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text 2017-09-24 08:14
Reading progress update: I've read 29 out of 293 pages.
Something Wicked This Way Comes - Ray Bradbury

Since Dandelion Wine was a bust for Chilling Children (not much chilling in that book, though it fit nicely into Magical Realism), and I have my second choice on hand, here I go for more Bradbury.


Already in love


(Will/Some boys) they'll get hit, hurt, cut, bruised, and always wonder why, why does it happen? how can it happen to them?
    But Jim, now, he knows it happens, he watches for it happening, he sees it start, he sees it finish, he licks the wound he expected, and never asks why; he knows. He always knew. Someone knew before him, a long time ago, someone who had wolves for pets and lions for night conversants. Hell, Jim doesn't know with his mind. But his body knows. And while Will's putting a bandage on his latest scratch, Jim's ducking, waving, bouncing away from the knockout blow which must inevitably come.
    So there they go, Jim running slower to stay with Will, Will running faster to stay with Jim, Jim breaking two windows in a haunted house because Will's along, Will breaking one instead of none, because Jim's watching. God how we get our fingers in each other's clay. That's friendship, each playing the potter to see what shapes we can make of the other.



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review 2017-09-24 07:23
Ode to momentous summers
Dandelion Wine - Ray Bradbury

*pleased sigh* So gorgeous.


Dandelion Wine is a beautiful, whimsical love letter to those memories of summer that are so vivid, so powerful, we can feel the baking sun, the weight and smell of the air, the joy and lassitude when we recall them.


It goes from one episode to the next fluidly and with little warning, connecting and weaving them. Add in Bradbury's style and the result is a bit like dreams, a bit like memories, introspective, nostalgic and at points philosophical.


There were episodes to pull every shade of emotion, and I loved so many of them I'd have serious trouble picking a favorite. Grandma's cooking made me so hungry and also miss my grandfather very much. Colonel's Freeleigh's bits and John's departure made me tear a bit. I laughed out loud with the witch debacle. Lavinia's had me switch between cheering on and wanting to thump her, and scared me quite a bit. And the lime-vanilla ice-cream one! So many tangled feels!


It was an excellent read to savor, and one I'll revisit.



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text 2017-09-23 19:43
#30DaysofReadathon - Day 29
Farenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury

Today's prompt is "short book".  I went with a classic, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. I don't read much spec fic or sci-fi, but this book hit me hard. I wished my high school had it on the required reading list when I was in school (a long, long time ago). I am so glad my husband recommended this book to me.

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text 2017-09-22 23:35
Reading progress update: I've read 122 out of 239 pages.
Dandelion Wine - Ray Bradbury

Since the Crucible, it seems like everything I read has some tangential mention of witches.


Just After Sunset's mention was raving mad and scary. THIS episode is hilarious. The odd part is that all the elements are the same as in the Crucible, but one: the community takes the sane path, and everything turns ridiculous.



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text 2017-09-21 23:00
Reading progress update: I've read 80 out of 239 pages.
Dandelion Wine - Ray Bradbury

Lovely nostalgia fuel so far.


I had this one docked for Chilling Children, but the is not much horror to speak of. More suited for Magical Realism I'd say. We'll see.



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