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Anonymous posts on 2/15/2008 7:07:14 PM I'd like a honest vote, raise of hands how many of you would pick up a book on werewolves, vampires, magicians or cupid.
Earl UMD - The Martian Chronicles posts on 2/15/2008 1:31:39 PM I think that the first expedition was destroyed by jealousy, the second due to insanity, and the third by deception. It seems that the Martians were becoming more aggressive as time went on and it was either us or them. It is too bad that the two civilizations couldn't live together and learn from each other. The book should be a warning for us as a civilization to stop the destruction and wars before it is too late.
Bill M UMD posts on 2/4/2008 10:14:48 PM The whole time I was reading this book I was thinking how unfortunate that the Martians did not have the Chicken Pox Vaccine. This book would have gone in a completely different direction if the Martians had been able to combat the Chicken Pox. When the 4th Expedition arrived, they would have not found a dead city in ruins they would have instead found this entire great civilization that Spender seemed to think was perfect. I would like to think that the men from Earth came in peace but its funny how sometimes coming in peace can me destroying and ravaging the land for all its worth and not caring at all about the citizens. Yeah come in peace and don't murder anyone but steal everything they have and literally take their planet right out from underneath them. Maybe if the Chicken Pox would have been able to be fought off, the men of Earth could have brought some important leaders who specifically meant nothing more than to meet and greet the Martians and work with them rather than against them, it would have worked out. I figure that the Martians could have possibly viewed their intentions through telepathy and see that they meant no harm. Maybe during the 3rd Expedition the Martians realized that the peoople landing near them were eventually going to try to take their land from them so they devised an elaborate plan to disguise themselves as former relatives. They knew what the humans were going to do and thats what they had a funeral for them the day after. They felt bad for the Humans and their attempt to take something that wasn't theirs.

Nick UMD posts on 2/1/2008 12:10:28 AM I agree with The Martian Chronicles and how the humans treat the Martians. One culture takes another and never bothers to learn anything about it and just take it over. We can look at it better in this book for how humans to this to each other, it is easier to see what we are doing hear on earth by looking at it in space.
Ashley T posts on 1/21/2008 11:31:08 PM I really liked the story "The Veldt". I thought it was very interesting. When Mr. and Mrs. Hadley were in the nursery and it was Africa I felt like I was there too. Ray Bradbury used alot of sencery details in this story. I couldn't believe how real it seemed. It was also amazing to see how they were living. They didn't have to do anything for theirselves not even tie their own shoe. It made me think about the future and if it would be anything like it. I really hope it doesn't get as bad as that.
Jessica C posts on 1/21/2008 10:21:27 PM In the Story Something Wicked This Way Comes, two young boys here about an odd traveling carnival from a lightning rod salesman. They check it out and are amazed by the set- up of the Carnival. They think its normal until the haunting melodies of the carousel-which can change your age depending on which way you ride it-and the glaring Mirror Maze. This is about to danger their family if people fall for it, so the two boys try to save their family,friends, and town from this huge disaster!!
MEr posts on 1/21/2008 9:05:13 PM Ray Bradbury brings to life the first summer morning of 1928 in “Dandelion Wine.” He used many descriptive phrases to allow your imagination to envision the morning just as Douglas Spaulding saw it. Bradbury played on the different senses to set the scene of the story. I thought by doing this it made it easy to understand and made the book more interesting.
Lori Warren posts on 1/15/2008 9:06:04 PM I read THE VELDT, and i thought it was a cool story. It was weird, but i liked it. I hope we never get that dependent on machines. We are, but not that bad. These people had shoe shiners, and shoe tiers and massagers. They even had machines fixing their food. They didn't really do anything for themselves. But it'd be cool to have an actual veldt.
Colin R posts on 12/19/2007 11:58:39 PM I have to say that I completely agreed with Spender's feeling that what Earth was doing to Mars was unacceptable. Destroying Martian art and culture without any regard for the knowledge and artistic appreciation that could be gleaned from the planet and the remnants of the culture is just wrong.
Matt w posts on 12/8/2007 9:34:01 PM I liked how in the chapter Usher II in Martian Chronicles Bradbury is commenting on censor ship. William is one of the few people who come from earth that does not bring the exact culture he had on earth to mars but in fact tries to change it. all be it he is trying to undo a change in human culture but he seams to be one of the few people on the planet who is trying to start a new life without the controls that are out of controle on earth.
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