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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
Hardcover, 1059 pages
Published April 6th 2010 by Everyman's Library (first published 1980)
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Mar 29, 2014 Richard rated it really liked it
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
Rachel Crooks
Jul 18, 2010 Rachel Crooks rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
May 08, 2017 ❀EᖇYᑎ❀ rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Short-story lovers

All right... I'm not going to sit here and say I read this whole thing, because I didn't. However, I read the majority of it and from what I read, it was pretty good! Now, I'm not much of a short-story reader because I love getting to know characters and their backgrounds and whatnot's, and you just can't do that with short-stories. Regardless, there were a few really good one's in here that actually made me feel concerned for the characters. So that was cool.

On the flip-side, there were a
Nathan Kamal
Apr 08, 2011 Nathan Kamal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 18, 2014 Helen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
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
Sep 12, 2008 Jason rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Will Thomas
Jun 08, 2012 Will Thomas rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 02, 2010 Marvin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: autographed, fantasy
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".
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
Jul 18, 2012 Sheila rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Apr 13, 2014 Raj rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, short-stories
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
I don't remember exactly when it was that I started this book (10 to 12 months ago, in all likelihood). Like all short story collections, this needs to be enjoyed slowly. And like all such collections, some stories will be more interesting than others, depending on the reader. So in a collection such as this one - with one hundred different stories - everyone is sure to find something to like.

In my case, there were twenty-nine stories that I really liked, a handful that I disliked and couldn't w
Evans Light
Probably my favorite single book of all time...this specific edition. No filler or lesser works in sight. Pure gold.
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
Dara Salley
Nov 10, 2016 Dara Salley rated it it was amazing
Like Christopher Buckley, who wrote the introduction to this collection of stories, I also discovered Ray Bradbury when I was young. I think that Bradbury’s stories are destined to appeal to a certain type of young reader, one with poetic sensibilities, a feeling of melancholy and a hidden interest in the macabre. Revisiting his stories as a more mature reader, I think they lose a little of their magic. The twist endings are not as surprising and the homey 1950’s Americana is less palatable, unl ...more
Apr 25, 2008 Mikel rated it it was amazing  ·  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
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
Oct 06, 2009 Craig rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 25, 2011 Katie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own, sci-fi
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 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. :)
Jul 03, 2007 Eleanor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Vikram Kamath
Aug 31, 2012 Vikram Kamath rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best writers I have ever read. I loved every single one of the short stories I've read so far. Ray Bradbury is and will always be one of my favorite writers. I only wish some of the stories ended before they actually did. In one or two of the stories in this book, the last 2 or 3 paragraphs really change (negatively) the mood of the whole story
Michael Mallory
Jun 02, 2012 Michael Mallory rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the proverbial book I would take with me if I were to be stuck on another planet. (I'd also take Ray himself, since he'd probably know how to get us back.) The range and scope of the stories in this volume are breathtaking, but they all share one common thread: the unique, inimitable voice of Ray Bradbury.
Bobby Underwood
Dec 30, 2014 Bobby Underwood rated it it was amazing
Simply the quintessential Bradbury collection of short stories. Some are better than others, but by and large all are good, with some being so fabulous that you remember them always. A must for anyone who loves to read.
Amy Wolf
Jan 14, 2013 Amy Wolf rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I knew him, and have an autographed copy. Perhaps more of a young person's literature: maybe it requires youth to believe all of that optimism. But some superb stories here, my favorite being "Kaleidoscope". Well worth reading through his sf pioneer's stories.
Rebecca McNutt
Ray Bradbury's stories are always timeless and brilliant. I've never read anything like them in my entire life.
Aug 13, 2009 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This collection has "There Will Come Soft Rains" in it, which is one of my favorite Bradbury stories.
Jul 26, 2008 Jim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: five-star
Just having all his stories in one volume is a treasure.
Jun 06, 2016 Shannon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ray Bradbury writes like no other. He is the only writer for me that makes science fiction palatable. And that is saying something.
Jan 17, 2012 Shawn3K rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"There Will Come Soft Rains" is truly one of the most evocative and disturbing works of apocalyptic short story writing.
May 11, 2017 Em rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1980s
This book was my introduction to Ray Bradbury back in junior high, when I friend heard I liked sci-fi and loaned me her mother's hardcover, which I then devoured cover to cover with the fevered passion of someone who had just discovered the world in which she actually belonged.
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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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