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A Medicine for Melancholy by Ray Bradbury

A Medicine for Melancholy

by Ray Bradbury

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A wonderful collection of short stories from the Master. Sometimes melancholic and lyric, sometimes suprising and thought-provoking but always Bradbury at his best. My favourites are 'Dark They Were, and Golden Eyed' and 'The Smile'. ( )
  TheCrow2 | Apr 10, 2014 |
Here is a group of stories by one of the masters of the science fiction field.

A young woman is bedridden with a baffling illness. Her family decides to bring her, and her bed, outside, on the street, to take advantage of the human tendency to give unsolicited medical advice to complete strangers. A group of male friends, of the same physical size, pool their resources to purchase an expensive white suit, which they will share. It is the sort of suit that is guaranteed to attract the ladies. A young boy is sick with what his doctor is certain is nothing more than scarlet fever. The boy fears that his sickness is much more serious.

An after-the-apocalypse story is about an America where everything, and anything, from the past is to be hated and destroyed, including a famous painting that is based on a woman's smile. A group of human colonists are stuck on Mars because of a war on Earth. A colony ship is sent, five years later, after the war, and finds several hundred Martians, with no knowledge of any human colonists. Traveling across America by train, a businessman impulsively decides to get off at the next stop, whatever it is. He learns why there are some small towns where no one ever gets off the train. A couple of men who wander California beaches looking for coins or dropped jewelry find something really interesting. A real mermaid washes up on shore. Their thought is to pack it in ice, and eventually sell it, but the tide is coming in.

This book shows why Bradbury was such a great author. The stories aren't just science fiction, or fantasy, or horror. They feel like the sort of stories that could happen to anyone. If a copy can be found, this is a gem of a book. ( )
  plappen | Aug 7, 2012 |
Another fine collection of Bradbury stories, from his best period of creativity. I loved "All Summer in a Day", but again, not a single note here rings false. The man is touched by genius and the wisdom to best use it. ( )
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For Dad, whose love, very late in life, surprised his son. And for Bernard Berenson and Nicky Mariano, who gave me a new world.
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A Medicine for Melancholy and other stories ISBN 0-380-73086-3 (1998 and 2001) differs substantially from earlier versions containing stories from the original collection and from S is for Space. It is the same as Bradbury Classic Stories 2. 0-553-28638-2 of 1990.
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