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The Stories of Ray Bradbury

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Drunk, and in charge of a bicycle / introduction by Ray Bradbury. — The night. — Homecoming. — Uncle Einar. — The traveler. — The lake. — The coffin. — The crowd. — The scythe. — There was an old woman. — There will come soft rains. — Mars is heaven. — The silent towns. — The earth men. — The off season. — The million-year picnic. — The fox and the forest. — Kaleidoscope. — The rocket man. — Marionettes, inc. — No particular night or morning. — The city. — The fire balloons. — The last night of the world. — The veldt. — The long rain. — The great fire. — The wilderness. — A sound of thunder. — The murderer. — The April witch. — Invisible boy. — The golden kite, the silver wind. — The fog horn. — The black black and white game. — Embroidery. — The golden apples of the sun. — Powerhouse. — Hail and farewell. — The great wide world over there. — The playground. — Skeleton. — The man upstairs. — Touched with fire. — The emissary. — The jar. — The small assasin. — The next in line. — Jack-in-the-box. — The leave-taking. — Exorcism. — The happiness machine. — Calling Mexico. — The wonderful ice cream suit. — Dark they were, and golden-eyed. — The strawberry window. — A scent of sarsaparilla. — The Picasso summer. — The day it rained forever. — A medicine for melancholy. — The shoreline at sunset. — Fever dream. — The town where no one got off. — All sumer in a day. — Frost and fire. — THe anthem sprinters. — And so died Riabouchinska. — Boys! Raise giant mushrooms in your cellar! — The vacation. — The illustrated woman. — Some live like Lazarus. — The beat of all possible worlds. — The one who waits. — Tyrannosaurus Rex. — The screaming woman. — The terrible conflagration up at the place. — Night call, collect. — The tombling day. — The haunting of the new. — Tomorrow's child. — I sing the body electric! — The women. — The inspired chicken motel. — Yes, we'll gather at the river. — Have I got a chocolate bar for you! — A story of love. — The parrot who met Papa. — The October game. — Punishment without crime. — A piece of wood. — THe blue bottle. — Long after midnight. — The utterly perfect murder. — The better part of wisdom. — Interval in sunlight. — The black ferris. — Farewell summer. — McGillahee's brat. — The aqueduct. — Gotcha! — The end of the beginning.

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megcampbell3, February 15, 2008 (view all comments by megcampbell3)
As with virtually any collection of 100 stories by one writer—"The Stories of Ray Bradbury" has its highs and lows, but those seem based on personal connection (or lack of), rather than in the quality in the writing. At times, Bradbury conveys the timelessness of the human condition in perfect combination with plotline, producing some of the finest short pieces of science fiction ever written ("The Veldt", "I Sing the Body Electric!", "The Long Rain"; "Kaleidoscope"…), and, every now and then, ("The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit", "The Anthem Sprinters") there's not a bit of science in the fiction, which can stand on the same literary shelf as Highsmith, Hemingway, or even Joyce. I've had my copy of this book since I was twelve; twenty years and a full cover-to-cover read later (finally, and in only ten days!) I've fallen even harder for Bradbury. He's less an acquired taste (meaning a writer you're told you should know, as most of us were, in school, with "Dandelion Wine" or "Fahrenheit 451") and more a screening of a favorite old movie: life seemed simpler, characters seemed like characters, and story seemed just an inch deep. Comforting. Of course, once we tack a few years onto our lives and find out we didn't know the half of it, Bradbury becomes just as complex as any great "literary" writer. Either way—Bradbury entertains while his ideas provoke.
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Bradbury, Ray
New York :
Short Stories (single author)
Science Fiction - General
Short stories
Fantasy fiction, American
Science fiction, american
Stories (single author)
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