I can't exactly remember my first story. My high school English teacher, back in 1970, practically swooned at the mere mention of Mr. Bradbury's writing style and, of course, my classmates and I thought she was a complete idiot. We thought that only for a brief while, however. Only until she coaxed us into reading some of his work. After that, I only remember reading Bradbury constantly.
Two of those early-read stories that affected me most were "The Powerhouse," and one that I believe was called "The Strawberry Window." If you haven't read these, or haven't read them lately, they are great.
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"Swooning" is, indeed, proper when it comes to Ray Bradbury's poetic style and dynamic insights into human nature.
My dad was an avid Sci-Fi reader, and we had hundreds of paperbacks at the top of our stairs on the dusty shelves. I would look through, picking out some and putting some back, never really reading any. I was a Hardy Boys fan up until that point.
I think the first one I read off of the shelf was "The October Country", because it was short stories (I was only 13 or so, and that meant easier reading), and the cover was creepy-looking. I think I got hooked on "The Crowd" first, and it's unique ideas. I finished that, then 451, then scoured that shelf and my uncle's for "I Sing the Body Electric", and others.
Even today, if there is a long trip and I need reading material, I reach for Bradbury. He seems to hold the same unique position as someone like Roald Dahl, whose stories cross from adult to child and back again, suitable for and loved by both.
The first story I ever read was in Junior high. It was "All Summer in a Day" and then I didn't read anything else by Ray Bradbury until about a month ago when I found a copy of Fahrenheit 451 at a thrift shop. I remembered my mom mentioning something about it being good so I picked it up. I love that book! Reading it I just kept nodding my head, like "Yeah, I get this. That makes sense." It's so realistic that it's scary. Now I'm reading The Martian Chronicles on the recommendation of a fellow literature student. I can definitely see myself becoming a Bradbury fan.
I first read Ray's "All Summer in A Day" way back when in seventh grade. Then, unrealizing, I read "There Will Come Soft Rains" in ninth grade. But the book that first absolutely hooked me was Fareheit 451, it's my favorite book. You can tell by my username that I'm crazy about Ray!
Originally posted by RainWalker:
I started about 11,my sister,who,i might add,isn't a real big Ray Bradbury fan (dumb,huh) was giving me a free reign in some books she was giving away. Instantly,my eyes fell upon a red book,Labeled "Illustrated Man" So i thought 'Hey,what the heck,let's give it a whirl' opened it,and from that moment on I was in a world of my kind. Dont ask.....
and now my world basicly and mostly revolves around HIM.
YYYEEEHA LONG LIVE RAY BRADBURY!!!!!!!HIPH IP HOORAY!!!!
Double Ditto, Although I Read Something Wicked First And Then My Older Brother Recommended The Illustrated Man. I Think I Was In The 7th Grade. Our Stories Are Astoundingly Similar, As Are Our User Names.
You Complete Me.
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