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Shadow Show: All-New Stories in Celebration of Ray Bradbury

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"What do you imagine when you hear the name" . . . Bradbury?

You might see rockets to Mars. Or bizarre circuses where otherworldly acts whirl in the center ring. Perhaps you travel to a dystopian future, where books are set ablaze . . . or to an out-of-the-way sideshow, where animated illustrations crawl across human skin. Or maybe, suddenly, you're returned to a simpler ti
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Paperback, 464 pages
Published July 10th 2012 by William Morrow Paperbacks
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Angela
When I was 11 years old, Ray Bradbury changed my life.

One Saturday morning, when I was 11, I encountered Mr. Bradbury for the first time in the science fiction section of the San Luis Obispo public library, when I pulled his short story collection The Illustrated Man off the shelf to read while I waited for my mother to get done with her grocery shopping. The first story I read was "The Veldt", which had such a profound impact on my prepubescent brain that to this day I still think of it with aw
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Johann (jobis89)
May 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
“His name will once more become synonymous with small American towns at Halloween, when the leaves skitter across the sidewalk like frightened birds, or with Mars, or with love.”

In the introduction to this anthology, Bradbury discusses how from the age of 8, he was inspired by Edgar Allan Poe and numerous other authors. He refers to Poe as his “true papa”. But now Bradbury himself has become the father, and this anthology is a family reunion of sorts, full of stories by those who subsequently lo
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Melki
Sep 15, 2015 rated it liked it
"Do you believe people are wicked?" Abbey asked.

"Certainly some people are," Mrs. Fanning said. "But there'd be no interesting novels without them, would there?"
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An all-star roster pays tribute to the legend - such big names, yet such blah stories.

While most of the writers did a terrific job of capturing the tone and spirit of Bradbury's writing, the stories are forgettable.

Two notable exceptions are The Man Who Forgot Ray Bradbury which I first read and loved in Gaiman's Trigger Warning: Short
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Jim
Jun 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
I didn't get around to starting this review until I'd listened for quite a while & there are a lot of stories. I probably won't review them all & certainly not in detail, but figure they were at least decent stories & well read.

Sam Weller and Mort Castle - Introduction - Not the best intro, but serviceable, especially if you're not familiar with Bradbury's history.

Ray Bradbury - Second Homecoming - Quite good, especially the talk about it.

Neil Gaiman - The Man Who Forgot Ray Bradbury - Appare
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Ashley Daviau
Feb 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved everything about this collection of short stories, from start to finish! I was a little hesitant to read it at first because I love Bradbury so much and I was worried that these stories would just be poor imitations of his work. Those fears were completely unfounded and I adored it. The authors did such a wonderful tributes to Bradbury’s style and it was just breathtaking. It's difficult for me to pick a favourite story out of the bunch, each of them was unique and captivating ...more
Rachelle
Jun 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"The tragedy of life is not that men die, but rather that most allow their dreams to expire while they still live."

Ray Bradbury certainly let his dreams run wild, and anyone who has had the opportunity to explore his beautifully crafted stories knows he is special. I love alot of the authors featured in this collection and have discovered a handful I want to read more of. In short if you love Bradbury this book is a must read!
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Vanessa
Aug 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: top-10-of-2012
WOW. This is a very high 4 that I am rounding up to 5.

I very rarely read short story collections mostly because I lose interest after three or four stories, but I am proud to say that I finished all 27. I was taken aback at how many good ones were in here. What an incredible tribute to Ray Bradbury, perhaps the most versatile writer in history. I urge everyone to read it.

One of the stand-out aspects of this compilation was the brief reflection by each of the author following his or her story.
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Mark Dickson
Jan 08, 2014 rated it it was ok
You should always be just a little suspect when the editor(s) of a collection of short stories have work in it. You should be even more suspect when one of the editors' stories is merely okay and the other is quite bad (and seemingly way off topic/style).

Most of this book was mediocre genre pulp, with a few "literary" folks thrown in for good measure. The stories I liked the best (mostly from the "literary" folks) were too short--they often felt like drafts of stories, added in as a favor or af
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Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
Aug 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
A solid collection of stories celebrating Ray Bradbury! I especially enjoyed reading each writer's end note about Bradbury's influence in their lives.

Stand-outs for me were:

The Man Who Forgot Ray Bradbury by Neil Gaiman
The Girl in the Funeral Parlor by Sam Weller
The Phone Call by John McNally
The Tattoo by Bonnie Jo Campbell
Earth (A Gift Shop) by Charles Yu

"Ray Bradbury taught me that the secret of writing was the secret of life. Look closely. Be generous. Be honest with genuine emotion. Remember
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Ranting Dragon
Aug 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
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When the Ranting Dragon was first contacted about reviewing Shadow Show, I was intrigued. A collection of short stories honoring Ray Bradbury? Neat! However, once I got my review copy, I realized how very special this collection is. While Shadow Show was published a little over a month after Bradbury’s June 2012 death, this anthology was not thrown together at lightning speed to commemorate him. This book is actually a carefully curated collection of all o
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Jason Pettus
(Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter.com]. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegally.)

I know a number of the people involved with this book, so it wouldn't really be ethically right for me to purport to do an "objective" review of it; but I at least wanted to make a mention of it here at the blog, mostly because it finally came up to the top of my to-read list last week, after first enterin
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Carl Alves
Dec 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
In most of the anthologies that I've read there are often some good stories, some bad stories, and some in between. The end result is that I usually feel ambivalent. When I first started reading Shadow Show, I thought this anthology would be more of the same after reading the first story, which was written by Neil Gaiman As it turns out, Gaiman's story was the weakest in the anthology, which is chocked full of quality writing and quality stories. Shadow Show is a tribute to Ray Bradbury, one of ...more
Sarah
Jun 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
The timing of this book might make you think that it's some hastily compiled posthumous tribute to Bradbury. Not so. The loving introduction and the even more loving opening essay by Bradbury himself show that this was meant as a living tribute. And it's excellent. The Kelly Link ghost-stories-on-a-spaceship story is beautifully done. There are a number of stories by authors I wasn't really familiar with that I would count among my favorites here: "Children of the Bedtime Machine," by Robert McC ...more
Badseedgirl
Feb 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2017
Shadow Show: All-New Stories in Celebration of Ray Bradbury is what an anthology should be. The stories were all well written and interesting, but the best part of this book was that at the end of each story the author took the time to explain how and why the story was influenced by Ray Bradbury.

Ray Bradbury is the perfect author for this kind of anthology. His writing spans all the genres of speculative fiction, so an anthology of stories influenced by him can include horror, magical realism,
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Raven
As some of you may know, I adore Ray Bradbury. I was one of those creepy kids that devoured any books that looked like they might spook me. I read many typical scary stories for kids, with only a few truly standing out. Ray Bradbury's, Something Wicked This Way Comes was one such story. It stayed in my brain and never quite left me alone. It captured the way Halloween felt, not just what it looks like. So, Ray definitely captured my imagination at a very early age.

Since I have loved Ray Bradbur
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Kris
Aug 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
Ray Bradbury is a giant in literature, so tagging his name onto things sets the bar pretty high. This collection lives up to the expectations, although my favorite part isn't the stories themselves: instead I particularly enjoyed how after each story the authors discuss the influence Ray Bradbury has had on them. Touching, funny, and personal, these brief essays are a gem.

As for the stories, there are a few duds, but many more amazing successes. Some stand outs for me were: "Heavy," "The Girl in
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Res
Jun 03, 2015 rated it it was ok
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Short stories in honor of Ray Bradbury. More interesting than most of the stories, actually, are the afterwords in which the authors tell about their encounters with Bradbury's fiction -- I surely would not have predicted that Margaret Atwood or Kelly Link was working under the Bradbury influence.

Unfortunately, most of the stories range from forgettable whimsies to amateurish imitations; because it's Bradbury, the authors mostly seem to be straining for (1) vivid and beautiful descriptive writi
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Chiara
Apr 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful collection of illustrated short stories, each one of them a tribute to Ray Bradbury. I loved every single one of them!
Thanks to Netgalley and Diamond Book Distributors for the preview!

Una magnifica raccolta di racconti brevi a fumetti, ognuno è un tributo a Rray Bradbury. Uno più bello dell'altro!
Grazie a Netgalley e a Diamond Book Distributors per l'anteprima!
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David
Jan 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
I very much hoped to give this a 5-star rating. (Some may think I'm too generous with those anyway - but what can I tell you? Reading a book is a commitment, so naturally I'm going to try to choose books I'm going to end up loving or find totally satisfying for one reason or another. Why waste time on books that will end up wasting your time?)

The truth, though, is that - for me - this collection comes to about a 4.5.

If you include his touching introduction, there are 27 writers pooled together
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Jessica
Apr 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful tribute to an amazing storyteller

It's rare I find an anthology where I love so many stories. This collection illustrates the timeless impact of Ray Bradbury.
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Donald
Jul 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
Nice collection.
Lisa Naylor
May 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. Some wonderful stories in here!
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Originally reviewed here.

Anthologies are rather tricky things to review. Usually, what I do (in the two I've reviewed) is have a little awards ceremonies for the stories awarding 'Best of' various wacky categories. For this one, I don't feel like that would really get my point across. I'm also not sure what categories I would choose. A couple I do know, so I'll share those for your edification. Funniest story: Charles Yu (his story seems indebted as much to Douglas Adams as to Bradbury); Most fo
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Joanne Hale
Jul 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I won Shadow Show from a giveaway here on GoodReads, and was entranced by each story, each writer having their own voice that Ray Bradbury should be proud of! (He passed away june 15 2012).

Each story hits their own cord and creates different emotions. I love each and every single one of them for their honesty and supurb story-telling.

there are a total of 27 stories, written by different authors for different reasons, and after each story the author writes a summary of why they wrote what they
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Chris
Jul 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: i-own
I'm not sure how best to review this collection of short stories. I thought about commenting on each story in turn but with more than 2 dozen stories, that surely would have gotten a little unwieldy. Instead I'll just make a few comments about the book, the intent and the content.

This wonderful compilation of stories was envisioned and put into work by a pair of huge Bradbury enthusiasts as a tribute to his amazing work. The editors petitioned a number of modern day writers and asked them to eac
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Heather
Jul 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
In Shadow Show, science fiction lovers will find stories about other planets, futuristic times, and creatures that aren’t quite human. To label Ray Bradbury simply as a science fiction writer doesn’t do his writing justice, though; Bradbury wrote about life and the human condition, and Shadow Show includes many stories of this kind, too. I enjoyed every story in Shadow Show–I can honestly say that it would be hard for me to choose favorites from this collection, and I commend Sam Weller and Mort ...more
Marsha
It’s only a little while since Ray Bradbury has left us. I had mourned his passing like so many others. But this collection of stories reminds us of his everlasting legacy and leaves us with the promise that his memory will live on, irrevocably stamped on authors who were influenced by him and who may have had the luck of knowing him while he was alive.

Here are stories bizarre, horrifying, nostalgic and undeniably creepy. The surreal and mundane jostle crazily with each other. These are not Brad
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ClubStephenKing
Jul 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An upcoming anthology that will be published over the summer by Gauntlet Press.

"SHADOW SHOW" is moving. It starts with a wonderful introduction written by the 2 editors, that is an hommage to Ray Bradbury. It continues with a second introduction, written by Ray Bradbury himself, in which he presents the authors in this anthology as his own litterary legacy.
This is quite touching and moving, especially when we discover that Ray's introduction was written in 2012.. so it is very likely to be one o
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L.
Jul 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I received my copy of this book through Goodreads First Reads.

With the list of contributing authors gathered to celebrate Ray Bradbury, the high expectations I had about this book were certainly met.

The book is a wonderful example of how talented the contributing authors are. It is also showcases that the breadth Bradbury's influence has no boundaries. He awakened the imaginations of countless people with his enthralling stories and imagery so vivid and colorful that it feels alive. Shadow Show
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Rhonda
Jul 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Straight-up, this is one of the best short story collections I have ever read. Ever. I shouldn't have been surprised, the authors of these stories are nearly all superstars, but I was. I expected a good collection, but I got an exceptional one.

I think "The Man Who Forgot Ray Bradbury" might be the best short story Neil Gaiman has ever written, and Joe Hill's contribution "By the Silver Water of Lake Champlain" will be with me forever. In fact, there are twenty seven stories in this anthology and
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Sam Weller is the author of The Bradbury Chronicles: The Life of Ray Bradbury (William Morrow, 2005) winner of the Society of Midland Author's Award for Best Biography of 2005. The book was also a finalist for the prestigious Bram Stoker Award. Sam is the former Midwest Correspondent for Publishers Weekly. He is a contributing writer for the Chicago Public Radio program, 848 and his work has appea ...more

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