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The Illustrated Man
The Illustrated Man | Ray Bradbury
The Illustrated Man is classic Bradbury - a collection of tales that breathe and move, animated by sharp, intaken breath and flexing muscle. Here are eighteen startling visions of humankind's destiny, unfolding across a canvas of decorated skin - visions as keen as the tattooist's needle and as colorful as the inks that indelibly stain the body. The images, ideas, sounds and scents that abound in this phantasmagoric sideshow are provocative and powerful: the mournful cries of celestial travelers cast out cruelly into a vast, empty space of stars and blackness...the sight of gray dust selling over a forgotten outpost on a road that leads nowhere...the pungent odor of Jupiter on a returning father's clothing. Here living cities take their vengeance, technology awakens the most primal natural instincts, Martian invasions are foiled by the good life and the glad hand, and dreams are carried aloft in junkyard rockets. Ray Bradbury's The Illustrated Man is a kaleidoscopic blending of magic, imagination, and truth, widely believed to be one of the Grandmaster's premier accomplishments: as exhilarating as interplanetary travel, as maddening as a walk in a million-year rain, and as comforting as simple, familiar rituals on the last night of the world.
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dysprosium2
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I have been reading this book off and on for probably almost 15 years (I definitely prefer novels to short stories). That being said, Bradbury's stories are interesting and offer a lot of interesting social commentary that is still applicable today, even though the book was originally published in 1951. Many of the stories have somewhat depressing endings, but the last full story was more upbeat, which was nice.

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Linsy
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“Too much of anything isn‘t good for anyone.“

#evil #ominousoctober
#teamslaughter

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paulfrankspencer
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An excellent collection of short stories. They transport the reader immediately into each world, and leave you with the mood lingering. I suppose this is just what short stories should do.

Some of the science fiction feels quaint now, but so well written, who could complain?

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paulfrankspencer
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"The only muscles they have occur in their jaws from their ceaseless chewing of gum."

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paulfrankspencer
The Illustrated Man | Ray Bradbury

"'Like to go to the pictures?'
'No.'
'Aw, come on,' she said. 'Everyone else is.'
'No,' he said. 'Is that all you do in this world?'
'All? Ain't that enough?' He blue eyes widened suspiciously. 'What you want me to do -- sit at home, read a book? Ha, ha! That's rich.'"

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paulfrankspencer
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"You've never believed, and now that you think you believe, you hurt people because of it."

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paulfrankspencer
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"These people have had an experience, and you can't seem to get it through your head that it's really happened and we were lucky enough to almost arrive in time to be in on it."

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paulfrankspencer
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"They were all alone. Their voices had died like echoes of the words of God spoken and vibrating in the starred deep."

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IamIamIam
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Anybody looking for a Kindle deal today? BookBub emails usually cause trouble... lol
#raybradbury #scifi #kindledeals

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jenniferw88
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Eggs Well done 👍🏼 1y
Zoes_Human I love this book! 1y
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lil1inblue
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GatheringBooks
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#QuotsyNov20 Day 28: #Mars
Ray Bradbury was a mood.
Me.

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tjwill
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This short story collection has so many great science fiction and fantasy stories! I‘ve been telling people all about them. Some are strongly reminiscent of The Twilight Zone. I think everyone should read my favorite one, “The Exiles,” this year! It is about famous authors and their characters who were banned from planet earth 100 years earlier. Go read it and tell me what you think! #authoramonth

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erzascarletbookgasm
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This is a collection of 18 short stories within a story. The narrator meets the Illustrated Man, a wanderer with marvellous, moving images tattooed across his body. Each of the images is said to be the future and they‘re the 18 sc-fi stories within. As with many short story collection, some stories are more interesting and memorable than others. The Veldt, The Exiles, Marionettes Inc, and The Rocket stand out for me.
#AuthorAMonth

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DHill
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Mehso-so

I started out really loving this collection of short stories but as it went on they all ran together. The stories all felt too much the same.

#AuthorAMonth
@Soubhiville

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ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled
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Reading this again for book club! According to my book list I read it when I was 14. Just as good as I remember! Bradbury is timeless.

Sitting outside having coffee with YumYum, my porch stray, on a Saturday morning with Ray Bradbury is the best thing ever.

AlaMich He just hangs out with you on the porch sometimes and then goes on his way? I love that! 😻 2y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled @AlaMich He just showed up about a month ago 🤷‍♀️ We took him to the vet and had him neutered and got his shots. He sleeps and eats on the porch and drinks out of the bird bath, but during the day, no idea where he goes. He‘s lovable, and always comes “home” ❤️ 2y
AlaMich He knew exactly what he was doing when he came to your porch. You are good people! 2y
Mistermandolin A fantastic writer. Stylistically he has few equals. The short stories are a delight too. Wonderful, haunting prose. One of my favourites. Great pick! 2y
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saritaroth
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This book is a compilation of fourteen futuristic short stories told through the tattoos inked into the Illustrated Man's flesh. The book begins when the Illustrated Man encounters a man on the road and they begin to talk. I had several I really liked but my favorite ones were "The Veldt" and "Zero Hour." It is well worth a read especially if you like sci-fi short stories. ?????

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Margot Meanders
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We‘re all fools,” said Clemens, “all the time. It‘s just we‘re a different kind each day. We think, I‘m not a fool today. I‘ve learned my lesson. I was a fool yesterday but not this morning. Then tomorrow we find out that, yes, we were a fool today too. I think the only way we can grow and get on in this world is to accept the fact we‘re not perfect and live accordingly.

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Billypar
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Panpan

Not the introduction to Bradbury I was hoping for. A few stories like The Veldt and The Long Rain were okay, but I actively disliked most of the collection. It seemed like many were built around a core message, which distracted me from the more imaginative elements. I did wonder if this was a case where things that seem like tropes now were created by authors like Bradbury, but even if that is true, it doesn't make the stories easier to enjoy.

readordierachel Too bad. The cover sure is cool. 3y
Billypar @readordierachel Yeah, I love the shades of blue and purple. No dragons that I can remember in the stories- most involve rockets, but maybe those don't sell as well as dragons?🤷‍♂️ 3y
readordierachel How strange! It's a mystery. 3y
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vivastory This was the first Bradbury I read too & I recall being lukewarm. I had much better luck with Something Wicked This Way Comes & Farenheit 451. 3y
Billypar @vivastory Yeah I'm not giving up on him: I think I'll enjoy the novels more. At the time it was written, I think there might have been more pressure for stories to have a 'take home point'. Even if that's true in some ways for 451, the longer form means he can devote more time to exploring the world he created instead of making sure the message gets through. 3y
vivastory Yeah, his stories are definitely more didactic than his novels, but I've even enjoyed some of his pieces in his collected stories quite a bit more than the ones in Illustrated Man. I have it on my Kindle & I read a random story from time to time. I've also heard from several other Littens that Dandelion Wine is phenomenal. I was hoping to read it last year before summer ended for the peak reading experience, but it didn't happen. 😆 3y
Billypar @vivastory Good to know about his stories from other collections - I won't write those off either. I've seen the same enthusiasm about Dandelion Wine on Litsy, so I am curious! 3y
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bookish_wookish
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Ughhh this is at the top of my wanted list! Its $70 though!
Listy didnt have it listed but its stories by Ray Bradbury accompanied by pictures of top tattooers and collectors! I will be stalking all sites for a cheaper copy! 🙃

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Selrahc
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This book, overall, was one of the most amazing books I have read. The book itself is composed of separate stories, all based on different settings, however, the very one thing that does not change throughout the entire book is the conflict between humans and technologies, which is what people have always been thinking about.

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Eggs
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Let me tell you... don't you look at those illustrations too long, because they'll come alive and they'll tell you stories.

#tattoo

#quotsyaug19

@TK-421

gradcat 🙌 Love this one ♥️ 3y
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KadeLexical
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“I wrote... So as not to be dead.”

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sophierayton
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Ray Bradbury is masterful. I love Fahrenheit 451 and I'm excited to be exploring his other works. Bradbury's insights and social commentary through story is incredible. Considering this book in particular, there were some stories I really liked and others that for me were just ok. On the whole it's a great collection and I'm looking forward to reading more of his writing.

TieDyeDude I have seen a bunch of posts for this book recently. I have the audio on hold! 4y
booklahoma Bradbury Stories: 100 of His Most Celebrated Tales is a good collection if you can acquire it on sale. I agree with you that not all of his work is great, but the best of it is fantastic writing. 🙂 4y
Marilyncjackson I love this book! And most of Bradbury stories. So good 4y
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DarcysMom
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DarcysMom
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Wife 🌹 4y
Kaye 🌟 4y
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DarcysMom
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Kaye Great ! What‘s the black thing in the picture ? 4y
Wife 🌹 4y
DarcysMom @kaye the remnants of a tree that caught fire. 4y
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JessClark78
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“You could here the voices murmuring, small and muted, from the crowds that inhabited his body.”

Eighteen startling visions of humankind‘s destiny, unfolding across a canvas of decorated skin.

Another great collection from Ray Bradbury. Highly recommend. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

elizabethlk I loved this one! 4y
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DarcysMom
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rockpools How far??? You really are in marathon training, aren‘t you?! 4y
DarcysMom @RachelO I had miles to make up today. Being able to log so many miles without wanting to fall over definitely gives me some confidence. I am sure I can go the distance of a half marathon, so now I need to work on speed. 4y
Kaye Doggone, you‘re leaving us all in the dust ! 😮 4y
DarcysMom @kaye kaye ended up taking a nap today - I was all tired out. 😁 4y
Kaye No wonder ! You‘re doing great. 4y
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Emfn
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Quite different to other books I‘ve read, full of short science fiction stories which really kept my attention with the unique stories. Good choice for my second book of 2019.
#secondbook #recommend #secondbook #2019reads

BookishMarginalia What a pretty edition! 4y
Emfn @BookishMarginalia I picked it up at HMV, two books for Qd! 4y
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KCorter
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These stories are absolutely chilling but so beautifully written as to be charming. Bradbury crafted a perfect short story collection.

MStew 👌 wanna read this 4y
KCorter @meghan2714 Please do! I love Ray Bradbury, but somehow missed this one. This is one of the very best short story collections I have ever read. I try to step away from a collection in-between stories to give me time to process each one, but I couldn't put this one down! 4y
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KCorter
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Summer is coming to a close, so you know what that means! It is Ray Bradbury season.

Nute Right on! 4y
SharonGoforth Yes!!! 4y
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MStew
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"Bradbury presents himself as a nameless narrator who meets the Illustrated Man--a wanderer whose entire body is a living canvas of exotic tattoos. What's even more remarkable, and increasingly disturbing, is that the illustrations are themselves magically alive, and each proceeds to unfold its own story"

This retro cover ? is awesome, and another Bradbury book added to my TBR??

#retro
#Raybradbury
#scfi

Emilymdxn I‘d heard of this book but never knew what it was about, it sounds really cool! Stacked ☺️ 4y
MStew @Emilymdxn i didnt know ethier until recently it does sounds pretty cool! 4y
MariettaSG sounds fascinating 4y
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ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled ❤️❤️❤️ Bradbury!! 4y
tpixie I remember reading and enjoying this book ages ago. I‘ve always had a desire to read it again! 4y
Bklover I read this years ago, and this was the cover I had! 4y
RamsFan1963 Bradbury is one of those writers, like Neil Gaiman, that takes the art of the short story to new heights. His novels are excellent, but I like books like this, The Martian Chronicles and S Is For Space more. 4y
Aimeesue Haha! I have that edition! I'm so old that I bought it when it was shiny and new. 😋 4y
TheNeverendingTBR Wanna read some Bradbury 😏😙 4y
MStew @RamsFan1963 S is for space sounds great ! 4y
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Becca.in.a.book
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I went to the Last Bookstore! It was amazing and I want to live there. #thelastbookstore #adventuresinla #independentbookstore

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Slajaunie
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Has anyone read this book? It sounds interesting. I heard about it on Criminal Minds.

elizabethlk I've read it. Each portion of the book stands on its own as a short story. Some of the stories are fantastic and others are weaker. Worth a read overall though. 4y
Ardachy I read lots of Ray Bradbury when I was a teenager including this one. Definitely worth a read if you have not read him before. 4y
Slajaunie @ardachy @elizabethik Thanks for your recommendation. 4y
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GingerAntics I added this to my wish list back when I saw that episode, too. Maybe I should read it now. 4y
Slajaunie @gingerantics I am currently rewatching them on Netflix. I love Reed so if he reads it, it must be good. 😂 4y
GingerAntics My thoughts exactly. Although, I did discover Kurt Vonnegut from CM, too. 4y
Bookwomble It's a great collection of separate stories, with the framing narrative of a wandering stranger whose tattoos seem to have an eerie, hypnotic life of their own. Several of the stories were adapted into an early '70s episodic film starring Rod Steiger. It's Bradbury, so it can't be bad 😊 4y
Slajaunie My TBR is already so long, what is adding another beautiful book! 😋 @bookwomble and by the way, I just saw part of you in a picture of a free library. 😂 4y
Bookwomble @Slajaunie Ah! Was there some faint reflection of myself I hadn't noticed? 4y
thevictoriousone I LOVED The Illustrated Man! It‘s definitely not a feel-good book, though. They‘re semi-horror-ish sci-fi short stories but they‘re so good. I read The Velda (one of the stories) in Mrs. Brown‘s class in junior high and loved it even though it sort of messed me up because what happens is pretty horrible! 4y
thevictoriousone Of course it was Criminal Minds. The feel of these stories is pretty similar to the feel of a Criminal Minds episode. Like a horrific car crash you just can‘t take your eyes from. 4y
Slajaunie @bookwookiee You we‘re leaning against the free library. 4y
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DebinHawaii
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#QuotsyJune18 #summer #beverage

I'm playing catch up so I'm combining prompts and picking a quote about THE summer beverage from Ray Bradbury. 🍋

Going with a lemonade-tagged image online that looks more like ice water with lemon, but the background had more of that summer night vibe that I was looking for, so needs must. 😆

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Aliiii0685
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#currentlyreading
“Still the Illustrated Man‘s pictures glowed like charcoals in the half light, like scattered rubies and emeralds...”

DebbieGrillo Welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon 5y
Aliiii0685 Thanks!! 5y
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RiaWritten
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My first read of 2018 is actually a reread. I‘m getting my next tattoo soon and it‘s going to be inspired by this book!

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JanJan
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My partner and I decided to take turns reading aloud to each other from The Illustrated Man. So fun!

goodthinkrebel That's a beautiful cover! 5y
catiewithac My dad loves this Novella (so much so that he won‘t stop getting tattoos! He got another one today🖋) 5y
JanJan @goodthinkrebel isn‘t it?! It might have been the main reason I got it as a Christmas present for my partner... :) 5y
RiaWritten My next tattoo is going to be inspired by this book! 5y
WarpedSweetness I've been dying to read this since I first heard about it on Criminal Minds. 5y
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WarpedSweetness
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1) This is currently all I have up. They'll come down soon to be packed.
2) Read Harder, Reading Women, and Popsugar challenges. And the #poetrychallenge here on Litsy.
3) Glasses
4) Oceans and starry night skies
5) I have a lot of books planned for 2018 so picking one I'm most excited for is hard. I'm excited to finally read the tagged book.

#humpdaypost @MinDea

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Erin7
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Found this book title in another story a few months ago #Faithful #AliceHoffman loved the other so much I had to find the inspiration. Only 50 pages in and already can't get enough. #dystopiandoneright.

AceOnRoam Welcome to Litsy Erin 📚 5y
Erin7 Thanks @AceOnRoam. Now that I've finally posted it's fun. 5y
jb72 I'll check it out. Thanks! I love when books recommend books. That's how I found Jane Eyre. 5y
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Erin7 Me too @jb72. You can find a lot of great books that way. 5y
Jess_Read_This 🎉🙌🏼🎉Yay!!!! Your first post!! Welcome and I'm glad you are liking it! 5y
RaimeyGallant Welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon P.S. If you check my post from yesterday, there's a link to a bunch of Litsy tips. 5y
WarpedSweetness I've been wanting to read this book ever since Reid mentioned it on Criminal Minds. 5y
Erin7 @WarpedSweetness I almost added it to #FiveBooks it was so good. It talks about religion, racism, war, martians, the future, how we view our children...the list goes on and on. This will be one that I read periodically to find new meaning from. 5y
WarpedSweetness @Erin7 Then I am definitely bumping this book up on my TBR list. 5y
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trustthewolves
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Re-reading a favorite book always feels like visiting with an old friend

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straykatinacity
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"And so you think maybe that's why we're going out to the stars...? Looking for our lost souls, is that it? Trying to get away from our evil planet to a good one?"

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BuddhaMae
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Ran errands for my sister, couldn't resist stopping into the bookstore close by, picked up some more classics to add to my library! 💙🖤☺️

vivastory Excellent choices!! 5y
BuddhaMae Thanks! I'm excited to start Bradbury's next! And I've read a little from Beowulf in my mythology class! 5y
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diovival
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Check out Noah's new leg tattoo. He already has tattoos down both arms and a few on his back and sides. I'm marrying my very own illustrated man (minus the Bradbury horror).

Riveted_Reader_Melissa That's beautiful work! 5y
diovival @Riveted_Reader_Melissa It looks even better in person! I think he has two more sessions before it's complete. 5y
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againsthesky19
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I honestly can't believe this is the first time I've ever picked this book up...I cannot recommend it enough. From a literary perspective as well as a reality check, Bradbury is, as always, right on point.

aaronathanael Good book! 5y
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