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This 1997 collection is uneven and at times weak. There is less fantasy or science fiction than in many of Bradbury's earlier works; themes include meeting a familiar face in a distant place ("Remember Me?"), children's storytelling and kissing games ("House Divided"), looking up an old flame ("I Wonder What's Become of Sally?"), and the revenge of the nerd everybody picked on ("The Highest Branch on the Tree"). But the book has some terrific moments: Br...
The main character, Montag is a fireman that lives in a suburban area. Being a fireman is a job that is important to that society. That society says it burns away worries and problems, giving people a carefree life. Books are illegal because reading requires thought and analyzing. This would not be acceptable to the civilization because its purpose is for people to have a carefree life. After Montag watches a woman get burned to death, he begins to...
I Sing The Body Electric!
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 los...
Long After Midnight
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 co...
Something Wicked This Way Comes
Will Halloway and Jim Nightshade, two almost 14 year olds in small town Illinois of the 1920's become intrigued by Cooger and Dark's carnival and its October arrival. They come to the attention and chase of the sinister Mr. Dark, who is giving people their most secret wishes. Finally, it is up to Will's aging and reticient father to brave the dark carnival and rescue the boys from Mr. Dark and his troupe of grotesques....
The Martian Chronicles
Humans have landed on Mars. Having established outposts and colonies, they now set out to conquer the Martians. This novel, which is full of wonder regarding a largely fantastic (as opposed to scientifically feasible) planet, offers insights into the nature of humanity, especially as invaders. The book consists of a series of short stories that are unified mostly by time and space, all of them taking place on Mars, and show, collectively, the tendenc...
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