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The Golden Apples of the Sun

4.07 of 5 stars 4.07  ·  rating details  ·  4,726 ratings  ·  163 reviews
Only the insatiable curiosity of Ray Bradbury would dare to probe the lonely passions of... a deep sea monster in his attempts to make love to a flirtatious foghorn... a misunderstood man of the future with a perfectly reasonable explanation for murdering his house... a nubile young witch who works out an ingenious method for experiencing human love... a space ship captain...more
Paperback, 211 pages
Published February 1979 by Bantam Books (first published March 1953)
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Paul

Goodbye Ray Bradbury. He was the first author I loved, he was a natural for me with his heart on his sleeve and his absolute belief in the power of words and the religion of wonder. His brilliant restless short stories set off puffballs of astonishment in my brain, I slept on Mars and woke up in Green Town, I grew giant mushrooms for fun and profit and I was the illuminated boy, Ray Bradbury illuminated me with death, calliopes, mechanical houses, ice cream suits, towns where no one got off, dwa...more
Dan Schwent
How does one review a book of tiny short stories? Do I describe the stories individually? Or do I just mention a couple favorites, like the one about the last dinosaur and the lighthouse, or the pedestrian, or The Sound of Thunder, the time travel story that everyone knows even if they don't know the name of?

I'm one of the few people that didn't have to read Fahrenheit 451 in school so the only exposure I had to Ray Bradbury before this was issues of Tales from the Crypt where they adapted his s...more
notgettingenough
Bradbury on the sea:


"One day many years ago a man walked along and stood in the sound of the ocean on a cold sunless shore and said "We need a voice to call across the water, to warn ships; I'll make one. I'll make a voice that is like an empty bed beside you all night long, and like an empty house when you open the door, and like the trees in autumn with no leaves. A sound like the birds flying south, crying, and a sound like November wind and the sea on the hard, cold shore. I'll make a sound
...more
Ben Babcock
One of the nice things about working in a school is that I can nick books from the English cupboard, bring them home for a day, or a week, or most of the year, and quietly return them without anyone complaining. It’s a perk that almost makes those times you accidentally stand under the bell worth it.... Anyway, earlier this year I was reaching for short stories to show my sixth form students, and it occurred to me that “A Sound of Thunder” is a damn fine short story, both in a technical and a li...more
Mike
Loved it!

Bradbury got the title from last line of this poem...



THE SONG OF WANDERING AENGUS

by: W.B. Yeats

WENT out to the hazel wood,
Because a fire was in my head,
And cut and peeled a hazel wand,
And hooked a berry to a thread;

And when white moths were on the wing,
And moth-like stars were flickering out,
I dropped the berry in a stream
And caught a little silver trout.

When I had laid it on the floor
I went to blow the fire a-flame,
But something rustled on the floor,
And some one called me by my name:...more
Nikki
Not all of the stories in this collection of Bradbury's short fiction are great, or even that memorable, but one or two of them will stick with me -- I particularly enjoyed 'Embroidery', which was well-structured and had a lovely final paragraph. Perfect, even, almost.

Even if a few of them didn't really get to me, it's worth noting that I received it in the mail just today, and I read it in two sittings. I've been rather wrapped up in video games lately (hey, I just got the news that I got a fir...more
apple
Warning: The following review contains public display of shameless fangirlery
These collected short stories confirmed something I have long suspected; Ray Bradbury is a living breathing writing celestial entity and to me R will always be for Rocket!

“The Murderer”, which was published in 1953, uncannily portrays the impact of information overload before there was Facebook or even the internet. Really spooky stuff. My favorite stories are “The Great Wide World Over There” and the absolutely mind-b...more
Anne
Half of these short stories are fantasy, and half are the kind I love - about outer space, post or pre-apocalyptic life, and Mars.
My favorites:

The Wilderness: Two women ready for a move to mars, one makes a very long distant phone call and receives the encouragement she needs to take that step.

The Murderer: In the 1950's, Bradbury predicted the state we are in today - instant communication, too much communication brought about by technology that never shuts up. "There sat all the tired commuters...more
Violante

"Cuando uno recuerda toda una vida, parece que recordase más las caras que las manos y lo que ellas hicieron."


Siempre me da terror hablar de clásicos, siento que voy a decir cualquier cosa, que mis palabras se quedan cortas para describir al libro. Por eso me cuesta escribir esta reseña. Y no es fácil hablar de tantos cuentos, cada uno con una historia y personajes diferentes, e intentar no contar el final de ninguno de ellos.

Las doradas manzanas del sol son veintidós cuentos, algunos cortos...more
Bonnie Jeanne
I enjoyed most of the stories in this book, particularly; "The Murderer," which I found to be so appropriate to life today! This is one of few stories that hasn't got an initial publication date noted, but I guess it would be early 1950. Even though the technology that drives the main character to "murder" is not exactly as Bradbury imagined it would be, it is close enough to make me go "Wow!; "Sun and Shadow," which made me feel guilty about the times I've found life that is on the verge of abj...more
Scott
22 enjoyable stories in Bradbury's wistful and nostalgic style--some science fiction, some fantasy, some just plain fiction. The most famous is probably "A Sound of Thunder," in which a hunter travels back time to shoot dinosaur and makes a critical error. I especially got a kick out of "The Murderer," which is about a man who has declared war on nuisance technology. (I often feel like doing that myself.) This story was written sixty years ago; I wonder how the character would have reacted to tw...more
Mateo
I was, of course, familiar with Ray Bradbury's most known work "Fahrenheit 451" and appreciated him for his contribution to sci-fi, but then I read this collection of short stories and was blown way.

The title comes from a line of Yeats:
And pluck till time and times are done,
The silver apples of the moon,
The golden apples of the sun.

For that I have to thank Bradbury doubly, once for writing such a wonderful collection of short stories, and again for introducing me to Yeats, a poet whom I unexc...more
Casey Hampton
I was jonesing for some classic SF and Ray Bradbury scratched that itch. Reading short story collections is like watching fireworks. Some flare into the high black and dazzle with showers of glittering color. Others splutter, fizzle, and pitch sideways to gasp their last.

This work consists of two parts, and Michael Prichard narrates the audio version. I found Prichard's reading to be pleasant enough, and only occasionally felt his voice too wizened for some of the younger characters. A few of th...more
Erik Erickson
Thoroughly enjoyable read. I've only read Martian Chronicles previously, and I love the way Bradbury's descriptions and cadence really flow naturally. That's one of the things Stephen King does so well also. All but maybe a couple of these stories are solid little tales. The quality is just so much higher than something like a Richard Matheson collection, which executes interesting ideas in a flat and tiresome manner. It also helps that this collection starts off with a very Lovecraftian story t...more
Hayley
Sometimes you come across a book that remains on your mind for months, or even longer, after reading. I think this is one of those books.

The Golden Apples of the Sun is a collection of 22 short stories, each exploring a different idea. Although a couple of the ideas have been covered quite a lot in literature or films (the butterfly effect, for example), Bradbury’s work I would suggest is amongst the best. I read this book through in one sitting because I was on the train, but I almost feel like...more
Mark
Ray Bradbury is primarily remembered today as a science fiction writer, but you might not know it based on the 22 short stories collected in The Golden Apples of the Sun. There are stories that take place in the past, stories that take place in the 1940s and '50s present of when they were written, and a few that take place in the future. Only two of the 22 are firmly in the vein of science fiction, and one of those, "A Sound of Thunder" is an early exploration of an idea that has since become a...more
Rachel
I really liked some of these, while others were just "eh". I would give it a 3.5 overall, but I'm bumping it up to 4 because this is one of those cases where I think the book-on-cd narrator may have caused me to like it less. It was an older man, and while nailing the mid-20th-century manner exactly may have been historically appropriate, it was distracting to a 21st-century listener and made the stories sound even more dated than they already would.

This is worth a read for anyone who likes clas...more
Andrew Kubasek
One of the best collections of American short stories, even if many of them are technically science-fiction. They still have a deeper sense of the struggles of humanity, regardless of setting - which, perhaps, is that makes them even more powerful and hammers the point even deeper.
J.P.
Oct 09, 2007 J.P. rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lovers of short stories, speculative fiction
Great science fiction. Great speculative fiction. Great American fiction, period. Bradbury wrote a slew of classic stories; this is the cream of the crop. GOLDEN APPLES is another reason I'm a writer today.
Terri Lynn
My friend Saiid recommended this book to me and I loved it! It is a book full of old short stories written by Ray Bradbury in the 1940's and 1950's and he has a way with words that is almost too beautiful to bear.

My favorite story is called THE FOGHORN and there is so much loneliness and pain in it for the million year old creature attracted to the sound of the foghorn at a lighthouse, a creature that is the last of its kind and all alone that thinks one of its own is calling to it and so pitif...more
Claire
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The edition that I read was really two anthologies in one book: The Golden Apples of the Sun and R Is for Rocket. Five stars for the former, three stars for the latter, so I guess that averages out to four stars for the book as a whole.

Golden Apples was absolutely fantastic, timeless, imaginative, and full of that melancholy/nostalgic weirdness that I've come to love in Bradbury's fiction. Pretty much every single story in this anthology is a gem.

Rocket, on the other hand, just didn't...more
Brandon Henke
The Golden Apples of the Sun showcases the broad range of Bradbury’s literary ability. While some might argue that topical breadth is a rather commonplace characteristic of books of this format, I contend that it goes beyond the typical collection of short stories.

Bradbury is a stylistic chameleon – utterly transformative yet wonderfully convincing in the span of only a few pages. These stories range from mundane (The Great Wide World Over There) to utterly fantastical (A Sound of Thunder). Ima...more
Miss Wainwright
Golden Apples of the Sun is very interesting.
Duffy
Nov 05, 2011 Duffy marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
This book has been sitting on the shelves with my other Bradbury books since 1971 which means it made the move from Minnesota to Pennsylvania and eventually New Jersey! Yes I was a librarian before I got my MLS. I organized most of my books by author and hard or paperback back in high school. My brother Michael use to think my books were his to read and would "borrow" (take with out asking). I do recall nailing him rather well when one book falled to find its way back. haha. But life has moved o...more
Jennifer
From the frontispiece:
“. . . And pluck till time and times are done
The silver apples of the moon,
The golden apples of the sun.”
W.B. Yeats

I am fascinated by the work of Ray Bradbury. If you’re not sure what constitutes excellent writing in modern times, read Bradbury

This collection of short stories, published as whole in 1953, obviously reflect the time and places described, but with the essential Bradbury twist, stepping outside of the cultural parameters. He asks, in dozens of different wa...more
Gray
Four of my longtime favorite Bradbury stories are in this collection -- "The Long Rain," "The Strawberry Window," "Frost and Fire," and "A Sound of Thunder" -- unforgettable tales that have stayed with me from childhood. The rest of the collection varies from marvelous to mediocre, with Bradbury rehashing his favorite themes (for example in the contrived rant of "The Exiles" -- I prefer "Usher II" in The Martian Chronicles) or dripping too densely with sentiment.

Since I started rereading Bradbu...more
Simon Forward
"That's a beautiful sentence. Cut it." So said a quote I encountered on Twitter the other day, attributed to writer, Georges Simenon. Not a writer I'd heard of, which is no reflection on him or his work. It's probably held up by editors as a shining example of their craft and it's not without merit, but I've known some editors who slavishly adhere to that sort of principle and it's probably not a good idea to slavishly adhere to anything. What's more, I can't help feeling this may be why so much...more
Alazzar
I was really excited to read some Ray Bradbury after reading "The Crowd" in The Dark Descent. Also, I'd recently been reading about a little story called "A Sound of Thunder," which I gathered was supposed to be one of the original butterfly-effect stories. So I put in an order at the library, and here we are.

You may have noticed this book is on my "Abandoned" shelf, not my "Read" shelf. The problem is that a lot of the stories in this collection don't have any sort of speculative fiction elemen...more
Rhys
When I was 17 years old Ray Bradbury was my favourite writer and *The Golden Apples of the Sun* was my favourite book of his. Even then I knew that the very best Bradbury stories('Homecoming', 'The Scythe', 'Kaleidoscope', etc) could be found in his other collections, but *Apples* had a kind of magic that I couldn't quite put my finger on. Plus it had the best cover!

I've just re-read this volume -- almost 25 years after I first read it. It's not quite as brilliant as I remember. Yes, 'The Fruit...more
Lyn
Golden Apples of the Sun by Ray Bradbury is a collection of short stories first published in 1953 with 22 short stories. Published again in 1997, this later edition contains the original stories as well as 10 more previously released stories by the Grand Master. These stories serve as a representative sample of Bradbury’s unique and far ranging talent, blending elements of several genres into a cohesive universe of speculative fiction, as well as a demonstration of his mastery of the short ficti...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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