He shows up in Ireland at his large mansion and gets some warning from the cab driver. Douglas laughs it off and approaches the house and is allowed in by the eccentric director. John takes the screenplay and begins thumbing through it, dropping papers on the floor as he walks and screaming how brilliant it is, which is stroking the ego of John and is intentional. He is passive—aggressive and begins to toy with the young writer. At one point, he reads aloud a review that Douglas got from the London Times, and it becomes derogatory. As Douglas lunges for the paper to read it, John throws it in the fireplace, and said he was just pulling his leg.

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Bradbury, I took a lot of time to finish your book. Not because the stories were complicated to read or because this collection was a big one, it was for the simple reason that I wanted to savor the aftertaste of each and every one of the tales.

After I finished a tale, I closed the book and my eyes to relive those images you so vividly explained. You made me relive my childhood days of carefree wanderings and never ending hours of play. How as a child you never feel the sun as you play Dear Mr.

How as a child you never feel the sun as you play on and on for hours altogether and yet come back home still raring to go. As you grow up, an hour outside in the sun wrings you out like a dishrag and you wonder where did all that reserve of energy disappear to. Childhood was this magical glen and your words were time machines alighted me on those meadows yet again, even though it was only for a short while. The leaves the color of fire, the wind that comes down from the skies, Halloween and of mellow fruitfulness all make an appearance in these stories.

I could practically see and feel the melancholy that the season inspires on the human mind. Beyond a set of stories, I was looking forward to just another tale set in autumn.. Then there were the sci-fi stories which to me always meant a backbone of science no matter how impossible it is!

What I found in your tales was a gossamer thin thread of science which was only one ingredient of a magnificent set of other constituents.

Mars beckoned to me after these tales! Mars with its glorious civilizations and never ending wonders and Mars which was left a broken land by the greedy humans who colonized it. It was a Mars of your imagination and yet those stories set on the red planet are tinged with a sadness which can never be fully explained.

Those magic days of Mars are now past us, never to be regained! A look at the future as seen from your eyes is at times a bleak one. True villainy in your future takes the form of ignorance and appears as men hell bent on burning and destroying all the books they can find. A later novel of yours had its entire premise on the topic of burning books and this was truly a horrifying glimpse at a future devoid of imagination, art and literature.

A wide variety of characters make their cameos in your stories : Poe, Bierce, Melville, Thomas Wolfe and Hemingway came alive and talked to me. I walked with them and comprehended but a tiny glimpse of their majestic and intimidating world of words. A book can never be forgotten Mr. Bradbury, it can never be mishandled and can never be taken anywhere near a flame!

Books may be mortal but the ideas they plant inside our heads, those are immortal and those can never be burned or stamped away. I believe in this and it is my guiding light. There was also the odd horror story in between the others with the moment of terror slowly building up and creeping up to me in all its fiendish glory. Nothing bloody or gore filled, just the plain unsettlement of having been a witness to something quite extraordinary.

The feel of being in love is a spell that you can never fully recreate as you age. The first time you held hands with your love, the endless conversations on seemingly inconsequential subjects, the first hurried and mostly awkward kiss are all vivid memories you can never fully wipe out of your mind and yet you capture them perfectly.

It is a long list of wonders. I will close this letter with an apology to you Mr. I always thought of you as a writer of sci-fi and horror and now I realize how grossly off the mark I was. You are way beyond all these stereotypes for you are a wizard.

Someone who weaves spells with your tales. A wizard with words. Yours Truly My top picks from the hundred are these stories : 1. The Rocket 2. The Flying Machine.


Ten Tales by Ray Bradbury to Get You in the Halloween Spirit

The cabbie says that Hampton left one wife to take another. Is this a joke? A mistake? An Irish colloquialism?


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I bought this paperback in, roughly, in either Waldenbooks or B. I read a few of the stories but then it sat on my shelf for nearly 30 years before, repacking some books, I found it again and decided to read it through. Ray Bradbury is an odd writer to discuss in this day and age. He has a bit of a reputation for a treacly or mawkish tone to his work which may or may not be deserved, depending on your tolerance for such things as idyllic reminiscences and small town Americana. Bradbury, more than any writer I know, is able to conjure up the endless summers and autumns of the pre and just-post adolescent as lived in middle America in the early part of the 20th century. It is as if all of his mental recorders were running at full tilt at this age, noting and storing every sensory impulse to later be conjured forth in service of delicate moments and bitterseet characters in sad and wonderful stories. Bradbury was my initial taste of sci-fi, and I always preferred his humanistic approach to the genre, never being much attracted by space opera E.


Ray Bradbury Short Stories

Each has selections with no overlap between the two books. His mother told him to stay away from the water. He went in anyway. He had to look around and call out a name.

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