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This 1976 volume is the last of Bradbury's great short story collections, and my personal favorite. "One Timeless Spring" is a unique coming-of-age tale of a 12-year-old who is convinced his parents are poisoning him; "The Utterly Perfect Murder" details a 48-year-old's revenge on the boy who bullied him when they were 12; "Have I Got a Chocolate Bar for You!" depicts the relationship between a Catholic priest and the rotund young man who periodically comes to confession to talk of his peculiar obsession; "The Parrot Who Met Papa" is an utterly hilarious spoof of Hemingway (or maybe Chandler) and his literary groupies; the title story is a very different one for Bradbury, about a lonely oceanside suicide ... and then there are some of Bradbury's usual stories about friendly robots and light horror. A truly marvelous mix.
The review of this Book prepared by David Loftus








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Plot & Themes

FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   fantasy world/fantasy past Coming of age    -   Yes Explore/1st contact/ enviro story    -   Yes Explore:    -   colonizing/homesteading another planet Romance    -   Yes Robots, Computers, VR    -   Yes Robot, PC, VR Plotlets:    -   good robot(s) Inner Struggle    -   Yes Plotlet:    -   change of heart Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Cultural problems, alien culture    -   Yes Culture clash-    -   feelings of a human growing up among aliens    -   one culture tries to impose its culture on another group

Setting

Terrain    -   Mountains    -   Forests    -   Space, need spacesuit Earth setting:    -   20th century    -   general past    -   medium future 22-24th century A substantial portion of this book takes place on a non-Earth planetary body:    -   inhabited by friendly aliens    -   big overbuilt futuristic city Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes Planet outside solar system?    -   Yes Takes place in spaceship?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   none/very little science jargon needed Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only    -   descript of kissing How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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