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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

TLC Book Blog Tour: Shadow Show: All New Stories In Celebration of Ray Bradbury

I'm thrilled today to be hosting a book blog tour stop for "Shadow Show: All New Stories In Celebration of Ray Bradbury."

About Shadow Show: All-New Stories in Celebration of Ray Bradbury

• Paperback: 464 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (July 10, 2012)

Contributors: Neil Gaiman, Margaret Atwood, Jay Bonansinga, Sam Weller, David Morrell, Thomas F. Monteleone, Lee Martin, Joe Hill, Dan Chaon, John McNally, Joe Meno, Robert McCammon, Ramsey Campbell, Mort Castle, Alice Hoffman, John Maclay, Jacquelyn Mitchard, Gary A. Braunbeck, Bonnie Jo Campbell, Audrey Niffenegger, Charles Yu, Julia Keller, Dave Eggers, Bayo Ojikutu, Kelly Link, Harlan Ellison

“Ray Bradbury is without a doubt, one of this, or any century’s greatest and most imaginative writers. Shadow Show, a book of truly great stories, is the perfect tribute to America’s master storyteller.” —Stan Lee, legendary comic book writer and former president and chairman of Marvel Comics

Shadow Show is a treasure trove for Bradbury enthusiasts. . . .The tributes to Ray Bradbury that follow each of the stories are particularly interesting, often heartwarming and inspiring.” –New York Times bestselling author Joyce Carol Oates

What do you imagine when you hear the name . . . Bradbury?

You might see rockets to Mars. Or bizarre circuses where otherworldly acts whirl in the center ring. Perhaps you travel to a dystopian future, where books are set ablaze . . . or to an out-of-the-way sideshow, where animated illustrations crawl across human skin. Or maybe, suddenly, you’re returned to a simpler time in small-town America, where summer perfumes the air and life is almost perfect . . .almost.

Ray Bradbury—peerless storyteller, poet of the impossible, and one of America’s most beloved authors—is a literary giant whose remarkable career has spanned seven decades. Now twenty-six of today’s most diverse and celebrated authors offer new short works in honor of the master; stories of heart, intelligence, and dark wonder from a remarkable range of creative artists.

I'm not normally a big fan of science fiction - there are a few things here and there that I have enjoyed, but overall - I leave the science fiction reading to my husband. 

But I was drawn to this collection of short stories by the incredible list of contributing authors, some of who I count among my favorites - including Neil Gaiman, Alice Hoffman, Jacquelyn Mitchard, and Joe Hill. So I figured - why not give it a shot!  And I was pleasantly rewarded for my efforts.

All of these stories were either inspired by or a tribute to a story of Bradbury's that meant something to each author, and each and every one of the twenty-six stories, plus one from Bradbury himself, are gems to be read carefully and enjoyed fully!  Each magicial in their own way, and each with a taste of the fantastic. 

And particularly insightful is the inclusion at the end of each story a small piece by each author on how they either came up with their story, how Bradbury inspired them or their thoughts on the process of writing their selection.

Even if you aren't a big fan of Bradbury's or science fiction, I feel like there will be at least, at the very minimal, one or two stories that will charm and delight you.

This volume of work also stands as a memorial to Bradbury, who passed away in June of this year, which makes the inclusion of his story, "The Second Homecoming," the more meaningful, as well as his great friend Harlan Ellison's essay, "Weariness," that concludes the book.

Editors Sam Weller and Mort Castle are to be commended for their fine efforts assembling this book.

I highly recommend this well-presented volume of short stories for anyone who enjoyed GREAT fiction writing!


About Sam Weller:

A two-time Bram Stoker Award finalist, Sam Weller is the author of The Bradbury Chronicles: The Life of Ray Bradbury and Listen to the Echoes: The Ray Bradbury Interviews. He has also written for The Paris Review, National Public Radio, and Publishers Weekly. His short fiction has been published in numerous journals and magazines.
Visit www.samweller.net.

About Mort Castle:

Mort Castle is an author and writing teacher who has published more than five hundred short stories. Twice a winner of the Black Quill Award, seven times a Bram Stoker Award nominee, Castle edited On Writing Horror, the primary reference work for authors of dark fiction.
Visit www.mortwrites.freeservers.com.

Tour Stops:  Check out the other blogs participating in this tour!

Thursday, July 19th: A Reader of Fictions
Monday, July 23rd: The Blog of Lit Wits
Tuesday, July 24th: the state that i am in
Wednesday, July 25th: Cerebral Girl in a Redneck World
Friday, July 27th: No More Grumpy Bookseller
Monday, July 30th: The Road to Here
Tuesday, July 31st: Between the Covers
Thursday, August 2nd: Tiffany’s Bookshelf
Monday, August 6th: The Ranting Dragon
Tuesday, August 7th: Sharon’s Garden of Book Reviews
Wednesday, August 8th: Shall Write
Thursday, August 9th: Book Addict Katie
Monday, August 13th: Cold Read

My thanks to TLC Book Tours for the review copy of this book. I was not compensated for my opinion.

1 comment:

trish said...

I think the part at the end of each story about how Bradbury inspired them would be my favorite part! I'm glad you enjoyed the stories.

Thanks for being on the tour!