Quicker Than the Eye
Granted, Bradbury is an acquired taste. His word choice is unique, confounding, and even sometimes bizarre. But after reading one of stories, you will understand why he chose to describe something the way he did.
Some of the earlier reviews about Bradbury's works have stated that he has focused too much on the dying notion of a 40s or 50s c...more
The first few stories "Unterseaboat Doktor" and "Zaharoff/Richter Mark V" didn't do much to dispel my depressed mood. However, "Another Fine Mess" (his second tribute to Laurel and Hardy) made me smile and I settled once again into his fantastic world.
IMHO, Bradbury is a master of the short story - if you've avoided his work because of the science-fict...more
My favorite stories in this collection are: Last Rites, Zaharoff/Richter Mark V and Exchange.
Many readers skip the "afterwords" of a book - this one is worth reading. I found myself wondering, "where does Bradbury conjure up these themes & characters?" The "afterwords" will shed insight and will inspire you as both a reader & a writer.
Although Bradbury says he is not a magician, t...more
It's not that these stories are bad; some of them are quite good. But it is clear that certain themes and motifs are recurring here, circling up from earlier phases of Bradbury's illustrious career. For example, there is a story about an electrocution act at a circus, another about a...more
His writing brings to mind bedrock and soil. It's solid, and fertile. As occasionally fantastic as his storytelling is, it consistently has a sense of purpose. Proclamation wrapped in poetry....more
My favorite story by far in this book is titled The Very Gentle Murders. A very old married couple decided that they agree that they hate each others guts and happily decide to make a game of assassination attempts. Some of which go a little haywire!
Other notable mentions are:
'But' - he shrugged - 'little white ones.'" (4)
"'Have I ever lied to you?'
'Often. But,' I added, 'little white ones.'" (14)
"'...Our faces, don't you think? Smiles that made our jaws ache. We were exploding. They got the concussion.'" (35)
"The carnival was either setting up in a new town or letting go; its brown tents inhaling by ay, exhaling its stale air by night as the canvases slid rustling down along the dark poles." (56)
"'You know, I dislike you...more
The internationally acclaimed author of The Martian Chronicles, The Illustrated Man, and Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury is a magician at the height of his powers, displaying his sorcerer's skill with twenty-one remarkable stories that run the gamut from total reality to light fantastic, from high noon to long after midnight. A true master tells all, revealing the strange secret of growing young and mad; opening a Witch Door that links two intolerant centuries; joining an ancient couple in their w
and that's what this collection of stories does the best -- celebrates and worships the pinhole-camera of nostalgia, the widescreen technicolor panorama of the dreams of the future, and the place where...more
Really really liked the stories titled, "The Finnegan," "The Very Gentle Murders" and "Last Rites."
The first is a very entertining adventure/mystery in the style of Conan Doyle's Holmes tales.
The second is an example of how apperances can be deciving. When a seemingly "loving" couple make a game out of trying to murder each other their maid and all of their friends get caught in the crosshairs.
And the last story that I have sel...more
It was, however, intriguing enough to keep my attention to the very end. I think this is an excellent illustration of Bradbury's writing process, the ideas and formations of his main stories, and it was interesting to see the stories develop and come to their conclusions. I also enj...more
My favorites in this set were:
"Zaharoff/Richter Mark V"
"The Very Gentle Murders"
"No News, Or...more
This is a pleasant collection of stories that I would rate a 3.5 if allowed. I was planning to bump it up to four stars, but the afterword, which was probably meant to be inspirational, came off as more of a pompous "How DO I do it?!" and gave a po...more
It doesn't matter if you are a seasoned fan of Ray Bradbury's work or someone new to his prose; you will find this book delightful.
I especially enjoyed Hopscotch, a story about a girl on the cusp of adulthood.
I have been captivated by his audio readings of other short stories, but this collection was no where near the intensity or creativity of his others. It almost felt like I was reading through a bunch of assignments that Bradbury was forced to write.
Did I mention that I got it signed by Mr. Bradbury himself? He was a fantastic speaker and I am honored to have met him.