The Cat's Pajamas, another short story collection by the iconic Ray Bradbury, includes 21 tales -- most never before published -- by the master of speculative fiction himself. Featured within are timeless stories about love and loss, beatification and betrayal -- all with Bradbury's trademark bittersweet narrative voice.
Noteworthy entries include "Chrysalis" (1946), an ingeniously subtle story (written long before the civil rights movement) about a black teenager from Alabama who is obsessed with lightening his skin -- and his white contemporary from California who is bent on getting a deep, dark tan before the summer ends. In "Hail to the Chief," a group of drunken senators gamble away the United States at an Indian-owned casino in North Dakota. "Ole, Orozco! Siqueiros, Si!" chronicles the life and death of a daring graffiti artist, and "A Careful Man Dies" pits a hemophiliac writing a tell-all book against cunning adversaries bent on bleeding him. "The Cat's Pajamas" is an endearing story about two cat lovers finding love in the eyes of an abandoned kitten, and "Where's My Hat, What's My Hurry?" is a heartbreaking story about a husband and wife who have finally come to the bitter end of their relationship.
Like Bradbury's other short story collections (One More for the Road, Driving Blind, The Golden Apples of the Sun, et al.), The Cat's Pajamas is an absolute storytelling masterwork. Transcendent, visionary, profoundly moving -- an aptly entitled collection of old and new stories that offers fans a panoramic look at a career that has spanned an incredible six decades. Paul Goat Allen