R Is for Rocket
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
The stories are true Golden Age stuff, ...more
And; If you haven't read any of his work, hang your head in shame. Then go buy some of his work and rea ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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