Twice 22: The Golden Apples of the Sun / A Medicine for

Twice 22: The Golden Apples of the Sun / A Medicine for Melancholy Bradbury is a fantastic writer my favorite along with Rod Serling. I think it s safe to say that Ray Bradbury has officially made it onto the list of my favorite authors This man is just a brilliant writer, simply put I am so very glad I stumbled upon this collection of short stories Bradbury is a master of his craft, and nowhere is thisevident than in his short stories Usually with a collection of short stories, it ends up being pretty 50 50 for me some I like, some I don t With the exception of a few and I m talking 3 4 out of 44 , I really loved I think it s safe to say that Ray Bradbury has officially made it onto the list of my favorite authors This man is just a brilliant writer, simply put I am so very glad I stumbled upon this collection of short stories Bradbury is a master of his craft, and nowhere is thisevident than in his short stories Usually with a collection of short stories, it ends up being pretty 50 50 for me some I like, some I don t With the exception of a few and I m talking 3 4 out of 44 , I really loved these There was a little bit of everything here it wasn t just one genre or another And his stories are short sweet, if you will, which I liked They weren t drawn out unnecessarily, and they got to the point Bradbury has such a way with words that this brevity really worked He describes things in a way that you ve never thought of but that makes perfect sense This makes his stories come vividly to life without the need of cumbersome back story I truly have no other words his stories are beautiful All in all, I enjoyed this collection immensely and it is not to be missed for Bradbury fans I can definitely see myself revisiting this in the future If you are a fan of the short story and are looking for some incisive, artful stories, look no further Ray Bradbury s your man This review can also be found on my blog I hadn t read anything Bradbury except Fahrenheit 451, so it was great getting a feel for his short stories with 44 of them I have to say, the ones that are just about normal life and not based in space definitely entranced meWhite Ice Cream Suit was one to look out for As is The Powerhouse, although that might bescifi. While some stories in this collection were not up to Bradbury s usual level, the majority were fantastic reads I recommend this collection highly. Did not like any of story. Some of these stories were breathtaking and some were really underwhelming In general, reading this made me feel the same way you do when you look up at the sky and kind of acknowledge the stars and feel small He paints the sense of a world that s familiar but off and you re not sure why Enjoyable read I didn t care much for this compilation There was nothing that tied the stories together, so they were just a random assortment I usually really enjoy Bradbury s short stories because he gives the reader just enough information and story In other Bradbury compendia, he has tied the stories to a central theme The stories in Twice 22 don t seem to be joined in any way and, as a result, I found the book in its entirety rather boring.I did, however, enjoy The Pedestrian, which was a commenta I didn t care much for this compilation There was nothing that tied the stories together, so they were just a random assortment I usually really enjoy Bradbury s short stories because he gives the reader just enough information and story In other Bradbury compendia, he has tied the stories to a central theme The stories in Twice 22 don t seem to be joined in any way and, as a result, I found the book in its entirety rather boring.I did, however, enjoy The Pedestrian, which was a commentary on the isolation of modern life These lives take place in our homes in front of television media, which makes the story a surprisingly accurate portrayal of our modern i.e., 2010s life, although it was published in the 1950s.Similarly, in The Murder, Bradbury comments on the stresses of an interconnected and constantly online society He thus predicts the Facebook revolution, our dependence on our devices, and our increasing tendency to live our lives in public He also predicts how some people become frustrated with this constant connectedness and end up canceling their Facebook accounts or are slow to adopt cell phones and smart phones Wow, Ray Bradbury is a literary master his is descriptive writing at its finest Nearly every single one of the 44 stories contained in this compendium is memorable and thought provoking I particularly liked A Medicine for Melancholy and In a Season of Calm Weather. Two volumes of stories by Ray Bradbury The Golden Apples of the Sun and A Medicine for Melancholy and Other Stories in one omnibus volume I picked it up because I d been pining to read The Fruit at the Bottom of the Bowl, one of my favorite Bradbury stories of all time, and still a brilliant read There are certainly wonderful science fiction stories here Dark They Were, and Golden Eyed and A Sound of Thunder are both two of the best known and two of the best but some of the stories h Two volumes of stories by Ray Bradbury The Golden Apples of the Sun and A Medicine for Melancholy and Other Stories in one omnibus volume I picked it up because I d been pining to read The Fruit at the Bottom of the Bowl, one of my favorite Bradbury stories of all time, and still a brilliant read There are certainly wonderful science fiction stories here Dark They Were, and Golden Eyed and A Sound of Thunder are both two of the best known and two of the best but some of the stories have no fantastic element at all but are still wonderful, like I See You Never and The Great Wild World Over There Ray was a writer of many talents, and I think most readers will find something they really identify with here CONTENTSTHE GOLDEN APPLES OF THE SUNThe Fog HornThe PedestrianThe April WitchThe WildernessThe Fruit at the Bottom of the BowlInvisible BoyThe Flying MachineThe MurdererThe Golden Kite, The Silver WindI See You NeverEmbroideryThe Big Black And White GameA Sound Of ThunderThe Great Wide World Over TherePowerhouseEn La NocheSun And ShadowThe MeadowThe Garbage CollectorThe Great FireHail And FarewellThe Golden Apples Of The SunA MEDICINE FOR MELANCHOLYIn The Season Of Calm WeatherThe DragonA Medicine For MelancholyThe End Of The BeginningThe Wonderful Ice Cream SuitFever DreamThe Marriage MenderThe Town Where No One Got OffA Scent of SarsaparillaIcarus Montgolfier WrightThe HeadpieceDark They Were, And Golden EyedThe SmileThe First Night of LentThe Time Of Going AwayAll Summer In A DayThe GiftThe Great Collision of Monday LastThe Little MiceThe Shoreline At SunsetThe Strawberry WindowThe Day It Rained Forever


About the Author: Ray Bradbury

Ray Douglas Bradbury, American novelist, short story writer, essayist, playwright, screenwriter and poet, was born August 22, 1920 in Waukegan, Illinois He graduated from a Los Angeles high school in 1938 Although his formal education ended there, he became a student of life, selling newspapers on L.A street corners from 1938 to 1942, spending his nights in the public library and his days at the typewriter He became a full time writer in 1943, and contributed numerous short stories to periodicals before publishing a collection of them, Dark Carnival, in 1947 His reputation as a writer of courage and vision was established with the publication of The Martian Chronicles in 1950, which describes the first attempts of Earth people to conquer and colonize Mars, and the unintended consequences Next came The Illustrated Man and then, in 1953, Fahrenheit 451, which many consider to be Bradbury s masterpiece, a scathing indictment of censorship set in a future world where the written word is forbidden In an attempt to salvage their history and culture, a group of rebels memorize entire works of literature and philosophy as their books are burned by the totalitarian state Other works include The October Country, Dandelion Wine, A Medicine for Melancholy, Something Wicked This Way Comes, I Sing the Body Electric , Quicker Than the Eye, and Driving Blind In all, Bradbury has publishedthan thirty books, close to 600 short stories, and numerous poems, essays, and plays His short stories have appeared inthan 1,000 school curriculum recommended reading anthologies Ray Bradbury s work has been included in four Best American Short Story collections He has been awarded the O Henry Memorial Award, the Benjamin Franklin Award, the World Fantasy Award for Lifetime Achievement, the Grand Master Award from the Science Fiction Writers of America, the PEN Center USA West Lifetime Achievement Award, among others In November 2000, the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters was conferred upon Mr Bradbury at the 2000 National Book Awards Ceremony in New York City Ray Bradbury has never confined his vision to the purely literary He has been nominated for an Academy Award for his animated film Icarus Montgolfier Wright , and has won an Emmy Award for his teleplay of The Halloween Tree He adapted sixty five of his stories for television s Ray Bradbury Theater He was the creative consultant on the United States Pavilion at the 1964 New York World s Fair In 1982 he created the interior metaphors for the Spaceship Earth display at Epcot Center, Disney World, and later contributed to the conception of the Orbitron space ride at Euro Disney, France Married since 1947, Mr Bradbury and his wife Maggie lived in Los Angeles with their numerous cats Together, they raised four daughters and had eight grandchildren Sadly, Maggie passed away in November of 2003 On the occasion of his 80th birthday in August 2000, Bradbury said, The great fun in my life has been getting up every morning and rushing to the typewriter because some new idea has hit me The feeling I have every day is very much the same as it was when I was twelve In any event, here I am, eighty years old, feeling no different, full of a great sense of joy, and glad for the long life that has been allowed me I have good plans for the next ten or twenty years, and I hope you ll come along.


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