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.