A Graveyard for Lunatics: Another Tale of Two Cities

A Graveyard for Lunatics Another Tale of Two Cities Halloween Night A young film obsessed scriptwriter has just been hired at one of the great studios An anonymous investigation leads from the giant Maximus Films backlot to an eerie graveyard se

  • Title: A Graveyard for Lunatics: Another Tale of Two Cities
  • Author: Ray Bradbury
  • ISBN: 9780062242136
  • Page: 447
  • Format: ebook
  • Halloween Night, 1954 A young, film obsessed scriptwriter has just been hired at one of the great studios An anonymous investigation leads from the giant Maximus Films backlot to an eerie graveyard separated from the studio by a single wall There he makes a terrifying discovery that thrusts him into a maelstrom of intrigue and mystery and into the dizzy exhilaration ofHalloween Night, 1954 A young, film obsessed scriptwriter has just been hired at one of the great studios An anonymous investigation leads from the giant Maximus Films backlot to an eerie graveyard separated from the studio by a single wall There he makes a terrifying discovery that thrusts him into a maelstrom of intrigue and mystery and into the dizzy exhilaration of the movie industry at the height of its glittering power.

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    1. I will make a new tradition to read a Bradbury book on his birthday, which at my age means I'll reread books I've already read, but that's a good tradition for a content old age. Watched a video of Bradbury talking about writing. It was perfectly timed to bump into it on his birthday and, a break from Annie Dillard's Writing Life. Dillard is brilliant, but damn! she goes on and on about how arduous writing is. Molding, crafting, snipping, killing your darlings, insisting the writer have no distr [...]

    2. Acabo de terminarlo, y tengo esa tristeza de cada vez que me despido de Bradbury. ¡Qué ser humano hermoso! Qué bello que es poder leerlo, y a través de su obra tener la certeza de que existió y de seguro existen otras personas con esa inocencia, esa pureza y esa creatividad que no es de este mundo. Por lo que leí en otras reseñas, a algunos lectores les aburrió o decepcionó. A mi en particular, esta historia verdaderamente me atrapó; tal vez no tanto como otros de sus libros, pero lo s [...]

    3. E fu così che l'adepta, ancora piangente per la recente scomparsa del suo idolo, dovette dare due ad un suo libro.Dove sono i capolavori del calibro di Fahrenheit 451 e Cronache marziane?Bradbury, perché mi hai fatto questo?!

    4. I gave this book three stars because, while I did not like the story so much, Ray Bradbury is such a genius that I can dislike a story he created and still see the wit and genius in it.Oh, Ray Bradbury, how I love you! I will not speak of Brandbury in the past tense-his genius lives on.As I sai, I really did not like the story so much. I figured out the identity of the Beast quite early in the story, although I did not figure out any of the rest of the pieces to complete the puzzle. My favorite [...]

    5. RB is my love, but really this one was only okay. I read a review once of Bradbury's body of work that said that eventually, you feel like you know all his tricks. (To be fair, the man published over 600 short stories plus an obscene amount of novels, so, yeah, after a while, you get the gist.) I hope that isn't happening to me. Too many exclamation marks. Too slow until the very end. Could never quite get immersed in it. But he writes with more love and enthusiasm than almost any other writer I [...]

    6. I lived in Venice Beach California at the time I read this book, and the coolest thing about it, was some of the book took place not far from where I lived. I was working on writing my first screenplay when my roommate walked into my office and put that book on the bookshelf. He said a friend gave it to him. I wasn't a really big reader back then, but we didn't have cable or satellite in our apartment. So after a few hours of boredom I picked it up. I mean, how bad could it be, it's freakin' Ray [...]

    7. Great novel that really captures the spirit of old Hollywood. I loved the studio drama and the writing was classic Bradbury. I thought that it failed a little as a Mystery story because I was way ahead of the protagonist. Read Death is a Lonely Business before you start this novel though, you will be thankful for the Character development that he builds on from the previous book.

    8. Не мислех че така добре ще ми се услади. Може би това е проблема, мисленето.Ако не бях си мислел че няма да ми хареса, сигурно нямаше да ми хареса. Но след като съм си мислел това не знам вече какво да си мисля. Странно, но този стил на писане, колкото и различен в началото да ти с [...]

    9. M'ha costat molt entrar-hi, és una faceta de Bradbury que no m'esperava. Però a mesura que avançava les pàgines m'he anat acostumant a aquesta gran bogeria i al final l'he acabada gaudint molt. Gran encert de les Males Herbes per reviure aquest clàssic.

    10. Es un libro el cual me llega a tener una relación difícil porque Ray Bradbury es un autor que aún no me llega a enganchar con las lecturas que he hecho con Fahrenheit 451 y Las Crónicas Marcianas, con este libro esperaba algo mucho peor por sobre todo porque es un libro de terror, un género que no es de mi gusto, tal vez fue cierto con este libro que no me parece la gran cosa. Pero a medida de que leía esta obra apenas me pareció entretenida porque la ambientación alternativa que Bradbur [...]

    11. Benim mi kötü bir anıma denk geldi yoksa kitap sahiden mi kötüydü bilemedim. Fakat bitmek bilmedi. Bütün olay kitabın sonunda olunca geri kalan sayfalar can sıkıcı olabiliyor. Okunmazsa bir şey kaybedilmez diyorum:)

    12. Hm. Well this is weird because Bradbury is a genius and I loved all of the books and short stories by him I've read to date, so it feels weird to say this, but the book just wasn't very good. Ray Bradbury wrote a book that was not very good. Weird.The positive things I can say about it are that, as always, Ray Bradbury is great with creating memorable characters, and he's very very good with dialogue. This book is no exception. I was especially a huge fan of J.C. (an eccentric Jesus look-alike a [...]

    13. Un novel·la desenfrenada que agradarà tant als amants de la bona literatura com als del cinema. Cada cop que es tradueix al català una obra com aquesta hauríem de muntar una festa amb focs artificials i tota la pesca. Malauradament, fins ara ben pocs mitjans se n'han fet ressò. Llegiu-la, coi! I parleu-ne!

    14. If I could give this book 2.5 stars, I probably would. It is one of the more disappointing books I have read during the Bradbury project. As it stands, I am going to give it the benefit of the doubt; perhaps I just read this on an off day.This is the sequel to "Death is a Lonely Business," picking up a few years later with the main character now working for a movie studio. Many of the characters from the previous book show up as well, including Constance Rattigan, Inspector Crumley and old, blin [...]

    15. Голливуд должен быть разрушен. Но только после того, как этот роман будет экранизирован.Пригласить постановщиком лучше всего Фрица Ланга, а в помощники ему взять Билли Уайлдера. Рэй Харрихаузен будет делать спецэффекты и застенчиво играть Холдстрома. Борис Карлофф и Эрих [...]

    16. A GRAVEYARD FOR LUNATICS. (1990?). Ray Bradbury. **.B.O.R.I.N.G. The plot was boring. The characters were boring. The dialog was boring. I couldn’t make it to the end. I was afraid that if I tried they would have to take me to the emergency room and apply the paddles to my chest. I would risk dying of boredom. The novel was set in Hollywood at a studio lot that abutted on a cemetery. There was a lot of passing through of once-known Hollywood greats. There was an attempt to have this come out a [...]

    17. It’s 1954 and the young narrator is a scriptwriter for Maximus Films, a character that echoes Bradbury’s own worship of the Golden Age of Hollywood. Adjacent to the vast film studio complex is Green Glades Cemetery. Here, one rain-sodden night he witnesses a revelation.‘I heard a ghost sigh somewhere, but it was only my own lungs pumping like a bellows, trying to light some sort of fire in my chest.’ (p9)The revelation was a lifelike dummy of the dead studio head J.C. Arbuthnot, who died [...]

    18. Bradbury offers us his usual tight storytelling and a deep sense of time and place. While many people may remember "Fahrenheit 451" from their high school or college reading list, I'm not sure the general reading public recognizes his place among American writers. His work is acclaimed and with good reason. Bradbury wrote science fiction, horror, mystery, and fantasy. His 1957 novel "Dandelion Wine" is as fine an evocation of small town life at the beginning of the 20th Century as anything I've [...]

    19. I loved this book; beautiful, dramatic with a touch of tingling old fashioned horror, even some laugh-out-loud moments - perfect Bradbury. I love his writing; the description of the studio sets, miniature landscapes, dinosaurs and monsters birthed from clay was fascinating while his references to old movies sent me hurtling on a roll-a-coaster of joyful memories. In fact, this is now one of my favourite Bradbury books along with 'Something Wicked This Way Comes' and 'Dandelion Wine'. Listening t [...]

    20. Bradbury teixeis un relat divertid i nostàlgic del Hollywood dels 50. Els tocs d'humor funcionen, te descripcions i paratges meravellosos i situacions tan increïbles que han de ser veritat de la bona. Els personatges inversemblants cobren vida en el negre sobre blanc i te'ls fas propis. Aquest llibre dona per una pel·lícula dels Coen o Wes Anderson, cadascun podria adaptar aquest univers portant-lo al seu terreny. Però es queda amb 4 estrelletes perquè lo de la bestia es veu venir de lluny [...]

    21. Una visita al món del cinema de mitjans del segle passat, amb una trama de caire negroide sobre l'excusa de la fantasia en el cinema, els seus monstres i mites. Una lectura prou recomanable, malgrat m'ha calgut rellegir alguna part, quan em perdia en el deliri literari de l'escriptura d'aquest monstre de Bradbury.

    22. “The scare comes from night shadows; things unseen.”So, I went the whole hog and read this in a graveyard, a real graveyard, empty but for three slitty-eyed black cats hunting mice between headstones. The graveyard I chose wasn’t attached to a film studio, but that certainly made for an interesting setting within Bradbury’s work. The novel starts with a generous helping of mystery and intrigue. As a black comedy writer myself and lover of dark humour in any guise, I liked the way Bradbur [...]

    23. Бредбъри много често споменава празника Вси Светии в творбите си. В тази, действието също започва в навечерието на Хелоуин през 1954г. Младият сценарист наскоро е започнал работа в местното филмово студио Максимус Филмс. Неговият приятел от детинство Рой, работи за същото ст [...]

    24. Bradbury's skill with words is still very fun to read. On a sentence and conversation level this is a pretty delightful book. The idea, the setting, and the packed-to-bursting references and associations through literary and film history is also quite fun. He throws so much at you in such compressed space, creating post-modern chaotic overload that is as disorienting as it is exhilarating. His exuberance is wild and it looks like he's having a great time, which I always appreciate. This is uber- [...]

    25. I had never heard of this Ray Bradbury novel and was eager to read it. The story was a bit different than the sci-fi I am used to, but it was still enjoyable. Parts of the book were a bit slow for me, but I enjoyed the conclusion.The tale is set in and around a movie studio in the 1950s where great films were made many years before. It is 20 years since the studio head died, some say mysteriously. The movie studio has an adjacent graveyard and some people believe the studio head has come back to [...]

    26. A funny/sad, fast-paced book, A Graveyard for Lunatics is the first Ray Bradbury novel I've read. Published in 1954, during the demise of the almighty Hollywood studio system, Bradbury reveals his love and knowledge of movies in a fantasy/murder mystery tale that begins one Halloween night. The denouement is predictable early on but Bradbury's writing makes the book enjoyable. The characters are stock LA noir i.e hard drinking detective friend, aging movie star, Dr. Feelgood, movie mogul, mogul' [...]

    27. Halloween Night, 1954.  A young, film-obsessed scriptwriter has just been hired at one of the great studios.  An anonymous investigation leads from the giant Maximus Films backlot to an eerie graveyard separated from the studio by a single wall.  There he makes a terrifying discovery that thrusts him into a maelstrom of intrigue and mystery -- and into the dizzy exhilaration of the movie industry at the height of its glittering power. From Publishers Weekly Hollywood, Halloween night, 1954. A [...]

    28. Ray Bradbury semi-autobiographical book about a young screen writer in Hollywood. This a mystery story mixed up with nostalgia, stirred into a stream-of-consciousness style narrative, with a deep love for early movies, and keen eye for the kind of people who made them.It is difficult to characterize the book, as it is very unusual. I liked it a lot as I read it, hence the five stars. Writing this review six weeks later, it is hard to to even explain what the book was truly about. The actual plot [...]

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