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R Is for Rocket by Ray Bradbury
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Dec 12, 2007

did not like it

I picked up this book because I thought it would be fun to read a little classic science fiction. Unfortunately, after reading a few of the short stories I decided I wasn't enjoying the book enough to continue. As I've noticed before with Bradbury's work, he's exceptionally creative and thoughtful, but just not a very good writer. Dialogue in this book feels unrealistic, descriptions are overdone, and Bradbury efforts to convey majesty and emotion to his reader seem forced. I'm sure that, at the initial time of writing, the concepts of the stories were exciting. But with the benefit of 45 years of hindsight they fall pretty flat. As it turns out, rockets are not mystical after all. I don't think I share enough of Bradbury's ecstasy over the future/space/rockets to get into the book.

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