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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Reprint edition (Feb. 1 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380730863
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380730865
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.9 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #507,735 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

In a career spanning more than seventy years, Ray Bradbury, who died on June 5, 2011 at the age of 91, inspired generations of readers to dream, think, and create. A prolific author of hundreds of short stories and close to fifty books, as well as numerous poems, essays, operas, plays, teleplays, and screenplays, Bradbury was one of the most celebrated writers of our time. His groundbreaking works include Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles, The Illustrated Man, Dandelion Wine, and Something Wicked This Way Comes. He wrote the screen play for John Huston's classic film adaptation of Moby Dick, and was nominated for an Academy Award. He adapted sixty-five of his stories for television's The Ray Bradbury Theater, and won an Emmy for his teleplay of The Halloween Tree. He was the recipient of the 2000 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, the 2004 National Medal of Arts, and the 2007 Pulitzer Prize Special Citation, among many honors.

Throughout his life, Bradbury liked to recount the story of meeting a carnival magician, Mr. Electrico, in 1932. At the end of his performance Electrico reached out to the twelve-year-old Bradbury, touched the boy with his sword, and commanded, "Live forever!" Bradbury later said, "I decided that was the greatest idea I had ever heard. I started writing every day. I never stopped."


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Ray Bradbury is one of the most distinctive and talented writers that the sci-fi pulps of the 40's and 50's spawned. He's got a really unique voice, and his stories, usually very short and very readable, are certainly a example of sci-fi at its finest. Some really great stories in this collection. However, I guess it's kind of silly to call this a sci-fi collection. There's horror, fantasy, sci-fi, and a lot of plain old good short story in this collection. If you like to read short stories, I highly recommend any of his collections, because they seem consistently good to me.
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Wow- this book is a creative, intelligent, easy-to-understand treasure! Each story is about 5-25 pages, some are shorter than others. They are not all alike, so you are guaranteed to like at least a few, but it is hard to believe that someone might not like most of them. ray bradbury writes very well and i am sure you will enjoy this book. try it!!
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i can't believe no one has reviewed this book. i imagine the reason is that no one has read it! otherwise, this thing would be overflowing with reviews. this collection of short stories is simply incredible. so well done. the title says it all, and every story is just that: a medicine for melancholy. i was lucky to run across a copy.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa99df708) out of 5 stars 24 reviews
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa8a61fa8) out of 5 stars Great Collection by a Master Short-Story Writer May 17 2002
By Brian C. Taylor - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Ray Bradbury is one of the most distinctive and talented writers that the sci-fi pulps of the 40's and 50's spawned. He's got a really unique voice, and his stories, usually very short and very readable, are certainly a example of sci-fi at its finest. Some really great stories in this collection. However, I guess it's kind of silly to call this a sci-fi collection. There's horror, fantasy, sci-fi, and a lot of plain old good short story in this collection. If you like to read short stories, I highly recommend any of his collections, because they seem consistently good to me.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa8970054) out of 5 stars Bradbury, A Medicine For Melancholy And Other Stories Oct. 7 2011
By Awilson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Ray Bradbury's A Medicine For Melancholy collection was a pleasant surprise after reading several horrible books in a row. This collection is full of stories that are sometimes scary, sometimes sad, and sometimes puzzling to the emotions. Most of the stories in this volume impressed me, even the ones that talked about rockets and Mars, which seemed to be every other one. A few of them are incredibly memorable like The Wonderful Ice-Cream Suit because of its erie but comical quality. I also loved All Summer In A Day which is an imaginative and impossible story about a small girl's huge disappointment on the planet Venus. The Town Where No One Got Off is yet another memorable story that made me wonder what would happen if I just got off the train at a town in the middle of no where without telling anyone. Great collection with very few duds in the mix.
13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa8e5cd2c) out of 5 stars Intriguing April 14 2001
By Lauren - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Wow- this book is a creative, intelligent, easy-to-understand treasure! Each story is about 5-25 pages, some are shorter than others. They are not all alike, so you are guaranteed to like at least a few, but it is hard to believe that someone might not like most of them. ray bradbury writes very well and i am sure you will enjoy this book. try it!!
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa89702a0) out of 5 stars A must for Bradbury fans Sept. 27 2008
By Emily J. Morris - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I always tend to think of Ray Bradbury as one of the science fiction masters. And that is not to say that this collection has zero science fiction, for it does. But there are several stories where Bradbury takes his skill past the sci-fi and fully into the heartfelt world he so often covers in his other books. The stories range from romance to the rainy worlds of Venus and every place inbetween as Bradbury demonstrates some stunning and always powerful imagination.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa89704e0) out of 5 stars To be read over and over July 24 2013
By Susan Ewing - Published on Amazon.com
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I love this collection of Bradbury short stories, and just purchased it for my Kindle. They can be read over and over and the language is lovely. I especially love "The Scent of Sarsaparilla" but they're all good. You don't need monsters from space to create enchanting science fiction. You just need Ray Bradbury.


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