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R Is for Rocket

4.11  ·  Rating Details ·  4,645 Ratings  ·  113 Reviews
R Is for Rocket (1943)
The End of the Beginning (1956)
The Fog Horn (1951)
The Rocket (1950)
The Rocket Man (1951)
The Golden Apples of the Sun (1953)
A Sound of Thunder (1952)
The Long Rain (1950)
The Exiles (1949)
Here There Be Tygers (1951)
The Strawberry Window (1955)
The Dragon (1955)
The Gift (1952)
Frost and Fire (1946)
Uncle Einar (1947)
The Time Machine (1955)
The Sound
Mass Market Paperback, 184 pages
Published March 1st 1969 by Bantam Books (first published October 1962)
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Christian McKay
May 20, 2010 Christian McKay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Leave me with any Ray Bradbury book, and it will quickly be devoured it short, neat order. You're never sure what you're going with Bradbury. It might be fantasy, it might be sci-fi, it might be a cute story about a boy getting a gift on Christmas. More often than not, it's a hybrid. But one thing's certain about his short story collections: you're going to get some duds.

I avoided this particular collection for a long time because of the title. That was a dumb mistake I'd like to think I'll nev
Harry Kane
May 22, 2012 Harry Kane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A lovely thin hardcover with illustrations lived in my room through my childhood and teenage years. At least once a year I would revisit 'R is for Rocket', again and again listening to the forlonrn blare of the preshistoric monster from the deep, fly in Bodoni's virtual rocket, pop 'food pills' and race to the local space-port to watch rockets blast off.
Some day I'll try to pay my respects by writing fiction in which people travel through space in rockets, it rains on Venus, Mars has crumbling
Oct 11, 2010 Ashley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
Before I tell you what I thought of this book, I should note that this is only my second Ray Bradbury book, after Fahrenheit 451. I really, really loved Fahrenheit too.

This book was both good and bad, since it was full of short stories. Seventeen short stories in all and most were science fiction, Bradbury's specialty.
These were my favorites and the reasons why:

The Fog Horn - Loch Ness is in love with a foghorn. What is there not to like?
The Long Rain - By far the most horrifying of all the stor
Kevin Polman
Dec 07, 2016 Kevin Polman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Ray Bradbury’s R is for Rocket is a book about and for dreamers… and those who truly desire to understand them. A common character type in his work is the wide-eyed, yearning dreamer who reaches too high, often for a dream beyond his capacity, and who inevitably teeters on the brink of success and failure.

It’s no surprise that Bradbury produced so many pieces that gave voice to themes of blue skies since he himself was a dreamer, a voracious reader and
Jan 06, 2015 Sandi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sff
Some of the stories are dated but the prose is not. If you loved the Martian Chronicles, you will love this book.
Benjamin Chandler
Jun 23, 2014 Benjamin Chandler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ray Bradbury was my first "favorite author."

I'm sure that's true for lots of people.

There was a bookstore in Milwaukee, somewhere on the East Side, called Webster's Bookstore, the only bookstore during my childhood to have a special section just for dinosaur books. I pestered my father often to take me there, and sometimes he acquiesced, and I would slowly make my way through the shelf devoted to prehistoric things, trying to narrow down the collection to just one book I could ask my father to
Loton Cagle
Jun 11, 2012 Loton Cagle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I first read this collection in 7th grade. A few years ago, I bought all the beautiful hardbound reprints from PS Press and also from Subterranean Press. Bradbury stories deserve these editions and they glorify my bookshelves now. Tragically, we just lost a giant. Ray Bradbury has passed away. I grabbed this book and read it after hearing the news.
There are great and famous stories here. The Foghorn....the story of a lighthouse foghorn singing its sad song....and calling up something from the de
Feb 22, 2010 Raj rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is possibly the best book I've read all year. Maybe not technically brilliant, but its heart and soul more than made up for that. It's a collection of short stories written in the '40s and '50s and they are all wonderful. These are the sorts of stories that remind me why I love science fiction: not only do they evoke a sense of joy and wonder at the amazing universe we live in, but Bradbury's writing is poetic, gets under your skin and is a joy to read.

The stories are true Golden Age stuff,
Jan 23, 2011 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bradbury will always be the quintessential space-themed sci-fi writer for me. His descriptions of space - of the feelings and dreams associated with it - are without equal, and this short fiction collection contains a number of excellent stories that epitomize his style. However, like any collection of short fiction, it does have its weak points. "Here There Be Tygers" is a great example: an ongoing analogy of an unstable planet as a woman - fickle and fake. Well, it was written in the '50s, but ...more
Christopher Munroe
Yeah, this is a thing now. Bradbury before bedtime. And I continue to be thrilled by it even as I continue to not bother explaining in these five-star reviews precisely WHY you ought to read short stories by Ray Bradbury. Because I shouldn't have to. It's Ray Bradbury. You should know already that it's awesome and the approximate reasons why, even if you've yet to actually read any of his work.

And; If you haven't read any of his work, hang your head in shame. Then go buy some of his work and rea
Jailan El-Rafie
Feb 05, 2015 Jailan El-Rafie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This is the kind of book you talk about for months after finishing, the kind of book you recommend to anyone who can read, and the kind that is simply too glorious for you to "review".
Farewell summer, Ray Bradbury. Got the news just as I finished reading this book.
Mar 04, 2017 Sophie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Pure joy in every story, even if some of them made me cry.
Back when I first read both of them in high school, I used to think of Bradbury in the same breath as Asimov. Only now do I see the vast gulf that separates the two. Bradbury is actually a writer, whereas Asimov was mostly an idea man.

In reading this short story collection, I'm struck by two things: a) the poetry of his words, and b) the sheer breadth of the subjects he broaches and tones he portrays. I never realized how versatile he was. A lot of his stuff is just bizarre (I'm talking about y
Ανδρέας Kapandreou)
Ο Ray Bradbury – γνωστότερος για το έργο του Φαρενάιτ 451 [Fahrenheit 451] – έγραψε τα συγκεκριμένα διηγήματα την δεκαετία του 50 (και κάποια τη δεκαετία του 40) όταν στην Αμερική αναπτυσσόταν με ραγδαίους ρυθμούς η τεχνολογία αλλά και η φιλολογία που αφορούσε τα διαστημόπλοια (πυραύλους). Έτσι, πέρα από τη λογοτεχνική αξία των διηγημάτων, είναι ενδιαφέρον να παρατηρήσει κάποιος, μέσα από αυτά, τις αντιλήψεις των ανθρώπων της εποχής, για την εξέλιξη της τεχνολογίας, τα ταξίδια στο διάστημα και τ ...more
Dec 10, 2014 Jason rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think this year I have read more anthologies than any other year, blame it on GRRM I suppose (Rogues, Dangerous Women, Wild Cards).

This book has been languishing on my TBR shelf for more than a year I think, picked up at a used book store for $1, always pushed further down by other books that jumped to the front of the line. As the year winds down my TBR shelf is woefully thin, the pickings slim, waiting for that annual Christmas restock.

The stories in this anthology are all from 1962 or ear
Bartolomeu De Bensafrim
After decades of heavy reading came some years of reading nothing.
It felt like there was nothing interesting to read, or that any book i should accept to read should necessarily change my perspective of life - this is easy when we are younger, but gets harder as the years go by.
So for the first time in my life i grabbed a science fiction book and wow! What a wonderful experience. That book did not change my life, nor did it enhance my culture much - it just felt very good to read it. I was impre
Apr 04, 2013 Sandi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I recently reread this collection of short stories with an eye to putting together a conference paper proposal. Even though I didn't put together a great proposal, I am glad I reread the book--the stories are mesmerizing. Bradbury has this amazing way of leaving just enough of a thread between stories (which is stronger in The Martian Chronicles) so that the line between story worlds is fuzzy and there's a blending of sci-fi, fantasy, and horror that results in a sci-fi setting with a narrative ...more
Feb 07, 2013 Al rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Ray Bradbury

Fantasy Fiction; American, Fantasy Fiction, Science Fiction; American, Science Fiction, Fiction, Fantasy, General, Science Fiction, Short Stories (Single Author)

A spaceship captain determined to gather a cupful of the sun. . .a nubile young witch who yearns to taste human love. . .an expedition that hunts dinosaurs across the fragile and dangerous chasm of time. . . These strange and wonderful tales of beauty and terror will transport you fro

Feb 08, 2017 Geoff rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
R is for Rocket is about all things space, with a just a couple of stories that don’t fit that mold. "Frost and Fire," is an excellent novella length story in this collection that I found to be outstanding! One of his best, in my opinion. And the rest are all old Bradbury stories that were either new (at the time), or recycled from his previous collections "The Illustrated Man" or "Dark Carnival." So, basically this book is full of old school Ray Bradbury stories, and it was some excellent readi ...more
Mar 14, 2014 Chris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
R is for Rocket is a small collection of 17 short stories written by Ray Bradbury.

Overall I was not very impressed with this book; it didn’t seem up to the usual standard I’ve come to expect from Bradbury’s imagination. Not all of the stories were science fiction which surprised me and many of those that were science fiction I had already read elsewhere. For example; The Rocket Man, The Long Rain and The Rocket were all featured in another (and vastly superior) collection of Bradbury’s short sto
Jan 02, 2013 Alexis rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It seems like Ray Bradbury is only capable of conveying two feelings with his writing; nostalgia or a sense of foreboding. When he does it well, he does it really well. When he doesn't, at least for the 'nostalgia stories', he becomes quite corny. The stories in R is for Rocket are old, and have an aura of very corny fiftiesness. "The Gift", "The Sound of Summer Running", the title story and a couple more are all variations of the dreaming teenage boy of the pre-space era theme and have lost wha ...more
Jul 11, 2012 Todd rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely wonderful. I recently read and reviewed Bradbury's "Let's All Kill Constance." I was not complimentary in my review, as I really didn't feel that his distinctive voice fit the story he was trying to tell. Of course, shortly thereafter he passed away, and I felt bad that I had just negatively reviewed him, as he has been one of my favorite authors for soooo long. This book was the first book I read by him - I clearly recall checking both it and "S is for Space" out of the library as a ...more
Dec 12, 2007 Chris rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I picked up this book because I thought it would be fun to read a little classic science fiction. Unfortunately, after reading a few of the short stories I decided I wasn't enjoying the book enough to continue. As I've noticed before with Bradbury's work, he's exceptionally creative and thoughtful, but just not a very good writer. Dialogue in this book feels unrealistic, descriptions are overdone, and Bradbury efforts to convey majesty and emotion to his reader seem forced. I'm sure that, at the ...more
Uli Kusterer
Feb 03, 2013 Uli Kusterer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A beautiful, collection of short stories about rockets, childhood and coming of age that doesn't and doesn't have to make the distinction between serious literature, scifi and fantasy, but rather just employs the latter as stylistic devices, as they should be used. Some of the plots would fit in the universe of Orson Scott Card's "Capitol", but then it's never really about the plot with Bradbury. It does read well as a future history of space travel, and feels a bit like Gordon Dickson's "The Ma ...more
Mar 19, 2014 MisterFweem rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I admit to having a love/hate relationship with Ray Bradbury's short stories.

LOVE: They're poetically written.

HATE: They're filled with the cliches of hostile aliens and alien worlds. Can't mankind visit a place and fight his own self-destructive tendencies or apes (h/t to Scott Meyer) rather than hostile aliens?

LOVE: The stories' old feel. Bradbury is steeped in the science fiction of the pulp era, where they're not afraid to do put near anything.

I suppose, at least, it's good that he doesn't h
Jan 04, 2015 Moebiuspenguin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
But he knew what she saw, for he gazed through the colored glass, too. And there was Mars, with its cold sky warmed and its dead seas fired with color, with its hills like mounds of strawberry ice, and its sand like burning charcoals sifted by wind. The strawberry window, the strawberry window, breathed soft rose colors on the land and filled the mind and the eye with the light of a never-ending dawn

Never-ending magical aftertaste...!
This books cloaks you in magnetic force of outer space, unkno
May 23, 2011 Mike rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi-space
What if a foghorn sounded like the mating call of a sea serpent? What if you could safari back in time to hunt dinosaurs? What if you lived on Mars but longed for the comforts of home on Earth? What if you were marooned outside on Venus in the longest, hardest rainfall that never lets up? What if you were born and raised on Mercury where the lifespan is only eight days? What if some very clever someone thought to write these stories and collect them all into one classic collection? I've got good ...more
Aug 19, 2014 Ashley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another wonderful, imaginative collection from the Master himself. I'm not going to drone on and on, but I'd like to point out several stories that stood out above the rest (for me, at least): "The Fog Horn", "A Sound of Thunder" - never gets old reading this!, "The Exiles", "Here There Be Tygers", and "Frost and Fire". While I genuinely enjoyed this collection, it did feel slightly uneven in the quality; a few of the stories just didn't jump off the page quite as well. That's my two cents, anyw ...more
Lisa Mazzei
Jan 25, 2015 Lisa Mazzei rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I first read this collection of short stories when I was stuck on a plane for several hours. I was 13 years old, and did not consider myself a fan of science fiction of any kind. But I had finished my own book, and my sister had this one. I remember enjoying it quite a bit. My favorite story is A Sound of Thunder. I was so disappointed in the movie adaptation of that story! It even featured Edward Burns, who I love. But it was probably the worst movie I've seen. It was even too low budget to be ...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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