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The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury
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Jul 26, 2007

really liked it
bookshelves: science-fiction
Recommended for: fans of Bradbury's short stories
Read in August, 1999

This is a powerful collection of short stories. The two that are my favorites are "The Veldt" and "The Fire Balloons." The first time I read this book, I wasn't sure what to expect. Little did I know that it contains "The Veldt," which I has seen on film in my 6th grade Creative Writing class. Even way back then, this struck me as a unique and haunting story, and I am forever grateful to my teacher and good friend Rhonda Selph for introducing me to it. (She passed away during my freshman year in college, and I will remember her forever, in part because of this story.) "The Fire Balloons" is a beautifully written account of priests who travel to Mars in search of Martian sin. Brilliant.
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