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Now and Forever: Somewhere a Band Is Playing & Leviathan '99

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A legend in American science fiction, Ray Bradbury has penned such landmark works as Fahrenheit 451 and The Illustrated Man. In 2007 he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize Special Citation. The evocative collection Now and Forever features two previously unreleased novellas, "Somewhere A Band Is Playing" and "Leviathan '99."

In "Somewhere a Band Is Playing" a man awakens in th
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Published 2008 by Recorded Books (first published 2007)
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Jun 14, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009
When I think Ray Bradbury, I think pure Americana. Like Elvis, Jackie Robinson, Marilyn Monroe—that kind of thing. He portrays a nostalgia-tinged, post-war optimism and idealism that’s as compelling as it is fantastical, as comforting as it was nonexistent for so many Americans during those years. While he does scary as good as anyone, it always seems compartmentalized, cordoned off from more depressing societal woes. Strangely, I haven’t read his most famous work, Fahrenheit 451, so I will like ...more
Esma Tezgi
Mar 06, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Kitabın içinde iki kısa roman yer alıyor. Yazar her zamanki gibi bilim kurgu türünde yazmayı tercih etmiş. İlk kısa-roman, uzayda ve 2099 yıllarında geçiyor. Diğeri ise 20. yyın ikinci yarısında Amerik'da. Açıkçası ben iki hikayeyi de sevemedim, bir türlü kitaba ısınamadan kitap bitti. Özellikle de ilk hikayeden oldukça sıkıldım, yazarın sevdiğim tarzını bu kitapta bulamadım. hikayelerin derin anlamlı ana fikirleri yoktu ve özellikle uzayda geçende yaşanan olayları saçma buldum. Uzaylı şeylere h ...more
May 02, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sf
These 2 novellas are typical Ray Bradbury. His language is so evocative it often sounds like poetry. I recently heard Neil Gaiman speak and he said the best way to experience Poe was to hear him. I've felt the same way about Bradbury for quite some time.

He was one of the few sf authors in our library when I was young, but his tales were too touchy feely for me then. Heinlein was more the thing for a teenage boy. Now, the opposite holds true. I appreciate the wistfulness and emotionality of Bradb
Jul 01, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Somewhere a Band Is Playing had some classic Bradbury elements; gorgeous descriptions of old-fashioned pleasures that make even a lazy, soft-bellied technophile like myself long for a world of ice boxes, bakery wagons, and (to prove it’s not JUST the food in Bradbury novels that catches my attention) swinging porch doors. But half-waking dreams and overly poetic descriptions muddled the plot development in the first half; not because they took too long, but because they didn't go anywhere and th ...more
Linda Robinson
This book contains two novellas. Somewhere a Band Is Playing, and Leviathan '99. For those who may not know, Bradbury did a stint writing screenplays in the soul-sapping realm of Hollywood; even though the Moby Dick screenplay for/and with John Huston was actually written in London. You can read a little of how awful that experience was for Bradbury here. You can read more of the angst and ick of Bradbury's experience with the Hollywood ghouls in his book ...more
È inconfondibilmente Bradbury, per tematiche, stile, poesia, atmosfere; lo è così tanto che se mi avessero dato questi due racconti senza dirmi il nome dell’autore, non avrei avuto dubbi nel riconoscerlo.
Eppure, questa lettura non mi ha dato la soddisfazione che speravo, anzi: in certi punti mi ha provocato qualcosa che mi sento in colpa ad associare a Ray: l’abbiocco! (perdono, perdono!)
Eccellente nella forma, ma… non mi ha emozionata, né stupita. Prevedibile, ecco, perlomeno se si conoscono be
This a book I read for the Powells SF group, to be discussed Tuesday Sept 11th at 8pm. There were two novellas in this book. The first was very pretty but pointless and stupid. The second was apparently a rewrite of Moby Dick in space but with a comet as a white whale. I have never seen a Moby Dick movie nor have I read Moby Dick the book. And after this short story I'm even less likely to do either.

I have to admit that I'm against the idea of liking a literary sf writer - a writer recognized b
Jul 12, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes you wonder whether folks with really great reputations are tempted to publish trash just because they can. I really wonder that about this pair of novella. Bradbury admits both are ideas he'd noodled with his whole life but never quite got them into a satisfactory form. Well, he still hasn't.

Both offers an interesting premise: neither quite delivers. "Leviathan '99" (Moby Dick set in space) came closer. "Somewhere a Band is playing" is a hodgepodge of stuff that others have published e
Carl-johan Sveningsson
What a master of mood, of not material. Very pleasant reading
Alex Telander
Nov 02, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
NOW AND FOREVER: SOMEWHERE A BAND IS PLAYING & LEVIATHAN ’99 BY RAY BRADBURY: Now and Forever, the latest book from one of the best writers of our time, Ray Bradbury brings together two novellas that have never been published in book form before. While the two have little in common, they show two sides to Bradbury’s incredible imagination, giving you a taste of his greatness as a writer and story teller.

The first novella, Somewhere a Band is Playing, opens with the main character, James Card
Feb 19, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, novellas
Two novellas in one volume: a format that has, recently, driven me to cynical mutterings about publishers letting under-par or under-length pieces do the financial legwork of a decent novel. I’m pleased to say that not only are both these offerings perfect for the novella format, they are easily of the expected standard of the author, and both have short introductions which make interesting additional reading.

I have read perhaps only a third of Bradbury's stories, but I have read enough to know
Nov 09, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Now & Forever is comprised of two novellas, the second much stronger than the first. I love reading anything Ray Bradbury--and even though Somewhere a Band is Playing is definitely not on my favorites list, I still appreciate his skill with a turn of phrase. Somewhere a Band is Playing tells the story of a young journalist who, basically on a whim and a gut feeling, boards a train and leaps off it at a particular point in the Arizona desert. There he finds, as he somehow knew he would, the t ...more
I guess Ray Bradbury and I do not get along. I really can't stand his writing; the best I can say about this book is that it was short. No wonder Something Wicked This Way Comes is one of only three books I couldn't get through, and the only one I attempted and failed to complete twice. The other two are Cryptonomicon and Moby-Dick. The second is a bit ironic because one of the two novellas in this book, Leviathan '99, is Bradbury's attempt to retell that tale in space using a rocket ship whose ...more
May 04, 2013 rated it it was ok
I picked up this audiobook when I was still on my Ray Bradbury kick. Having read most of Bradbury's more prominent pieces, I decided to delve into a more obscure work of his.

Somewhere a Band Is Playing
An eerie short that follows a writer's compulsive journey to the mysterious town of Summerton, Arizona, in which he unearths a secret that the residents have kept hidden for ages. This short story just screams Bradbury -- it has all the typical elements. Spooky setting, unusual characters, and a
Un assaggio di Bradbury in due racconti che, nel bene e nel male, presentano alcune delle più significative tematiche della sua scrittura.
Da qualche parte suona un'orchestrina è una simpatica variazione sul tema della cittadina fatata/stregata, popolata, in questo caso, soltanto da scrittori. Un divertissement sul ruolo dello scrittore nella società contemporanea, sul ruolo della scrittura, del racconto, sulla vitalità eterna delle storie che si raccolgono e tramandano nel tempo. Qui emerge il B
Ernesto Pérez-castro
Dos novelas cortas, absolutamente distintas entre sí. Dos comentarios, dos calificaciones.

"En algún lugar toca una banda...". Una joya. Un texto entrañable. Por momentos se me antojó un Pedro Páramo norteamericano. Construido a partir de piezas que Bradbury fue gestando a través de varios años, el resultado es de un tinte poético genial.

"Leviatán 99". Un homenaje a Melville y su ballena blanca. Un texto que, según narra el propio Bradbury en una nota introductoria, es producto de múltiples revis
Feb 06, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
Somewhere a Band is Playing: A whimsical little novella that hooks you with plenty of questions from the get-go. What's up with this weird town called Summerton, AZ? Who's this sexy young/old lady with an Egyptian name? Where are all the children? How come nobody in the town is aging? There is, of course, a Twilight Zone-y twist that you anticipate early on (there must be some reason things are weird in this town), but the story holds you and the big revelation at the end is more satisfyingly an ...more
Linda Ansone
When I was young, I read Bradbury's short stories and fell in love. I guess, the problem is - I'm not that young anymore. I'm spoiled and educated by better works. Now in comparison both novellas seem rather... senseless.
"Somewhere a Band Is Playing", although pretty, eventually makes no sense and leads us nowhere. "Leviathan '99" is no better - it starts off promising, but ends up in the big nowhere as well, quite literally. My biggest gripe with it is the Shakespearean language. If one charact
Feb 04, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
There are two novellas contained in Ray Bradbury’s Now and Forever: “Somewhere a Band is Playing” and “Leviathan ’99.” The first is a compelling, disturbing tale of a reporter finding a long-lived (or immortal?) community of writers, who he warns to move their town away from a highway building project. The reporter is so affected byu his time in the town that he tries to rejoin the community after they have moved on. The second is an outer-space, futuristic Moby-Dick, with space an object of rel ...more
Nov 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Somewhere a band is playing es una de las mejores de Bradbury que he leído hasta el momento, una hermosa historia, un poema, una invitación a viajar, a soltar y recordar. Leviathan 99 por otro lado siento no está a la altura de otros clásicos u obras maestras situadas en otros mundos a los que Bradbury nos ha transportado. Creo en parte es por la gran influencia de saber cómo funcionan los viajes espaciales hoy en día y como asumimos funcionarán en el pasado y por otro el sentir un poco forzados ...more
Mar 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely love Ray Bradbury, but I felt he was a little misguided.
According to the intro to Somewhere a Band is Playing, Bradbury was inspired by Katherine Hepburn and her agelessness. thus the story was born and he wrote it for her. When I was halfway through the story, I remembered that it was written for her, which to me means that he saw Katherine Hepburn playing the role of Nef, but try as I may, I cannot see Katherine Hepburn in that role, but I guess that's just me. Besides the Hepburn
DNF with Jack Mack
"Moby Dick," in space, literally. Yes, really. How does the whale get into the cold, soundless vacuum of space? Read and find out. The first story is ok; the second one seems like a private indulgence printed posthumously.description
Mary Grace Nakao
Didnt enjoy it as much as I enjoyed Fahrenheit 457. Probably because it was too short so there was a little room for character development. All in all though, i still liked it. It was like reading something straight out from my dream XD
Mónica -
Feb 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5, la primer novela es genial.
Ира Моисеенко
4 for "Somewhere a Band Is Playing"
2.5 for "Leviathan '99"(sadly, I just didn't understand it)
both were totally confusing
I liked the first story better than the second story in this book. It's not really science fiction, more a weird fantasy.
Daria Zenkova
Jul 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Somewhere a band is playing"
I had been thinking lately and came to a conclusion that I had never read any author who would be as tender and magically warm as Bradbury. His writing is smooth is honey, he covers the reader with his words as with the such light as feather but warm blanket, he leads you from the very beginning to the very end with such pleasant tension inside the chest, so you can't stop until you find the truth. It seems, I had never read something as honest as his books and poems
Marta Oliva Riera
Two novellas by Bradbury, which surprised me. I picked the book up without having heard about it online because I really enjoyed the other books by Bradbury I read last year, and the idea of a Moby Dick inspired novel set in space sounded amazing (especially after having loved his Martian Chronicles). But I have to say I liked Somewhere a band is played better than Leviathan '99. It kept me more interested and it had more of the type of style I liked in his other stories. Strange things happen i ...more
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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 the typewriter. He bec ...more
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