Monday, September 1, 2008

I Sing the Body Electric

Author: Ray Bradbury

First line: I arrived in the truck very early in the morning.

Why you should read this book: Sixty years after its original publication, the science fiction themes of this classic collection still ring true. Beginning with a story that uses a time-traveling pickup truck to provide Ernest Hemingway with the death he deserves, and running the gamut from prophetic chickens to kindly electrical grandmothers to madness that activates sanity, Bradbury takes us on a journey to strange islands, deserted Martian landscapes, and improbable dimensions. Fresh, joyful, and full of hope, this is the foundation of speculative fiction.

Why you shouldn't read this book: You can't muster any sympathy for the Irish Republican Army.

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