Monday, July 22, 2013

Book 38: The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury

In keeping with a mini theme of reading books by sci fi masters, this was discounted at Green Apple on Clement so I picked it up.  I saw the movie like 30 years ago and could only remember bald  Rod Steiger's tattooed torso, bleeding from the head, chasing the protaganist.  I didn't realize it was basically 18 short stories only thematically related (future is scary).  Some the shorties were outstanding.  Others were really lame.  Read more like a treatment for the first season of the twilight zone.  Very similar.  Fortunately, it was bit easier to understand in terms of it's time (late fifties, I think) when rocket ships, martian colonization and the great wide open of space still seemed attainable all permeated Bradbury's fiction.  Much better than Simulacra and some truly spooky moments.

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