I Sing the Body Electric!

I Sing the Body Electric One of the great authors of short fiction in the th century Bradbury s works are read in classrooms all over the country This collection features of his stories and one luscious poem with theme

  • Title: I Sing the Body Electric!
  • Author: Ray Bradbury
  • ISBN: 9780553236729
  • Page: 327
  • Format: Paperback
  • One of the great authors of short fiction in the 20th century, Bradbury s works are read in classrooms all over the country This collection features 28 of his stories and one luscious poem, with themes ranging from the verdant Irish countryside to the coldest reaches of outer space.Contents The Kilimanjaro Device 1965 The Terrible Conflagration Up at the Place 1969 TomoOne of the great authors of short fiction in the 20th century, Bradbury s works are read in classrooms all over the country This collection features 28 of his stories and one luscious poem, with themes ranging from the verdant Irish countryside to the coldest reaches of outer space.Contents The Kilimanjaro Device 1965 The Terrible Conflagration Up at the Place 1969 Tomorrow s Child 1948 The Women 1948 The Inspired Chicken Motel 1969 Downwind from Gettysburg 1969 Yes, We ll Gather at the River 1969 The Cold Wind and the Warm 1964 Night Call, Collect 1949 The Haunting of the New 1969 I Sing the Body Electric 1969 The Tombling Day 1952 Any Friend of Nicholas Nickleby s Is a Friend of Mine 1966 Heavy Set 1964 The Man in the Rorschach Shirt 1966 Henry the Ninth 1969 The Lost City of Mars 1967 Christus Apollo 1969 poem

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    1. I Sing the Body Electric, a collection of short stories by Ray Bradbury gets less ink than the more popular collections The Illustrated Man and The Martian Chronicles but perhaps better demonstrates his great range of literary ability and imagination. Focusing on a central Bradbury theme of nostalgia, while straying from the science fiction and fantasy genre, I Sing the Body Electric is best illustrated by the title story, which is by far the best and is on a short list of the best of Ray’s st [...]

    2. It’s a good thing I’m writing this review months after reading this book because a decent acid test for a short story collection is how many stories stick in your mind after you’ve put some time between reading and reviewing or just plain old remembering.The centerpiece of the book is the title story, which was adapted into a Twilight Zone episode and a made for TV movie starring that kid from E.T. whose name wasn’t Elliot:A dad buys a robot grandma to take care of his three children aft [...]

    3. Imagine a summer that would never end.Imagine a boy who would never grow up.Imagine a dog that would live forever.Imagine a small town, the kind that isn't lived in any more.Ready? Begin . . .*This book had been sleeping on my shelf for almost three decades. I was finally prompted to take it down after reading Neil Gaiman's short story The Man Who Forgot Ray Bradbury.Yet another instance of one book leading to another in a never-ending chain of wonderments.Quite honestly, I've read better, more [...]

    4. Normally I find Bradbury a quaint and light read - something I can easily fly through and admire his imagination. For whatever reason, though, this time around I found him exhausting and tedious.There's a terrible stagnancy in Bradbury's fiction. It seems he's always yearning for his past, and his future always seems to be some sort of recreation of the small mid-West town ideology that he remembers from his childhood.And while he is conscious of the nuclear standoffs of his Cold War era, he see [...]

    5. In some random article, I once read the phrase "as lonely as a Bradbury protagonist," and after reading this, I couldn't echo that sentiment more. "I Sing the Body" is a collection of twenty-eight stories that conceptually fall all over the fictional map. There's bi-dimensional babies, Martian messiahs, present-day apparitions of literary and historical figures, and robots in every shape and form. These stories explore what it is to be human, lonely, afraid, excited, and hopeful. In their shared [...]

    6. I loved this book; I was drawn to it because I was so entranced by The Twilight Zone's adaptation of "I Sing The Body Electric" - this book really brings the wonderfully vibrant story and many others like it to life, and Ray Bradbury presents scenarios where the only limit to imagination is your mind and what you interpret from these fun little stories.

    7. I SING THE BODY ELECTRIC. (1976). Ray Bradbury. ***1/2.This was a collection of short stories, previously published in a variety of magazines by Bradbury. They very cleverly reveal the author’s skill in his approach to the genre. His themes run the gamut from fantasy to everyday reality. One of my favorites was, “The Man in the Rorschach Shirt,” likely because I recently finished reading a biography of Rorschach and an analysis of his methods. There are some real classics in this collectio [...]

    8. I read this as a teen. And now that I've re-read, I'm thinking about the things I missed when I was young, the nuance and the subtext. reread everything! Anyway, this is probably his most literary collection of stores. It was published in 1969 but some of the stories are older than that, but this is really a timeless set of fictional parables, poems and ruminations. I would still tell any teenager to read it and fall into its worlds.I was lucky enough to see Ray Bradbury and Ray Harryhausen on s [...]

    9. I really enjoyed this compilation. I found 2 of my new favorite pieces. Since there are too many stories for me to review, I will simply rate the stories. I would definitely recommend this book for Bradbury fans. Even if you're not a Bradbury fan, you should still read it."The Kilimanjaro Device" ***"The Terrible Conflagration Up at the Place" ***"Tomorrow's Child" ***"The Women" ****"The Inspired Chicken Motel" **"Downwind from Gettysburg" *** 1/2"Yes, We'll Gather at the River" ** 1/2"The Cold [...]

    10. Not every story hits, but those that do are true classics of dark, fantastical, and general literature, especially "Tomorrow's Child," "Night Call, Collect," "The Lost City of Mars," "The Burning Man," "The Blue Bottle," "The Parrot Who Met Papa," "A Piece of Wood," "Drink Entire: Against the Madness of Crowds," "Punishment Without Crime," and especially "Heavy-Set," which is one of my favorite short stories in all of written history.Few writers in the English language are more talented, imagina [...]

    11. If you enjoy Ray Bradbury's inimical style of writing, you'll enjoy this collection of stories. Some are not particularly memorable and many are. I've seen a couple of different editions that list different stories. The version I read included a number of stories that I had read before, nearly all of the stories in the second half or final third of the book, published elsewhere -perhaps in The Martian Chronicles, or The Illustrated Man, or Dandelion Wine. It was a pleasure to revisit them, to en [...]

    12. All that gorgeous language disguises some serious flaws. Namely: 1. Narrator, men, boys, and robots all have that same flights of fancy speech style, while women and girls are too weak and/or wily, 2. characters are indistinguishable from one another, only known by their roles, 3. Science & numbers are ridiculous, and 4. ideas, when stripped of language and summed, are simple. A two-star book, really but oh that language.

    13. Bradbury at his best combines nostalgia and creepiness in a tone reminiscent of the old Twilight Zone TV series. At his worst his prose is florid and purple with just enough misogyny to make reading him very uncomfortable. The writers of Mad Men must have grown up on Bradbury's fiction because all his men tend to have a drink in one hand and a cigarette in the other and take no guff from their women who are silly and hysterical and often need a good slap.There are some good examples of Bradbury' [...]

    14. If you like Ray Bradbury in general, this is an awesome collection of weird little short stories. If you don't know him, this is an excellent book to use to get acquainted with him.The stories in I Sing the Body Electric were so varied. I enjoyed all the little vignettes of futuristic sci-fi and alternate universes. The sampling is so wide that no two stories can be tied together. They range from fantastic (The Lost City of Mars) to scary (Night Call, Collect) to just plain weird (Tomorrow's Chi [...]

    15. I thought I would love this book but, as it's often the case with short story collections, it's pretty irregular. Tomorrow's Child, Heavy-Set, The Lost City of Mars and the title story are above average while stories such as The Inspired Chicken Motel and Henry the Ninth are not that successful. Still an interesting example of fiction that reaches beyond the sci-fi genre.

    16. A really good collection of short stories. I think my favorite is Tomorrow's Child for all its quirkiness.

    17. Rating a collection of short stories can be very difficult. There are 18 stories by Ray Bradbury in this book and there were a few I loved, several I liked, some I didn't care for, and a handful that didn't really make much of an impression.Overall, this group of short stories seemed to have less of the sci-fi and fantasy elements than most Bradbury I've read. That's not a bad thing; I often like Bradbury's realistic fiction just as much as his sci-fi. It just gave a different feel to this book. [...]

    18. I loved this collection of Short stories by Ray Bradbury but I will never understand how and why some stories were collected with each other. This collection really lacked a theme tying all of the stories together and in fact four of the stories could have been included in The Martian Chronicles but weren't. Though one story, "The Messiah," was included in The Martian Chronicles Mini Series starring Rock Hudson.Anyway it was still a good read and well worth the amount of time that it takes to re [...]

    19. The stories in this collection are hit and miss, more misses for me than hits Bradbury was always a weird writer for me. Here, I either understood everything he said in a story, or was so baffled that I had to skip a story because I just couldn't put the words together to a narrative I can actually grasp. I did love couple of the stories, like "The Terrible Conflagration Up at the Place", "Night Call, Collect" and "Punishment Without Crime". The title story is also quite decent.

    20. This collection of short stories runs quite the gamut. Some stories are worthy of five stars and some only two. So I averaged them all together and give an overall rating of three and a half stars. Am I going to tell you which stories were my favorite? Nope. You're just going to have to read and judge for yourself. Enjoy!

    21. This is a mixed bag of Bradbury stories, as there’s no binding thread woven through the collection. I prefer his darker stuff, and most of the dark things here were quiet musings on the human condition. About half the work here was speculative, with the remainder being “realistic” fiction. The darkest story was “Drink Entire: Against the Madness of Crowds” which could have comfortably fit on the same block as “Something Wicked” and The October Country. I enjoyed The Irish Stories. [...]

    22. This is another classic Bradbury anthology I haven't read before. It's one of his more famous books, perhaps in part because the title track – about a widower whose family decides to purchase an electric grandmother – was originally written as an episode of The Twilight Zone. Actually, almost all of the stories here would have been at home with that TV series in some form or other, as Bradbury covers his usual territory – a time traveler looking for Ernest Hemingway, a couple whose child [...]

    23. I have enjoyed reading Ray Bradbury's stories for many years. Even when the content doesn't really hold my interest, I read him anyway because of his wonderful and unique way with words.I read this collection many. many years ago, but didn't remember any of it. ˆn this case, his better stories (from a content standpoint) are at the front of the book. As you get further into it, it becomes harder to stay with it. Sometimes I just couldn't figure out why he even wrote the piece, since it seemed t [...]

    24. Reading this reminded me of how excited I was to watch The Martian Chronicles mini series back in the '80s. I actually found the series in its entirety on Youtube and relived a piece of my childhood by watching it.Um, yeah. As a highly sensitive, creative type who is on hiatus from all things involving the world and its current dramas, I, perhaps, should have turned to a comedic writer versus one who is so adept at creating a mood with his words. Said moods tending to lean toward the morose side [...]

    25. Each of these stories is a fine example of Mr. Bradbury's work. No matter how many times I read something he wrote, it returns to my TBR shelf.

    26. This one is quite difficult for me to describe. One of the stories was brilliantly done (Night Call, Collect), but as for the rest, while being well-written, just didn't hold my attention. I was a little annoyed by the repeats (The Haunting of The New and The Cold Wind and The Warm) as well. Maybe my expectations were a little too high, or maybe it's because I've read quite a lot by Mr Bradbury lately, but I was actually quite bored with this one. I think I said this in another review, but short [...]

    27. Favorite Stories: The Haunting of the New, I Sing the Body Electric!, The Lost City of Mars, G.B.S-Mark V, and The Utterly Perfect Murder

    28. I love the Twilight Zone Radio Dramas. Very well done. The perfect way to read a book. I wish all audiobooks were done this way.

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