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05:10 pm: R Is For Rocket by Ray Bradbury
I bought an old paperback of this several years ago at a used bookstore because I hadn't read all the stories in it. I had three days between finishing the book I was reading and the bookgroup, so I picked this to read. It actually took four days, but that's not bad. One of the stories in this collection is fairly famous: "A Sound of Thunder," but most of the others aren't as well-known. Many of the stories use descriptions for the characters rather than names, and his stories tend to be in an unknown future time, so they don't get dated. He uses a lot of description through his books and this one is no different. Here's the ToC:

* Introduction (R Is for Rocket) • (1962) • essay by Ray Bradbury
* 1 • R Is for Rocket • (1943) • shortstory by Ray Bradbury
* 16 • The End of the Beginning • (1956) • shortstory by Ray Bradbury
* 21 • The Fog Horn • (1951) • shortstory by Ray Bradbury
* 29 • The Rocket • (1950) • shortstory by Ray Bradbury
* 39 • The Rocket Man • (1951) • shortstory by Ray Bradbury
* 50 • The Golden Apples of the Sun • (1953) • shortstory by Ray Bradbury
* 57 • A Sound of Thunder • (1952) • shortstory by Ray Bradbury
* 69 • The Long Rain • (1950) • shortstory by Ray Bradbury
* 83 • The Exiles • (1949) • shortstory by Ray Bradbury
* 97 • Here There Be Tygers • (1951) • shortstory by Ray Bradbury
* 110 • The Strawberry Window • (1955) • shortstory by Ray Bradbury
* 118 • The Dragon • (1955) • shortstory by Ray Bradbury
* 121 • The Gift • (1952) • shortstory by Ray Bradbury
* 124 • Frost and Fire • (1946) • novella by Ray Bradbury (aka The Creatures That Time Forgot) [as by Ray Bradbury ]
* 164 • Uncle Einar • (1947) • shortstory by Ray Bradbury
* 172 • The Time Machine • (1955) • shortstory by Ray Bradbury
* 179 • The Sound of Summer Running • (1956) • shortstory by Ray Bradbury

(Thanks to ISFDB)

Bradbury is more descriptive than I prefer, but I certainly enjoyed the collection.



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Date:August 17th, 2009 04:40 am (UTC)
I read that collection and its companion S is for Space to pieces when I was a teenager. I liked the description. It's probably to blame for some of my writing habits. 8-)

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Date:August 18th, 2009 12:59 am (UTC)
And I like your books, so maybe it's just his POV.
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Date:August 17th, 2009 02:59 pm (UTC)
It's neat, reading some of those old anthologies.

As for Bradbury being a bit too descriptive... That's how I felt while reading Something Wicked This way Comes. I wanted to tell him to go easy on the exclamation marks.
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Date:August 18th, 2009 12:59 am (UTC)
Well, if he has five exclamation marks in a row, he's wearing his underpants on his head!

BTW, anthologies have multiple authors; collections have a single author.
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Date:August 18th, 2009 01:15 am (UTC)
Oh, I know that. It's just that your post got me thinking about some of those old anthologies one still comes across in used-book stores.
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