America has no finer teller of tales than Ray Bradbury. For more than fifty years he has regaled us with wonders, enchanted us with memories, and startled us with simple truths, enabling us to view from fresh perspectives the world we inhabit, and see others we never dreamed existed. Now the master treats us to another round -- eighteen brand-new stories and seven previously published but never before collected -- proof positive that his magic is as potent as ever. Here is a rich elixir distilled from the pungent fruit of experience and imagination, expertly prepared by a superior mixologist whose hand is sure and whose eyes and ears have long taken in the shouting, weeping, carping, reveling life all around him.
Sip the sweet innocence of youth, and the wisdom -- and folly -- of age. Taste the warm mysteries of summer and the bitterness of betrayed loves and abandoned places. This glass overflows with a heady brew that will set your mind spinning and carry you to remarkable locales: a house where time has no boundaries; a movie theater where deconstructed schlock is drunkenly reassembled into art; a faraway planet plagued by an epidemic of sorrow; a wheat field that hides a strangely welcome enemy. The comforts of arguments eternal; the addictive terror of a predawn phone call; the ghosts of dear friends, of errant sons and lost fathers, and of lovers both joyously remembered and never-to-be, are but a few of the ingredients that have gone into Bradbury's savory cocktail. And every satisfying swallow brings new surprises and revelations. One More for the Road is superb refreshment served with wit, heart, and flair by the incomparable Bradbury. This one's on Ray. Drink up!
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About the Author
In a career spanning more than seventy years, Ray Bradbury, who died on June 5, 2011 at the age of 91, inspired generations of readers to dream, think, and create. A prolific author of hundreds of short stories and close to fifty books, as well as numerous poems, essays, operas, plays, teleplays, and screenplays, Bradbury was one of the most celebrated writers of our time. His groundbreaking works include Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles, The Illustrated Man, Dandelion Wine, and Something Wicked This Way Comes. He wrote the screen play for John Huston's classic film adaptation of Moby Dick, and was nominated for an Academy Award. He adapted sixty-five of his stories for television's The Ray Bradbury Theater, and won an Emmy for his teleplay of The Halloween Tree. He was the recipient of the 2000 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, the 2004 National Medal of Arts, and the 2007 Pulitzer Prize Special Citation, among many honors.
Throughout his life, Bradbury liked to recount the story of meeting a carnival magician, Mr. Electrico, in 1932. At the end of his performance Electrico reached out to the twelve-year-old Bradbury, touched the boy with his sword, and commanded, "Live forever!" Bradbury later said, "I decided that was the greatest idea I had ever heard. I started writing every day. I never stopped."
Hometown:Los Angeles, California
Date of Birth:August 22, 1920
Place of Birth:Waukegan, Illinois
Education:Attended schools in Waukegan, Illinois, and Los Angeles, California
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Ray Bradbury is one of the great writers of the last century and apparently based on this work this century too. ONE MORE FOR THE ROAD consists of twenty-five short stories and an afterward from Mr. Bradbury. The tales run the gamut of human emotion but metaphorically from an eerie looking glass. Most of Mr. Bradbury¿s contributions are brand new with only seven having seen previous light (or is that dark?). As expected from this grandmaster, each tale is taut, intelligent, and insightful as Mr. Bradbury still surgically renders opens the human condition for readers to explore. Harriet Klausner
Ray Bradbury is a classic genuis in his genre of writing. One More for the Road is one of my top favorite story collections of all time. If you are expecting the same kind of thing as Fahrenheit 451, don't be surprised of the difference. It is none the less spectacular story telling.
I've just read the first two stories (they come as part of the free sample), and while First Day was a bit odd, Heart Transplant was very touching. This is not SciFi Ray Bradbury but a bit more like the Twilight Zone (at least if the first two stories are in the same vein as the rest.) I'll get the book and read the rest. I'm not really a fan of short stories, but for Bradbury I'll make an exception.
i love Ray Bradbury. i am a big fan of his but i must say this book was disappointing. i liked 2 stories out of all of them. this is just my opinion and would not want to hinder anyone from reading this book. i just did not enjoy it.
I was blown away by Fahrenheit 451 & The Illustrated Man. That being said I was very much looking foward to devouring this collection of his stories. They are not good. I am almost halfway through and none of the stories are overwhelming good or even kind of good at all. The last 2 I read, I started but didn't finish. This collection is a huge disappointment.