Wednesday, April 24, 2019

The wheel of fortune landed on...19 #ccspin

The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury

The strange and wonderful tale of man’s experiences on Mars, filled with intense images and astonishing visions. Now part of the Voyager Classics collection.

The Martian Chronicles tells the story of humanity’s repeated attempts to colonize the red planet. The first men were few. Most succumbed to a disease they called the Great Loneliness when they saw their home planet dwindle to the size of a fist. They felt they had never been born. Those few that survived found no welcome on Mars. The shape-changing Martians thought they were native lunatics and duly locked them up.

But more rockets arrived from Earth, and more, piercing the hallucinations projected by the Martians. People brought their old prejudices with them – and their desires and fantasies, tainted dreams. These were soon inhabited by the strange native beings, with their caged flowers and birds of flame.

I was thrilled when the Classics Club spin landed on #19 because this was one of the books I was hoping to get. I read this years and years ago. I was probably middle grade age. I'm not 100 percent sure of what age I was, but I do remember loving the book. I've always wanted to read it again. It's also a shorter book which is a plus right now. I'll start reading it after I finish my April reading. I should have no problem finishing by May 31st. 

I'm working on revising my Classics Club list. Many of the books on my list were added when I still lived in the apartment and my books were accessible. Now that we live with my mom, and though I do have all my books, some of them are difficult to access because of the placement of some of my shelves. So, large sections of the alphabet (my fiction books are organized by author's last name, alphabetically) are inaccessible. I'll have my updated list ready for my next Reading Life post.

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  1. I got the number I wanted too! Enjoy rereading Martian Chronicles--May is shaping up to be a good reading month.

    Happy spring.

  2. Not a book I've ever read but I'm sure its one on our shelves. I always think I must revisit more of the books I read as a girl but somehow never get around to doing so.

  3. I've been wanting to finish off Something Wicked This Way Comes but haven't read any other ones except for Fahrenheit 451. Good luck! I plan on jumping into my classics list this summer and hopefully get on top of the next spin!

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