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Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. The Toynbee Convector by Ray Bradbury. Bradbury presents 23 enthralling tales in which the wondrous and the unexpected are revealed in hidden facets of the real.

A stunning collection of the kind of fiction that has only one source–the unparalleled Ray Bradbury. Mass Market Paperbackpages. Published May 1st by Spectra first published June 23rd To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Toynbee Convectorplease sign up. Be the first to ask a question about The Toynbee Convector.

Lists with This Book. Un po’ ce lo avevo il presentimento che dopo Fahrenheit e Cronache marziane Bradbury mi avrebbe dato una delusione, ma ho voluto continuare lo stesso. Passiamo a questi racconti: Ce ne sono anche di carini, solo uno o due proprio belli. E’ la scrittura di Bradbury quella che ti incanta.

Lui scrive e tu sogni.

Caro Ray, ci rincontreremo presto. Non sono affatto scoraggiata.

Mar 19, George K. Oct 09, Soad rated it it was amazing. I really enjoyed reading another Bradbury, sometimes I feel that Bradbury is the Hemingway of science fiction. Jul 07, R. A Few Rays of Sunshine A disappointing collection. So disappointing that I did the math: So, approximately 22 percent of the stories here are decent vintage, good stuffs. These five stories are listed in order of appearance: All together, these five stories are 70 pages out of a page convectro, a little over 25 percent of the book.

The rest of the stories in the book were not my cup of tea: Or, maybe, those were real-life demons he was exorcising which But for the reader, the math just doesn’t work out. In conclusion, the only way I could get myself to finish this book was to bring it along to the hospital waiting room where I knew that the only other reading material available would be golf journals and medical pamphlets and yesterday’s newspaper that you just know somebody brought in after first reading convdctor during their morning bathroom trip.

This collection of short stories was originally published in At the time I heard an interview with Bradbury — probably on NPR — and one story in particular was mentioned. I was surprised, knowing, and loving, Bradbury as a science fiction writer.


Most of the stories are the type that we more typically associate with Bradbury — time travel, science fiction, paranormal, horror. Some of the stories combine genres.

The Love Affair has a lonely Martian willing to face certain doom for the sound of music and the hope of companionship. One completely delightful surprise was Junior featuring a group of senior citizens with healthy libidos. Jun 17, Y rated it really liked it Shelves: I’m still in shock.

On the other hand, if you’re just looking for new stories The Toynbee Convector has a lot of stories I’ve seen in other collections– in fact, despite never having read this before, I recognized most of the stories– but I’d still recommend giving it a read for the title story and a couple other greats personal favorite?

Honestly one of his best works; think a darker realistic fiction The Veldt. Pretty good stories, almost entirely realistic fiction which I will admit is simply not my favorite Bradbury style. Some great underrated short stories, but not something that would be my top priority rec for Bradbury.

A quirky little riff on The Iceman Cometh. This edition was nicely illustrated. Jun 25, John rated it liked it Shelves: Bradbury is a classic American author, but this collection is a hodgepodge of sketches and dead ends.

In spite of this overall appraisal, there are a few gems in the collection. I like Ray Bradbury. In other places I have praised his work, calling it rightly, I still believe some of the best writing out there. He captures the essential American experience of many young boys; his typewriter shows what it was like to be on a sunny, summer afternoon or to stand, mouth agape, as rockets bla TL;DR: He captures the essential American experience of many young boys; his typewriter shows what it was like to be on a sunny, summer afternoon or to stand, mouth agape, as rockets blasted into the cool blue sky.

Bradbury is a writer of a bygone innocence in the American landscape. His work is quintessentially pure. With that in mind, I have to lead this review with a simple question: What the hell happened to Ray Bradbury in this collection? Some of his stories have a nihilism in them that invites the reader to deep despair. This collection features stories of that kind. There are tales here of life-defining moments that come and pass with relative ease, leaving both the character and the reader stunned and numb.

There are tales here of divorce, of sexual impotence, of cynical time traveling, and of misplaced love affairs. Some of these tales flirt with homosexuality as a theme; though there is nothing whatsoever wrong with this, it goes against the grain of what Bradbury typically produced as an author.

That is both good and bad. On the good side of things, this is Bradbury. Even when he is being darkly pessimistic about the value of life, there is still a sense of wonder in his writing. Though the tale left me feeling a deep sense of despair and melancholy I had to put the book downI have to admit that it is better written than most other writers out there.


As Bradbury said in his Zen book, each day he steps on a bomb that blows him to pieces just so that he can spend the day writing to put himself back together again.

On the negative side of things, Bradbury often simply sketches ideas. There is little plot here, and the characters exist only to tug at the heartstrings of those who have experienced similar conversation in their lives. Some of the tales thus come across as pointless toss offs that should have remained locked in a drawer somewhere.

If you decide to read these tales, expect to feel disappointed after finishing some of them. As you can see, I have given three stars in spite of this shortcoming. There are gems here, even if they possess a darkness not widely seen in his work. Though I had been sure to that moment I could predict the end, I was pleasantly surprised to be wrong.

Not every reader will have this same positive experience; however, I found enough here to enjoy so that I might cautiously recommend the book to others who have read his books.

On the other hand, if a potential reader of this collection has never read Bradbury before, this is not the place to start.

The Toynbee Convector by Ray Bradbury

There are rl better works out there. Apr 15, John Defrog rated it really liked it. Because Bradbury was mainly a short-story writer, the majority of his books are collections — some are more famous than others The Illustrated ManI Sing the Body Electric!

This is one of his less-famous collections from the late 80s, although the title track — about a famous foynbee traveler who reveals how he did it to a reporter — is somewhat well-known. Jun 16, Michael Montgomery rated it liked it Shelves: No one understands the title of this book before reading it. But hey, that’s okay, because after reading the first story you’ll understand completely. The first story, like countless others in the fine collection, are foynbee.

However, this was the strangest book I read by Bradbury so far.

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Most of the stories here take place in ordinary places, but in some cases, not so much. What bothers me is that nearly all the stories involve some love affair or other adult matter. It do The Toynbee Convector: It doesn’t make sense why Ray would all of a sudden pop up and start writing about that. In some cases, younger readers be warned!

This book is still another great collection by the master, despite its undertones. I suggest it to any mature reader, familiar or unfamiliar with Bradbury, looking for a good book! Sep 19, Robert Russin rated it really liked it Shelves: