❮Reading❯ ➵ Twice 22: The Golden Apples of the Sun / A Medicine for Melancholy ➭ Author Ray Bradbury – Peakpopa.info
I was prepared to be disappointed, because I d never read Bradbury before, and highly regarded classic authors tend to disappoint me I just have such eclectic and eccentric tastes that most great literature doesn t really align.But boy howdy, did this book deliver So many clever ideas, such fresh and innovative writing, such fantastic imagery and interesting worlds I loved it from the first story Sure, there were a few stories that fell a little flat, or I didn t quite get, but I enjoyed the whole ride I think the brevity of the stories worked really well just giving us glimpses into different worlds and character s lives Definitely enjoyable, and memorable. 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 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 me White Ice Cream Suit was one to look out for As is The Powerhouse, although that might be scifi. While some stories in this collection were not up to Bradbury s usual level, the majority were fantastic reads I recommend this collection highly. 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 this evident 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 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. Bradbury is a fantastic writer my favorite along with Rod Serling. Simply beautiful writing.