The Illustrated Man

The Illustrated Man

by Ray Bradbury
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The Illustrated Man (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 81 reviews.
Penelope_Rabbit More than 1 year ago
This book is a wonderful collection of short stories that can be read as a single novel. Not only does the collection offer a great read for any science fiction fan, the book has a bit to offer in other areas as well. There are touches of politics and religion in the book as well as a look into the future and past and the what if's that could have been or could be. If you have ever never read a Ray Bradbury book, this is the place to start. Followed by The Martian Chronicles, and Fahrenheit 451.
ayushi30 More than 1 year ago
Well let me start off by saying that scifi is not usually my cup of tea, but when it comes to Bradbury, I simply can't resist. I knew I would probably enjoy this book because I've read The Martian Chronicles (another great scifi read) and absolutely loved it. The Illustrated Man is a collection of short stories about the future of mankind. It serves as a sort of premonition of things to come, were humans to continue down the destructive path that we are traveling upon. The premise of the book consists of a man who is tattooed with various illustrations, and the illustrations move and make stories, which are of course the stories told in the book. I don't want to give too much away, but I will say that I every single story left me breathless. Bradbury did in eight pages do what some writers take an entire novel to do. This collection is stunning, and a quick read for any one who enjoys psychological dilemmas as well. I would like to leave you with the introductory passage of the book: "There are the vast reaches of outer space - the infinite black nothingness that holds the galaxies, where men in rockets move from the green hills of earth to the rain-glutted forests of Venus to the canals of Mars, and still farther...even farther... And there is inner space - the bottomless well of fears, longing, hope and the complex emotions of the frail human creatures who challenge the universe - those who in turn must face the peril not only of that vastness but also of their own sometimes terrible inventions..." A truly haunting book. Enjoy! To read more of my book reviews, please visit my blog at ayushi30.blogspot.com
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. Bradbury is one of my favorite authors and so this book being good does not surprise me. He links the stories together so well, and the novel is so original.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Jonathan_Stewart More than 1 year ago
Of course this book is a classic, as is most of what Mr. Bradbury created. I read this first in my younger years and it has stayed with me all my life. Pulled out the same copy I’ve had since I was a teen and reread it again last week. This book is really a collection of stories as relates to the illustrations found on the body of The Illustrated Man. Bradbury’s voice is incredible and his imagination knows no bounds. He gave us views on how things could be in the future, many of which seemed to have come true decades after he wrote this. Someone else wrote: “hypnotic and emotionally potent voice and vision of terrible beauty” which I think sums up this book perfectly. Great reading for all ages above 12.
Michelle_Palmer More than 1 year ago
I am a huge fan of Ray Bradbury but had never read this book until now. I am not usually a fan of the short story, so I hadn't picked up this book. My school has recently started to require reading for 15 minutes at the beginning of each class that does not have a state test so for 15 minutes 3 times per day I read in class (and get paid for it :) ) I enjoyed the book. It is framed well. It starts with a man encountering a man with a lot of tattoos in a field and they are both homeless so they both sleep in the field. No spoilers, that is just the framework for the short stories. The stories themselves are uneven. Most of that is probably because of the time since they were written. Some of them just didn't stand up to 65 years of scientific advancement. However, quite a few of the stories are absolutely charming or in some cases eye opening. Some that I particularly enjoyed: The Veldt was a bit horrifying. The Other Foot was fantastic, probably my favorite. The Man was quite eye opening. The Long Rain was a short psychological thriller. The Rocket Man was sweet and heartbreaking. The Exiles was a fabulous story that literature lovers will enjoy. Marionettes, Inc felt familiar. The City was surprising. Zero Hour felt real. The Rocket was wonderful and full of love. Overall, an excellent read and well worth the time it took to read it.
ElliottBaye More than 1 year ago
I've never been a science fiction fan, but I was curious as I have heard positive reviews of Ray Bradbury's works. I chose The Illustrated Man as it is a collection of 18 short stories. Wow, I loved this book! The stories have twists and surprise endings and I can hardly wait to read the rest. 4/5 stars as a few of the stories seem to be re-hashed from each other.
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LaureaTari More than 1 year ago
I suppose "good" is the category I would place this book in. The writing certainly wasn't bad or below average. The stories were powerful, but very dark. I was assigned to read this book for a class and could only just bring myself to read one of the stories at a time. Many of the stories embodied a feeling of fear and dread, leaving me anxious and emotionally drained after just a few pages. Definitely not for everyone!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As I read the book, I amagain reminded of my youth reading lesson. These short stories excite the imagination, re-kindle the love of reading through a chapter. But, mostly inspires me to realize how important and wonderful keeping the legacey of books we read as children and young adults can be shared with our new generation of family members. One can only hope to share experiences with our grand children, and neices and nephews This book is onwhich can be shared, and used to start many conversations. Thank you for making it avaliable in E-book form.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Savoried rather than gulped the movies were never satisfactory however with the new special effects could be true to the story now that was awkward before in film
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Bradbury at its Finest!!!! this book is a work of art! each short story draws you into the next. a book you cannot put down to save your life! if you love SiFi look no further then this Masterpiece of the great Ray Bradbury!
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This boois of course another amazing book that Bradbury has written. The detail and imagination used to write this book of sort stories baffles me. Bradbury has amazing talent and his writings live on forever in ones mind for the words and stories are so strong and vivid tha they are simply hard to forget. All in all this book is amazing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is the second book that i fell in love with. Bradbury is not only a genius but a master. When i first sall how much the e-book versions of his works are i was upset, but i think thats the point! E-books are great but one the master of scifi wants you to go and buy a real book! It will cost less! Still gonna give it 5 stars its worth it!
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BrieBB More than 1 year ago
I am a lover of books and reading and my only favorite author over the past few years has been Jodi Picoult. But ever since I picked up this book, I keep going back to the pages I just read becuase it just moves me. I feel as if I am there and watching these stories come alive and reliving them. It's amazing how Bradbury has such detail and fantasy that it almost becomes real. I would definitly reccommend this book!
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