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Re: Ray Bradbury

Apologies if this was already posted. I love Bradbury's works, sentimentality and all, and am always happy to see his work discussed:

Voyage to the Otherworld: A New Eulogy for Ray Bradbury
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Re: Ray Bradbury

Something Wicked This Way Comes, Fahrenheit 451 and The October Country are the essential Bradbury. King's "It" pales to insignificance compared to Bradbury's Something Wicked.

It's a pity that some critics attack the very things that makes a writer's work unique. After a while many readers believe them. Lovecraft is another case of this. So is Borges.
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Re: Ray Bradbury

Most everyone, including esteemed Lovecraft, seems to attack the romantic/sentimental elements in W. H. Hodgson's The Night Land, ... but I loved those parts. ;.)

I tried to read Dandelion Wine in my late teens or early twenties, and I admit I thought it too sentimental or sugary, and vague ... so I stopped reading. Perhaps it was the wrong time to read it.

As to Fahrenheit 451, I would only be delighted to try it and find more fantastic elements in it than my preconceived belief. But I have not yet attempted it. I watched Truffaut's film adaption, and found it bleak.
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Re: Ray Bradbury

I like sentimental Hodgson too.

David Pringle said Something Wicked was partially a disappointing rehash of Dandelion Wine. Pringle chosen it for Modern Fantasy: 100 Best Books and considered it the last truly satisfying Bradbury collection.

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Re: Ray Bradbury

Because of subject matter some artistic works are necessarily bleak.

I think Truffaut's version of 451 did justice to the book but was seriously underrated by critics. It's a fine movie and an even better book.

Something Wicked is one of the greatest fantastic novels to come out of the 20th century. I wanted to like the film version but it felt so watered down I couldn't. The book contains some real nightmare touches.

Man, I love Carnivals.
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Re: Ray Bradbury

I like The Illustrated Man . Other than that, haven't read much from him.

"So in the end it remains advisable to accept whatever comes, to behave like an inert mass even if one feels oneself being swept away, not to be lured into a single unneccesary step, to regard others with the gaze of an animal, to feel no remorse, in short to crush with one's own hand any ghost of life that subsists, that is, to intensify the final quiet of the grave still further and let nothing beyond that endure." ---Franz Kafka, Resolutions
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Re: Ray Bradbury

Ted Sturgeon's "The Dreaming Jewels" is another wonderful book that should appeal to those of us who find magic in dark Carnivals.
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Re: Ray Bradbury

I am beginning to suspect many of you are romantics down deep.
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Hopeless Romantics.

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Re: Ray Bradbury

Fahrenheit 451 is one of those few books where I couldn't decide if I want it in my collection, or not. Does its contents meet my particular interests? What does my instinctive intuition tell me? Do I really need it?

In this case I decided to get it as an audio book (to give my eyes some rest). Here Bradbury reads his own book:

Very interesting to listen to his reading! Who else could know the right accentuation better than him?! He is old here, but still, it is Bradbury!

I only have a few other audio books; the follow-ups to Frank Herbert's Dune, and some titles by Philip K. Dick.

I have also read one or two complete books digitally, on the computor screen (again to relieve my eyes). It was a much more pleasant experience than I had expected. I read Sarban's The Sound of His Horn this way, and remember the story very distinctly, without the "burden" of owning another book; instead I am the owner of the story only and purely, ethereally harbouring inside my head. A sense of freedom accompany this.
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