I Sing the Body Electric Author:Ray Bradbury Ray Bradbury's new collection, his first in five years, displays once more the remarkable diversity and strength that have always characterized his work. In these eighteen stories, he conducts the reader on a tour through time and space - into the unbounded dimensions of the future, and through remapped patterns of the past - as he intermingles ... more »the bizarre with the familiar and brings tomorrow and yesterday closer to today. In Bradbury's world, mechanical grandmothers, fourth-dimensional babies, and humanoid national heroes co-exist with the Irish Republican Army, Texas chicken farmers, and "the only A-1 first-class taxidermist on the Coast." And just as diverse is Bradbury's range of voices and styles. Here are stories of suspense, humor, life - as well as of fable, science fiction (the extraordinary novella, "The Lost City of Mars"), and the beautiful cantata for words, "Christus Apollo." All in all, a virtuoso performance from the Master.« less
This is vintage Bradbury: an eclectic compilation of his early stories. As ever, it is loaded with forced metaphorsmostly bad. Stacked with sketchy storylines and poor prose. The long short story, The Lost City of Mars is my favorite and, for this, it is worth perusing the book. You may find, as I did, that the title story is so far out there that it is hardly recognizable as literature. Take your own chances.