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The Stories of Ray Bradbury by Ray Bradbury
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Sep 21, 2010

it was amazing

A lovely collection with so many of the stories that have been so memorable for me. Brings back all those summer days growing up with Ray Bradbury books. My favorites include: Kaleidoscope, The Fox and the Forest, Fever dream, The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit, Boys! Raise Giant Mushrooms in Your Cellar!, The One Who Waits, The Man Upstairs, The Happiness Machine, The Small Assassin, The Emissary, A Sound of Thunder, The Veldt, The October Game, Gotcha!, There Will Come Soft Rains, Mars is Heaven...
....and I just realized that if I don't stop myself I will probably name off most of the 100 stories. They really are the best of the best. This may be my favorite Ray Bradbury anthology yet, and I own several.

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message 1: by Heather (new)

Heather Hi, Courtney! It's fun to hear from you on goodreads. I remember how much you like Ray Bradbury. What is it that you like about him?

Hope everything's well with you and your family.

Courtney Hi Heather! It has been quite a long time since we have talked. I hope your family is doing well. Jared and I are doing great. Jared is in school and we are both working. About Ray Bradbury, my family grew up reading his work. He writes about possibility, the future, happiness, Mars and other uncharted territories...all with a "what if" premise. Each story makes you think and contains no inappropriate content. While many of his tales are happy, there are quite a few scary ones. I like to read them around Halloween. Most of the stories that I mention in my review are in that latter category. My favorite of his frightening tales is "The Emissary" which describes the wonderful relationship between a bedridden boy and his faithful dog. The dog acts as an extension of the boy, as his representative, bringing him the things he most wishes for: beautiful fall leaves, visits from friends, etc. You are so enthralled by Bradbury's touching tributes to the rites of fall, boyhood and the tender bond between boy and dog that you don't foresee the story's dark turn. It's the creepiest "be careful what you wish for" tale I've heard yet. Another thing that I love about Bradbury is his ability to bring people together. Rarely does a gathering go by in our diverse family without one of us saying, "I was just thinking about that one Ray Bradbury story where..." I really treasure the discussions about possibilities. Of dreams, hopes, fears, and the business of what it means to be human and--for that matter--what it means to truly live. This lies at the heart of his work, transcending the labels of fantasy or sci-fi. Anyway, that's Bradbury in a nutshell for you.

message 3: by Josie (new)

Josie I've read A Sound of Thunder in class this year and thought it was AMAZING!! If you love scary and dark consequences stories, read A Sound of Thunder!!

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