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Mars was a distant shore, and the men spread upon it in waves... Each wave different, and each wave stronger.
The Martian Chronicles
Ray Bradbury is a storyteller without peer, a poet of the possible, and, indisputably, one of America's most beloved authors. In a much celebrated literary career that has spanned six decades, he has produced an astonishing body of work: unforgettable novels, including Fahrenheit 451 and Something Wicked This Way Comes; essays, theatrical works, screenplays and teleplays; The Illustrated Mein, Dandelion Wine, The October Country, and numerous other superb short story collections. But of all the dazzling stars in the vast Bradbury universe, none shines more luminous than these masterful chronicles of Earth's settlement of the fourth world from the sun.
Bradbury's Mars is a place of hope, dreams and metaphor-of crystal pillars and fossil seas-where a fine dust settles on the great, empty cities of a silently destroyed civilization. It is here the invaders have come to despoil and commercialize, to grow and to learn -first a trickle, then a torrent, rushing from a world with no future toward a promise of tomorrow. The Earthman conquers Mars ... and then is conquered by it, lulled by dangerous lies of comfort and familiarity, and enchanted by the lingering glamour of an ancient, mysterious native race.
Ray Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles is a classic work of twentieth-century literature whose extraordinary power and imagination remain undimmed by time's passage. In connected, chronological stories, a true grandmaster once again enthralls, delights and challenges us with his vision and his heart-starkly and stunningly exposing in brilliant spacelight our strength, our weakness, our folly, and our poignant humanity on a strange and breathtaking world where humanity does not belong.
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Few 16-year-olds will appreciate the subtleties of this book, but when they grow up, the more perspicacious among them may find The Martian Chronicles is a winner even without the special effects.Read Full Review of The Martian Chronicles | See more reviews from Blog Critics
All in all, it's a good collection of stories that explore what humans would do to a new planet using evidence of past conquests. I like its mosaic style of storytelling, the way different perspectives put together a more holistic view of the overall story. The Martian Chronicles is a pretty good read.Read Full Review of The Martian Chronicles
The Martian Chronicles is a loosely connected series of stories, starting with the first ill-fated Mars expeditions...It's not a sci-fi epic in the traditional sense. It's a themed collection of stories, a little dated and sometimes rather slow-paced, but it's an enduring vision of Mars.Read Full Review of The Martian Chronicles
By keeping the focus out and painting the characters in broad strokes rather than in details, I could imagine anyone as any character, making the themes more universal. That's really all I have to say. Don't let the fact that this is science fiction put you off. I found it to be more of a generalized, fascinating character study than anything else.Read Full Review of The Martian Chronicles
If you’re looking for an interesting sci-fi read about space, this probably isn’t what you’re looking for. But if you’re looking for a book that explores humanity and how Bradbury thought of the world in the 1950’s, this is perfect.Read Full Review of The Martian Chronicles
Even though it’s over 60 years old, the novel stands the test of time. It might not be technologically (or geologically) accurate, but it still paints a moving picture of American exploration and expansionism even to this day.Read Full Review of The Martian Chronicles
The Martian Chronicles is a baklava of a book -- rich, layered, so sweet it has to be enjoyed in small bits. This novel-that-is-not-a-novel rightfully remains a classic in the science fiction genre...The Martian Chronicles is required reading for any science fiction enthusiast. For everyone else, merely highly recommended.Read Full Review of The Martian Chronicles
...The Martian Chronicles is written in a flowing, prosaic script that allows the individual characters to transcend their stories...From environmental concern to egoism, honor to greed, Bradbury writes in deft, buoyant prose that is a joy to read...In the end, The Martian Chronicles is fully deserving of its place on all of the ‘best of’ lists.Read Full Review of The Martian Chronicles
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