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The Cat's Pajamas

3.71  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,174 Ratings  ·  103 Reviews
From the winner of the National Book Foundations' 2000 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters comes a "sweet, funny . . . thought–provoking" (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel) collection of short stories.

As in his most recent major fiction collections, One More for the Road (1999) and Driving Blind (1997), Ray Bradbury has once again pulled together a stellar g
Paperback, 256 pages
Published July 26th 2005 by William Morrow Paperbacks (first published 2004)
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A bunch of previously un-published short stories written anywhere from 1940 to 2010. And, for the most part, there was a reason why others were published and these weren't.

They're not bad, but they're not nearly as good as the ones that were published years ago.

Also, having stories written in the '40s and '50s right next to those written in the '00 really highlights how little his writing style has changed over the decades. Which, I suppose is a good thing considering that he's all about mid-cen
Oct 06, 2014 Pustulio rated it it was amazing
Bradbury mi amor. MUA MUA MUA
In reviews I've read of The Cat's Pajamas, many critics seem to be of the opinion that this is one of Bradbury's weaker collections. This was my first time reading any of his work (aside from a halfhearted foray into Fahrenheit 451 when I was in junior high school) and I have to say that if this is Bradbury's weak link, I can't wait to read his other works.

That being said, I can understand where the criticism comes from. I felt like both the quality of the stories and their enjoyability varied,
Oct 24, 2009 El rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 21st-centurylit
This is a compilation of some of Bradbury's other short stories, many of which were previously unpublished. As much love as I have for Bradbury, I kept thinking throughout reading this why many of them were not published before this collection came out. Harsh perhaps, but I have high expectations for him. Especially when in the introduction he comments on how he always wanted to be on the same level as Fitzgerald, Melville, Twain, etc.

The stories themselves were - for lack of a better word - qua
Dec 30, 2008 Chris rated it liked it
Well-written, though the distance between Bradbury and the characters or lesson of the stories isn't much. More than a few read as if Ray had a bone to pick with someone or something and wrote a story to air it out. Still, after a few years of not reading Ray, it's pleasant water to dip your toes into, with his talent for finding magic in the mundane.

My favorite of the stories, "The House", sees a marriage tested by the husband purchasing a once grand, now decrepit, L.A. house. He's elated by t
Brad McKenna
Jun 20, 2012 Brad McKenna rated it liked it
This collection of short stories didn't have such a heavy sci-fi bent as The Illustrated Man, but the ambiguous endings still remained. He was a master at posing questions about the human condition. One of the stories was about a black boy obsessed with becoming white, until he meets a white boy obsessed with become black (by tanning) to put things into perspective.

He also included a story about a group of senators losing the United States to an Native America Tribe's casino.

Then there was one
James Swenson
I enjoyed this collection of short stories as I was reading it, but when I was done, I couldn't remember much of what I'd read. I had the most fun with "Hail to the Chief," in which a group of U.S. Senators gambles away the nation at a Native American tribe's casino.
Elena Shyringovskaya
Откровенно говоря, я не люблю короткие рассказы. Да и вообще считаю, что кроме Сомерсета Моэма, О.Генри и Эдгара Алана По они редко кому удаются не скучными огрызками прозы. Словом, выбрала я эту книгу не из-за рассказов, а из-за названия, в силу своей великой любви к семейству кошачих.
Но после этой книги Рей Бредбери пополнил мой маленький список мастеров коротокого жанра. Каждый рассказ - отдельный целый мир на разные темы - от любви к кошкам до ненависти к политикам, от странностей мужской д
Oct 24, 2014 Emily rated it really liked it
I was expecting only one book, but all the short stories were good.ggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggg ...more
Critter Reyome
Mar 24, 2016 Critter Reyome rated it it was amazing
Oh, thank God for Ray Bradbury. Though I consummated my love for his work far too late, better late than never, and I have so much to look forward to, like this small but superlative collection of short stories.

Bradbury defies categorization. Is he SciFi? Horror? Straight fiction? Romance? Yes. And more. and there is so much of all the above to enjoy in this book that it's over all too soon, and it's next to impossible to pick one story than stands out from the rest. Now, admittedly, I did read
May 19, 2014 Steven rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this collection of stories much in the same way that I enjoyed a collection of Tennessee Williams short stories. The stories are mostly set in the past, and I like that in the same way that I enjoy some of the Turner movie classics. Stories set in the present don't appeal to me as much; it's harder to romanticize the present, the present is too complex and noisy and obsessed with techno-gizmos to provide any real sense of mood. Sometimes I'm not sure that people in the present are real ...more
Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
This is a great collection to have around when you just want a quick story. All but two of these stories were previously unpublished, and are from different times in Bradbury's writing career. Some from the 1940's and 50's, some as recent as 2004.
I'm always amazed at the boundlessness of Bradbury's imagination! He is truly a national treasure.
The thing I appreciate most about Ray Bradbury is his ability to make an interesting story out of any topic in the universe. This is a good, if a bit uneven, collection of his short stories, written from the 40's to the 2000's. Even in the stories that weren't my favorites, I can still see the unique and brilliant mind of this prolific author.
Camille McCarthy
Oct 22, 2014 Camille McCarthy rated it it was ok
I love Ray Bradbury but this book just didn't seem to be written by him. The writing was so awkward it made me cringe at times. I was not surprised that most of these stories were previously unpublished. Most of them had pretty good plots but the way they were written seemed so unnatural for some reason. Also I feel like sometimes he tries too hard to emanate Poe or his other favorites rather than just being himself. His other short-story collections ("The Illustrated Man," "The Martian Chronic ...more
Jul 14, 2014 Martha rated it liked it
Shelves: short-stories
I would rate this "it was OK" because critically that's where it probably fits. Yet for summer reading this was fun and entertaining, a little silly and wacky sure, but I'm glad I picked it up. This was my first book by Bradbury and it's clear what an imagination he has, and how gifted he seems at dialogue, suspense, and story-telling. Also, I kind of enjoy the old-fashioned style of his writing from the 40's/50's. I especially liked "The House" and "The Cat's Pajamas" but I admit I keep thinkin ...more
Pam Bustin
Oct 15, 2012 Pam Bustin rated it really liked it
I might've given this collection of short stories a 3 (liked it) but then I hit the story The Completist - which is a solid 4 if not a 5 for me.

Bradbury speaks about the genesis of The Completist in the intro. It is the story that got him writing again after his wife’s death. He didn’t write for ... well, I don’t often do this but I’d like to give you a wee excerpt and let Ray explain it for himself... I hope that’s OK with the Goodreads folks.

He writes:

“During the last six weeks a strange and
Mark Oppenlander
Nov 24, 2013 Mark Oppenlander rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Here is another late-in-his-career collection of Bradbury stories that is uneven, unfocused and generally mediocre. These stories span Bradbury's writing career from the 1940's to the 2000's, but each of them had either never been published or had never before been collected. Some of these pieces are brand new to this collection, but they feel like re-treads. I find it somewhat remarkable that an editor felt that they should be collected. But perhaps this was just a late attempt to cash in on Br ...more
Jadon Newkirk
Nov 25, 2015 Jadon Newkirk rated it really liked it
A collection of short stories that often is just above decent. The occasional good ones are worth reading including, but not limited to, 'A Matter of Taste' or 'The House.'

The real reason to read this collection is the last story- 'The Completist'(if you don't want to read the other do read this one). A simple and powerful story done in such a way as to leave the conscientious reader dumbfounded in all the right ways.
Edward Burton
Feb 20, 2016 Edward Burton rated it it was ok
I can't believe I'm saying this about a Ray Bradbury book. This guy is my hero. But I'll say it anyway: I didn't like this book. None of these stories really did anything for me. I can't say the stories were bad writing; I don't think Bradbury is capable of such a thing, but they were terribly bland. They just seemed to lack the old divine spark Mr. Bradbury has employed in everything else I've read of his.
Damian Reyes
Sep 21, 2014 Damian Reyes rated it liked it
Cuando había leído 14 cuentos de 21 que compone este libro, pensé en calificarlo con menos estrellas, tal vez dos, tal vez una, la mayoría de los cuentos me parecieron mediocres, algunos regulares y casi ninguno bueno, pero a partir del cuento 15 la calidad cambió notablemente, y los 7 posteriores y últimos cuentos me parecieron maravillosos. De estos, destaco:
La transformación
Sesenta y seis
Cuestión de gustos
Cuando llueve me pongo triste
Todos mis enemigos están muertos
Reading Reader
Aug 25, 2014 Reading Reader rated it liked it
Only three stars, but I'm not sorry I picked it up.

Bradbury's voice is unique, and it comes through unmistakably in these stories. As always, Bradbury's stories here are about being human; most of these are set in a familiar world rather than a science fiction one.

This isn't Bradbury at his best, but it's still Bradbury -- and his stories are entertaining and often thought-provoking. Recommended for fans, not as an introduction to his work.
Nesa Sivagnanam
Jan 21, 2011 Nesa Sivagnanam rated it it was amazing
The book offers twenty-two tales, spanning Bradbury's six-decade career.

Here you will find stories strange and scary, nostalgic and bittersweet, humorous and heart-touching, ranging from the not-so-long-gone past to an unknowable future.

There is a tale of a group of senators who drink too much and proceed to gamble away the United States at a casino in an Indian Reservation -- one state at a time.

A newlywed couple buys an old, grand, dilapidated house and finds their fledgling relationship teste
Kelly Thompson
I'm a Ray Bradbury fan, have been for years. When I found this collection of his short stories, some previously unpublished, in our local library, I snatched it off the shelf, anticipating a great weekend of reading. Sorry, Ray, but for once you failed to deliver. The stories in this collection date from the 1940's to the early 2000's and while it was interesting to see how his choice of subject matter and his storytelling methods have evolved over 60 years of writing, several of the tales seeme ...more
Jun 20, 2014 Fellini rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Отличный сборник рассказов, разных и по своему прекрасных.
Самый милый "Кошкина пижама", жутковатый "Превращение" и на ту же тему, но добрее "Куколка". Почти анекдотический "В Париж, скорей в Париж", оптимистичный "Все мои враги мертвы" и почти притча "Дело вкуса". Читать стоит, непременно.
Kaysy Ostrom
Dec 15, 2015 Kaysy Ostrom rated it it was amazing
I am completely in awe after finishing this book. What Bradbury has done is remarkable. Over 20 short stories, all completely different, completely entertaining, and incredibly imaginative. The stories range from sci-fi to murder mystery to comedy to harsh reality and none of them were boring. And the stories I was less entertained by were over within 10 pages and something new and interesting awaited. My favorites were the hilarious "Hail to the Chief", the charming title story "The Cat's Pajam ...more
David Blankenship
May 09, 2016 David Blankenship rated it liked it
Like most collections, there are a few hits and more misses here. Some, like Chrysalis and A Matter of Taste, were excellent and left me wanting more. Many others seemed like a deleted scene from a story; there was a reason they had sat unpublished for many years.
May 31, 2011 Sarah rated it liked it
I am a big fan of Ray Bradbury. His novel, “Fahrenheit 451″ is one of my favorite books and his short stories never cease to amaze me. The man has incredible talent for thinking outside of reality, for putting things succinctly and expressively at the same time. Not to mention he’s entertaining beyond all get out. Some of these stories were ridiculous, some were funny, some were poignant – but I liked them all. My favorites included “The Careful Man Dies,” and “A Matter of Taste.” These two and ...more
Sep 14, 2013 Laura rated it liked it
The Cat's Pajamas contains twenty-two short stories by Ray Bradbury that span a writing career of six decades. I do not consider myself a reader of science fiction, but I did enjoy this short story collection.

A few random observations--I find it interesting how many of Bradbury's early stories are set in the future and many of his later stories involved time travel to the past. In some stories I could hear the author's writing voice, but in others it was muddled or different. I imagine this is
Feb 12, 2013 Thara rated it it was ok
I picked this book based on a story I had read way back in middle school. Unfortunately I can't recall the name of that story, but I remember it to have caught my attention. It definitely seemed to fit in the sci fi category. Even though I haven't read his more popular Farenheit 451, I thought the short stories would be a good way to revive my interest in his books and this genre of fiction. I was a bit puzzled by some stories and couldn't understand how they were sci fiction. Maybe I didn't qui ...more
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հավեսն էր, ուժեղ կողմերից ալյուզիաներն էին, ինչը շատ ուրիշ դեպքերում գրքի դեմ ա ֆռում, իսկ էստեղ հենց միայն հարստացրեց։

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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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