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Es selected for the present collection may not all happen in October but they do share a melancholic mood that ften morphs into full blown fright I am thinking f adding as a subtitle High Anxiety for the whole set and then play a game f Name That Fear for each episode The Dwarf is a great Before Watchmen Spectre Soyeux opening gambit probablyne f the earliest shorts written by the author illustrating his fascination with carnivals and with the grotesue A short man visits every night the hall f mirrors in the amusement park always heading straight for the Freddie Mercury : bio officielle one distorting silverbacked glass that makes him appear as tall as regular people The ticket vendor makes funf him with the callous indifference The Rabbit Girls of bullies everywhere The anxiety here would be the lonelinessf the person rejected from society for being different in appearance I liked how the dwarf is presented as a succesful pulp writer how inside his head he s just as good if not better than his tormentors This little guy s got a soul as big as all Polvo de sueos (Malaz: El Libro de los Cados 9) (Nova) outdoors he s got everything in his head The Next In Line highlights the fearf the cemeteries GUIDE RANDO VERCORS of the dark damp and smelly place undergound where the dead are buried A young couplen a tourist visit to Mexcio comes across a town where the air is so dry that bodies do not rot in the ground and are instead mummified Because a lot La catadora (NARRATIVA) of the local people are too poor to pay for the burial place these mummies are exhumated and stored in a long underground chamber and then shown to the tourists for a small fee I have saved a uote from this story where the young man chides his wife for being superstitious but I have a hunch that the author sides with hern the issue as sometimes the fear is too strong for the rational brain The minute you get a religion you stop thinking Believe in Ne pas s'y Fier (Rien de Spcial t. 4) one thing too much and you have no room for new ideas The Watchful Poker Chipf H Matisse doesn t seem too scary at first glance it is the story Eden Vol.4 of a man so dull and uninteresting that he becomes an attraction for a crowdf fashionable artists Enjoying their attention the man now tries to remain in the spotlight by artificial means like wearing an unusual eye piece painted by the famous French Impressionist My vote would be again for fear Le soleil des Scorta - Prix Goncourt 2004 of lonelinessf rejection by social conformists Skeleton is fear Piccolo manuale d'aikido of illnessf your L'agonie d'une Monarchie, Autriche-Hongrie, 1914-1920 own body It is the talef a hypochondriac who goes to a dubious doctor and becomes aware that he has been walking around all his life carrying a skeleton inside him Delightfully macabre The Jar is a second story that starts with a carnival and its gallery L'eredit dell'abate nero. Secretum saga of freaks It is a variantf the fear De l'honnte dissimulation of the unknown and a story about the wayur imagination can create monsters A Cabeza de Medusa (Infantil E Xuvenil - Fra De Xogo) outf unexplained physical r biological bjects Here a farmer becomes fascinated with Advanced Techniques in Day Trading: A Practical Guide to High Probability Strategies and Methods onef those pale and wobbly things floating in chloroform in big transparent bottles Ignorance and superstition also play a role as the man s neighbors from a poor swamp village gather around the jar to speculate Facts for Visitors on the thing srigins The Lake is about fear The Pawns of Sion of death by drowning but than this it is about the passingf childhood about lost friends and the power A Sexy Berling Valentine (Sexy Berling of love to keep the memories alive Onef the most lyrical and sad shorts in the whole collection The Emissary is another variant Song of the Brook of the fearf death In this short story a boy is immobilized in bed by illness and his trusty dog is his Read, Rhyme, and Romp: Early Literacy Skills and Activities for Librarians, Teachers, and Parents only contact with theutside world by bringing in the twigs and burrs and the smells ძნელია ღმერთობა of the places it visits But what happens when this dog starts visiting a cemetery tooften Touched With Fire is difficult to pin down Two mysterious strangers try to prevent a woman from getting murdered Are they prescient Bésame, princesa. or simply betterbservers f human nature than usual I would class the story as fear f predestination Sete Anos no Tibet of the lossf free will but a accurate message may be that we cannot force people to act against their nature The Small Assassin is a creepy example Il gusto proibito dello zenzero of a woman with post natal depression who believes her child tried to kill her during a difficult birth and is continuing to attack her after they return home from hospital It s a clever piece but notne L'homme Qui Retrécit of my favorites it fels contrived even if I accept the supernatural elements The Crowd is an illustrationf a fear I was spared from until recently I got my driver s license nly a couple f years ago and my first car Smoldering Embers only months ago Since then I have started to consider seriously what would happen if I got into a road accident Bradbury doesn t help me much as he tries to prove that there is a reason you always see a crowdf thrill seekers around the sites Tucker Peak of such crashes and that these people are not there to help you Jack In The Box is about a boy who is afraid the whole worldutside his house is gone He is locked in with his mother and a mysterious teacher inside a huge house with many locked doors and secret passages He would like to escape yet is afraid Sattumuksia Brooklynissa of what would happen if he breaksut Music in the Medieval West (Western Music in Context: A Norton History) of his safe daily routine The Scythe is a good candidate for a Bestf anthology La bellezza delle cose fragili of Bradbury short stories It s major anxiety is the fearf a father that he cannot provide sustenance and safety for his family during the Great Depression most A Record of Cambodia: The Land and Its People of all that he cannot protect them from th that country where it is always turning late in the year That country where the hills are fog and the rivers are mist where noons go uickly dusks and twilights linger and midnights stay That country composed in the mainf cellars sub cellars coal bins closets attics and pantries faced away from the sun That country whose people are autumn people thinking Tchaikovsky Ballet Music only autumn thoughts Whose people passing at nightn the empty walks sound like rainA collection Istorie si utopie of 19 macabre tales from who many consider to be the finest writerf fantastic fictionIt is a truth universally acknowledged that the majority Manuale di zoologia fantastica of short story collections are hit and miss Well thisne is all killer and no filler baby Correction perhaps a teeny tiny bit f filler as there was ONE story I just didn t vibe with namely The Watchful Poker Chip Of H Poker Chip f H but hey as that Meatloaf song says Polar Bear Dawn: A Detective Bernadette Callahan Mystery oneut Lakam of nineteen ain t bad Orsomething like that This was a really fun collection to read during my road trip in New England it was uite easy to fit in a storyr two each evening I did try and read some aloud to my boyfriend but he did not remain awake until the end for ANY Untamed Delights of them However I m going to blame thatn my soothing voice and not the stories themselves My absolute FAVOURITE story was The Emissary This was a sweet story about a sick young boy and his dog that turns a little dark I love it when stories turn dark unexpectedly If you combine emotion with my horror then I m gonna be Clandestine Poems/Poemas Clandestinos on board about 93%f the timeThere s just so many memorable tales that I won t forget in a hurry The Small Assassin which is about a mother who is convinced that her newborn baby is The Mystery of a Hansom Cab out to kill her The Scythe a chilling tale about a man who comes into the possessionf a powerful wheat field and an even powerful scythe The Lake which was my To a Daffodil, Life on an Oregon Flower Farm other favourite story is about a man revisiting his childhood home and recalling a friend who drowned in a lake during their childhoodBradbury s writing is beautifully poetic and his stories incredibly inventive I m reading these stories uite a few years after they were written and they are just as impactful and uniue Bradbury is uickly becomingne La vita fuori tempo di Ivan Dolinar of my favourite authorsCan t rave about thisne enough One The Longest Walk: The Record of our World's First Crossing of the Entire Americas of the best short story collections I ve ever read it s up there alongside King s Night Shift and Clive Barker s Booksf Blood All the stars Or 5 if we re using the standard rating system I am uite useless at reviewing an anthologies so please bear with me How do you go about reviewing these things any way Story by story Sounds like a chore I ll just muddle through as usual then The October Country is a collection f Ray Bradbury s macabre stories I hesitate to label them as horror stories because they are not particularly horrifying but they are mostly dd and
unsettling almost newalmost new but disualified Anos En Silencio on the new part The iIllustrations by Joe Mugnaini a few are shown below add a surreal atmosphere to the stories I will just run through them uicklyDwarf A little strange ends before it should for me no clear denouement but a good little morality tale The Next in Line I like the gradationf depths for burial based n the wealth f the family There is a very creepy psychologically unsettling scene in the catacombs I find the story goes Intrigo internazionale. Pop, chic, spie degli anni Settanta on too long yet the ending is a little too abrupt too WTF if you will I do love the lyricism and poetic rhythmf his writing thoughThe Watchful Poker Chip Sword of Avalon of H Matisse A humorousbservation about the pretentious avant garde Nice Lady Midnight oneSkeleton That is gross man LOL A darkly humorous story OK thisne is a bit horrifying I love it The Jar I like how the entire story revolves around the mysterious content Christology: A Global Introduction of the jar the twist at the end is coolThe Lake The firstvertly supernatural tale in this book a sentimental and sad little ghost storyThe Emissary Unexpected twist in this The Flying Doctor one to say any would spoil it Great storyTouched With Fire The storyf a couple Once Upon a Wine of retired insurance salesmen and a perpetually angry woman who is a sortf Angry Bird in human formThe Small Assassin My favorite story in this book give me the collywobbles I m not saying anything about the plotThe Crowd The crowd that materialize in accident scenes are indeed reprehensible Good storyJack in the Box A weird scifi ish story Have you seen M Night Shyamalan 2004 movie The Village This story is a bit like that well no that movie is a bit like this which predates itThe Scythe Don t fear the Reaper r don t fear the reaping This story left a singularly eerie image in my mind after reading Uncle Einar A pleasant lighthearted story Not creepy at allThe Wind Supernatural creepy and sadThe Man Upstairs an excellent vampire tale with triangles chains and pyramids geniusThere Was an Old Woman Annoying bloody woman good for a giggleThe Cistern A weird watery tale which is almost a ghost storyHomecoming They re creepy and they re kooky Mysterious and spooky actually may be like The MunsterThe Wonderful Death f Dudley Stone Strange mainstream ish story It is actually uite wonderful a great way to end the bookTL DR My favorite stories are Skeleton The Small Assassin and The Wonderful Death J'irai cracher sur vos tombes of Dudley StoneProbably not Bradbury s best collection but Bradbury is always well worth reading The best Ray Bradbury anthology is IMO The Illustrated Man The Martian Chronicles is great but it isf a fix up novelAs I write it is almost Halloween the best time to read this collection Watch The Twilight Show even any Primo dizionario: mille storielle illustrate alla scoperta delle parole other derivativef that show for that matter ie anything from Perversions Running Wild of Science to Black Mirror to Tales from the Crypt and those goosebumps that develop ever so sinister like Every story in this collection earns that typef unforgettable excitement the pure thrill Percival Everett di Virgil Russell of being scared And by nother than this maestro Hard to believe that the master was with me personally all along I still remember coming across Something Wicked this Way Comes in middle school and thinking how awful that true terror is available to all people eually you are not immune because you Mark Tony of your sex race and age It is a common thread that unites us whether it be bodily terrorr psychological torment The War of the Saints or straight up monster mash Being scaredMy favorite short story al. Nostalgia are alson display in the celebratory Uncle Einar and haunting The Lake the latter a fine elegy to childhood loss This edition features a new introduction by Bradbury an invaluable essay The Flag of Childhood: Poems From the Middle East on writin. Onef the first books I ever read and Zechariah 9 14 And Malachi: A Commentary onef the reasons I still read I found some Proletarian Literature in the United States: An Anthology of thether reviews dismaying poor dialogue silly concepts antiue writing style has the world and the people in it really changed that much Have people lost their hearts Perhaps they ve just never read The Smile by Bradbury not included in this collectionGranted Bradbury s style does take some getting used to the man is emotionally honest and as people everywhere become emotionally guarded such honesty appears to be naivete It isn t but that s an argument for another day And Bradbury With Me occasionally enjoys being poeticr lyrical so people marking time until they can rush through volume 17 Il bacio dell'Assunta of Lilith McHotpants Ace Ghoul Slayer Part the Twelveteenthf the Saga I pilastri della terra of Kaaarfgaaasr and P is for Perfunctoryr whatever they spend the majority Balzac's Omelette: A Delicious Tour of French Food and Culture with Honoré de Balzac of their time reading may find such a style annoying Because you know it s about evoking feelings and such not pushing buttonsBut for those with the eye for a well told tale and senses neither dulled by crapr so highly attuned by High Lit that they can t enjoy solid pulp this should go down a treatThe Dwarf still as sad and dark and painful as I remember it You have to love the breezy way Bradbury can just roll a story along with a deft turn The Summer Before the War of phraser description the sea was a burning sheet f tinsel and glass So sad but honest that the cruel person doesn t even see what s wrong and suffers nothing while the girl s attempt to be human and humane puts the chain f events into motion And Mr Bigelow wrote detective stories Heh I like the fact that there s no Storm Breaking (Valdemar: Mage Storms, overt supernatural elements in this collection at first the initial stories all turnn human psyches and neurosis until The SkeletonThe Next In Line notorious to me because it was so long I never finished it as a kid Here again no Around the Way Girl overt supernatural elements just a woman suddenlyverwhelmed by the inescapable awareness I bambini sono cambiati: La psicologia dei bambini dai cinque ai dieci anni of herwn mortality exacerbated by the horrors I seguaci di Ipnos: l'incubo of unburied mummiesf Mexican peasants they can t afford the rent to remain buried any in the most ultimate capitalist scam ever something to keep in mind for Chaste our futures the strangenessf culture shock and the unloving husband to whom she s already dead This might be a tad Viscolul overwroughtoverwritten but the feverish pitchf her nervous breakdown really does drag you along and the scenes in the catacombs counting to avoid the screaming dead but you can t avoid them because here they are and here and hereand HERE the descriptions La quinta ola of the little Mexican town at night the streetlight blowing in the wind the desperate race to escape the town but you can t escape death the little details whirled and cavorted before the coffin shaped mirror andmens a sugar skull with your name Da Poussin agli Impressionisti on it are all aces I especially liked the bit where she seeks escape and safety in reading writing from her world news pop magazines but even those are consumed far too uickly Also appreciated seeing the gestation for the ideaf Skeleton in her comments Ludvig Meine Liebe on why skeletons do not bother her Just great solid writingThe Watchful Poker Chipf H Matisse Nice for a number Il mondo è un teatro: la vita e l'epoca di William Shakespeare of reasons foremost in that it s a horror story but funny at the same time the horror arising again from the psyche and how it responds to the attentionsf groups inspiration for The Crowd possibly and popular culture Couldn t help thinking Maradona: The Autobiography of Soccer's Greatest and Most Controversial Star of thatld George Carlin Book Club book title Self Mutilation As An Attention Getter as the story wrapped up and that aspect is really where the dry bitter horror lies and why the story is Buona Apocalisse a tutti! oddly relevant today as well Loved seeing VIC SADE get a name check the best OTR comedy show EVER but I guess that also makes me a hipster doofus like the restf the Cellar Septet great band name waiting to be snagged I know Bradbury s tone towards the avant gardeians like the tone f most people towards the artistic fringe is disdainful but personally I love characters like this ironic posing r no So Garvey s eventual transformation into a surrealist Anabasis (The Persian Expedition) object is both sad and cool for me the Surrealists knew that desire and death were intricately linkedSkeleton this rocked my world as a little kid andnly impresses me as an adult The concept is just wonderfully simple man at war with his skeleton then toss in the resonant symbolism the The Gravedigger's Daughter: A Novel organic painful messinessf life his Life Is Like a Sailboat: Selected Writings on Life and Living from The Philadelphia Inquirer outsides pitted against the cleanrderly solid reliable support structure Buttons and Bones of his insides which symbolize death Only the dead are eternally cool as Hakim Bey said the little details he s great at ceramics and even some unexpected argument from thether side the heavy man s fat as a buffer against the battering The Warrior's Forbidden Virgin of life and a way to trap the skeleton inrganic tar topped ff with a bizarre character that makes it a bone fide weird tale salty breadsticks and a memorable last line you ve got yourself a killer storyThe Jar has been adapted a few times I seem to remember a version n The New Alfred Hitchcock Presents TV show from the 80s in which the country bumpkin setting is switched with a modern art ne and it s a pretty solid creepy story although Bradbury s tendency to verwrite becomes a bit cartoonish when at least I feel he s writing characters O Sol na Cabeça of a type that he s not directly familiar with Still the inchoate mass in the jar is strangely evocative a blank screennto which everyone projects their ideas and it s a nice reversal Against Venice (Anti-Voyages Series, of The Watchful Poker Chip in thatne man desires to make himself the center f attention from people who don t really care about himThe Lake is very touching I have a reading f this by Bradbury himself and it really is an effective emotional piece about lost childhood love and the uncaring blankness Κινέζικα Κουτιά: Τέσσερις Εποχές του Ντετέκτιβ Μαλόουν of deathThe Emissary still gives me chills This was a favoritef mine as a child and reading it as an adult I wondered if perhaps it might have just seemed darker Realm of the Reaper or threatening to me back then but no the ending isminously not good Bradbury really stretches his evocative language shtick here conjuring autumn in a million ways while bolting the whole thing to a life lived memory La ballata di Iza of being an invalid and then wrapping it in a strange variationf The Monkey s Pawexcept this timethe door gets to Mille farfalle nel sole openTouched With Fire was also adaptedn Alfred Hitchcock Presents albeit the The Clock King And The Queen Of The Hourglass original bw version It is very well done and I like the fact that the terrible events partially arise from the main characters desire to help people as in The Dwarf and inverted strangely the presumptionf The Crowd which is proven wrong The writing makes the harridan woman a bit cartoonish but that s part The Arrival of Man in Britain in the Pleistocene Age of the point to draw you into feeling what Foxer the The Daughter of the Regiment (La Fille Du Regiment): Vocal Score otherne I forget feels and this building f tone and mood hot irritable loud abrasive is well conjured CuteThe Small Assassin is a genuine classic postpartum depression twisted into a horror tale before there was even a term for it The last line is a killer and the modern resonances it brings f abortion and sociopatholgy are especially powerful What a great storyThe Crowd is another L'angelo caduto onef those unabashed classics a simple idea marvelously realized It s amazing how effective it is I don t even know if there s much to say "I Love The Idea That The People " love the idea that the people all character types and are immortal I also love that there s never a specific explanation Hirmus Henry ja jõle lumememm or explication from the Crowd so while the ending confirms the narrator s theory wenly ever really have his suppositions to go n I wish modern horror writers wrote stories this sharpJack In The Box isokay It almost seems like an idea pregnant with possibilities than can reasonably be addressed in the short story form although I do like idea that the kid thinks he s dead at the end and that this year s special room was an elevator For some reason this story strikes me as a partial riff n Lovecraft s The OutsiderThe Scythe is another great Treasury of Japanese Folktales: Bilingual English and Japanese Edition one solid well told well imagined painful Another great idea that doesn t need world buildingr explication just accept it because Bradbury is such a good storyteller why would your ruin the story with uestions It s like reading a young creative person s first realization that death isn t fair and logicalUncle Einar is Color Design Workbook: A Real-World Guide to Using Color in Graphic Design of course not really a horror storyf a weird tale in that fine Orlando old tradition It s alsone Blogging for Creatives: How designers, artists, crafters and writers can blog to make contacts, win business and build success of his stories about The Family that eventually influenced Charles Addams It s probably the slightestf those Family stories Cecy s story The Traveler is really dark and I ve never read Bradbury s late in life reworking Women's Rights and Nothing Less: The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton of this material into a novel form because I feel so close to Homecoming and The Family et al having discovered them at exactly the right momentf my childhood But this Story of my People one is a wonderful bitf dark fantasy touching and sweetThe Wind a simple idea simply told as long as it needs to be and no longer I love how it locates the main narrative away from the important action and then comments upon that very thing as we sit here people are dying using the set up for an effective punchline NiceThe Man Upstairs really made an impact House of Exile: War, Love and Literature, from Berlin to Los Angeles on me as a kid With the imaginingsf multicolored worlds seen through glass the focus Hegemony on innardsf all types the reinvention Futility of the vampire and the implied gruesome ending dissection this is a great creepy horror story Again even better for the lackf explanationThere Was An Old Woman is another charming weird tale with an unexpected ending usually stories like this would be about acceptance Bitten of the inevitable The cantankerousld biddy is strongly sketched and the humor is well deliveredThe Cistern slight but poetic is about evoking Ophelia like images Spuma zilelor of drowned bodies and flowers deep underground than telling a full storyThe Wonderful Deathf Dudley Stone is also I fear a bit slight for my tastes It s a cute idea and as expected well told but the central idea eh too romantic an envisioning Princess of Prophecy of a writer as character for my tastesI left Homecoming for last because itsne OF MY FAVORITE BRADBURY STORIES EVER UR TEXT FOR my favorite Bradbury stories ever ur text for Addams s famous Family The Munsters etc and thus a component Rito de iniciación of the whole 1950 s Monster Kid culture It also still brings tears to my eyes I hope he continued to walk the fine line theriginals tread so assuredly the monsters ARE monsters as Cecy s interaction with the All about High-Frequency Trading old woman and the mud pits illustrates in his later re usef this material I wonder if all the Tim Burton fans even know a story like this existsGreat stories from a great writer What could you want This was a
great collection fcollection f stories by Ray Bradbury I m so glad I read this book in October with the leaves coming down the air was crisp and Halloween was around the corner It really added to the Zora and Nicky: A Novel in Black and White overall atmosphere for the bookFavorite short stories The Next in Line Skeleton The Emissary The Small Assassin and The Scythe Bradbury s writing is so beautiful flawless and fantastical I definitely recommend this collection to Bradbury fans and anyone that enjoys horror and fantasy genres that country were it is always turning late in the year That country where the hills are fog and the rivers are mist where noons go uickly dusks and twilight linger and midnights stay The country composed in the mainf cellars sub cellars coal bins closets attics and pantries faced away from the sun That country whose people are autumn people thinking Jakob the Liar only autumn thoughts Whose people passing at nightn the empty walks sound like rain The introduction suggests this ne s a good choice for a Halloween read and indeed the stori. Ray Bradbury's first short story collection is back in print its chilling encounters with funhouse mirrors parasitic accident watchers and strange poker chips intact Both sides f Bradbury's vaunted childhood. .
L Murder Bites the Bullet of them are as perfect as can be Skeleton I love the readingf Bradbury Poems and Fragments on a crisp autumn morning sounds like OctoberThe October Country is a collectionf short stories by the Grandmaster writer Ray Bradbury Eschewing any connection to science fiction this group Shrouded in Pompei of purely fantasy tales resounds with Bradbury s fascination with and brilliant creativity in the realmsf the Och plötsligt är det afton occult macabre and the dark Bradbury begins the book with this explanation The October Country that country where it is always turning late in the year That country where the hills are fog and the rivers are mist where noons go uickly dusks and twilight linger and midnights stay That country composed in the mainf cellars sub cellars coal bins closets attics and pantries faced away from the sun That country whose people are autumn people thinking Fenomen parfema: germanističke rasprave, eseji, osvrti only autumn thoughts Whose people passing at nightn the empty walks sound like rain These are some f his best stor Finally Finally I ve read this classic collection f short stories by Ray Bradbury I m so glad that I did What can I say about this that hasn t already been said It s beautifully written Some NARUTO -ナルト- 巻ノ三十七 of the stories were so haunting I know that they will stick with me for the restf my life Ones like The Scythe and The Dwarf Jack in the Box and Homecoming Bradbury s style is sparse he packs a lot f meaning into very few words His prose is so beautiful that at times the reader has to pause for a moment and savor it Seriously it s amazingI highly recommend this collection f short stories written by Small Well Lane: A Contemporary Chinese Play and Oral History onef the masters At Last A Life of the form October Countrythat country where it is always turning late in the year That country where the hills are fog and the rivers are mist where noons go uickly dusks and twilights linger and midnights stay That country composed in the mainf cellars sub cellars coal bins closets attics and pantries faced away from the sun That country whose people are autumn people thinking Everland only autumn thoughts Whose people passing at nightn the empty walks sound like rain Fall is probably my favorite The Horsemen of all seasons and every year I walkn the streets through avenues and parks There is a smell Central of Georgia Railway of burning leaves hanging around lazily and the skies are still bright sharp and clear but the sun is less warm You can feel the wind getting colder and taste the air now sharper and fresher Nights are chilling with big yellow moons Leaves change their colors and are now a mixturef yellow green red and Birthright, Vol. 3: Allies and Enemies orange They start dropping from the treesne by Ports of Call one at first but steadily gustsf wind grasp them by the handfuls and leave bare branches behind Although the process is inherently sad in nature as it forecasts the upcoming winter with its ice and snow there is an element Blind Descent of beauty in fall leavesn the ground especially in the afternoon sunlight It casts a special shine which is not there in Contemplations other seasons and yellowing leaves make the streets look as if they were paved with goldMy copyf The October Country has a new introduction by Ray Bradbury written in 1999 where he claims to remembering being born and the development Adulter of his passion for stories and storytelling He wrote his first story in the seventh grade and since the agef twelve knew that was the way to ensure proper immortality being remembered after A Amante do Tenente Francês our limited timen earth runs The Governess out Bradbury saw the processf writing as a match between life and death each completed story a victory Days when he didn t write were threatening him extinction and this is why he wrote every day since he turned twelve evading death He died last year at the age Exposure (Love Story, of 91 having published his last novel Farewell Summer six years before along with hundredsf short stories Death has finally caught with Ray but not before he had his say he went Hark---A Christmas Collection outn his Un giorno di ordinaria illegalità own terms and achieved the exact typef immortality that he hoped for The October Country contains nineteen very different stories most Memoirs of an Egotist of which were previously published in Bradbury s debut colection Dark Carnival These are somef Bradbury s earliest stories published before The Martian Chronicles and Fahrenheit 451 There is a special pleasure in reading these stories allowing Ray Bradbury s gentle storytelling lull us in and expose us to his in reading these stories allowing Ray Bradbury s gentle storytelling lull us in and expose us to his I can see young Kings and Mathesons The Leisure Seeker of this world reading his fiction deep into the night possibly even with a flashlight under the bedcovers amazed that a grownup could think such thingsnto paper Bradbury was a man who could both turn a phrase and had a great big heart his warmth emanates from his writing which is far removed from the vulgarity Syria's Seduction of contemporary world Bradbury wasften accused Les Larmes du seigneur afghan of being too sentimental and too emotional but I don t think this is completely correct while it s true that his storiesffer a bucolic vision Fire in the Cane Field: The Federal Invasion of Louisiana and Texas, January 1861–January 1863 of the American heartland and the nostalgiaf small town life but didn t shy away from showing the nastiness running behind the curtain The Way Home Looks Now of these idealistic visionsThis is perhaps best illustrated in thepening story The Dwarf which is an achingly sad story Fire of loneliness and cruelty What makes it sad is that notnly the cruelty is pointless as it always is but that it s inflicted Pack Balance on someone who is in no capability to defend himself and by someone who makes an extra effort to make sure that it hits where it hurts the most There s no need for supernatural elements hererdinary life is enough as events like these happen every day everywhere The Lake is another touching and sad story but in another way it s about a man who revisits his childhood home and is flooded with memories The Bootlegger's Other Daughter of a lost friend It s almost a ghost story but not uite the ghosts are the memories which flood the main character to the point where he almost re enters the past and feels disconnected from and disappointed with the present realityThere are great stories with a touchf horror here too The Skeleton and The Small Assassin both have great imaginative premises and work very well The first Fundação e Império one features a man convinced that his skeleton isut to kill him and tries to fight it it concludes with a great memorable last line true to style f classic short fiction The Small Assassin is Bradbury s experiment with psychological horror a woman becomes convinced that her newborn baby is conspiring to kill her While this might seem to be just an example f postnatal stress and depression the arguments she uses sound at least a bit true is there anything in the world selfish than a baby with its unending demand for constant care and attention Do some mothers and fathers do not have the feeling that sometimes their baby is acting the way it does just to spite and annoy them This is a great horror story without vampires r boogeymen but with cribs nappies and milk bottles The last line again is a killer literallyThere are horrific stories here The Next in Line features a couple exploring a cemetery in a small Mexican town which holds a truly capitalistic policy towards the buried and their families The Crowd is another great story which truly emphasizes Bradbury s great strength exploring simple ideas and writing classic tales based n them Its narrator finds it Willow Run odd that crowdsf spectators always gather around the scene Exodus: Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching of an accident and finds people who would stare at someone s tragedy reprehensible the truth is stranger than anyf us could suspect Same goes for The wind where a man is Pérez and Martina: A Puerto Rican Folktale obsessed with wind he s an adventurer who thinks that wind has always beenut there to get him and even though he always managed to escape he s convinced that this time his luck has finally ran The Man of Shadows out There was an Old Woman is different in the way that it takes a scary situation and makes it amusing it s concerned with anld cantankerous woman who just refuses to die It s good and full The Infidelity Chain of fun humorThere s a great mixturef Bradbury s recollection Oriana Fallaci: The Journalist, the Agitator, the Legend of his youth mixed with his interest in weirdness in Uncle Einar and Homecoming bothf which share characters Uncle Einar was inspired by Bradbury s favorite uncle and you can see his love in this weird tale Rosto de Caveira, Os Filhos da Noite e outros contos of a man with wings who longs to return to the skies but has to live among people who don t have them The resolution is heartwarming and memorable Homecoming is the exact reversef Uncle Einar Timothy its young narrator is a mortal child living among supernatural beings Left Fatherland on their doorstep as an infant he longs to be like them but at the same time understands that this will never be possible Unlike Uncle Einar Homecoming is a sad storyf a boy who wishes to belong but will always be an Firetalking outsider even with the complete supportf his adoptive familyMy favorite story from the entire collection is probably The Scythe which is a great imaginative story in the nature Big Sky Daddy of the folk tales that I read as a young boy Set in what looks like the Depression a poor family notices an empty house at the endf a road and upon entering discovers the body A Special Bull of a previous inhabitant and his will beueathing both the house and farm behind it to the person reading it The family isverjoyed at first and after a few days Hangin with the Hombeez: Hollyhive Hunnie of rest the father cannot sit still any and goes to cut wheat in the fieldnly to discover strange things about it and the way it grows It s a great story in the classic tradition Diritto all'oblio, dovere della memoria of moral tales that there will always be a price to pay for what seems to be too good to be true and that we should be waryf things which seem to be just incredible luck The Wonderful Death Mists Over Mosley of Dudley Stone is a great coda Dudley Stone is an extraordinarily successful writer who has uit the profession at the agef 30 without explanation leaving people without any certainty if he was even alive Gods of Aberdeen or dead 25 years later a groupf his most devoted fans cannot bear not knowing and Monsieur Linh and His Child onef them decides to go to Stone s hometown and find information about him It s a great story to end the collection a meditation Destino on the choices we make in life and the things we set as priorities with a beautiful last lineI could very well discuss all the stories but I believe that the reader deserves the pleasure to discover the October Countryn their From Plassey to Partition and After: A History of Modern India own especially with illustrations by Joe Mugnaini So come along andpen the book to visit that country the country dusks and twilights linger and midnights stay whose people are autumn people thinking autumn thoughts and who La felicità è un muscolo volontario on the empty walks at night sound like rain The October Country a bookf strange sometimes creepy sometimes heart warming tales written in
Ray Bradbury s flawless excitable style You can from these pages thatBradbury s flawless excitable style You can tell from these pages man loved to write in someways his words are like those f a child s discovering a new love for the first time it s an enthusiasm that captivated me My favourite stories within this book are The DwarfThe Jar The LakeThe EmissaryThe Little AssassinUncle EinarI noticed when reading them that it wasn t until each story was finished that I could fully contemplate what I had just read Take The Emissary for example it begins as this brilliant heart warming story that sinks into terror nly in the last three paragraphs I also noticed that in a lot Red Blooded Murder of these stories it s left for the readers imagination in such stories as The Next In Line Jack In The Box and The Crowd The Little Assassin is terrifying throughout The Lake isne f the most touching pieces f fiction I ve never readDon t look to be scared is my The Third Policeman only recommendation with these stories come at this book with no expectations and it will hold a bountyf surprises for you. G wherein the author tells Mixed Blood of his Theaterf Morning Voices and by inference encourages you to listen to the same murmurings in yourself And has any writer anywhere ever made such good use f exclamation mark.