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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Avon; Original edition (June 27 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062122681
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062122681
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.7 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 363 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #431,966 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Ray Bradbury is without a doubt, one of this, or any century’s greatest and most imaginative writers. SHADOW SHOW, a book of truly great stories, is the perfect tribute to America’s master storyteller.” (Stan Lee, legendary comic book writer and former president and chairman of Marvel Comics)

“Great new tales of imagination in the Bradbury tradition.” (Hugh Hefner, publisher and founder of Playboy Enterprises)

“SHADOW SHOW is a treasure-trove for Ray Bradbury enthusiasts as for all readers who are drawn to richly imaginative, deftly plotted, startlingly original and unsettling short fiction.” (--Joyce Carol Oates, New York Times bestselling author)

“This anthology reflects the high imagination, visionary ideas, and fantastic writing that Ray is loved and known for around the world.” (Former public school teacher, librarian, and First Lady Laura Bush)

“Editorial interest and experience converge here to produce an exciting book.” (Booklist (starred review))

From the Back Cover

What do you imagine when you hear the name . . . Bradbury?

You might see rockets to Mars. Or bizarre circuses where otherworldly acts whirl in the center ring. Perhaps you travel to a dystopian future, where books are set ablaze . . . or to an out-of-the-way sideshow, where animated illustrations crawl across human skin. Or maybe, suddenly, you're returned to a simpler time in small-town America, where summer perfumes the air and life is almost perfect . . . almost.

Ray Bradbury—peerless storyteller, poet of the impossible, and one of America's most beloved authors—is a literary giant whose remarkable career has spanned seven decades. Now twenty-six of today's most diverse and celebrated authors offer new short works in honor of the master; stories of heart, intelligence, and dark wonder from a remarkable range of creative artists.


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A little spotty, but some very nice tributes to one of the great masters.
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Amazon.com: 33 reviews
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Aptly named July 25 2012
By nfmgirl - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
There are some really intriguing ideas hidden in these stories. "The Girl in the Funeral Parlor" begs the question: What if you met the love of your life after they had died, and you missed your chance with them? "By the Silver Water of Lake Champlain" is a sweet and sad story of childhood. I loved the innocence of childhood friends Gail and Joel. "Little America" was another favorite, keeping you guessing, trying to sort out just what is going on. However I have to agree with Ray Bradbury's earlier assessment that the story was too short and incomplete. It just left me filled with questions. It opened the door onto a great story without letting me come inside and experience it. It shouldn't have been a short story. It begs to be much bigger.

The editors refer in their introduction to a form of storytelling known as "shadow theater", which is as they state:

"...an art from which this anthology derives its name. Utilizing paper cutouts held between a light source and a translucent screen, shadow puppetry dates back more than two thousand years...And like the fantastic modern myths of Bradbury himself, shadow theater also portrayed fantastic stories of fable and folklore. It's moving figures became shadowy metaphors for ancient myths and modern truths..."

What a perfect way to describe these short stories!

Ironically even though Ray Bradbury just passed away June 5, 2012, this collection includes an introduction by him. He was well aware of this tribute collection and refers to himself as the Papa welcoming all of his children home to the reunion.

My final word: The title of this collection is very apropos. You do have the feeling when you read these stories that you are watching shadows, blurry figures dancing on a paper screen. How funny that illusion and allusion are so close in terms, because within these pages they are lovers, blending and melding and becoming one. I happily recommend this book to all fans of sci-fi, horror, and everything Ray Bradbury!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Save your time and your money April 15 2013
By M. Shines - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Some of my fondest memories of reading as a child are of finding collections of short, science fiction stories in the library. Add in my love of Ray Bradbury, and I was excited to add this book to my own bookshelf as an adult! I just finished the last story, though, and I am sorely disappointed. Of the 26 stories, I can recall barely a handful as having been at all noteworthy. Many stories seemed dull, contrived, borrowed (poorly,) and some (in my opinion) were even poorly written. For being a tribute to such an amazing author, I was expecting an overall higher caliber of writing and storytelling. Besides the handful of noteworthy stories, another thing that I did enjoy were the post story commentaries from some of the authors. It made me incredibly happy hearing stories of some of the authors writing to Ray Bradbury as teenagers and actually having meaningful correspondences with him over the years! Overall, though, your time and money would probably be better served finding a collection of short stories from the man himself, or if you're still intrigued, go visit your library for a copy.

Kudos to the following:

Sam Weller - The Girl In The Funeral Parlor
Joe Hill - By The Silver Water Of Lake Champlain
Dan Chaon - Little America
John McNally - The Phone Call
Robert McCammon - Children Of The Bedtime Machine
Mort Castle - Light
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Book Review - Shadow Show - Edited by Sam Weller and Mort Castle Aug. 28 2012
By The Alternative - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Shadow Show: All-New Stories in Celebration of Ray Bradbury
Sam Weller and Mort Castle, Editors
Trade Paperback
Publisher: William Morrow & Company
Publication Date: July 2012
464 pages
Advance Readers Copy - Uncorrected Proof

Table of Contents
Sam Weller and Mort Castle - Introduction
Ray Bradbury - Second Homecoming
*Neil Gaiman - The Man Who Forgot Ray Bradbury
*Margaret Atwood - Headlife
Jay Bonansinga - Heavy
*Sam Weller - The Girl In The Funeral Parlor
David Morrell - The Companions
Thomas F. Monteleone - The Exchange
Lee Martin - Cat on a Bad Couch
*Joe Hill - By The Silver Water Of Lake Champlain
*Dan Chaon - Little America
John McNally - The Phone Call
Joe Meno - Young Pilgrims
Robert McCammon - Children Of The Bedtime Machine
*Ramsey Campbell - The Page
Mort Castle - Light
Alice Hoffman - Conjure
John Maclay - Max
Jacqueline Mitchard - Two Of A Kind
Gary Braunbeck - Fat Man And Little Boy
*Bonnie Jo Campbell - The Tattoo
Audrey Niffenegger - Backwards In Seville
* Charles Yu - Earth: (A Gift Shop)
Julia Keller - Hayleigh's Dad
Dave Eggers - Who Knocks?
Bayo Ojikutu - Reservation 2020
Kelly Link - Two Houses
Harlan Ellison - Weariness

One of the most important contributions to literature that Ray Bradbury gave us was NOT his Science Fiction stories. If you're surprised by that statement then you obviously haven't read much Bradbury. While he was mostly a Science Fiction author (The Martian Chronicles, Fahrenheit 451, The Illustrated Man) every one of his stories (short or long) is steeped in the emotional values and humanism of his characters. Ray Bradbury was an evocative writer who posed the "What if?" question better than most and provided provocative answers to those same questions through his characters. Shadow Show, the tribute anthology to celebrate the career of Ray Bradbury, if nothing else, tells us how Ray Bradbury affected his audience. To bring together some of the biggest names in speculative fiction to celebrate the man is a great indication of his affect on some of the most creative writers in the industry.

When paying homage to a literary legend it is common for editors to become overly maudlin or include patronizingly syrupy content. Shadow Show, a tribute to Ray Bradbury, does not fall into the trap of over-sentimentalism and while not all the stories here emulate Mr. Bradbury's style they all were obviously inspired by his writings. In Shadow Show, editors Sam Weller and Mort Castle have assembled short stories from a number of the world's most gifted authors to honor Ray Bradbury and his contribution to the literary world of fiction. Also included is an Introduction in the form of a personal essay "Second Homecoming", written by Ray Bradbury, specifically for the book. Best stories in the anthology: Headlife by Margaret Atwood, The Man Who Forgot Ray Bradbury by Neil Gaiman, Little America by Dan Chaon, Earth: (A Gift Shop) by Charles Yu, and By the Silver Water of Lake Champlain by Joe Hill. A special nod to the Campbell's here, as well. Ramsey Campbell for The Page and Bonnie Jo Campbell for The Tattoo titles that evoke Fahrenheit 451 and The Illustrated Man, respectively.

* Denotes my favorite stories in the anthology.
** Advance Readers Copy - Uncorrected Proof from LibraryThing.com Early Readers Program

4 ½ stars out of 5

The Alternative
Southeast Wisconsin
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
fitting tribute July 10 2012
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Paying homage to the late Ray Bradbury, twenty-six authors provide strong short entries honoring the recently deceased superstar whose career spanned decades and many of his works turned into many movies. Mr. Bradbury added a short thank you to his contributing "children" while acknowledging his "true papa" was originally Poe and then Wells and Verne. Neil Gaiman sets the tone with his whimsical "The Man Who Forgot Ray Bradbury" as the narrator knows all the stories but not the name of the author. With a nod to the short story "The Swan", he met her too late as she is "The Girl In The Funeral Parlor" (by Sam Weller). "Something Wicked This Way Comes" to BFFs in "Conjure" by Alice Hoffman. The compilation pays homage to Mr. Bradbury; for instance, Dave Eggers' "Who Kicks" to "A Sound of Thunder"; Bonnie Jo Campbell's "The Tattoo" to "The Illustrated Man"; and Bayo Ojikutu's "Reservation to my personal favorite Bradbury "Fahrenheit 451". This is a fitting tribute to one of the great writers.

Harriet Klausner
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
A Marvelous Tribute to a Writer of Marvels July 10 2012
By JLC - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I can't imagine a more timely tribute to the great master of fantastic fiction than this volume of brand new stories written by top fiction writers. Gauntlet Press and Borderlands Press have teamed up to publish this mind-blowing anthology featuring never before published short stories inspired by Ray Bradbury's work. The editors prepare us for the landmark entries with heartfelt introduction, followed by the master himself, who kicks off the celebration with a humble and succinct essay, citing his own heroes and influences. Turn the page and you will be treated to ALL NEW stories from Neil Gaiman, Margaret Atwood, David Morrell, Thomas F. Monteleone, Joe Hill, Dan Chaon, Robert McCammon, Ramsey Campbell, Alice Hoffman, John Maclay, Gary Braunbeck, Bonnie Jo Campbell, Audrey Niffenegger, Dave Eggers, Kelly Link, Harlan Ellison® (yes, Mr. Ellison has registered his name), and others. The range and breadth of the authors and styles are simply staggering and, although the authors have created stories in their own specific voices, each tale is nuanced and informed by a personally favored work written by Ray Bradbury. Fantasy, horror, science fiction--it's all here! And, as if the stories alone were not stunning enough, each author includes a fascinating explanation of why they have chosen the Bradbury work that influenced their story. This is a dazzling and brilliant homage to an author whose enternal and forward-thinking fiction raced ahead of history, often predicting the future with uncanny accuracy. Rest in peace, Mr. Bradbury.


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