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Acabei de ler e me vi obrigado a fazer uma revisão do Martian Chronicles! A sensação que fica é de nostalgia pelo que ainda não se foi, mas que irá um dia, e solidão, mas ao mesmo tempo de alegria. Por momentos Ray Bradbury nos faz sorrir e ao mesmo tempo questionar o nosso lugar no universo, nosso destino. Acho difícil fazer uma revisão mais literária estando ainda tão tocado pelas suas palavras, mas eu recomendo muito esse livro para qualquer alma sensível, mas recomendo mais ainda para alguma alma que ainda esteja insensível, mas que esteja disposta a se deixar tocar!
I don't know why I thought that this was a novel, rather than a collection of short, highly atmospheric stories centered around man's first experiences of M ars...However, another Ray Bradbury collection - "The Golden Apples of the Sun" - is one of the best collections of short stories I have ever read, so I was happy enough to have paid my £1.99, and game to give it a chance. It's not quite, I have to admit, up to the standard of the aforementioned collection...
Having said that, the 26 stories in the collection - some funny, some dark, some downright sad, and all wonderfully atmospheric - all weave together perfectly to create a poignant, beautifully realised 'history ' of migration to Mars, the quality of man, and the nature of human existence.
Having read this Kindle edition many years after reading an original book version, I now really agree that "they do not write Science Fiction (not like that they don't) anymore". This is a true Classic Science Fiction collection comprising, as it does, the major individual chronicles that make up this iconic story. Some of these stories are not in every plublished edition of the Book and well done Kindle for issuing an edition that includes some of the less available stories. Yes this is a Classic but I had not realized how dated some of Bradbury's writing style can come across now, though in no way does that diminish the totality of the social, political and (in an out dated way) scientific insights. Interestingly I have just finished a Paperback Sci-Fi novel, comparatively recently written, in which one of Bradbury's characters is lifted - name, character and purpose - from one of the Chronicles. What a compliment, but what crass insousance. DJG
This is a collection of short stories, I don't really like short stories but this wouldn't have worked any other way. Having messed up our planet, humans proceeded to invade another and try to bend the lives and customs of the inhabitants to the Earth way, with of course - negative consequences. In my opinion the stories are well imagined, and the humans are treated in quite different ways by the Martians. A fun read if a little light on imagining our future
I read this first as a second hand paperback edition still titled, the Silver Locusts. Very happy to return to it. If you have not read it before, it's worth noting that isn't a novel as such. All the stories are Mars based at different periods of the imagined contact with Mars and it's inhabitants.From first landing to colonisation, to abandonment. For me, it's an examination of the human condition seen from different perspectives and because of this, it doesn't matter that we all know life, at least as envisioned here, has never existed on Mars. It could be any planet and the stories would still stand. Bradbury's writing style feels understated but engaging. Always a pleasure to read. Recommend, even if sci-fi isn't your thing.
Gosh, four stars! I've surprised myself but it's not worth any more than that. There's not enough of of real innovation or gripping story in here to justify five stars. I'll admit I read this in my teens and really enjoyed it, but beyond a few original ideas there is simply not enough follow up an the first couple of very atmospheric stories.
Above all I felt this was thin stuff from a writer who could certainly do much better when it comes to building a picture of an alien race. After an amazing start, Bradbury was not trying his best when he wrote most of this. He took a handful of memes and just repeated and reiterated. There is a lack of development and depth. Too much is trivial and mischievous.
Abridged audio books always tend to disappoint as they miss out so much detail, this however does not disappoint, it is unabridged, word for word the work of the amazing sci-fi writer Ray Bradbury. There is one disc in mp3 format so beware if you do not have an mp3 player of some sorts or the means to convert it into another format, there is over 9 hours of playback. The book written in the 1940's is set almost a hundred years in the future and keeps the feel of the time that it was written in. It has dated extremely well. It is a book about people, many separate stories woven and interlinked together to form a chronicle over a period of maybe 20-30 years.
It is a future where the imagination of the author has been influenced by his own known history, the discovery of the Americas, World Wars and the development of nuclear power and weapons, also written at a time when the world was on the cusp of space travel.
It is predominantly a story about people, the colonisation of a new world Mars, and the subsequent trauma. I had read the book over 20 years ago, even watched the mini-series starring Rock Hudson, it certainly is a classic (maybe not the mini-series). This audio book is even better in that it brings the story to life. The book is read by Scott Brick. He has this wonderful melancholy tone and at every stage he brings a feeling of sadness, distance and loss to the story with his narration. At first I was a bit unsure of his style, but if you listen to the story and really allow it to take you over you will see it could not and should not have been done any other way. It is wholly fitting and makes this probably the best audio book I have ever listened to.
In one of the final chapters, the description of the automated house and the people who once lived in it hits as hard as a sledge hammer. I will say no more so as not to spoil it, but it is thought provoking.
My only criticism of this audio book is when it ends.
As the story ends and the final words are spoken there should have been silence giving time for contemplation. Instead within a slit second it says `This is the end of the book if you want more look at our website blah blah blah.'
My advice; when the last sentence ends, switch off immediately and sit quietly. You will see it makes sense. An exceptional audio book.
Having only read one short story by Bradbury before this book, both his style and the genre (in book form) were new to me. This compilation of stories are all dated in the future, from the 'magical' sci-fi year of 1999 (which in the forties and fifties must have seemed a long long way away) and although individual stories, they read like diary entries.
Varied in length, with some just a couple of paragraphs or pages long, the balance works well because the shorter stories are to the point and punctuate the longer ones. Although classed as science fiction, set on (or about travelling to) Mars, the main theme running though all of them is how human's react to situations. Racial tension, loneliness, hope, fear and greed all play a part in these deftly put together stories and whether they're about being isolated on a planet, met by long dead loved ones or children just being children, they each have something to offer and leave you in ponderous mode.
It is such a beautiful journey! I love it. The story of this book, the pace, the atmosphere, the descriptions that verge on poetry are just wonderful. I have read this book multiple times over the years, and I never get tired of it. This book will always have a special place in my heart. Even those who do not like science-fiction would like it. To those who are new to sci-fi and would like to know where to start, this is the book.