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I Sing The Body Electric! Book Review Summary

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Dating from 1971, this is one of Bradbury's best story collections. Not only does it have tales that could easily have come from _Martian Chronicles_ ("Night Call, Collect" and the melodramatic "The Lost City of Mars"), or from _Dandelion Wine_ ("Any Friend of Nicholas Nickleby's Is a Friend of Mine"), but there is also a marvelous homage to and parody of Hemingway ("The Kilimanjaro Device"), an uncharacteristically creepy portrait of an otherworldly loser ("Heavy-Set"), and several utterly delightful Irish stories (especially "The Terrible Conflagration up at the Place" and "The Cold Wind and the Warm"). There is even a prose-poem "cantata" that brings together the birth of Christ and space travel, for those who can appreciate that sort of thing.
This report prepared by David Loftus








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Plot & Themes

Tone of book    -   very upbeat FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   part earth & part fantasy world Coming of age    -   Yes Explore/1st contact/ enviro story    -   Yes Plotlets:    -   colonizing/homesteading another planet Romance    -   Yes Romance plotlets:    -   destined love (dream or prediction) Tech./$$$/Info hunt    -   Yes Stealing/recovering/destroying    -   info about lifeform(s)/society/phenomena Mental/magical powers focus    -   Yes Robots, Computers, VR    -   Yes Robot, PC, VR Plotlets:    -   good robot(s) Story involving clones/duplicates?    -   good clones/duplicates Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Clones    -   Yes

Setting

Earth setting:    -   20th century    -   near future (later in 21st century)    -   medium future 22-24th century A substantial portion of this book takes place on a non-Earth planetary body:    -   humans in a futuristic society    -   empty, or nearly empty world Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes Planet outside solar system?    -   Yes Not Earth, in Solar System?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Sex in book?    -   Yes How much dialogue?    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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