Michael Tildsley's Reviews > Classic Stories 1: The Golden Apples of the Sun/R Is for Rocket

Classic Stories 1 by Ray Bradbury
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Feb 22, 12

really liked it
Read from February 21 to 22, 2012

I must admit that I have read many of these stories in other Bradbury anthologies. That's not to say that I don't still love some of these stories. I sort of cherry picked through this collection to read stories I hadn't read before, or stories I wasn't as familiar with. I'd already read the entirety of Golden Apples of the Sun, so my selections really came from R is for Rocket.

I'd have to say my favorite, or really the most memorable for me, was "Frost and Fire." The world creation and elements of Science Fiction seem to be more "hard science" than Bradbury's usual trend toward the "soft." True, it is all about survival, struggle, and defiance by the species against the environmental norm; however, it feels grittier than much of the Bradbury that I have read. It feels more like Herbert or Asimov, if anyone gets me. I like the new flavor and the change of pace.

My favorites from this set include:

"R is for Rocket" ****
"The End of the Beginning" ****
"Frost and Fire" *****
"The Long Rain" *****
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