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The October Country
The October Country | Ray Bradbury
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Welcome to a land Ray Bradbury calls "the Undiscovered Country" of his imagination--that vast territory of ideas, concepts, notions and conceits where the stories you now hold were born. America's premier living author of short fiction, Bradbury has spent many lifetimes in this remarkable place--strolling through empty, shadow-washed fields at midnight; exploring long-forgotten rooms gathering dust behind doors bolted years ago to keep strangers locked out.. and secrets locked in. The nights are longer in this country. The cold hours of darkness move like autumn mists deeper and deeper toward winter. But the moonlight reveals great magic here--and a breathtaking vista. The October Country is many places: a picturesque Mexican village where death is a tourist attraction; a city beneath the city where drowned lovers are silently reunited; a carnival midway where a tiny man's most cherished fantasy can be fulfilled night after night. The October Country's inhabitants live, dream, work, die--and sometimes live again--discovering, often too late, the high price of citizenship. Here a glass jar can hold memories and nightmares; a woman's newborn child can plot murder; and a man's skeleton can war against him. Here there is no escaping the dark stranger who lives upstairs...or the reaper who wields the world. Each of these stories is a wonder, imagined by an acclaimed tale-teller writing from a place shadows. But there is astonishing beauty in these shadows, born from a prose that enchants and enthralls. Ray Bradbury's The October Country is a land of metaphors that can chill like a long-after-midnight wind...as they lift the reader high above a sleeping Earth on the strange wings of Uncle Einar.
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JessClark78
The October Country | Ray Bradbury
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This is one of my favorites by Bradbury. Makes a great autumn/Halloween read.

#AlphabetGame #LetterO
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

A book you‘d recommend whose title starts with the featured letter.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks October is my favorite month!!🧡 1d
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Booklover2
The October Country | Ray Bradbury
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Pickpick

It may not be October, but Mr. Bradbury is for anytime. A@wonderful collection of stories with The Crowd and The Small Assassin being my favorites!

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Booklover2
The October Country | Ray Bradbury
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Diving into a Ray Bradbury book is like comfort food for the soul.♥️

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SweetP1967
October Country | Ray Bradbury
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Pickpick

Collection of short stories, some very good, many ok, several not that good in my opinion. But overall an ok book, appropriate for Halloween.

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Wellreadhead
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Many of the stories in this collection are actually reworkings of stories from Dark Carnival. However, October Country is a more refined work than its predecessor: the revised stories are stronger, more mature, and more taut, and the later collection contains a lean nineteen stories, cut down from the twenty-seven originally published in Dark Carnival.

Nute Miss reading your posts, Cody. Hoping all is well with you!🙂 5mo
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Michael_Gee
October Country | Ray Bradbury
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My second nephew was born this week (on the thirteenth, lucky boy) and it‘s October, which means rereading an October Country story, so obviously I‘m reading “The Small Assassin” on this chilly Saturday morning. 🍂

vivastory I really need to read this one 10mo
Reggie Congratulations, Uncle! I really thought we were gonna read a passage about a killer baby. Lol 10mo
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Blueberry
October Country | Ray Bradbury
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1. Only photo challenges
2. Beets and potatoes
3. Flexible work hours

#WonderousWednesday @Eggs

Eggs #3 that‘s so helpful isn‘t it!!! 10mo
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GatheringBooks
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Danielthewriter
October Country | Ray Bradbury
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Mehso-so

QOTD- Do you read any literary magazines/web-zines? If so, do you have a favorite?

I found this collection overall to be middling. Most of them were entertaining, but each has an air of modesty and predictability that kept them from hitting me hard emotionally. As far as small scale goes, his sentence are poetic, but sometimes unnecessarily long, and while I enjoyed almost every story, I often struggled to convince myself to keep reading.

⭐⭐⭐🌠

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Michael_Gee
October Country | Ray Bradbury
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I made a goal to post about a scary book 1/day this month and stumbled on the home stretch. 🤷‍♂️ Sunday we drank hot cider and listened to Kim Petras‘s Halloween album while carving pumpkins & Monday we watched Hocus Pocus. So it‘s been a good start to Halloween week! Today I‘m revisiting an October favorite and randomly picked “Jack-in-the-Box” to reread. A boy stuck inside the house with his mother feels like an appropriate pick for this year.

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Kimberlone
October Country | Ray Bradbury
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I know I‘ll get some more reading and watching done tonight, but want to post my week 2 totals before it gets too late.

With this participation post, my total for the week comes to 196 points. Not as good as last week, but also had less days counting. I have a bunch of shorter reads in the queue for the rest of the month, so should be able to boost my points next week.

#Scarathlon2020 #TeamHarkness @StayCurious

StayCurious Great job!! 2y
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atla
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Bailedbailed

DNFing at ~100 pages. Bradbury is a master of depicting a slow unraveling of his characters‘ minds, but - in this collection - his endings are abrupt, unsatisfying, and leave me feeling frustrating. The longest story of the 4 I read (“The Next in Line”) was so good until that cheap ending. Ruined it for me. Still, one of my favorite short stories ever is by Bradbury (“All Summer in a Day”), is less than 5 pages long, and is free to read online.

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Allylu
October Country | Ray Bradbury
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It‘s here and I am back in my reading routine! My goals are to read at least 2 hours/day; finish my #LMPBC book The Switch by Beth O‘Leary, The Fairy-tale Detectives by Michael Buckley and Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman! I‘m off to get started.

Andrew65 Great to have you with us, good luck 😊👍 Good to hear you‘ve got your reading mojo back. I loved The Switch. 2y
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Butterfinger
October Country | Ray Bradbury
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Yes. Yes. Yes. @Andrew65

Andrew65 Great to have you with us, good luck 😊👍 2y
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Leniverse
October Country | Ray Bradbury
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I'm currently scrambling to get through 15 prompts in the Dewey's pre-readathon challenge, so a choose-your-own-goals readathon in the run-up to the 24h readathon sounds like a good idea.

It should also get me posting more. I've been really letting my Litsy activity lapse!

#OutstandingOctober

@Andrew65

Andrew65 Good luck, great to have you with us. 😊👍 2y
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RamsFan1963
The October Country | Ray Bradbury
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I'm ready for another readathon. For a change, I'm going to attempt 3 at one time, #OutstandOctober , #October20in4 and #AudioAthon readathons. I'm sure I'll get confused and mess up my time but what the heck, as long as I have fun reading, who cares?
@Andrew65

Andrew65 I‘ll be doing all these too. 😊👍 2y
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Chrissyreadit
October Country | Ray Bradbury
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vkois88 ❤️ 2y
Avanders Lol I like your swap additions... 2y
ferskner Perfection 2y
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Nerdfins
The October Country | Ray Bradbury
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I‘m participating in Drawlloween, and the day 2 prompt was Mummy. In 1945, author Ray Bradbury visited Guanajuato, Mexico, and saw the disinterred mummies of residents whose families could no longer pay the rental fee for plots. This experience led to him writing the short story “The Next in Line,” which is part of the collection “The October Country.” I love reading this book every October #horror #art #raybradbury #halloween

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Addison_Reads
The October Country | Ray Bradbury
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Great collection of spooky tales by Bradbury. 👻 I've read more of his sci-fi, but after reading Something Wicked This Way Comes, I instantly wanted to read more of his creepy writing. He's such an incredible writer no matter what genre though.

#BookSpinBingo @TheAromaofBooks
#Scarathon2020 #TeamHarkness @StayCurious (296pts)
#Screamathon @4thhouseontheleft

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! You're making great progress already this month!!! 2y
StayCurious I love Bradbury! 2y
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Chrissyreadit
October Country | Ray Bradbury
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For those participating in #swapseason here‘s a reminder of opening dates, and an extra reminder to check your voter registration status, and if applicable early voting options 🧡
#tistheseason #cozyswap #happyhollowswap #basicwitchswap #allhallowsreadswap

AmyG Thank you! That‘s so helpful. And yes....VOTE 2y
ferskner This is sooooooooooooooo helpful!!!! 2y
BookwormAHN Nice, thank you 🎃 2y
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4thhouseontheleft I'm not participating in any swaps this fall, but I will definitely have my eye on all these swap openings to look out for ideas of ways to treat myself. 😂 2y
Avanders 🙌🏽🙌🏽 Also... have you checked your own mail today? Or you, @ferskner ? 2y
wanderinglynn Thanks! 😘☺️ 2y
MatchlessMarie I plan on early voting on the lucky 13th which is the first day to early vote in Texas! 👻 🗳 2y
Chrissyreadit @4thhouseontheleft I love your idea. 2y
sprainedbrain this is great!! 2y
Bookzombie @MatchlessMarie Me too! @Chrissyreadit I‘m loving your voting reminders. 🙂 2y
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JessClark78
The October Country | Ray Bradbury
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🎃 I do decorations for both.

🍎 Pumpkin Spice, but I do like caramel apples.

📚 I‘ve only finished two so far. 😑 Need to pick up the pace.

#ThoughtfulThursday

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Eggs
October Country | Ray Bradbury
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Creepy good, chilling, horrifying and magical. Perfect autumn read 🍁🎃💀👻

#authoramonth2020 @Soubhiville

#bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2y
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RamsFan1963
The October Country | Ray Bradbury
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🍁 I love the crispness in the air, the cool nights, the changing of the leaves colors.
📚 Something by Bradbury, like the tagged book or Something Wicked This Way Comes
📖 The Imperium Game, Alien Oceans and The Republic of Pirates (audiobook).

Wanna play? @Onepageatatime88 @audraelizabeth @Buechersuechtling @ReadingIsMyHobby @Onceuponatime @TheBookDream @Daisey @Bookishlie @Sharpeipup @Cuilin @ReadingFeedsTheSoul @Lucy_Anywhere

Onepageatatime88 1. Pumpkin spice 2. Recently finished Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia 3. Currently reading Grown by Tiffany Jackson ☺️ 2y
Eggs Perfect choices❣️ Thanks for joining in 🍁👏🏻🍁 2y
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collegecatlady
October Country | Ray Bradbury
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I never thought of Bradbury as a scary writer, but this collection really changed my mind. These stories are creepy and unsettling and I loved them! I didn‘t have too much experience with Bradbury before this except for Fahrenheit 451 (which I also loved) and that‘s unfortunate because I‘ll be returning to him for sure! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Bookwomble If you like this, then you'll love The Small Assassin 🙂 2y
collegecatlady @Bookwomble Added to my list! Thank you! 2y
diovival I keep meaning to read this! 2y
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Plaidsticks
The October Country | Ray Bradbury
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Mehso-so

I honestly can‘t remember anything about this right now, other than I read it in October after reading The Halloween Tree and enjoying Bradbury‘s lyrical quality. #morebookslessbullshit2019

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collegecatlady
The October Country | Ray Bradbury
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@cobwebmoth you are the sweetest! Thank you for this final #lmpbc package. I‘m truly blown away and #Revan is also very curious!

cobwebmoth You're welcome!❤ 3y
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MrBook
October Country | Ray Bradbury
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#BookNBrunch! Accompaniment this crisp, gray day: 🎃 walnut 🥞, 🍳, 🥓, cinnamon raisin toast, and hot tea. MMMmmm 😋! Happy reads & happy eats! 😎👌🏻

TheSpineView Yummy! Love 🥞! 3y
Alfoster Where are the tater tots???🤪 3y
MrBook @Alfoster 😂👏🏻 They aren‘t served there. 🙈 3y
Alfoster Well then, you‘d better boycott the place! Do they KNOW who you are???🤣👊 3y
MrBook @Alfoster They know me as Mr Bookclub the librarian here, lol. 🙈 (edited) 3y
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MrBook
October Country | Ray Bradbury
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#BookNDinner! #Mongolian Grill Edition! Accompaniment this crisp and gray evening: noodles, green beans, zucchini, broccoli, mushrooms, bean sprouts, scallions, garlic, ginger, spinach, egg, chicken, beef, pork, bacon, shrimp, scallops, salmon, whitefish, crab, sesame seeds, teriyaki sauce, and bourbon sauce, aaallll mixed together! And hot green tea. MMMmmm 😋! Happy reads & happy eats! 😎👌🏻

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Well-ReadNeck
October Country | Ray Bradbury
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Had some great reads in October. These were my favorites. #October #Bestof

AmyG How was American Dirt? I have been seeing alot of buzz about this book. 3y
BarbaraBB I am looking forward to Offill and I love all of your covers! 3y
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HotCocoaReads
October Country | Ray Bradbury
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Perfect collection of spooky short stories for October. Some were very odd, some were touching, some scary, just a beautiful collection!

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Eggs
October Country | Ray Bradbury
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Well, October seemed to fly by and I can‘t believe we are on the cusp of a new month! Thanks to everyone who participated, commented, or liked the #spooktober prompts-always a pleasure reading your posts👏🏻💗

#octoberwrapup
#spooktober
@Eggs

Have a fun and safe Halloween 🎃 👻

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Tonton
October Country | Ray Bradbury
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Apple cider、 jack o‘lanterns、 moonlight shenanigans!

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CaroPi
October Country | Ray Bradbury
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Here we are enjoying a strange warm weather. It was 23°C during the day and it seems tomorrow will be the same. I went to the country side and got this great lunch
#TeamSlaughter
#scarathon
1 more point for my team

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RainyDayReading
The October Country | Ray Bradbury
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Day 11 of the #ChillingPhotoChallenge is #October and we finally had a nice albeit very cold October day here. I love the colors the leaves turn up here and couldn‘t resist sharing them as I‘m sure many others have done today as well. #teamslaughter @Clwojick #scarathlon

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kymmiesreads
October Country | Ray Bradbury
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Day 11 of #ChillingPhotoChallenge is October 🎃 It is one of the best months of the year! Pumpkins, scary decorations, spooky reads, sweater weather, hot drinks ☕️ snuggly blankets, horror movies and HALLOWEEN 👻

+1 point #TeamStoker #Scarathlon

BeansPage 🧟‍♀️ 3y
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Booksnchill
The October Country | Ray Bradbury
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#Scarathon #TeamSlaughter @Clwojick #ChillingPhotoChallenge #October this fabulous cover and my Bones Coffee Mug! Happy October!

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Aloisi_tribe
The October Country | Ray Bradbury
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The #October Country, one of my favorites of Bradbury‘s. I lent my physical copy to my daughter and haven‘t gotten it back yet ☹️

#chillingphotochallenge #scarathlon @Clwojick

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CoffeeCatsBooks
October Country | Ray Bradbury
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One of my TBR for this month. #scarathlon #TeamStoker #chillingphotochallenge

TalecArashi What a good cover 😮 3y
BeansPage 🧟‍♀️ 3y
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jb72
October Country | Ray Bradbury
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BeansPage 🧟‍♀️ 3y
REPollock For real. 🌬☄️ 3y
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BookishGirl06
October Country | Ray Bradbury
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#spooktober #spookytbr all the books I want to read this month. I‘m definitely not gonna get to every single one, but I‘m gonna try to read as many as possible. 🧡🖤🎃👻

Sleepswithbooks Awesome set up!!! 3y
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RainyDayReading
The October Country | Ray Bradbury
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It‘s the first day of October, the #scarathlon has officially started and I am so excited!! So excited in fact that I don‘t have the first idea what I‘m going to read so here‘s a picture of most of my owned “spooky” books. This does not include the heap of spooky books I have checked out from the library that are currently taking over my nightstand. I know you can‘t see the titles very well, but any suggestions as to where to start? #teamslaughter

Clwojick The Bone Witch looks good! That‘s on my tbr too! 3y
BookwormAHN I've read both The Broken Girls and The English Wife. They were both good. The Wicked Deep and Unbury Carol are also on my tbr 👻 3y
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DGRachel Sooo many good choices! 😱 3y
RainyDayReading @BookwormAHN There was a lot of buzz around The Wicked Deep last year but I haven‘t heard anything since and it seems like Unbury Carol has been flying under the radar. Hopefully they‘re both good! 3y
RainyDayReading @Clwojick Every year I put it on my TBR and every year I never get to it. Hopefully this will be the year I finally read it haha. 3y
batsy Love this picture! 💀📚 3y
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TheSpineView
October Country | Ray Bradbury
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Reposting for @eggs

Here is October's photo challenge from @eggs
Looks like some prompts!

Eggs Thank you dear one 🥰 3y
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Eggs
October Country | Ray Bradbury
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On the cusp of October!! Here‘s my #spooktober photo challenge!

Feel free to share! @Eggs #litsyhappenings

A hearty thanks to all who played #soulseptember challenge 🤗👏🏻❤️

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🎃👻🧡 3y
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Brie
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Fantastical horror short stories from the master, Ray Bradbury. I‘ve read some of his shorts before but I thought with autumn officially here it was time to sit down with a full collection. And I was not disappointed. Dark, creepy, atmospheric, and unsettling!

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JessClark78
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1. Great collection of stories.
2. Not really. We don‘t travel much.
3. No kids.
🍁🧡🍁

#WondrousWednesday

Eggs This is a Bradbury I haven‘t read-stacked! 3y
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Bookwomble
October Country | Ray Bradbury
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Some stories are better than others, but with Bradbury that means they range from excellent to fantastic. I like the three stories about the Elliott Family, an extended family of vampires with different abilities [cough-twilight-cough], of which "The Traveller" is particularly good. "The Skeleton", about a man at war with his own bones is a brilliantly twisted idea, with a creepy ending. "The Emissary" is a sweet story... ??

Bookwomble ...about a boy and his dog, with the most chillingly evocative final three words in the book. "The Scythe" (there was a reason for the picture!) is about Death, the dustbowl and the madness of war. "There was an Old Woman" is darkly humorous (as are several of the others), with the final story being a writer's tale that doesn't really for the mood of the other stories, but is still good.
I love visiting with Ray; he never disappoints.
3y
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Bookwomble
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"More murders are committed at 92° Fahrenheit than any other temperature. Over 100, it's too hot to move. Under 90, cool enough to survive. But right at 92° lies the apex of irritability, everything is itches and hair and sweat & cooked pork. The brain becomes a rat rushing around a red-hot maze. The least thing - a word, a look, a sound, the drop of a hair and - irritable murder. Irritable murder - there's a pretty & terrifying phrase for you."

Bookwomble I knew this "92°" theory from the Siouxie song on Tinderbox, and wondered whether Ray's story, "Touched by Fire", was where it started. Siouxie' s song starts with a dialogue clip from the film "It Came from Outer Space", and a quick search showed it was released 1953, whereas Ray's story was published 1954, so maybe, I thought, he borrowed from the screenwriter? Yes! he did - a screenwriter called Ray Bradbury! So are urban legends born ? 3y
CarolynM What a great bit of trivia! 3y
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Aimeesue Wow! 3y
Bookwomble @CarolynM Nothing like playing internet detective! 🕵🏻‍♂️😁 3y
CoraHirashiki Writing this good always gives me the chills. 3y
Bookwomble @CoraHirashiki Bradbury is *such* A good writer, too 😊 3y
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Bookwomble
October Country | Ray Bradbury
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Next up, earlyish Bradbury. Horror, macabre and Southern Gothic stories rather than sci-fi. Bradbury does this type of story just as well as his generally better known stuff.
This one comes from close to the roots of Mount TBR, having been shamefully neglected and languished on my shelves for 39 years, as I bought it from the second hand book stall in my home town market while I was still at school! Hopefully, worth the wait!

saresmoore This sounds great! The cover is a bit ridiculous, but I kind of love it. 3y
Aimeesue My goodness, that poor man seems to have lost his shirt. 3y
Bookwomble @saresmoore @Aimeesue Reaping souls is hard, sweaty work! 💪🏻 3y
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Iceangel9
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Wow! Bradbury at his best!!!