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Old 15th August 2011, 05:20 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Re: Favourite Ray Bradbury story?

Something Wicked This Way Comes by an absolute country mile! The way he captured the sinister atmosphere, the mystery, and time period were amazing.
Fahrenheit 451 is another favourite but not as high up my list as Something Wicked. Recently re-watched the Fahrenheit 451 movie that was made in the 70's or 80's and enjoyed it.
What surprised me was how much I felt let down by The Martian Chronicles. Had to force myself to finish it in the end.
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Old 15th August 2011, 05:22 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Re: Favourite Ray Bradbury story?

I haven't read much of Bradbury - just "Fahrenheit 451" and a few stories. I vote for "The Man Upstairs". Really creepy.

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I haven't read much of Bradbury - just "Fahrenheit 451" and a few stories. I vote for "The Man Upstairs". Really creepy.

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Most of what I have read so far by Bradbury is first class. I have the 2 volume short story collection to read along with a number of his novels and novellas I also own.

Crooksy is right, Something Wicked This Way Comes is one of my favourite longer works by Bradbury and is 'magical' in every sense of the word, reminiscent in fact of Boy's Life by Robert McCammon that we've been discussing on a nearby thread.

I better not say any more on these authors as I fear I'm only adding to your ever increasing pile of new books...
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Old 21st March 2012, 08:30 PM   #19 (permalink)
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Re: Favourite Ray Bradbury story?

Sorry to keep pulling up old threads, but this one appeals to me too much to let it go.

As I mentioned in a short story thread, I would gladly nominate "Homecoming" as contender for the greatest 20th century American fantasy short story. Timothy is excited about his family reunion and we soon learn he has an interesting, even creepy family. But for all he loves them and for all they love him, there is something about Timothy that estranges him from them. This consideration of love and family is so heart-breaking and hopeful and beautifully written, that I've reread it frequently since first reading it in the 1970s.


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