Throughout the summer, I’ll only be reading books that I own that I’ve never read. While this is all fine and dandy and a great way to read books that I’ve intended to read but haven’t – usually due to biting off more than I can chew – what about those books that I’ve wanted to read that I don’t own? Do they have to wait till September?
You may think that’s cheating, but I call that a loophole. I made the rules, and I say it’s fine. Whatever.
This past week, I listened to The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury. And I was kind of disappointed. Not because it wasn’t good. But because it wasn’t what I was expecting. And that’s kind of my fault.
I guess I didn’t realize that The Martian Chronicles was essentially a short story collection. Don’t ask me where I’ve been. And this wasn’t a bad thing given that I’ve been trying to study short stories and how they’re different from long form.
Anyway. The Martian Chronicles was pretty good. I was hoping for more space exploration, more trying to figure out how to live on a different planet, and more details on martians themselves. Instead, I got a look into human nature. Bradbury did an amazing job and putting humans in different stressful situations and imagining what would happen. It was thought-provoking. And the writing was beautiful and very, very Bradbury.
So, yeah. I don’t have much else to say about this one. No characters really stood out to me. A few of the stories were very compelling – particularly one that dealt with trying to bring religion to the martians. The things we did learn about martians were fascinating – I desperately wanted more.
I’d recommend The Martian Chronicles to you if you like space/other planets, aliens, psychology, science fiction, or Ray Bradbury.
Have you read The Martian Chronicles already? What did you think?