Shadow Show: All-New Stories in Celebration of Ray Bradbury
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Shadow Show is a fitting tribute to the late Ray Bradbury, one of the most acclaimed and popular science fiction and fantasy writers of the 20th century. The contributors do an exemplary job of putting their own imprints on Bradbury's classic themes and settings, involving elements such as space travel, robots, vampires, werewolves, and dinosaurs. In general, the levels of violence, profanity and sex match those in Bradbury's original stories from a less explicit time in popular literature. Exceptions are "Light" by Mort Castle and "Headlife" by Margaret Atwood, which feature "f--k" and its variations as expletives and in reference to sexual intercourse. The violence and bloodshed are usually left to the reader's imagination, but there's a werewolf attack, a mercy killing, a serial killer, and fatal encounters with vampires and sea monsters.
What's the story?
SHADOW SHOW collects 26 new stories from some of the most acclaimed writers in contemporary literary and genre fiction, including Neil Gaiman, Alice Hoffman, Kelly Link, Dave Eggers, and Harlan Ellison. They take their inspiration from some of Ray Bradbury's most popular stories and novels but attempt to find something new and personal in them.
Is it any good?
The stories in Shadow Show succeed in finding something new in the classic themes and settings of Ray Bradbury. Standouts include "The Man Who Forgot Ray Bradbury" by Neil Gaiman, "Two of a Kind" by Jacquelyn Mitchard, "Little America" by Dan Chaon, and Joe Hill's "By the Silver Water of Lake Champlain." Previous knowledge of Bradbury's work is not essential, but some familiarity may be advised for younger readers.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about Shadow Show and the literary legacy of Ray Bradbury, author of The Martian Chronicle, Fahrenheit 451, and The Illustrated Man.
What is it about the short-story form that makes it so popular? What are some of the effects short stories can achieve that are more difficult in a novel, play, or poem?
Why are readers fascinated by stories about space travel and robots? Why do authors return again and again to tales about vampires, werewolves, and dinosaurs?
|Authors:||Sam Weller, Mort Castle|
|Topics:||Dinosaurs, Magic and fantasy, Adventures, Arts and dance, Book characters, Friendship, History, Misfits and underdogs, Monsters, ghosts, and vampires, Robots, Science and nature, Space and aliens|
|Publication date:||July 10, 2012|
|Number of pages:||464|