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I Sing the Body Electric! & Other Stories

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The mind of Ray Bradbury is a wonder-filled carnival of delight and terror that stretches from the verdant Irish countryside to the coldest reaches of outer space. Yet all his work is united by one common thread: a vivid and profound understanding of the vast set of emotions that bring strength and mythic resonance to our frail species. Ray Bradbury characters may find the ...more
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Published May 1st 1998 by William Morrow Paperbacks (first published 1969)
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Mar 22, 2016 Lyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I Sing the Body Electric, a collection of short stories by Ray Bradbury gets less ink than the more popular collections The Illustrated Man and The Martian Chronicles but perhaps better demonstrates his great range of literary ability and imagination.

Focusing on a central Bradbury theme of nostalgia, while straying from the science fiction and fantasy genre, I Sing the Body Electric is best illustrated by the title story, which is by far the best and is on a short list of the best of Ray’s stor
May 09, 2015 Melki rated it really liked it
Imagine a summer that would never end.
Imagine a boy who would never grow up.
Imagine a dog that would live forever.
Imagine a small town, the kind that isn't lived in any more.
Ready? Begin . . .

This book had been sleeping on my shelf for almost three decades. I was finally prompted to take it down after reading Neil Gaiman's short story The Man Who Forgot Ray Bradbury.

Yet another instance of one book leading to another in a never-ending chain of wonderments.

Quite honestly, I've read better, more
Jun 11, 2008 Jackson rated it liked it
In some random article, I once read the phrase "as lonely as a Bradbury protagonist," and after reading this, I couldn't echo that sentiment more. "I Sing the Body..." is a collection of twenty-eight stories that conceptually fall all over the fictional map. There's bi-dimensional babies, Martian messiahs, present-day apparitions of literary and historical figures, and robots in every shape and form. These stories explore what it is to be human, lonely, afraid, excited, and hopeful. In their sha ...more
Mar 29, 2013 G. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this as a teen. And now that I've re-read, I'm thinking about the things I missed when I was young, the nuance and the subtext...must reread everything! Anyway, this is probably his most literary collection of stores. It was published in 1969 but some of the stories are older than that, but this is really a timeless set of fictional parables, poems and ruminations. I would still tell any teenager to read it and fall into its worlds.

I was lucky enough to see Ray Bradbury and Ray Harryhause
I thought I would love this book but, as it's often the case with short story collections, it's pretty irregular. Tomorrow's Child, Heavy-Set, The Lost City of Mars and the title story are above average while stories such as The Inspired Chicken Motel and Henry the Ninth are not that successful. Still an interesting example of fiction that reaches beyond the sci-fi genre.
Rebecca McNutt
I loved this book; I was drawn to it because I was so entranced by The Twilight Zone's adaptation of "I Sing The Body Electric" - this book really brings the wonderfully vibrant story and many others like it to life, and Ray Bradbury presents scenarios where the only limit to imagination is your mind and what you interpret from these fun little stories.
Mangy Cat
Nov 06, 2008 Mangy Cat rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Bradbury fans, Lovers of Futuristic Sci-fi
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
If you like Ray Bradbury in general, this is an awesome collection of weird little short stories. If you don't know him, this is an excellent book to use to get acquainted with him.

The stories in I Sing the Body Electric were so varied. I enjoyed all the little vignettes of futuristic sci-fi and alternate universes. The sampling is so wide that no two stories can be tied together. They range from fantastic (The Lost City of Mars) to scary (Night Call, Collect) to just plain weird (Tomorrow's Chi
May 04, 2015 Dana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reading this reminded me of how excited I was to watch The Martian Chronicles mini series back in the '80s. I actually found the series in its entirety on Youtube and relived a piece of my childhood by watching it.

Um, yeah. As a highly sensitive, creative type who is on hiatus from all things involving the world and its current dramas, I, perhaps, should have turned to a comedic writer versus one who is so adept at creating a mood with his words. Said moods tending to lean toward the morose side
Moshe Mikanovsky
The stories in this collection are hit and miss, more misses for me than hits... Bradbury was always a weird writer for me. Here, I either understood everything he said in a story, or was so baffled that I had to skip a story because I just couldn't put the words together to a narrative I can actually grasp. I did love couple of the stories, like "The Terrible Conflagration Up at the Place", "Night Call, Collect" and "Punishment Without Crime". The title story is also quite decent.
This collection of short stories runs quite the gamut. Some stories are worthy of five stars and some only two. So I averaged them all together and give an overall rating of three and a half stars. Am I going to tell you which stories were my favorite? Nope. You're just going to have to read and judge for yourself. Enjoy!
Well, officially I was only able to read to page 240 finishing the short story heavy set. After that there were stories mixed in to other stories. Like the next story called The Man In The Rorschach Shirt went for 4 pages then throws you back in to the story you've already read called Any Friend of Nickleby's is a Friend of Mine (reflecting page 244 then you see page 213 again.) I liked I Sing The Body Electric, but I was a touch distracted continuously thinking that it was an awful lot like a T ...more
Jun 18, 2012 Emily rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, classics
Rating a collection of short stories can be very difficult. There are 18 stories by Ray Bradbury in this book and there were a few I loved, several I liked, some I didn't care for, and a handful that didn't really make much of an impression.

Overall, this group of short stories seemed to have less of the sci-fi and fantasy elements than most Bradbury I've read. That's not a bad thing; I often like Bradbury's realistic fiction just as much as his sci-fi. It just gave a different feel to this book.
Sep 28, 2014 Rachel rated it liked it
Shelves: short-stories
This one is quite difficult for me to describe. One of the stories was brilliantly done (Night Call, Collect), but as for the rest, while being well-written, just didn't hold my attention. I was a little annoyed by the repeats (The Haunting of The New and The Cold Wind and The Warm) as well. Maybe my expectations were a little too high, or maybe it's because I've read quite a lot by Mr Bradbury lately, but I was actually quite bored with this one. I think I said this in another review, but short ...more
Cathrine Bonham
Jul 07, 2012 Cathrine Bonham rated it it was amazing
I loved this collection of Short stories by Ray Bradbury but I will never understand how and why some stories were collected with each other. This collection really lacked a theme tying all of the stories together and in fact four of the stories could have been included in The Martian Chronicles but weren't. Though one story, "The Messiah," was included in The Martian Chronicles Mini Series starring Rock Hudson.

Anyway it was still a good read and well worth the amount of time that it takes to re
María Paz Greene
Oct 17, 2015 María Paz Greene rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Esta colección de cuentos... me perturba tanto. Me basta pensar en ella para sentir un retocijón en la guata.

No son todos ellos tan buenos, pero hay dos que... uf. El del hombre solo del futuro y el del nana-robot. ¡OH, DIOS EL DE LA NANA- ROBOT! Casi quisiera no haberlo leído nunca, porque es TAN devastador. Ray Bradbury fue TAN inteligente al contrastar la condición entre lo humano y lo artificial y... al dotar a las máquinas de alma... ah, es realmente angustiante, es incluso parecido a lo qu
Jun 15, 2016 Richard rated it liked it
Not as good as "Martian Chronicles" or "The Illustrated Man." I'd give it a two and a half. A recurring theme in these stories is dealing with age, obsolescence, and missed chances. There's an earnestness to this collection that isn't always earned. That said, I found the title story, about a robot nanny that raises three young children after they've lost their mother, very affecting. It also seemed vaguely familiar, which turned out to be because this was the one screenplay (not entirely succes ...more
Лъчезар Стоев
Неравен сборник с немалко добри попадения. Заглавният разказ всъщност е сред по-слабите - детайлно развита случка, но въпреки достатъчното място за дишане Бредбъри така и не успява да изгради живи детски образи. С такива схематични хлапета, връзката им с новата електрическа баба също няма как да е особено затрогваща,а като че ли точно такава е била целта. Древноегипетските мотиви не се връзват по никакъв начин; поне аз не го хванах. Иначе има един-два хубави диалога и се загатват интересни идеи ...more
Kathy Worrell  ツ
I love the Twilight Zone Radio Dramas. Very well done. The perfect way to read a book. I wish all audiobooks were done this way.
Rex Libris
Aug 19, 2015 Rex Libris rated it it was amazing
You really can't ever go wrong with Ray Bradbury. "I Sing the Body Electric" was turned into a video called "The Electric Grandmother." Many of the stories supplement the "Martian Chronicles" and like other Bradbury collections, many take place in Green Town.

I always enjoy the Green Town stories. Having worked in the real Green Town, aka Waukegan, IL, I can see where the stories must have taken place.

A number of stories deal with Ernest Hemingway. While Bradbury admires him, I do not. He wanted
May 27, 2010 Lara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
blue pyramid! amazing stuff

Ash Ryan
I'm apparently in the minority on this one, but I didn't think this was one of Bradbury's better short story collections. The title story is the most significant one here, and while it's interesting that Bradbury, contrary to what might seem to be implied in some of his other stories, here praises technology (hence the title), he does so in a rather muddled fashion. It's about a family that gets a robot "mother" to replace their recently-deceased real mother---but it goes farther than merely say ...more
Jun 29, 2015 Peter rated it really liked it
Well, it's a collection of short stories and I'm not sure you could expect perfect flow and cohesion. They are all over the place in style - from pure Bradbury thought experiments such as Night Call Collect, to stories where Bradbury is might be playing with and reflecting other authors of the day. The titular Sing the Body Electric is very Asimov-ey, and Tomorrow's Child is more on the Italo Calvino side of things. I'm sure more widely experienced readers than I could look at the dates of publi ...more
C. McKenzie
Aug 29, 2014 C. McKenzie rated it liked it
Let me start by saying that I'm a Ray Bradbury fan. I've read almost everything he's written, but somehow I'd never gotten around to reading this one. Unfortunately, with a few exceptions, it was a disappointment.

Let me start with the stories I enjoyed. Night Call, Collect sent chills up my spine just as I expected Bradbury would do. A man stranded on Mars waits for the call from earth saying a ship is on the way to pick him up. When the call comes (spoiler alert) it's the voice of the young ma
MB Taylor
May 06, 2012 MB Taylor rated it liked it
I finished reading I Sing the Body Electric! And Other Stories late last week. This is another of the repackaged Ray Bradbury collections. I see two ways to take the title of this collection: The most obvious meaning is that this collection contains the short story “I Sing the Body Electric!” and other stories; the other interpretation (which I prefer) is that this collection contains the stories from the original I Sing the Body Electric! (1969) collection and some additional stories.

The 1969 &
The mind of Ray Bradbury is a wonder-filled carnival of delight and terror that stretches from the verdant Irish countryside to the coldest reaches of outer space. Yet all his work is united by one common thread: a vivid and profound understanding of the vast set of emotions that bring strength and mythic resonance to our frail species. Ray Bradbury characters may find themselves anywhere and anywhen. A horrified mother may give birth to a strange blue pyramid. A man may take Abraham Lincoln out ...more
What a terrific writer Bradbury is. The first story "The Kilimanjaro Device" is a time travel episode where a fan of Ernest Hemingway (called the old man here) knows when he will die, and arranges to pick him up ahead of time and transport him back to Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa, to live out his life. Very satisfying, although quite short.

The second story is "The Terrible Conflagration Up at the Place". Hysterical story of a bunch of Irish patriots with more booze than brains, who decide to burn
Dec 06, 2010 Lon rated it really liked it
"I Sing the Body Electric"

I remember liking this story more last time I read it, years ago. But really, this is classic Bradbury. Not sci-fi Bradbury--although the premise relies on a technologically souped up cyber-granny-- but the same wistful, recreate-the-strange-wonder-and-mystery-of-childhood Bradbury that makes his Dandelion Wine such a treasure.

One thing I love about this author is his exuberant language. His motto seems to be. Hey, why settle for a single striking image when you can sta
Nov 03, 2014 Wolfman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
How would you like to meet Abraham Lincoln, Ernest Hemingway, and Charles Dickens? Or maybe you would prefer to travel to the future and then to the planet Mars. If any of these things sound intriguing – or even if you’d just like a nice down-to-earth story with some humor or a touch of melancholy wisdom – Ray Bradbury’s collection called I Sing the Body Electric is for you.

Although the version of the book I just finished was printed in 1983, I Sing the Body Electric was originally published in
Jun 11, 2012 Heidi rated it really liked it
I picked this up from the library on a whim and started reading it just a few hours before I heard that Ray Bradbury had died. RIP, one of my favourite authors. I want to imagine that you have taken your place as one of the Exiles on Mars.

This is a collection of Ray Bradbury short stories, most with Bradbury's unique Twilight Zone twists and all written with his wonderfully lyrical language. A time machine traveler tracks down Ernest Hemingway to give him a more fitting departure from the world.
Mark Oppenlander
Aug 02, 2011 Mark Oppenlander rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
I was amazed as I read through this book of 28 or so Bradbury short stories to find that I had read only one or two of them before. On the other hand, the quality of the stories here is inconsistent so maybe it's no surprise that this is the first appearance of some of these pieces. The book seems to be made up of cast-offs and misfits - stories that were not good enough to make the cut before or didn't fit well in other anthologies. It is a truly rambling, random and even remarkable collection. ...more
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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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