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The Martian Chronicles is a collection of Ray Bradbury's short stories about Mars that he had published in sci-fi magazines from 1947-1950.

Review

Good

  • Bradbury fantastically employes of metaphor and similes, and his descriptions are palpable.
  • The various attributes given to the Martians are really quite interesting and creative.
  • As is standard fare in sci-fi, issues of philosophy, theology, and ethics were brought up and each time, gave me new insight in these areas.

Bad

  • I don't like how the various short stories are tied together to try and form a single narrative. They're too different, and should be depicted as stand-alone stories each in their own universe.
  • Some of the stories, like The Taxpayer, are extremely short, and don't seem to be relevant.
  • As expected from a work of the 1940s, the technology is horribly outdated compared to today.
  • Several of the aspects of the stories are more fairy tale than science fiction (The Green Morning). They're still interesting, but I prefer my magic and technology separate.

Ugly

  • I initially found the book extremely confusing because I had no idea it was a collection of short stories! I figured this out on my own a few chapters in and found it more enjoyable, but it took awhile to become accustomed to it.

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