The Martian Chronicles | Ray Bradbury
Genre: Science Fiction, Dystopian Fiction, Modern Classics
Publication Year: 1950
# of Pages: 241
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
"We earth men have a talent of ruining big, beautiful things".
Leaving behind a world on the brink of destruction, man came to the Red planet and found the Martians waiting, dreamlike. Seeking the promise of a new beginning, man brought with him his oldest fears and his deepest desires. Man conquered Mars—and in that instant, Mars conquered him. The strange new world with its ancient, dying race and vast, red-gold deserts cast a spell on him, settled into his dreams, and changed him forever.
I began The Martian Chronicles in August, set it down to read other books, and finally finished it a few weeks ago. I honestly couldn’t put it back down a second time because it was such a tantalizing story from beginning to end. Seriously, it was so hauntingly good. I was a bit obsessive in my tabbing… Looking back, some of my tabs don’t even seem relevant to anything! I think I was a little awestruck at the interconnected short stories that I felt the need to tab every other page. My favorite vignette was ‘The House of Usher’. Creepy cool, y’all, creepy cool.
I’m eager to read more Bradbury. I recently bought The Illustrated Man and I’m hoping to dive into that soon.