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4.21  ·  Rating details ·  5,466 ratings  ·  424 reviews
The advanced technology of a house first pleases then increasingly terrifies its occupants.
Paperback, 45 pages
Published November 20th 1987 by Creative Education (first published September 23rd 1950)
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Kevin Kuhn
May 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am constantly amazed at the predictive capacity of Golden Age science fiction writers. In the early 1950’s, Ray Bradbury wrote this story on the dangers of immersive entertainment and technology advancements could have on children. He aptly describes a smart home and a lifelike (too lifelike) virtual reality room (sort of a Star Trek holodeck). This story must be more impactful in today’s world of ubiquitous screens, immersive video games, and augmented reality. In the early 1950’s the transis ...more
Lyn
Oct 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Certainly one of Bradbury’s best short works and maybe his most recognized.

The Veldt was first published in The Saturday Evening Post in 1950, and this has been a ubiquitous entry into many collections of his work and has been published on its own in countless anthologies.

A family has a smart house (a recurring theme in his work) where machines and robots do virtually all of the work. Most notably, the children’s nursery can create a virtual scene from the imagination of the two kids – Peter and Wendy, in a choice of name
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Paquita Maria Sanchez
Jan 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: literature, usa
In 1950, with television becoming more and more integrated in daily life, Ray Bradbury's Sci-Fi paranoia gland started swelling up to epic proportions. After lancing the painful bubble that was his frustrations about easy entertainment and all manner of super-fast flashy new things that do seemingly everything for you, Bradbury bled out all his puss and blood on the page. That makes this story sound dark, and it is pretty dark in many ways, but it is also whimsical and humorous in its dealings wit ...more
Alice Cai
Jan 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-star-5-star
4.25*

There's this magical house with a magical nursery that changes into "The Veldt" which is the grassland of Africa.
Sanjay Gautam
Jul 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Ellen Gail
Easily the best of my short story binge. Ray Bradbury never disappoints.
Jazzy Lemon
Oct 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Super classic super sci-fi from the master, Ray Bradbury.
Stacey
When you read a short story like this one, there's no mistaking the reasons Bradbury is regarded as a master storyteller. His stories are at their most powerful when he's writing of children, as here, and such as Dandelion Wine, or All Summer In a Day. He creates a sense of inevitability, even resignation. You can see the ending coming, you even know why it's coming, and which turn you took to get you there. Still it drags you along to the end, and the story lingers, long after you've read the last word. ...more
Davyne DeSye
Jul 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a creepy little short story. It also asks a question that some might feel is appropriate in today’s world…

In The Veldt (first published in the Saturday Evening Post under a different title, and published under this title in Bradbury’s The Illustrated Man), we are in the far future. Peter and Wendy (the children) live with their parents in an ultra-modern, do-it-all-for-you home. The home cooks, cleans, bathes, nurtures, entertains, etc., all the occupants. The nursery, to whi
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andrea 🥀✨
read this for english class! it was pretty interesting.
Kate Willis
Oct 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: short-stories
I just read this for my creative writing class. I was very well-written, suspenseful, and included some classic Ray Bradbury themes I've enjoyed in Fahrenheit 451. It was on the other hand rather dark but also sobering when the natural conclusion of letting technology take over your life was portrayed. Just a note that there are some brief descriptions of death, one blasphemy, and two instances of swear words.
Stephen
4.0 stars. A superb short story from Ray Bradbury and one that is quite a bit "darker" than much of his short fiction. It originally appeared in the Saturday Evening Post in 1950 under the title, "The World the Children Made" and was than included in the anthology

The story is dark, cynical look at the dangers of allowing technology (like TV) raise our children. In the story, two parents install a machine called the “Happylife Home”(think early computer with A.I.) that allows the house to be run
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Kelly R
I cannot give this book any stars because I really hated reading it. As a work of literature it was beautiful. I saw everything perfectly drawn up in front of my eyes as if the Story were a picture rather than just words on a page. As I read The Veldt I was horrified. I had to stop reading at times because I was sobbing. When I got to the end I was so sick I ran crying to my dad.
I would never recommend this book to be read, but I cannot honestly say that I regret reading it.

If you are looking
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Steph
Oct 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
I'm in the middle of reading a long book and wanted a break with something Halloween S and creepy and this was short and disturbing. I really like it and think after this book I'm reading I will turn to a couple of really good scary books because that was creepy and it is the season for being disturbd
Catherine ♡
This was the second time I’ve read this - I loved it the first time, and I loved it the second.
OliviaD_E2
Feb 19, 2019 rated it liked it
In the futuristic world of The Veldt, Ray Bradbury reveals how technology can replace human connection, even between loved ones. This reminds me of how robots are gradually taking over blue-collar jobs and some people who are less educated might find it difficult to find new ones.
Marts  (Thinker)
Oct 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
And if you yearn for an exceptionally strange tale...
Thomas Clairmont
Feb 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had to read this book for my english class and I really enjoyed it!
This book is a futuristic (sci-fi) horror story, with a futuristic house that literally does everything for its residents! It was really entertaining and the ending was PERFECT!
We have to keep in mind that this book has been written in 1950 and the written kind of gave us his thoughts on the future by creating a futuristic house! If you haven't read it yet, I think you should because when I read it, I actually felt a lit
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Prashant
Apr 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-book
Since aeon this society has questioned the efficacy of love.

I know we have made millions of movies, written trillions of stories and have had hundreds of thinkers all depicting the helplessness of human emotions. We have the tendency to swoon, drool and even succumb for the ones we love.

But this is not the love that we are talking about in this story. Here, it's the one which because of the absence of physical attraction may not be as complex as the love between a couple. But still, it's much
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Radwa
May 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-books
A futuristic horror story, with a futuristic house that literally does everything for its residents, from tying their shoes to rocking them in their sleep. The house comes with a special (psychological?) room called the "nursery," which manifests anyone's thoughts. It's used as a way to analyze the psychology of the children.

If you think of fairies, the room will give you fairies, and if you think of killing lions, there'll be killing lions. A big con for me was how "preachy" the sto
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Zuky the BookBum
Mar 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another good technological based short from Bradbury. This is about the powers of technology and spoilt children.

I loved how even though the parents so desperately wanted to turn off their house, they couldn't quite resist it enough to do it, ending in a not so nice surprise.

Even with its predictable ending, this one gives you the shivers.
Tiffany
Nov 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: creepy
Jumanji gone terribly wrong. Ray Bradbury was such a damn genius.
Maria Fernanda Gama
Sep 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is totally a Black Mirror plot, but written in the 50's.

I like how we can guess what's going to happen right at the beginning, but it's still too bizarre to handle, so we have to proceed reading in agony while the characters seem to change and turn to darker directions right before our eyes.

I remember a different story by Bradbury, also with the same theme of an intelligent house, as part of the Martian Chronicles book, and I like how his complete lack of faith in su
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Edina
Apr 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
They were awfully young, Wendy and Peter, for death thoughts. Or, no, you were never too young, really. Long before you knew what death was you were wishing it on someone else. When you were two years old you were shooting people with cap pistols.

SF in the '50s, yet awfully close to reality in the 21st century, since virtual reality is a thing. This was a short but truly gripping story on how technology is taking over our lives, and how this addiction can blur the lines between morality and imm
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Nathan Schrock
Jul 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
There are few things as fascinating as reading science fiction written over 65 years ago. In addition to being just a solidly good short story, this story reveals a sentiment toward technology that I would not have thought was present in 1950.
Bradbury tells a story of people whose lives have been taken over by technology, yet they are not happy. The incredible thing is how well his story applies today, as though he foresaw how technology could ruin our lives if it isn't controlled.

I think th
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Sheila
Creepy! Very, very creepy! And makes you stop to consider what technology is doing to our lives, and what it has the potential to do to our lives as it continues to advance at an exponential speed. Watch out! And keep an eye on what your children are doing!

Edit: I have now also listened to an audio dramatized interpretation of this story, (thank you Petra!) and after listening to the audio drama I now have a second, alternate opinion of this story. In the print, I thought the childre
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framptonhollis
A decent horror tale from the great science fiction writer Ray Bradbury (Fahrenheit 451 will always hold a special place in my heart) that focuses on some very cool concepts that aren't explored as well as they could be, but are still explored sufficiently enough to make this a somewhat entertaining and indefinitely worthwhile read. It is so damn short, you mine as well read it whether you love it or hate it. Just a warning: almost all of this story's characters are certified DICKS! Especially the kids, but(Fahrenheit ...more
Paul LaFontaine
Jun 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An interesting premise that has aged well in a world where video entertainment and virtual reality are now, well, realities. Bradbury tackles a dysfunctional family dynamic accelerated by technology. What parent has not had to turn off the video game console or pull away the tablet, to the eternal heartbreak of the child? Bradbury takes that heartbreak a step further. Great story, a classic.
Stevie
May 30, 2016 rated it liked it
this book is great. I first read it during my 7th grade year in English, and I still love it to this day. The ending is very morbid though, so I'm not completely sure why they made 12 year olds read it... either way, I adore this book and know that it's a great fit for anyone who's a fan of Ray Bradbury.
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"The house was full of dead bodies, it seemed. It felt like a mechanical cemetery. So silent. None of the humming hidden energy of machines waiting to function at the tap of a button."

A creepy little tale about a magical house, a magical nursery and the threat technology poses on our relationships with each other and ourselves.
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Ray Douglas Bradbury, 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 ...more
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