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Portable Magic

Reading, for me, is entertainment and an escape from the real world. But it can also inform and stretch the boundaries of the life I live.

Currently reading

A Wizard of Earthsea (The Earthsea Cycle, #1)
Ursula K. Le Guin
Whisper Network
Chandler Baker
Progress: 54 %
Invisible Man
Ralph Ellison
Progress: 28 %
The Mystery at Lilac Inn
Carolyn Keene
100 Hair-Raising Little Horror Stories
Gary Raisor, Richard Chizmar, Al Sarrantonio, Avram Davidson
Progress: 70/512 pages
Leading Change
John P. Kotter
Peanuts Classics
Charles M. Schulz
Progress: 66 %
The Bungalow Mystery
Carolyn Keene
Progress: 192/192 pages
The Bungalow Mystery #3
Carolyn Keene
Progress: 192/192 pages
The Mystery at Lilac Inn
Russell H. Tandy, Mildred Benson, Carolyn Keene

The Vintage Bradbury ★★★★☆

The Vintage Bradbury: The greatest stories by America's most distinguished practioner of speculative fiction - Ray Bradbury

This collection of short stories was apparently selected by Bradbury himself, so that's an interesting insight into the author, or at least where his head was in the mid 1960's when this was originally published. I've enjoyed almost all of them, been frankly disturbed by a few, and just a couple found dull. My particular favorites: The Veldt, There Will Come Soft Rains, Dandelion Wine, Skeleton, and The Watchful Poker Chip of H. Matisse.


I've been documenting my thoughts on each of the short stories throughout my book update posts, so I've linked to them below. 


Here are my thoughts on the last 4 stories: 


The Dwarf – Cruelty vs compassion, or when compassion is cruel. Also, if the funhouse mirrors distorted us into revealing our true nature. Also, I’m starting to wonder why Bradbury’s female characters are always attached to such shitshow men.


Fever Dream – Legitimately freaked me out. Loved it.


The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit – oooooookay that was cringeworthy


There Will Come Soft Rains – Like The Veldt, this is a favorite and was also my introduction to Bradbury short stories. The haunting imagery of the empty house and the images etched into the exterior walls has stayed with me throughout my life, from the time I first read it for a middle school assignment.


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