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Shadow Show: Stories in Celebration of Ray Bradbury

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Edited by Mort Castle and Sam Weller

Under a joint imprint, Gauntlet Press and Borderlands Press will publish a limited, signed, and numbered edition of SHADOW SHOW a tribute anthology to celebrate the career of Ray Bradbury. In SHADOW SHOW, editors Sam Weller and Mort Castle have assembled short stories from 26 of the most celebrated authors today to honor Ray and his cont
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Hardcover, Limited Edition, 437 pages
Published October 2012 by Gauntlet Press (first published July 10th 2012)
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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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Melki
"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
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 Bradbu
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Vanessa
Aug 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
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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Ranting Dragon
Aug 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
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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Abel
Jan 30, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Para mi gusto personal, sobresalen sólo un par de relatos. El resto tienen un nivel medio-bajo. También se echa en falta un poco más de mimo en la edición del texto... En fin. A otra cosa, mariposa.
Kris
Aug 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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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  ·  review of another edition
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!
Dalibor Dado Ivanovic
Feb 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Kako je taj Covjek divne price imao...crtezi su, onako, nije me previse fascinirall, ali su price odlicne.
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  ·  review of another edition
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 w
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Chris
Jul 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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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Kay
Jul 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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ClubStephenKing
Jul 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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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Amanda
Oct 27, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What's the next best thing to reading short stories by Ray Bradbury? Reading short stories inspired by Ray Bradbury!

I love that these writers love his writing just as much, if not more, than I do. The collection includes stories from Neil Gaiman, Margaret Atwood, Jacquelyn Mitchard, and Audrey Niffenegger, to name a few.

I really liked that after each story, the writer wrote a little about his or her story and how it was influenced by Bradbury. I just loved, loved, loved this book.

There were a c
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Rhonda
Jul 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Leadie
May 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an amazing book with so many fantastic writers! As a tribute to Ray Bradbury they all seem to have outdone themselves. Each story is based on how stories Ray Bradbury influenced the authors writing, and you get to experience both the essence of Bradbury in the style and ideas of the authors. The authors also give you a bit of information on their connections to Mr. Bradbury with some amazing real stories of their own. Too much to even try to reflect on here. If you like ray Bradbury this is ...more
Bulent
Aug 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yaşamında Ray Bradbury'nin önemli yer tuttuğu pek çok yazarın, Ray Brudbury öykülerine öykünerek kaleme aldığı ve öykünün sonuna neden böyle bir öykü yazdığını eklediği müthiş bir kitap.

Türkçe çevirisi mükemmel. Öyküler birbirinden keyifli. Korku, fantastik, bilimkurgu, ütopya,... Bradbury'de ne varsa, Gölge Oyunu'nda da var. Yayınevi ölüm yıldönümünde bundan güzel bir şekilde anamazdı usta yazarı.
Adam
Jul 28, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was worth the price of the book just for Ray Bradbury's introduction and Neil Gaiman's story "The Man Who Forgot Ray Bradbury".
Luke Johnson
The stories were largely short, dull, and uninspired. A few were memorable, which is why I gave this more than a single star.
Brenda
Jul 07, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fantasy fans
Really a joy to read. The bits of commentary after each story makes this collection gold for any Bradbury fan.
S
Sep 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked up this book because it was short stories, because I recognized a few of the authors (Neil Gaiman, Audrey Niffennegger), George Takai does some of the reading, and because the summary of the book made it sound like maybe I had gotten Ray Bradbury wrong.

I don't think you're supposed to admit this, but I never really cared for Farenheit 451. I had been forced to read it as a kid a few times, and I've read it since then.. but that book always seemed less dystopian to me, and more judgement
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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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