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text 2019-07-16 17:29
The Vintage Bradbury - 252/352 pg
The Vintage Bradbury: The greatest stories by America's most distinguished practioner of speculative fiction - Ray Bradbury

These short stories were all new to me, and all very good, but there are a couple coming up that I actually have read before. 

 

Dandelion Wine – This is the short story that formed the basis of the eventual novel. Or rather, it’s four interconnected vignettes collected into a short story. It’s a lyrical meditation on being fully in the moment and saving those moments of beautiful clarity up to sustain you later through dark times. And about the tearing grief of losing friends and moments when you cannot stop time from moving on.

 

Kaleidoscope – It’s a bit like the movie Gravity, except instead of being left utterly alone, all the people flung out into space stay in radio contact with one another, and how they each deal with their approaching death.

 

Sun and Shadow – Ok, this was hilarious. We might be picturesquely poor, but we are real people with real lives, not your fashion photo backdrop.

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text 2019-07-13 16:25
The Vintage Bradbury - 197/352 pg
The Vintage Bradbury: The greatest stories by America's most distinguished practioner of speculative fiction - Ray Bradbury

Still working my way through these short stories and still surprised that these are mostly new to me. 

 

Night Meeting – The nature of time, and the sweetness of being alive in the moment and opening yourself to experience. Quote in previous post here

 

The Fox and the Forest – “’The residents of the Future resent you two hiding on a tropical isle, as it were, while they drop off the cliff into hell. Death loves death, not life. Dying people love to know that others die with them. It is a comfort to learn you are not alone in the kiln, in the grave. I am the guardian of their collective resentment against you two.’”

 

Skeleton – I wonder if this is what it’s like for people with anorexia or those who seem addicted to cosmetic surgery. When your own perfectly healthy body becomes so alien and grotesque to yourself that you’ll do anything to rid yourself of the horror of it.

 

Previous update: 155/352 pg

 

 

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text 2019-07-11 13:53
The Vintage Bradbury - 165/352 pg
The Vintage Bradbury: The greatest stories by America's most distinguished practioner of speculative fiction - Ray Bradbury

"An old man needs to have things different. Young people don't want to talk to him and other old people bore the hell out of him. So I thought the best thing for me is a place so different that all you got to do is open your eyes and you're entertained."

 

From Night Meeting

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text 2019-06-29 17:44
The Vintage Bradbury - 155/352 pg
The Vintage Bradbury: The greatest stories by America's most distinguished practioner of speculative fiction - Ray Bradbury

Started this while on vacation. Short story collections are perfect for travelling with, especially when travelling by plane. There are a lot of stories I've never read before, and so far it's a mixed bag: 

 

  • The Watchful Poker Chip of H. Matisse - hilariously awesome, and suprisingly apt to today's social media experience
  • The Veldt - my most loved favorite of his, and the first of his I remember reading, for a school assignment in middle school. I was blown away then, and still am. 
  • Hail and Farewell - very sad, and weirdly incomplete
  • A Medicine for Melancholy - more than the surface story
  • The Fruit at the Bottom of the Bowl - This is Poe, if Poe had been capable of efficient storytelling
  • Ylla - {shivers} again, more than just the surface story
  • The Little Mice - wtf did I just read
  • The Small Assassin - I thought at first, a hilariously quaint and awful look at how women with postpartum depression must have been regarded. Then it becomes deliciously evil. 
  • The Anthem Sprinters - {snores...}
  • And the Rock Cried Out - payback for colonialism, when the power balance shifts
  • Invisible Boy - When capturing your company and forcing them to stay turns out to be a bad, bad idea.
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review 2019-06-24 17:03
Review: The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson
The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window And Disappeared - Jonas Jonasson,Rod Bradbury

Title: The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window and Disappeared
Author: Jonas Jonasson
Series: The 100 Year Old Man, 1
Format: paperback
Length: 384 pages
Rating: 4 stars

 

Synopsis: A reluctant centenarian much like Forrest Gump (if Gump were an explosives expert with a fondness for vodka) decides it’s not too late to start over …

After a long and eventful life, Allan Karlsson ends up in a nursing home, believing it to be his last stop. The only problem is that he’s still in good health, and in one day, he turns 100. A big celebration is in the works, but Allan really isn’t interested (and he’d like a bit more control over his vodka consumption). So he decides to escape. He climbs out the window in his slippers and embarks on a hilarious and entirely unexpected journey, involving, among other surprises, a suitcase stuffed with cash, some unpleasant criminals, a friendly hot-dog stand operator, and an elephant (not to mention a death by elephant).

It would be the adventure of a lifetime for anyone else, but Allan has a larger-than-life backstory: Not only has he witnessed some of the most important events of the twentieth century, but he has actually played a key role in them. Starting out in munitions as a boy, he somehow finds himself involved in many of the key explosions of the twentieth century and travels the world, sharing meals and more with everyone from Stalin, Churchill, and Truman to Mao, Franco, and de Gaulle. Quirky and utterly unique, The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared has charmed readers across the world.

 

Favourite character: Allan & Benny
Least favourite character: the Prosecutor

 

Mini-review: This book was fantastic and hilarious. I loved how it followed Allan's journey out the window versus how he came to be climbing out of the window, from the day he was born and onwards. The fact that he found himself in the middle of some of the biggest historic events that happened in the 1900s and became friends with presidents and such made this book so much better.

 

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