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VOYAOn the cover of this new biography appears the following statement by Ray Bradbury: "This is my life! It's as if somehow Sam Weller slipped into my skin and my head and my heart-it's all here." Encapsulated in this quote lies both the book's greatest strength and its greatest weakness. Weller had unprecedented access to his subject. He admits to idolizing Bradbury, and his book reflects this attitude. It is full of enthusiasm and is highly appreciative of Bradbury's many and varied accomplishments. On the other hand, it portrays a virtual saint's life. Weller's subject can do little wrong and is a prodigy without parallel. This attitude, although perfectly capturing Bradbury's own bubbling, still youthful personality, leads the biographer to underrepresent the author's dark side. He is, after all, one of the great masters of dark fantasy. It also causes Weller to make the basically silly claim that "arguably, no other twentieth-century literary figure can claim such sweeping cultural impact" as Bradbury. Nevertheless there is much to like here. The book is chock-full of fascinating anecdotes. One of the best concerns Bradbury's disappointment after Adlai Stevenson lost the 1952 presidential election. The writer was so incensed that, at the risk of damaging his own budding career as a Hollywood screenwriter, he published a Letter to the Republican Party in Variety that castigated McCarthy and Nixon for impugning the loyalty of Democrats. Such feistiness has long been a Bradbury trademark. Adult readers might wish for a more nuanced portrait of the author, but this biography will please younger fans. VOYA CODES: 3Q 3P S A/YA (Readable without serious defects; Will appeal with pushing;Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12; Adult-marketed book recommended for Young Adults). 2005, William Morrow, 384p.; Index. Photos. Biblio. Source Notes., Ages 15 to Adult.