Bradbury's collection of short stories offers a mix of the author's best writing, expertly performed by Campbell Scott. Bradbury's authorial range is on display in this book. The collection alternates between science fiction and literate studies of the human condition, with the requisite twists and turns inherent in all of Bradbury's work. Scott handles the material well, even without significantly altering his voice. Female characters are a bit softer, and older people are scratchier, but Scott keeps us listening. He pauses at just the right time for maximum effect and is at his best when relating conversations.
Here are 18 brand-new stories and seven previously published but never before collected stories; proof positive that Bradbury's magic is as potent as ever.
Sip the sweet innocence of youth, the wisdom (and folly) of age. Taste the warm mysteries of summer and bitterness of betrayed loves and abandoned places. These stories will set your mind spinning and carry you to remarkable locales: a house where lime has no boundaries; a movie theater where deconstructed schlock is drunkenly assembled into art; a wheat field that hides a strangely welcome enemy. These are but a few of the ingredients that have gone into Bradbury's savory cocktail. And every satisfying swallow brings new surprises and revelations.
©2002 Ray Bradbury; (P)2002 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.
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