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The Martian Chronicles By Ray Bradbury The Martian Chronicles The strange and wonderful tale of man s experiences on Mars filled with intense images and astonishing visions Now part of the Voyager Classics collection The Martian Chronicles tells the story of hu

  • Title: The Martian Chronicles
  • Author: Ray Bradbury
  • ISBN: 9780553278224
  • Page: 454
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • The Martian Chronicles By Ray Bradbury The strange and wonderful tale of man s experiences on Mars, filled with intense images and astonishing visions Now part of the Voyager Classics collection.The Martian Chronicles tells the story of humanity s repeated attempts to colonize the red planet The first men were few Most succumbed to a disease they called the Great Loneliness when they saw their home planet dwThe strange and wonderful tale of man s experiences on Mars, filled with intense images and astonishing visions Now part of the Voyager Classics collection.The Martian Chronicles tells the story of humanity s repeated attempts to colonize the red planet The first men were few Most succumbed to a disease they called the Great Loneliness when they saw their home planet dwindle to the size of a fist They felt they had never been born Those few that survived found no welcome on Mars The shape changing Martians thought they were native lunatics and duly locked them up.But rockets arrived from Earth, and , piercing the hallucinations projected by the Martians People brought their old prejudices with them and their desires and fantasies, tainted dreams These were soon inhabited by the strange native beings, with their caged flowers and birds of flame.Contents Rocket SummerYllaThe Summer NightThe Earth MenThe TaxpayerThe Third Expedition And the Moon Be Still As BrightThe SettlersThe Green MorningThe LocustsNight MeetingThe ShoreInterimThe MusiciansWay in the Middle of the AirThe Naming of NamesUsher IIThe Old OnesThe MartianThe Luggage StoreThe Off SeasonThe WatchersThe Silent TownsThe Long YearsThere Will Come Soft RainsThe Million Year Picnic
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    1. mark monday on said:

      RIDDLE ME A MARTIAN RIDDLE A Riddle What walks on two legs, uses two arms, talks like a human, acts like a human, kills humans, replaces humans, wants to be accepted and loved by a human Answer A Martian A Riddle What walks on two legs, uses two arms, talks like a human, acts like an animal except that s unfair to animals, kills others of its kind, wages war on its own kind, and destroys its own planet Answer A Human A Riddle What is built like a succession of linked stories, feels at times like [...]

    2. Nataliya on said:

      We earth men have a talent for ruining big, beautiful things The Martian Chronicles, a perfect example of what I d call a quintessential Bradbury fragmentary, at times disjointed, occasionally crossing the line into the realm of surreal, full of his trademark nostalgia and sadness, this account of the failed American Dream approach to the exploration of the ultimate frontier never stops fascinating me and drawing me in with its inexplicable charm Side note as a person of Russian descent, I reser [...]

    3. Matthew on said:

      The Martian Chronicles is a book I have heard about for years, but ended up passing it by in lieu of other Ray Bradbury classics do you need to qualify them by saying classic I think that goes without saying I have now finally read it and it is amazing I continue to be impressed with Bradbury s writing style and his style is very well defined I am pretty sure he is so integrated into how and what he writes, I could probably guess that a book is written by Bradbury after just a few paragraphs and [...]

    4. Bookdragon Sean on said:

      For centuries man has dreamed about going to Mars He has finally achieved this monumental feat, and when he arrived he expected to be greeted as a hero he expected to be greeted with open arms by the Martians But, alas, the Martians have a very different opinion to the aliens that invaded their planet.A funny, and realistic, response When the Earth men arrived the Martians murdered them for a number of wacky reasons They feared that the invaders would steal their wives and also that the humans w [...]

    5. Fabian on said:

      A magnificent experience in which we discover that the inhabitants of the fourth planet in the Milky Way Solar System are identical in the trifles of the everyday as the resident in the 3rd planet Then some collective idea pops out of nowhere a fine symbol of apocalypse and annihilation scares the living shit outta everyone.I know I haven t read much sci fi in the past, but I know that to top this one will be VERY tough Martian Chronicles surpasses, in some ways, that which Bradbury tried, and a [...]

    6. Lyn on said:

      Poetic science fiction Being set in the future and involving space travel, Mars and futuristic technology makes this fit into the science fiction genre, but Bradbury is a writer of literature This is beautiful writing and Bradbury is an artist with a mastery of the language Mars could be another dimension, or fairy land, it does not really matter, Bradbury has concocted an alternate reality to explore psychological ethos If Heinlein is the science fiction ideologist sociologist, and Clarke the s [...]

    7. Adina on said:

      I enjoyed this short story collection a lot than the famous, Fahrenheit 451 I believe Ray Bradbury has an exceptional talent writing short stories I am not a fan of short stories in general, however, I was totally absorbed and fascinated by this book I was expecting the stories to be something different than what i read, something Science Fiction Yes, it does have a bit of space travel, some alien encounters, some hi tech technologies but they are totally not the point of these stories I guess [...]

    8. Megan Baxter on said:

      Wow Justwow Why have I never read this before Ray Bradbury has written an amazing, lyrical, spooky as hell set of pieces that all add up to something much Some are very brief, mere sketches of events Others are full length short stories.Note The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the recent changes in policy and enforcement You can read why I came to this decision here.In the meantime, you can read the entire review at Smorgasbook

    9. Apatt on said:

      Since Ray Bradbury passed away about a month ago at the time of writing it occurred to me to reread his books that I have read before, and read the others that I have missed After rereading Something Wicked This Way Comes last month I thought I d read Fahrenheit 451 but as it turned out The Reddit SF Book Club chose The Martian Chronicles as book of the month July 2012 so in order to keep up with the Joneses here we are How about that for a useless intro This book is a fix up novel which is some [...]

    10. Ted on said:

      4 1 2If you want to read a great review of The Martian Chronicles, skip this one and go directly to mark monday s Do not pass Go Do not collect 200.If you re still here, I will try to keep you entertained for a while by talking about myself, about my reading and not reading Ray Bradbury and other SF, about Ray Bradbury himself and his writing, and even a little near the end about this book view spoiler For references, see bottom of review hide spoiler Me the SF fanThis summer I decided to re rea [...]

    11. David Schaafsma on said:

      We earth men have a talent for ruining big, beautiful things The Martian Chronicles tells the story of humanity s repeated attempts to colonize the red planet.I listened to this book, and my version features an introduction by Bradbury, wherein we hear that Bradbury met Aldous Huxley, who read this book and insisted Bradbury was a poet That makes sense to me, especially if you consider passages such as this There was a smell of Time in the air tonight He smiled and turned the fancy in his mind T [...]

    12. A Bald Mage** Steve on said:

      Master Mage Rating of a perfect 10 10 We Earth men have a talent for ruining big, beautiful things The only reason we didn t set up hotdog stands in the mist of the Egyptian temple of Karnak is because it was out of the way and served no large commercial purpose This quote summed up this brilliant book , I read this when I was 16 and I have still have great memories I would like to share with you.The book is split into acts, the first act is my favourite with Earth sending expeditions to Mars.Du [...]

    13. Char on said:

      The Martian Chronicles is an amazing collection of interconnected stories about Mars Human missions to Mars, religious missions to Mars, nervous breakdowns on Mars, etc Even though some of the tales are outdated by today s views, the underlying values and messages remain the same they are timeless.Some of the stories have been released previously, and some have been changed over the years I discovered, thanks to Wiki, that one tale having to do with race relations, was not included in this colle [...]

    14. José on said:

      Pod s encontrar esta y otras rese as en mi blog.Este a o me propuse comenzar a leer a Ray Bradbury, un autor que ten a pendiente desde hace un mont n de tiempo Por suerte me encontr con un autor maravilloso y por fin pude ver por qu sus obras son consideradas grandes cl sicos modernos.Cr nicas Marcianas es, junto a Fahrenheit 451, el libro m s conocido de Bradbury Se trata de un libro que no sigue una estructura narrativa convencional, sino que est compuesto por varios relatos o cr nicas que tra [...]

    15. Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder* on said:

      4.5 stars I have something to fight for and live for that makes me a better killer I ve got what amounts to a religion now It s learning how to breathe all over again And how to lie in the sun getting a tan, letting the sun work into you And how to hear music and how to read a book What does your civilization offer I m basically a noob when it comes to science fiction Other than one Sci fi book I dared and enjoyed a few years ago and a sampling of alien creature features, I haven t explored much [...]

    16. Fernando on said:

      Luego de Farenheit 451, mi libro preferido del viejo Ray Una distop a interplanetaria que nos muestra el poder de fuego destructivo del hombre, as en la Tierra como en Marte Bradbury cuenta c mo los colonizadores humanos del planeta rojo van corrompiendo el nuevo h bitat en el que viven el propio suelo marciano El cap tulo que m s me gusta es Usher II, un homenaje de Ray Bradbury a unos de sus m s grandes dolos literarios que tambi n es el m o Edgar Allan Poe.

    17. Elizabeth on said:

      I vividly remember reading this book I was in 8th grade and I read it in Mrs Zimmerman s class She was this bizarre ageless woman who wore her jet black hair in a crusty bee hive and had gobs of pastel green eye shadow on her eyelids She also had a rusty voice like an ex smoker, and spoke really slowly She could have been a character in Martian Chronicles I still kind of wonder if she was human Anyway, I read this book over and over There was something so pristine about the world that Bradbury c [...]

    18. Jonathan Ashleigh on said:

      I wish there were books that told a story though many short stories the way this book does or just that I were privy to I would have never thought that I would enjoy this book than Bradbury s most famous book, Fahrenheit 451 I guess that book is widely read because it is focused for children and they apparently read Everyone should read The Martian Chronicles, not just those who like science fiction.

    19. Duane on said:

      .I ve seen this referred to as a masterpiece of science fiction, but it s less about the science and about the faults and failures of humanity, in this case Americans He delivers a sharp slap to the face of American racial prejudice, aggressive colonization, wastefulness and disregard of the environment I think Bradbury would be shocked to see the same conditions existing in the 21st century He would also be shocked to see we haven t sent any humans to Mars yet.This is a collection of short sto [...]

    20. Owlseyes on said:

      UPDATEThis recent study published in Science , gives some reason to the imagined Dead Sea of Mars, by Ray Bradbury NASA scientists have determined that a primitive ocean on Mars held water than Earth s Arctic Ocean and that the Red Planet has lost 87 percent of that water to space NASA GSFC PrologueBack in the late nineties I was a member of The Planetary Society I used to receive, at home, their magazine I always took notice of that name Ray Bradbury, among the long list of other famous names [...]

    21. Werner on said:

      Note, Nov 2, 3017 I edited this just now to correct a minor typo.Though the 16 stories that comprise this collection are fitted into a super imposed chronological framework, and are joined by some short units of bridging material, they were originally composed as stand alones, not part of any larger unity Bradbury was primarily a writer of short fiction, the main medium for his characteristic supernatural and science fiction in the era when he started writing this book simply collects most of th [...]

    22. Carmine on said:

      Pronti per un nuovo pianeta da distruggere Fantascienza che diventa poesia sci fi che si tramuta, quasi impercettibilmente, in una sorta di fiaba dalla morale semplice e diretta.Il genuino spirito della scoperta, l a per l ignoto ed il desiderio di sconfiggere la solitudine, motori trainanti della progressiva colonizzazione di Marte, lasciano posto all insofferenza da parte di un umanit sempre pi in balia dei propri limiti, tristemente incapace di districarsi dalla scarsa lungimiranza.Ma la dere [...]

    23. Nandakishore Varma on said:

      I had read a lot about The Martian Chronicles before I read this book and I must say that for a change, the hype was justified This is an absolutely fantastic piece of literature.I am a bit lenient with the stars in genre fiction I don t hold them to the exacting standards that I do with literature So in SF, if the concept is unusual, it tends to gather five stars But in case of this book, the five stars have nothing to do with genre It s purely for the literary merit.There are two writers whose [...]

    24. Sonia on said:

      Estupendo.Es la segunda obra de Bradbury que leo y no me deja de fascinar el inevitable cuestionamiento del comportamiento humano, a veces muy sutil, a veces bastante clara, pero siempre con la misma conclusi n de inverosimilitud en algunas cosas que el hombre hace o piensa Adem s, me sigue pareciendo una prosa encantadora, la de este autor Los relatos me parecieron muy interesantes Interesantes de verdad.Como un extra dir que, a pesar del alto precio que pagu por este raro ejemplar aunque en un [...]

    25. Christy on said:

      Ray Bradbury s Martian Chronicles is a lovely, lyrical collection of short pieces about the human colonization of Mars and its consequences, beginning just before first contact and ending after the death and destruction of most of the population of both Mars and Earth Since this is a collection of stories and vignettes instead of a novel, the central, guiding element of the book is not a character or set of characters instead it is the setting and the emotion evoked by Bradbury s prose His main [...]

    26. PorshaJo on said:

      For years The Martian Chronicles is a book that has intrigued me I ve gone back and forth on read it, don t read it I always thought martians and outer space, it s not my preferred reading But it s Bradbury I ve read two of his other books Fahrenheit 451 and Something Wicked This Way Comes and have enjoyed both of them The movie versions of the books are pretty good too Reading reviews on GR I came across something on Bradbury Thanks Ron and pretty much said I have to read it now.The Martian Chr [...]

    27. Poonam on said:

      This is my Book Of the Month February 2017, with GR group Nothing But Reading Challenges Category Adult Sci Fi Fantasy BOM.A classic in Science Fiction category, this book was originally published in the year 1949 and I have to applaud the author s imagination and story telling At first the book was not something that I expected but then it became something that I kind of expected and then again it veered in a direction that I did not expect There were times I was confused and at times I could n [...]

    28. Gaijinmama on said:

      Whether you read SF or not, Ray Bradbury writes beautifully His style is dreamy and lyrical, satirical and funny, and at times creepy as hell.This book is interconnected short stories, rather than a novel in the traditional sense It describes the imagined human colonization of Mars Some parts are extremely dated all the men smoke cigars and shoot things the women bake gingerbread I guess cell phones and YouTube were beyond the realm ofpossibility in 1950, too Bradbury had people still using type [...]

    29. Lauren on said:

      Is this heaven Nonsense, no It s a world and we get a second chance Nobody told us why, but no one told us why we were on earth either other earth, I mean How do we know there wasn t another one before that one Bradbury s brilliance on display After he passed in 2012, I told myself I need to go through his works and catch up It took me 4 years get to it, and I am so glad I finally did This was amazing can t think of any other way to describe it Bradbury s writing captures a moment in time the be [...]

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