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Bradbury speaks : too soon from the cave, too far from the stars by Ray Bradbury

During his long life, Ray Bradbury was astonishingly prolific, cranking out short stories, novels, and screenplays, and firing the imaginations of many a reader with his ideas of science fiction and fantasy.  He also wrote essays, and Bradbury Speaks is a fine introduction to this part of his writing craft.

To read these essays is to be knocked breathless.  Bradbury displays a mercurial sense of humor and action-packed train of thought in many of these; his prose is dizzying.  Sometimes I got lost in his exuberance; other times, the pace was exactly what I wanted and needed to read at the moment.  And his subjects of interest are very wide-ranging.

Hollywood, the publishing industry, his life and early years, meetings with Bertrand Russell and Norman Corwin – Bradbury has opinions on all.  He also gives his insight on the writing craft itself, and who and what have inspired him to keep writing even when it seemed a deadend way to make a living.

As with any collection of essays, it’s nice not to feel compelled to read from beginning to end.  You can pick and choose your flavor of Bradbury, and if you are already a fan, Bradbury Speaks won’t disappoint.

(William Hicks, Information Services)

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