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Ray Bradbury

This is full of so many wonderful moments. What a great guy.

An Evening with Ray Bradbury 2001 - YouTube

This is also pretty interesting:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XESDRP82png

Worth noting is the fact Bradbury iterates in both videos that to make art is to starve, or be working in a crap side gig. I saw an interview with James Ellroy recently where he said he'd written eight books before he started making money from it.





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Re: Ray Bradbury

Which do you think are Ray Bradbury's best books?

My small Bradbury collection include:

The October Country
The Golden Apples of the Sun
A Medicine for Melancholy
The Martian Chronicles
Something Wicked This Way Comes

And the following two collections for a few extra stories:

R is for Rocket
S is for Space

I used to have The Illustrated Man, but for some reason didn't fancy it initially, and sold it.

Dandelion Wine and Fahrenheit 451 I never acquired. My prejudice tells me the former is too sentimental, and also that I really don't need anyone encouraging me to "grab life", to be "completely alive", to "live life fully 100%", which seems to be much what that book is about. Fahrenheit 451 appears to be a didactic and moralistic story, which I don't feel I need to be told either (I am already aware of the principles and multilayers of abusive censorship and propaganda control), ... I look only for weird sensations in fantastic fiction. Besides, Fahrenheit is too widely read by the masses (required reading in school, isn't it?) -- I prefer the more obscure and little known, the anti-establishment.

Which of Bradbury's books do you find overly sentimental?
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Re: Ray Bradbury

Related to his individual works, I haven't read a ton of Bradbury, but for my money, "Heavy Set" and "The Jar" are two of the finest short stories I've come across by any writer in any genre.

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Re: Ray Bradbury

Bradbury is a favorite of mine.

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Re: Ray Bradbury

I have several Gauntlet editions. None are "favorites."
That would be The Stories Of Ray Bradbury, published in 1980 by Alfred Knopf.
There are 100 stories, which are easier for me to dip in and out.
Bradbury is one I enjoyed immensely when I was younger.
Now I find his prose style distracting, so I rarely reread him.
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I love The October Country, especially the editions with the Joe Mugnaini illustrations which complement the stories beautifully. My next favourite collection is The Golden Apples of the Sun, again with Mugnaini illustrations.
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Re: Ray Bradbury

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I love The October Country, especially the editions with the Joe Mugnaini illustrations which complement the stories beautifully. My next favourite collection is The Golden Apples of the Sun, again with Mugnaini illustrations.
Yes, I agree. Those feel like his two most essential short story collections! ?? With the Mugnaini illustrations!
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Re: Ray Bradbury

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Now I find his prose style distracting, so I rarely reread him.
I was opening one of my Bradbury books again at an old favorite, "A Sound of Thunder", looking at the first few paragraphs. The dreamlike way he describes the sign on the wall, and the machine burning Time, ... there is no comparison in all of fantastic literature. Perfect use of allegory to present weird phenomena, seeming grasped intuitively and feverishly. The passion and intense presence of his characters. ... The ultimate prose artist.
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Re: Ray Bradbury

I am still mesmerized by both Fahrenheit 451 and The Martian Chronicles.

Your fall should be like the fall of mountains. But I was before mountains. I was in the beginning, and shall be forever. The first and the last. The world come full circle. I am not the wheel. I am the hand that turns the wheel. I am Time, the Destroyer. I was the wind and the stars before this. Before planets. Before heaven and hell. And when all is done, I will be wind again, to blow this world as dust back into endless space. To me the coming and going of Man is as nothing.
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Re: Ray Bradbury

I must have been about 14 or 15 when I first read Something Wicked this Way Comes and I found the atmosphere and the imagery pretty intense. I re-read it some decades later and while I found that I still liked the sometimes phastasmagoric world Bradbury had created I thought the novel was in many parts much too sentimental.
Nevertheless, a great writer.
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