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4.14  ·  Rating details ·  66,601 ratings  ·  3,176 reviews
The Illustrated Man is classic Bradbury - a collection of tales that breathe and move, animated by sharp, intaken breath and flexing muscle. Here are eighteen startling visions of humankind's destiny, unfolding across a canvas of decorated skin - visions as keen as the tattooist's needle and as colorful as the inks that indelibly stain the body. The images, ideas, sounds a ...more
Paperback, 294 pages
Published November 14th 2005 by Flamingo (first published February 1951)
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Charles Shepherd If you've ever watched the original Twilight Zone think of that then replace the narrator at the begining of those episodes with a wondering man…moreIf you've ever watched the original Twilight Zone think of that then replace the narrator at the begining of those episodes with a wondering man covered in magic tattoos(less)
Lee 🦆 Either "The Long Rain" or "Kaleidoscope"... inspired me to be a writer. Thrilling, imaginative, and the message just hits hard, man.

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Jan 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read a review once that described Robert A. Heinlein as a creepy old uncle who drinks too much at parties and who makes embarrassing comments, but who everyone likes in spite of his outdated ways – kind of a loveable rogue.

Ray Bradbury, similar but by contrast, is like the dotty old professor whom everyone cannot help but love and who overlook his eccentricities. His stories are as warm and imaginative as a summer afternoon. And all due respect to Fahrenheit 451, which is a fine novel, but I
Sean Barrs the Bookdragon
Ray Bradbury was an absolute master storyteller whose writing was creative and full of moments of pure bitter irony: he was an imaginative genius, nothing more nothing less.

Bradbury picks the bones of society clean; he gnaws at them until he exposes the reality of the marrow beneath. Each story in here has a piece of wisdom to share, a resolution or disaster that could have been easily avoided if man was not so corrupt in his ways. The more I read of his writing the more convinced I become that
Raeleen Lemay
The first few stories were AMAZING, and with the exception of a few more that I enjoyed later on, the rest of the stories were pretty boring. They were all really futuristic and most had to do with Mars in some way, which I thought was cool. Most of the stories also had very clear moral lessons, so they're great stories to read aloud (maybe not to small children, but I'm sure older kids would enjoy them).

My favorite stories are:

-The Veldt
-The Other Foot
-The Rocket Man
-The Last Night of the Worl
Aug 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
"... he was a riot of rockets and fountains and people, in such intricate detail and color that you could hear the voices murmuring small and muted, from the crowds that inhabited his body. When his flesh twitched, the tiny mouths flickered, the tiny green-and-gold eyes winked, the tiny pink hands gestured. There were yellow meadows and blue rivers and mountains and stars and suns and planets spread in a Milky Way across his chest. The people themselves were in twenty or more odd groups upon hi
Scarlet Cameo
Nov 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rc-18, rtc
Bradbury siendo excelente como siempre, muchos de los cuentos se encuentran en el epítome de la creatividad...en cuanto escriba la reseña daré un aleluya a los mejores.
Macarena Yannelli
Jul 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: clasico
Una muy bella compilación de historias que Ray Bradbury fue publicando en diferentes revistas entre los años 47 y 51.
Reseña detallada de cada cuento en Gracias a los Libros.
Sep 18, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bradbury's classic short story collection includes some Golden Age gems and some duds too:

- Prologue: The Illustrated Man - 3/5 - framing story that starts off the collection
- The Veldt - 5/5 - you can take the kids out of the veldt, but you can't take the veldt out of the kids
- Kaleidoscope - 3/5 - dying astronauts' final thoughts and wishes
- The Other Foot - 5/5 - what happens when a rocket brings a Caucasian to an African-American settlement on Mars (written in 1949 prior to the Civil Right
This is one of Ray Bradbury's earliest collections of short stories, and the concept behind is quite brilliant. On an early September day in Wisconsin, the unnamed narrator meets the eponymous Illustrated Man - a wandering carnie with incredible images tattooed across his body. They are detailed, colorful and mysterious, and able to move on their own; the narrator counts eighteen different illustrations, each depicting what the Illustrated Man claims to be the future.

Unfortunately, both the conc
Jun 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Segundo intento de colgar la mini review. Antes se me ha quedado colgado y se me ha borrado todo, hasta el libro de la estantería, cagoentó....

Una colección variopinta de relatos, todos con muy buena calidad. Las historias se me han hecho cortas y muchas me han sabido a poco, cosa que es muy buena señal.


Mis preferidos:
La pradera: Me dejó muy mal cuerpo, esos niños tan creepys
Caleidoscopio: Sentí mucha angustia
El hombre del cohete: Una historia muy conmovedora y triste
La última noche del mundo: M
Jul 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Better than I expected and I expected a lot.Like Martian chronicle this is book of sci-fi short stories and like Martian chronicle there is lot more going on beneath the surface.

As with all short story collections not all of stories are same quality and not all deserve 5 stars but even lowest point of this book is pretty damn high.
“I shall remain on Mars and read a book.”
― Ray Bradbury, The Illustrated Man


Ray Bradbury is forever connected to my youth. He is 180-proof literary, pulp, scifi nostalgia. I remember reading him for fun, reading him anthologized, reading him again and again. I permanently dented my aunt's couch one summer reading Vonnegut and Bradbury. I've recently returned to him as a father and an adult and get to re-establish connection to this great writer of American pop-lit. His stories (and books as wel
One of the great joys of exploring old Science Fiction is coming across stories like the best works in this book, stories that make you wonder how you could possibly have gone so long without reading them.

Bradbury is best known for his novel Fahrenheit 451, which is deservedly famous, However to my jaded readers' eye some of his short stories deliver more bang for buck, more emotional punch per word. Of course, not all the works in this book are great or even good, and like almost every short st
Helene Jeppesen
I stumbled across this short story collection when searching for horror literature online. However, the stories in "The Illustrated Man" are not straight up horror; they're more like sci-fi stories and predictions on what life will look like 50-100 years from its publication date.
The narrative frame of the stories goes like this: A man, covered in tattoos, tells another man that he stumbles across to not look too deeply at his tattoos because they all tell stories that come true. Needless to sa
Aug 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dimmi che tatuaggio hai e ti dirò chi sei.

Un uomo completamente ricoperto di tatuaggi: ogni tatuaggio è una maledizione.
Tutti i giorni, infatti, al calar del sole, questi si animano raccontando storie di un disperato futuro.

Quando la fantascienza racconta forze e debolezze dell'Uomo.
Diciotto storie che pongono domande e sono riflessione di Vita e di Morte.

”Secondo me c'è una Verità su ogni pianeta, e tutte fanno parte della Grande Verità. Un giorno si sistemeranno insieme come le parti di un m
Ana-Maria Petre
Mar 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Bradbury is The Man. The stories comprised in this book are both disturbing and serene, ranging from the innocent cruelty of children to the desperate longing of Man for the deep, unknown outer space.
Feb 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh Ray, you heart-stealer you...
Lee 🦆
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, owned
Bradbury is unmatched. This collection serves as a constant inspiration and reminder to be better, in the hopes that one day I can inspire the awe and thrill that Bradbury's imagination and talent instilled in me.
My uncle gifted me this book. When he was younger he collected every story Bradbury wrote through science fiction magazines in the mail. I am SO grateful to him for introducing me to more of Bradbury's stories.
May 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
L'infanzia fa capolino

Profeta dell’eterna inclinazione umana all’autodistruzione; cantore assoluto del senso di meraviglia capace di valicare il limite ultimo che separa dal mistero, e sempre più in là in direzione di lidi sconosciuti: Bradbury non è scrittore di fantascienza, ma nostalgico testimone dell’animo umano.
Ogni racconto è un piccolo mondo a sé, che nasce e si estingue con la premura di lasciare in eredità un messaggio; e tale scambio avviene con un amore viscerale, quasi ingenuo, pe
Aug 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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It was a dark and stormy night. Enters a mysterious character that seems escaped from a different novel (Something Wicked This Way Comes) . His body is completely covered in animated tattoos, images that he claims show events yet to pass. If you look carefully, you might even get a glimpse of your own future.
The role of this opening sequence of the collection serves as a foreword from the author explaining why these previously published stories were included here and not others: they are a map o
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
I am a very big fan of Ray Bradbury. He has an incredible imagination. He inspires me as a writer and a reader. I loved that this book has stories within a story. What an interesting idea of having a tattooed man as the "Scheherazade" in this story. The narrator is the body of a man who has tattoos all over himself. Each tattoo tells a story. Each story is different. Some are more science fiction-oriented and some are pure fantasy. Yes, Bradbury's view of outer space might be considered naive fo ...more
César Bustíos
May 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
Bradbury y su extraordinaria prosa nos deleitan con 18 relatos escritos entre 1947 y 1951. Me queda claro que es un maestro de las short stories.

Me quedo con estas tres como favoritas: "La larga lluvia", "El zorro y el bosque" y "El cohete".

Arte conceptual de "La pradera":

Arte conceptual de "Caleidoscopio":

Arte conceptual de "La carretera":

Arte conceptual de "La larga lluvia":

Arte conceptual de "El hombre del cohete":

Arte conceptual de "El visitante":

Arte conceptual de "La mezcladora de cemento"
Joaquin Garza
Cuando se habla de los tres grandes de la ciencia ficción (Asimov, Clarke, Heinlein), por lo general al crítico de café se le olvida mencionar al recientemente fallecido titán que llevaba por nombre Ray Bradbury. ¿Por qué? Tengo dos teorías: una proviene de la afirmación del mismo autor de que él no escribía ciencia ficción, sino ficción a secas que exploraba temas profundamente humanos, sólo que enmarcándolos en historias con cohetes y marcianos. La otra teoría proviene de la novela más celebra ...more
Leo Robertson
Jul 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting that Bradbury's aim with his writing was to make others "jealous of his joy", yet all of his stories are so dark! You can still hear him enjoying the telling of them :)

Reminds me to get over my fears of running out of ideas or writing first to please others—therein, as friends have told me too, is the path to madness!
Paul Falk
Jun 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
This book was first published in 1951, a mere six years after the dropping of the atomic bombs on Japan. By reference, the fear the atom bomb created had managed to threateningly worm its way into some of the short stories. There were many other accounts of death and total annihilation by one means or another though not necessarily at the hands of the "A bomb". The author may have likely found himself caught up with the overwhelming paranoia of the times that ran rampant in the world. These worr ...more
Wayne Barrett
Another great collection from a master short story teller... not to say that his novels are not also great.

I wish I would have read this right after finishing The Martian Chronicles. It's a great accent to Bradbury's famous sci-fi masterpiece. Interestingly enough, though the stories ring of The Martian Chronicles, the collection begins with a tattooed (illustrated) man who has worked as an act in carnival freak shows. His story, which opens and closes the collection, brings to mind Something W
Apr 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Buen libro. Como es un conjunto de historias, mi puntaje va en que hubo algunas historias que me encantaron y otras que no tanto, obviamente. En general me pasó que me cuestioné: ¿realmente pasará esto en el futuro? O mejor... ¿qué tan lejos estamos de ese futuro? Y pensé: ¡qué aterradores podemos llegar a ser los humanos! Mis favoritos fueron:

The Veldt
The Rocket Man
The Last Night of the World
The Rocket

y el mejor de todos, The Man
Feb 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant collection of dark , sci-fi short stories. Each story makes you think over and over that what would happen in future.

While ago I watched Black Mirror Tv series and it reminded me again of this terrifying book. Technology and what it brings with itself can be really scary, coming from a software developer it's so lame, I know.
War is a bad thing, but peace can be a living horror

Stories set in the future. Stories set in realities distant or not so distant from ours. Stories that linger on the doorway to... The Twiligh..... wow wow wow! I got carried away there! Although, I have to say, each of these stories could (and should) have been an episode of The Twilight Zone. A few of them could also be episodes of Black Mirror. There's no need to rate each separately. The Illustrated Man deserves all the stars I can give.
da AL
Apr 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
read this eons ago & still love it - short stories are so great - such a shame they don't get more support.
Sep 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Illustrated Man - Ray Bradbury  Because I was young, and my brain wasn't too crowded, the stories were indelibly branded on my brain. I'm almost afraid to revisit The Veldt, lest it disappoint. This was assigned reading in fifth or sixth grade, and the stories are deeply embedded in my brain.
Bradbury is primarily known as a science fiction writer. It’s odd because he doesn’t write science fiction. In fact, he’s crap at science, but that doesn’t matter because he isn’t interested in tell
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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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