Two drifters caught in the backwash of space wander from city to dead city, sifting the rubble for the fabled Blue Bottle of Mars - and find in it two different, equally entrancing, dooms.
A young boy in Green Town, Illinois, does not marry - yet marries - his beloved eighth-grade teacher....
In the hell of a Manhattan July night, Will Morgan is offered a possibly Mephistophelean proposal by which he might gain a perfect love and a magical immunity....
A jealous husband who orders an exact replica of his unfaithful wife from an android manufacturing company (purpose: murder) runs afoul of the compassionate new "live robot" law....
At 48, seized with an overwhelming desire to settle an old score, a man journeys back into the past under the spell of his "utterly perfect, incredibly delightful idea", only to recoil in stunned disbelief when he confronts, at last, his former tormentor....
Bradbury's imaginative field is boundless. In this book, his 22 stories carry us from the cozy familiarity of the small-town America we lived in, in Dandelion Wine, to the frozen desert and double moon that have been part of our interior landscape since The Martian Chronicles. His characters range from the "ordinary" - a rookie cop, an unhappy wife on vacation in Mexico, an old parish priest hearing confession - to the quite extraordinary: the parrot to whom Ernest Hemingway confided the plot of his last, greatest, never-put-down-on-paper novel, and a woman who, in New York City in the summer of 1974, hangs out a sign reading "Melissa Toad, Witch".
Fantastic or conventional, chillingly suspenseful, or hauntingly nostalgic, each of these stories has that aura of the unexpected combined with the special ring of absolute rightness that is brilliantly, uniquely Bradbury.
©2004 Ray Bradbury (P)2010 Tantor
Each story was entrancing, enchanting and philosophical. It demonstrates a wide range of Ray's talents.
I admire the writings and insight of Ray Bradbury.
How he addressed modern issues such as homosexuality.
No I spread it out over time but since they were all short stories it was nice.
Ray tended to get a little verbose at times but his writing still provokes introspection with the twist of an unknown story characteristic.
I just didn't like this book as well as his others. For one thing, it is short stories, and the characters a little too introspective for my taste. There are a few that stand out as better than some.
I have read a bunch of Bradbury and I found this title difficult to get into. There were some good stories, but most I felt were lacking something. I didn't care for the narration either and this probably added to my difficulty.
I listen to books all day long. The books I love have great characters. If I give a book 4 or 5 stars, it's worth a listen.
Not my cup of tea... Wish I would have bought something else.
The narration was fine.
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