About the Author:
Ray Bradbury was born in Waukegan, Illinois, USA in 1920.
AVERAGE REVIEW SCORE:
3 out of 5
The Machineries Of Joy
A collection of twenty short stories ranging from tales of the American Civil War to stories of an old man living in a post-apocalyptic future who remembers fruit, candy and automobiles for the benefit of the young.
It's probably worth noting straight off that very few of these stories as science fiction and the vast majority are either real-world tales or heavily allegorical ones. So if you're only onboard for Bradbury's SF, then this book will disappoint you. I have to say, for myself, I would've preferred more science fiction than I actually got, but I've no major problem with the non-SF stories.
No, rather where the book fell down for me was simply that few of the stories really gripped and engaged me. On the other hand, those that did really catch my attention were over before they could really develop their potential. Overall it left me with the feeling that I would've been happier just reading one of the author's novels.
All that said, however, it can't be denied that the quality of the prose here is phenomenal. Even the weakest of the stories on offer is written with such depth and subtlety that you can't help but notice and appreciate the author's craftmanship. Once again though, it left me wishing I'd been reading a full-length novel instead.
3 out of 5