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From the Dust Returned by Ray Bradbury
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Jan 08, 12

bookshelves: horror, fantasy, 2012
Read from January 05 to 08, 2012 — I own a copy, read count: 1

Bradbury's chronicles of the Elliott family, who may or may not be vampires, is a fast, entertaining read. It is not classic Bradbury; it doesn't come close to Something Wicked This Way Comes, The Martian Chronicles, or The October Country. The novel consists of short stories, one of which dates back to the mid-forties, bridged with newer material for unifying purposes. The results are mixed, but some of the original stories, written at the height of Bradbury's lyrical powers, remind me of why I've always enjoyed this man's work. Bradbury seems to fall into the love-him/hate-him binary-- there doesn't seem to be a middle ground for readers when it comes to him. I fall into the love-him category as I tend to find his blending of the fantastic and nostalgic very intoxicating. That said, From the Dust Returned is not a book I'd employ to convince someone unfamiliar with Bradbury to read first. The three titles I mentioned above would serve as far greater examples of Bradbury's talent. Still, as a fan, I found much to enjoy in this novel's pages.
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