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The Illustrated Man

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2008

    A reviewer

    The Illustrated Man is a fascinating novel. Novelist Ray Bradbury is outstanding and his different ideas and wild imagination makes you want to read more and more. The Illustrated Man is basically about a man with tattoos on his entire body. He gets these magical tattoos from a mysterious woman. The man wants to find this woman and kill her because the tattoos are frightening and it caused the Illustrated Man to lose his job many times. He meets a young man who invites him for a meal and the Illustrated Man lets him read his stories at night, while he is sleeping. The young man finds out that each tattoo tells a different story , a total of eighteen. Most of the stories are in the science fiction genre and the setting of Mars is used very often. I really enjoyed this book because each story makes you think about what is happening and each story never gets old. Just when you think something is sure to happen, Bradbury throws in a twist. The stories vary from men looking for the sun on Mars where it rains nonstop, to a virtual playroom with lions which turn into the real thing. One thing I didn't like is that some of the stories are confusing and you have to read them a couple of times carefully to get the whole idea. The Illustrated Man is a great book that makes you scratch your head. If you like science fiction with a little mystery, you should definitely check this book out. Some other novels by Ray Bradbury are Dandelion Wine, The Martian Chronicles, and Something Wicked This Way Comes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2009

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    Interesting Read

    This book is a collection of short stories written by Bradbury.
    It's not the best I've read, but it was still pretty good. In this particular book, Bradbury focuses on Mars and outer space. Good book to read if you're a fan of science fiction.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2005

    Extraordinary

    No book is perfect, but this comes close. An amazing amalgamation of science, fiction and beautifully bitter stories. The best showing of short story collections.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2003

    Excellent Bradbury fare

    If you enjoy the worlds and characters of Ray Bradbury, then this book is for you. Wonderfully written and entertaining, each short story within is a gem. I especially enjoyed The Long Rain. Worth checking out if you liked F 451 and Martian Chron.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2001

    Ahead of his time

    I am not a sci-fi reader by nature, but I bought this along on a recent trip. His writing style is not at all dated. Some of these short stories have rather dark flavors. Many reminded me of ideas that we enjoy now such as the 'Holladeck' on StarTrek, time travel, social commentary on modern, industrial society, commercialization. He definitely describes the shadow side of humans. There is definitely some paranoia about his writing profession in several stories. His stories reflect an uncanny, accurate foreshadowing of the his future and our present.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2000

    The Illustrated Man

    The book has 18 stories. All of the 18 stories have wonderful morals. They tell you evreything from how racism hurts people('The Other Foot') to how family needs to be your first priority('The Rocket Man').

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2000

    Illustrated Man

    During my reading of several books by Ray Bradbury, the one I thought was the best is call The Illustrated Man. I thought this book was the best out of the other two because, it was a bunch of short stories so you could take a break between exciting stories. Another reason would be I like reading a bunch of different stories instead of just one long book. The last reason would be I think that Bradbury used a better theme, and storyline throughout the book The Illustrated Man.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2000

    Illustrated Man

    During my reading of several books by Ray Bradbury, the one I thought was the best is called The Illustrated Man. I thought this book was the best out of the other two because, it was a bunch of short stories so you could take a break between exciting stories. Another reason would be I like reading a bunch of different stories instead of just one long book. The last reason would be I think that Bradbury used a better theme, and story line throughout the book The Illustrated Man.

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