R Is for Rocket

R Is for Rocket The spellbinding power of RAY BRADBURYHe can make you see thingsthat have never been seen by human eyes feel things that no flesh and bloodcreature has ever felt He can create visions socompelling tha

  • Title: R Is for Rocket
  • Author: Ray Bradbury
  • ISBN: 9780553250404
  • Page: 326
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • The spellbinding power of RAY BRADBURYHe can make you see thingsthat have never been seen by human eyes.feel things that no flesh and bloodcreature has ever felt He can create visions socompelling that they literally seem to dancebefore your eyes He can push you back to thebeginnings of time and then suddenly,without warning, thrust you forward t the outmostlimits ofThe spellbinding power of RAY BRADBURYHe can make you see thingsthat have never been seen by human eyes.feel things that no flesh and bloodcreature has ever felt He can create visions socompelling that they literally seem to dancebefore your eyes He can push you back to thebeginnings of time and then suddenly,without warning, thrust you forward t the outmostlimits of the future He can make you so mucha part of his strange worlds that youliterally scream to get out.Seventeen breathtaking stories by themaster of the weird and wonderful, includingthe space age classic, FROST AND FIRE.

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    • Christian McKay says:

      Leave me with any Ray Bradbury book, and it will quickly be devoured it short, neat order. You're never sure what you're going with Bradbury. It might be fantasy, it might be sci-fi, it might be a cute story about a boy getting a gift on Christmas. More often than not, it's a hybrid. But one thing's certain about his short story collections: you're going to get some duds. I avoided this particular collection for a long time because of the title. That was a dumb mistake I'd like to think I'll nev [...]

    • Harry Kane says:

      A lovely thin hardcover with illustrations lived in my room through my childhood and teenage years. At least once a year I would revisit 'R is for Rocket', again and again listening to the forlonrn blare of the preshistoric monster from the deep, fly in Bodoni's virtual rocket, pop 'food pills' and race to the local space-port to watch rockets blast off. Some day I'll try to pay my respects by writing fiction in which people travel through space in rockets, it rains on Venus, Mars has crumbling [...]

    • Kevin Polman says:

      DREAMERS! BE ENCOURAGED. YOU ARE UNDERSTOOD.Ray Bradbury’s R is for Rocket is a book about and for dreamers… and those who truly desire to understand them. A common character type in his work is the wide-eyed, yearning dreamer who reaches too high, often for a dream beyond his capacity, and who inevitably teeters on the brink of success and failure.It’s no surprise that Bradbury produced so many pieces that gave voice to themes of blue skies since he himself was a dreamer, a voracious read [...]

    • Linda Robinson says:

      Tomorrow is Ray Bradbury's birthday. I have my own little celebration by reading and rereading as many of his books as I can get my hands on. This year there are five. I chose R is for Rocket to read first because it has The Dragon collected within, and I didn't remember some of the other stories. It's now a favorite. Bradbury is one of our more prolific and short-story-collected writers, and the older I get the happier I am not to remember all of the repeats. On the back of this hardcover first [...]

    • Ashley says:

      Before I tell you what I thought of this book, I should note that this is only my second Ray Bradbury book, after Fahrenheit 451. I really, really loved Fahrenheit too.This book was both good and bad, since it was full of short stories. Seventeen short stories in all and most were science fiction, Bradbury's specialty.These were my favorites and the reasons why:The Fog Horn - Loch Ness is in love with a foghorn. What is there not to like?The Long Rain - By far the most horrifying of all the stor [...]

    • Sandi says:

      Some of the stories are dated but the prose is not. If you loved the Martian Chronicles, you will love this book.

    • Ahimsa says:

      So it turns out I just don't like Ray bradbury very much. I'm kinda surprised to realize it. I think it might be because he writes from the heart and I prefer stories of the head. There is a sentimentality to things like October Tree (and many of these stories) that means a lot to many people but feels contrived and cheesy to me. Where he does try to be clever (like Sound of Thunder or the Exiles) he falls well short. Many of these stories are about nuclear families where the dad loves rockets. [...]

    • Benjamin Chandler says:

      Ray Bradbury was my first "favorite author." I'm sure that's true for lots of people. There was a bookstore in Milwaukee, somewhere on the East Side, called Webster's Bookstore, the only bookstore during my childhood to have a special section just for dinosaur books. I pestered my father often to take me there, and sometimes he acquiesced, and I would slowly make my way through the shelf devoted to prehistoric things, trying to narrow down the collection to just one book I could ask my father to [...]

    • Loton Cagle says:

      I first read this collection in 7th grade. A few years ago, I bought all the beautiful hardbound reprints from PS Press and also from Subterranean Press. Bradbury stories deserve these editions and they glorify my bookshelves now. Tragically, we just lost a giant. Ray Bradbury has passed away. I grabbed this book and read it after hearing the news.There are great and famous stories here. The Foghorne story of a lighthouse foghorn singing its sad songd calling up something from the deeps that has [...]

    • Raj says:

      This is possibly the best book I've read all year. Maybe not technically brilliant, but its heart and soul more than made up for that. It's a collection of short stories written in the '40s and '50s and they are all wonderful. These are the sorts of stories that remind me why I love science fiction: not only do they evoke a sense of joy and wonder at the amazing universe we live in, but Bradbury's writing is poetic, gets under your skin and is a joy to read.The stories are true Golden Age stuff, [...]

    • Amanda says:

      Bradbury will always be the quintessential space-themed sci-fi writer for me. His descriptions of space - of the feelings and dreams associated with it - are without equal, and this short fiction collection contains a number of excellent stories that epitomize his style. However, like any collection of short fiction, it does have its weak points. "Here There Be Tygers" is a great example: an ongoing analogy of an unstable planet as a woman - fickle and fake. Well, it was written in the '50s, but [...]

    • Christopher Munroe says:

      Yeah, this is a thing now. Bradbury before bedtime. And I continue to be thrilled by it even as I continue to not bother explaining in these five-star reviews precisely WHY you ought to read short stories by Ray Bradbury. Because I shouldn't have to. It's Ray Bradbury. You should know already that it's awesome and the approximate reasons why, even if you've yet to actually read any of his work.And; If you haven't read any of his work, hang your head in shame. Then go buy some of his work and rea [...]

    • Hilary says:

      Farewell summer, Ray Bradbury. Got the news just as I finished reading this book.

    • David Watson says:

      Having always thought of Ray Bradbury as a science fantasy/horror writer, it was illuminating to see him achieve in this collection some pure science fiction magic. Some of the tales are more fantasy - for example, Uncle Einar, one of the few duds - but the ones that take place on other planets are science fiction every inch of the way. The Long Rain, about a Venus where it rains all the time is totally removed from the reality of Venus, but our knowledge of Venus was much sketchier when Bradbur [...]

    • Yaaresse says:

      Standard "I read this, but damned if I can remember exactly when or why or enough about it to make detail comments" disclaimer:My rating is based solely on my memory of how much or little I enjoyed the book at that time. In some cases, "at that time" might mean before most users were born. Then again, it could mean a couple years ago and that I have a lousy memory.Your mileage may vary. Heck, given how all our tastes change over the years and the fickle nature of memory, my own mileage might v [...]

    • Danilo says:

      Wonderful. Some of the stories here are Bradbury's best, it's a really good read that keeps you in a nostalgia bubble.The stories in my personal ranked1. Here there be tygers2. Frost and fire3. The Rocket man4. A sound of thunder5. The Exiles6. The Long Rain7. F for Rocket8. The Rocket9. The Gift10. Uncle Einar11. The Fog Horn12. The Time Machine13. The Sound Of Summer Running14. The Golden Apples ofthe Sun15. The Strawberry Window16. The End of the Beginning 17. The Dragon

    • Dale Jones says:

      Once again Bradbury never disappoints with writing another great collection of short stories. Best Stories: The Fog Horn, The Rocket, The Rocket Man, A Sound of Thunder, The Long Rain, The Exiles, Frost, and Fire.

    • Seth says:

      Filled to bursting with that SF Sense of Wonder. A classic. Read it!

    • Sean Nolan says:

      Wonderful, as always.

    • Kara Mealer says:

      Cute stories. His female characters lack depth. They are merely worried mothers, subservient girlfriends, or just non existent.

    • F says:

      some stories are unforgettable. some are filler.

    • Masayuki Arai says:

      What's the point?????

    • Ted says:

      It's hard to believe I first read this book 55 years ago. A wonderful collection of short sci-fi stories.

    • Rebecca says:

      Some very interesting and thought provoking stories.

    • Rick says:

      Like The Martian Chronicles R is for Rocket are space stories; tales about what's going on out there and tales about the process of getting there. A collection of Bradbury's best.

    • Sophie says:

      Pure joy in every story, even if some of them made me cry.

    • blakeR says:

      Back when I first read both of them in high school, I used to think of Bradbury in the same breath as Asimov. Only now do I see the vast gulf that separates the two. Bradbury is actually a writer, whereas Asimov was mostly an idea man. In reading this short story collection, I'm struck by two things: a) the poetry of his words, and b) the sheer breadth of the subjects he broaches and tones he portrays. I never realized how versatile he was. A lot of his stuff is just bizarre (I'm talking about y [...]

    • Ανδρέας Καπανδρέου says:

      Ο Ray Bradbury – γνωστότερος για το έργο του Φαρενάιτ 451 [Fahrenheit 451] – έγραψε τα συγκεκριμένα διηγήματα την δεκαετία του 50 (και κάποια τη δεκαετία του 40) όταν στην Αμερική αναπτυσσόταν με ραγδαίους ρυθμούς η τεχνολογία αλλά και η φιλολογία που αφορούσε τα διαστημόπλοια (πυραύλους). [...]

    • Jason says:

      I think this year I have read more anthologies than any other year, blame it on GRRM I suppose (Rogues, Dangerous Women, Wild Cards). This book has been languishing on my TBR shelf for more than a year I think, picked up at a used book store for $1, always pushed further down by other books that jumped to the front of the line. As the year winds down my TBR shelf is woefully thin, the pickings slim, waiting for that annual Christmas restock. The stories in this anthology are all from 1962 or ear [...]

    • Bartolomeu De Bensafrim says:

      After decades of heavy reading came some years of reading nothing.It felt like there was nothing interesting to read, or that any book i should accept to read should necessarily change my perspective of life - this is easy when we are younger, but gets harder as the years go by.So for the first time in my life i grabbed a science fiction book and wow! What a wonderful experience. That book did not change my life, nor did it enhance my culture much - it just felt very good to read it. I was impre [...]

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