like" Jane Austen, Mark Twain, Charles Dickens, Joyce Carol Oates, etc, and we read them because we've run out of the real thing. Ray Bradbury is only like himself. He puts things in a way no one else could put them. Primarily, his creativity and his prose glimmers real. He is the reason I was drawn to read in the first place: to visit other worlds.

The story that blew me awa...more
Nathan Kamal
Ray Bradbury is my favorite author. His use of descriptive language and non-conventional character development and plot are what makes him to be one of the best science fiction writers of all time.
The Stories of Ray Bradbury captures the very essence of what makes him so brilliant. The book features a methodical mix of both long and short stories that give the reader great choice. A Bradbury short story can take anywhere from fifteen minutes to an hour to read. Bradbury, more than any other auth...more
Helen
I'm ashamed to confess that I've never read Farenheit 451. (My seventh grader made a video book report for class, and viewing it is as far as I've gotten.)

These stories are SO GOOD. I'm more of a science-fiction-is-a-metaphor-for-our-times reader than a lightyears-and-technology science fiction reader, and I didn't know what to expect. Stylistically, his writing is just beautiful. Many times, I caught my breath at a turn of phrase, a heart-wrenchingly familiar characterization, a sentence that...more
Jason
An old housemate I had scratched with an indelible marker a paragraph out a story called Kaleidoscope on his bedroom wall.
"What's that?" I asked.
He showed me this gigantic book. I read the story. Men were drifting into the oblivion of space as it began. One of the men told the captain how he had betrayed him, and now there was nothing either of them could do about it. Another struggled to fasten the valve on his wrist because a meteor had calmly ripped away his left hand. One man had gone mad...more
Will Thomas
The Master died this week, and the world is a lesser place. I have a list of people who should never have been allowed to die, and now Ray Bradbury joins Leonard Bernstein, Victor Borge, and Jim Henson.

I bought this book in 1983, and I bought a second copy to give to my best friend. When I married her in 1989, suddenly I had two copies in my possession!

Here is magic. Bradbury made magic when he wrote. He could bring tears to my eyes for sheer beauty. Read "The April Witch". Read "The Picasso Sum...more
David
A couple of years ago, I was wandering through the annual book sale held by my town's library when I found this treasure. It only cost me $2. 884 pages of short stories for $2! A steal. A crime!

This collection of 100 short stories from 1943 to 1980 has been a joy to read. I've been able to re-connect with old favorites and discover new (to me) ones. It's like stepping back in time, to when the library stacks were tall and hallowed.

In this collection you'll find a wide variety of stories spanni...more
VanHalen
Nov 22, 2008 VanHalen is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
I have not yet finished this book, but feel that some commentary is needed on it.

I have been reading this book for about 3 years now.
1) because it is 884 pages long
2) because it is nothing but short stories
3) because I love it

I find that when I read too many short stories in a row, I begin to think of them as separate chapters in a connected book, and don't pay the proper attention to each story as its own entity, so I force myself to read a couple then set the book down.

I can easily start argum...more
Marvin
There may have been other Bradbury anthologies since this huge (100 stories!!!) 1980 collection, but I sincerely doubt any could be half as fine as this one. This is the ultimate collection of Bradbury's short fiction including nearly every important tale from this seminal American writer. It also includes a terrific introduction by the author titled "Drunk, and in Charge of a Bicycle".
Evans Light
Probably my favorite single book of all time...this specific edition. No filler or lesser works in sight. Pure gold.
Raj
I'm not really sure how to even start with a review of this book, with its table of contents stretching to three pages. And even taking three months to read it was too short a time. Bradbury shorts need to be read slowly and savoured. I binged a bit here.

There are Martian stories in this collection, there are Mexican stories, Irish stories, stories about the supernatural Family and the joys of childhood. There are the famous stories (A Sound of Thunder, The Fog Horn etc) and so many more.

There a...more
Mikel
Apr 25, 2008 Mikel rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Mikel by: good fortune
I have physical, tangible memories of this book. I know I read it first in summer because I remember exactly how it felt to go from the humidity and heat outside into the almost too cool air of my town library. I remember also walking behind the central circulation desk rather than turning left, starting to look at books for adults and older readers rather than the children's/young reader books I was used to. I remember finding this on the shelves and looking up specifically "I Sing the Body Ele...more
Craig
Probably the best collection of Bradbury's stories -- from the Dark Ferris (the genesis of "Something Wicked this way Comes")to his hilarious vampire stories (a dysfunctional family who just happens to be vampire -- my favorite is "Uncle Einar") to "Homecoming," "There Will Come Soft Rains," "The Fog Horn," and one of my personal favorites, "The Scythe," which explains the origins of the 'grim reaper.' I think Bradbury's short fiction, not King's, will be remembered in 100 years. Bradbury will b...more
Eleanor
Bought this in a second-hand bookshop when I was 9 or so. I've read every story multiple times, and they are AMAZING. The landscapes of these tales -- Mars, Ireland, rural Illinois, outer space, carnival shows -- these were the landscapes of my imagination when I was a kid. Bradbury is a phenomenal writer, a wonderful introduction to the craft. My favorites include "The Veldt," "The Foghorn," "The Last Night of the World," "The Long Rains." I could go on, they're all so good.
Sheila
Man, I love Ray Bradbury. I really, really do. But I couldn't get through a lot of the stories in this collection. Too many choices, maybe? It's a honkin big book. Maybe these were mostly B sides? I didn't recognize a good many of them. Not in the right mood, perhaps? Entirely possible.

2 stars. But I don't blame Bradbury. I blame myself.
Shawn3K
"There Will Come Soft Rains" is truly one of the most evocative and disturbing works of apocalyptic short story writing.
Laura
This collection has "There Will Come Soft Rains" in it, which is one of my favorite Bradbury stories.
Geoff
Sometimes an author relates to you in such a way that you feel its impossible. Like he's inside your brain, tinkering with clockwork gears and machinery, the stuff that makes you tick. That accurate. That close to home.
When I picked up this book, the same one with that terrible 80's coverart, I'm sitting in a library, leafing my way through the enormous (and ridiculous) science fiction section. Science fiction, to me, had always seemed a little ridiculous. Not that I disliked it as a genre, bu...more
Jacob
Arthur C. Clarke once quipped that "Politicians should read science fiction, not westerns and detective stories." I don't dispute that, but wouldn't recommend they begin with this volume.

This book contains 100 of Ray Bradbury's short stories, published between the 1940s and 1980; I only noted seven that I think are particularly worth reading again. For me, the stories largely lacked tension and mystery and I rarely liked the characters. The characters in the stories were introduced poorly; it wo...more
Tom Harold
I am glad that so many of Bradbury's stories are available between a single set of covers. There's so much great stuff all together. You don't have to go searching all over to find them. If you're only going to buy one collection of Bradbury's short work, this one will cover about anything you'd want to read by him.

I can understand that some may not like the sci-fi works, as today they may feel dated. The possibility of life on Mars was new at the time, and Bradbury explored it a great deal wit...more
Jessica
This...THIS is the book to read. I don't care who you are. Its a collection of short stories that are just so captivating, you are submerged into it, living inside the story, enjoying the thrill, only to have it end...but then the next short story begins!

The plots, settings, characters, moods, the entire literary environment shifts from story to story. At the end of some, I would be in so much shock, that I would read the section again to make sure I got it right. I highly recommend reading one,...more
CaliGirlRae
I LOVE this anthology. Every time I would finish one I would dive right into another. I skipped around, starting with the stories involving The Family (sort of like an Addam's Family whose members each have a special something about them) and simply couldn't stop. I would have been up all night if I kept going because each story offers something new. And it's always a wonderful twist to see how the title factors into the theme of the stories.

I'm definitely going to continue to work my way throu...more
Courtney
A lovely collection with so many of the stories that have been so memorable for me. Brings back all those summer days growing up with Ray Bradbury books. My favorites include: Kaleidoscope, The Fox and the Forest, Fever dream, The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit, Boys! Raise Giant Mushrooms in Your Cellar!, The One Who Waits, The Man Upstairs, The Happiness Machine, The Small Assassin, The Emissary, A Sound of Thunder, The Veldt, The October Game, Gotcha!, There Will Come Soft Rains, Mars is Heaven...
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Chad Showalter
Twice in the last 10 years I've clung to this book while standing in line to meet Ray Bradbury at a book industry event to ask him sign it. Unfortunately, our meeting never materialized as he was either ill or not able to stay at the event for very long.

For me, it was this book that ignited my love of reading. At 12 years old, I checked this book out of my school library in Milford, Ohio, and devoured it in just a handful of days. From The Scythe, to Black Ferris (the precursor for Something Wi...more
A.S. Johnson
One of my favorite authors of all time, Ray Bradbury!
My english teacher Mr. Black had us reading stories from this book in tenth grade english class.
It was the best thing that ever happened to me. Reading his stories sparked my true passion for reading and was an inspiration for writing.
I hope American kids are being required to read his work, he is truely a creative genius!!!
I could have only wished my dad would have bought this book for us or Ray Bradbury's other writing because they would hav...more
Justin
This is by far the best Ray Bradbury book and definitely one of the top 10 books by any writer that I have ever read. It's astounding that anyone could write this many great short stories - almost 1,100 pages worth (small print!)- and this only covers his work until 1980. It's the type of book that makes me reconsider everything else that I have given "five starts" to in the past - very few other books compare favorably. It's only available in physical print (no Kindle version unfortunately) but...more
Jonathan
Mar 05, 2007 Jonathan rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
This is a great collection of about 200 some odd stories writen throughout his career. In the begining, he had a goal of writing one story a week, starting on Monday with the first draft and revising is once a day until Friday it had to be ready for submission. That process led to many interesting stories and, as you can see in the collection, a great growth as a story teller. You can see how has he grew as a writer he learned to deal with literary problems differently and with greater acumen. H...more
Paul Roman
That's what I call good imagination; to think up something new that doesn't exist. Intriguing, interesting.
Vinton Rafe
I love everything by Ray Bradbury. Sometimes I think that reading him is an education in writing. That I learned everything I know about writing from him and from Charles Dickens.

What's great about this omnibus edition is that it is long enough for you to wallow in it. To read not just a dozen or so stories, but dozens and dozens. You can read through the night and still have many left to read tomorrow.

The man is awe-inspiring. And his stories are unique--totally his. I adore him and his stories...more
Katie
THIS BOOK IS AWESOME. Ray Bradbury is the master of short stories. I highly recommend getting this book & using it to fill the time between reading your other books. It has 100 fantastic short stories in it. It's hard to read one after the other clear to the end...so I've been breaking it up. I've thoroughly enjoyed Bradbury's writing. It's truly *literature* & not just this fluffy stuff that everyone writes these days. Yet it's still easy to read. :)
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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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“This is the kind of life I've had. Drunk, and in charge of a bicycle, as an Irish police report once put it. Drunk with life, that is, and not knowing where off to next. But you're on your way before dawn. And the trip? Exactly one half terror, exactly one half exhilaration.” 2 likes
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