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The Illustrated Man

4.13  ·  Rating Details  ·  51,763 Ratings  ·  2,219 Reviews
Alternate cover design for ISBN 13: 9780006479222
If El Greco had painted miniature in his prime, no bigger than your hand, infinitely detailed, with his sulphorous colour and exquisite human anatomy, perhaps he might have used this man's body for his art.

Yet the Illustrated Man has tried to burn the illustrations off. He's tried sandpaper, acid and a knife. Because as the
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Published 2008 by Harper Voyager (first published February 1st 1951)
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Thomas P. Buehner Bradbury's short stories in The Illustrated Man left me sitting in the grass with my mouth open, reading it at the age of sixteen. Spooky, gripping,…moreBradbury's short stories in The Illustrated Man left me sitting in the grass with my mouth open, reading it at the age of sixteen. Spooky, gripping, very personal, very touching in a "NO - this must not be true!" way. One of the few books that deeply frightened me, without being horror-ish in today's sense.

Charles' comparison with the original Twilight Zone (black and white if I remember right) is spot on. If you have not seen those, get them, if they are still available somewhere.(less)

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Raeleen Lemay
Jun 15, 2015 Raeleen Lemay rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, classics
The first few stories were AMAZING, and with the exception of a few more that I enjoyed later on, the rest of the stories were pretty boring. They were all really futuristic and most had to do with Mars in some way, which I thought was cool. Most of the stories also had very clear moral lessons, so they're great stories to read aloud (maybe not to small children, but I'm sure older kids would enjoy them).

My favorite stories are:

-The Veldt
-The Other Foot
-The Rocket Man
-The Last Night of the Worl
Jun 11, 2016 Lyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read a review once that described Robert A. Heinlein as a creepy old uncle who drinks too much at parties and who makes embarrassing comments, but who everyone likes in spite of his outdated ways – kind of a loveable rogue.

Ray Bradbury, similar but by contrast, is like the dotty old professor whom everyone cannot help but love and who overlook his eccentricities. His stories are as warm and imaginative as a summer afternoon. And all due respect to Fahrenheit 451, which is a fine novel, but I
Feb 16, 2016 Macarena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Una muy bella compilación de historias que Ray Bradbury fue publicando en diferentes revistas entre los años 47 y 51.
Reseña detallada de cada cuento en Gracias a los Libros.
This is one of Ray Bradbury's earliest collections of short stories, and the concept behind is quite brilliant. On an early September day in Wisconsin, the unnamed narrator meets the eponymous Illustrated Man - a wandering carnie with incredible images tattooed across his body. They are detailed, colorful and mysterious, and able to move on their own; the narrator counts eighteen different illustrations, each depicting what the Illustrated Man claims to be the future.

Unfortunately, both the conc
Mar 30, 2016 Ivan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Better than I expected and I expected a lot.Like Martian chronicle this is book of sci-fi short stories and like Martian chronicle there is lot more going on beneath the surface.

As with all short story collections not all of stories are same quality and not all deserve 5 stars but even lowest point of this book is pretty damn high.
Nov 25, 2014 Apatt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
"... he was a riot of rockets and fountains and people, in such intricate detail and color that you could hear the voices murmuring small and muted, from the crowds that inhabited his body. When his flesh twitched, the tiny mouths flickered, the tiny green-and-gold eyes winked, the tiny pink hands gestured. There were yellow meadows and blue rivers and mountains and stars and suns and planets spread in a Milky Way across his chest. The people themselves were in twenty or more odd groups upon hi
Sep 07, 2012 Algernon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
It was a dark and stormy night. Enters a mysterious character that seems escaped from a different novel (Something Wicked This Way Comes) . His body is completely covered in animated tattoos, images that he claims show events yet to pass. If you look carefully, you might even get a glimpse of your own future.
The role of this opening sequence of the collection serves as a foreword from the author explaining why these previously published stories were included here and not others: they are a map o
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
I am a very big fan of Ray Bradbury. He has an incredible imagination. He inspires me as a writer and a reader. I loved that this book has stories within a story. What an interesting idea of having a tattooed man as the "Scheherazade" in this story. The narrator is the body of a man who has tattoos all over himself. Each tattoo tells a story. Each story is different. Some are more science fiction-oriented and some are pure fantasy. Yes, Bradbury's view of outer space might be considered naive fo ...more
War is a bad thing, but peace can be a living horror

Stories set in the future. Stories set in realities distant or not so distant from ours. Stories that linger on the doorway to... The Twiligh..... wow wow wow! I got carried away there! Although, I have to say, each of these stories could (and should) have been an episode of The Twilight Zone. A few of them could also be episodes of Black Mirror. There's no need to rate each separately. The Illustrated Man deserves all the stars I can give.
Thomas Strömquist
My guess is that the familiarity and high standing of this title is really due to Bradbury's later and longer works. Quite a few things didn't sit right with me at all, but really, my main regret is for the complete absence of the poetic and bordering on extravagant prose that I more often than not love to find myself lost in. In this book, the narrative is, quite contrary, often 'science fiction'-cold and bland and the characters are so unclear so it's all you have to do just telling them apart ...more
داستانها توی فضای وحشتناکی اتفاق می افتادند.هنوز وحشتی که از خواندن هرداستان بهم دست می داد فراموش نکردم.شاید هیچ کتابی به اندازه ی مرد مصور نتوانست مرا بترساند ولی نمی توانم توانایی برادبری را در تصویرگری چنین دنیایی تحسین نکنم.من که تا آن موقع فقط داستانهای پایان خوش ژول ورن یا نهایتا چندتا داستان غم انگیز از آسیموف خوانده بودم،در رویارویی با چنین دنیایی واقعا کم آورده بودم.محشر بود.ولی من هیچوقت به یک بچه ی دبستانی نمی دمش.
یک سری داستانهایش را یادمه.و اصلا نمی تونم امتیاز متفاوتی برایشان قائل
Jul 24, 2010 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a newly-minted high school reading teacher, my introductory book to spoon-feed to the young'ns was Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451. It was a really good one to start with, as it had a fairly simple and uncomplicated storyline, a small cast of characters, and fairly well-defined themes and literary techniques. Therefore, teaching it to students who weren't native speakers (but whose English was really good nonetheless) was a good experience.

I hadn't read a whole lot of Bradbury prior to that, an
Jun 14, 2012 Emily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, classics
I love short stories. To be able to pack such a punch in just a handful of pages, each word has to be meaningful, each metaphor perfect, each phrase exquisitely crafted and The Illustrated Man is chock-full of stories with staying power.

As Bradbury mentions in his introduction, these stories are possible answers to "What if?" questions. Some are humorous, some downright frightening, some thought-provoking. He starts out with a bang: the short story "The Veldt." Those two children are straight ou
--Prologue: The Illustrated Man
--The Veld
--The Other Foot
--The Highway
--The Man
--The Long Rain
--Usher II
--The Last Night of the World
--The Rocket
--No Particular Night or Morning
--The Fox and the Forest
--The Visitor
--Marionettes, Inc.
--The City
--Zero Hour
--The Playground
პატ ჰოლმანი
ძვირფასო რეი,
არ ვიცი, ახლა სად ხარ, წითელ მარსზე, წვიმიან ვენერაზე თუ სხვა, შორეულ, უცხო სამყაროში , მაგრამ მწამს, ოდესმე ამ წერილს ზაფხულის ერთ დღეს , ჰამაკში მონებივრე, ბაბუაწვერას ღვინის თანხლებით წაიკითხავ.
ოთხი წელია, რაც მანდ გადასახლდი, მე კი ისევ მწვანე პლანეტაზე ვცხოვრობ. აქ ზაფხულის მზით გაჟღენთილი დღეები ყვავილებიანი კაბებით, ცივი ლიმონათით და ბაბუის ძველ ბიბლიოთეკაში ფუსფუსით გამყავს. იცი, ოდესღაც შენც აქ აღმოგაჩინე , ერთ ძველ, მოწითალო ფერის წიგნში რომელიც დამწვარ წიგნებსა და მარსის
Ray Bradbury inspired many to take pen to paper; he enlightened many dark vessels and was a visionary beyond comparison. His sentences are laden with words in the right places with the right words.

This collection of stories only covers stories taken from illustrations on the illustrated mans body. We don’t get to walk with the illustrated man for long in fact only a few pages in the beginning. Don’t let this belittle the whole collection I want to just make it clear, because some could be disapp
Maria Dobos
Jul 14, 2016 Maria Dobos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
O colecție destul de interesantă de povestiri publicate de Ray Bradbury în diverse reviste la începutul carierei sale. Mi-aș fi dorit să pună mai mult accent pe ideea omului ilustrat - un om acoperit de nenumărate tatuaje ce capătă viață în timpul nopții dezvăluindu-ți propriul viitor.
Oct 02, 2015 Rade rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
I did not really like this book for some reason. It started off great, but the similar themes of space travel and living on other planets got tired really fast. Most of the stories revolve around living on rockets, on Mars, or remembering how it was to live on Earth that has either ceased to exist or was destroyed by the people who inhabit it.

I like Ray Bradbury and some of the stories in this collection of short stories, but a lot of them were not interesting to me. I will probably read more o
Kat  Hooper
Sep 14, 2010 Kat Hooper rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.

The Illustrated Man is a collection of Ray Bradbury’s stories which are sandwiched between the account of the titular man whose tattoos come alive at night and set the scenes for the 18 tales in this collection. All of these stories are classic Ray Bradbury — full of spacemen, Earth-Mars conflict, psychiatrists, spoiled children, bad marriages, book burning, domestic work-saving technologies, and nervous breakdowns. They deal with the fear of atomic war, l
Joaquin Garza
Cuando se habla de los tres grandes de la ciencia ficción (Asimov, Clarke, Heinlein), por lo general al crítico de café se le olvida mencionar al recientemente fallecido titán que llevaba por nombre Ray Bradbury. ¿Por qué? Tengo dos teorías: una proviene de la afirmación del mismo autor de que él no escribía ciencia ficción, sino ficción a secas que exploraba temas profundamente humanos, sólo que enmarcándolos en historias con cohetes y marcianos. La otra teoría proviene de la novela más celebra ...more
Un narrador sin nombre se encuentra con el hombre ilustrado, un vagabundo cuyo cuerpo es un lienzo repleto de tatuajes exóticos. Lo que es aún más raro es que las ilustraciones están vivas y pueden predecir el futuro. Cada una de ellas nos desvela una historia.

Como Ray Bradbury es un escritor de ciencia ficción, no es de extrañar que la mayoría de las historias tengan que ver con el futuro y el espacio. La ciencia ficción no es más que un telón de fondo, en realidad, el autor hace un análisis de
Tudor Vlad
Nu a fost o colectie chiar la fel de buna precum Cronicile Martiene, temele abordate nu m-au atins la fel de puternic. Cu toate astea, a fost o lectura foarte placuta si rapida.
Aug 29, 2015 Atreides rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
özellikle bitmeyen yağmur öyküsünü çok beğendim. birkaçı hariç çok iyiydiler.
Chas Smash
Jun 09, 2016 Chas Smash rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesante colección de historietas cortas ambientadas en un futuro no tan lejano.
Maruf Hossain
Mar 19, 2016 Maruf Hossain rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
একজন মানুষ, সারকাসে কাজ করে। শখ করে সারা গায়ে ছবি আঁকাল টযাটুর মত। কিনতু এই ছবিগুলোই তার জনয কাল হয়ে দাঁড়াল। ইলাসটরেশনগুলো যে জীবনত! পরতি রাতে এই ছবিগুলো নিজে থেকে নড়াচড়া করে নতুন নতুন ছবি তৈরি করে। একেকটা ছবি একেকটা গলপ বলে! তাও যে সে গলপ না। ভবিষযতের গলপ!

ইলাসটরেটেড মযানের সারা গায়ে নিজে থেকে ফুটে উঠা এই টা ছবি নিয়েই
রে বরাডবারির সায়েনস ফিকশন গলপ সঙকলন 'দয ইলাসটরেটেড মযান'। গলপগুলোর উপসথাপনার ভিননতা নতুন সুসবাদু ফলেভার দিয়েছে আমাকে পড়ার সময়।
শুধু যে উপসথাপনায়ই ভিননতা তা নয়, গলপগুলোও যথেষট বৈচিতর
Dec 15, 2014 Brian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What I like about Ray Bradbury is his messages to society, some of them pretty blunt, and his deep philosophical narratives. Once in awhile I would be reading and something would hit me, the classic light bulb turning on over the head. I like how "weird" his stories are. I guess the appropriate word would be "prolific."

Writing style is a big deal to me. I had some trouble adapting to Mr. Bradbury's style. I am not saying it was "bad" necessarily (and who am I to criticize such a man of impact?
Charlotte Jones
Sep 18, 2015 Charlotte Jones rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Going into this book I had high hopes and I am happy to say that I was not disappointed! This short story collection is probably the best I’ve read so far, with each story hooking me in straight away and though I had my favourites, I enjoyed all of them.

With themes of humanity, space exploration, time and fear running throughout the collection, each story was distinct and kept my interest but fitted perfectly next to each other. Ray Bradbury’s writing style was beautiful at points but entirely a
Jul 26, 2007 Jessi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Bradbury's short stories
Shelves: science-fiction
This is a powerful collection of short stories. The two that are my favorites are "The Veldt" and "The Fire Balloons." The first time I read this book, I wasn't sure what to expect. Little did I know that it contains "The Veldt," which I has seen on film in my 6th grade Creative Writing class. Even way back then, this struck me as a unique and haunting story, and I am forever grateful to my teacher and good friend Rhonda Selph for introducing me to it. (She passed away during my freshman year in ...more
Esma Tezgi
Feb 05, 2016 Esma Tezgi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Yazar 18 farklı hikaye ile 18 farklı hayata, 18 farklı düşünceye değiniyor. Her hikaye en az bir mesaj barındırıyor ve hepsi de birbirinden önemli. Teknolojinin doğurabileceği olumsuz sonuçlar, ilerlemenin insanlar üzerindeki etkileri, modern çağ ile birlikte gelen yalnızlaşma ve insanların birbirinden kopması... Olası sorunlar ve şu an bile yaşamakta olduğumuz sorunlar kitapta kendine çok güzel yer buluyor.
Kitaptaki hikayelerin çoğunu sevdim bazılarını çok sevmesem de genel olarak gerçekten gü
Sep 07, 2012 Mike rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
Read at least twice and deserves to be read again.

Ray Bradbury was one of the more original and engaging writers, ever. He easily blurred the genre boundaries mixing "classic" themes of SF with fantasy, mystery and horror.

Just the concept of the "Illustrated Man" is enough for me to want a copy in my hands right now. If you only know him because of "Fahrenheit 451" (book or movie) then, you are doing yourself a disservice. (Not that you should not read F-451, that's a great book, also.) Bradbury
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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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