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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (October 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380789590
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380789597
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 4.2 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,622,652 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

From the sentimental to the spooky, this grab bag of 21 recent tales from the seemingly ageless imagination of Bradbury whimsically explores themes of love, nostalgia, magic, literature and mortality. In his first collection since The Toynbee Connector (1988), Bradbury, who's 76, displays a particular fascination with evading the strictures of time through science, history, literature, the supernatural or simple reminiscence. The realistic "The Other Highway" describes a family's drive down an old, unused highway to an almost forgotten world. "At the End of the Ninth Year" develops the idea that the human body fully remakes itself at the molecular level every nine years. In "Last Rites," an inventor uses his time machine to reassure his literary heroes?Melville, Poe, Wilde?on their deathbeds that they will be cherished by future generations. Ghost stories like "That Woman on the Lawn," "Another Fine Mess" and "The Witch Door" transport characters across lifetimes or centuries, while "Dorian in Excelsus," a creepy homage to Wilde, blends the supernatural with the fitness craze. Some of these pieces wax maudlin, but Bradbury stirs in a healthy measure of wit with his wide-eyed wonder. Fans won't be disappointed with this hopeful, introspective, addition to his oeuvre.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Library Journal

The venerable author of such classic fantasy novels as Something Wicked This Way Comes (1963) offers a new collection of short stories that is slated for a 50,000-copy first printing.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Ray Bradbury (August 22, 1920 - June 5, 2012) published some 500 short stories, novels, plays and poems since his first story appeared in Weird Tales when he was twenty years old. Among his many famous works are 'Fahrenheit 451,' 'The Illustrated Man,' and 'The Martian Chronicles.'

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This might be the best story in the collection.
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I would highly recommend this book to anyone who can appreciate a good short story.
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Every word fits, every image is fresh and new, every metaphor perfect.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 25, 1996
Format: Hardcover
After nearly a decade since his last short story collection (and about FIVE since his first), it's very nice to see the master back on the new book shelves. Longtime fans will recognize familiar themes such as time travel of one sort or another to make amends ("That Woman On the Lawn," "Last Rites,"), fairly old fashioned horror tales ("The Finnegan," "The Witch Door," "Free Dirt"), the never-forgotten carnival characters ("The Electrocution"), and the elegiac yearning for the old and familiar amid the shock and speed of the new ("The Other Highway," which seems to pick up where "Yes, We'll Gather at the River" in _I Sing The Body Electric_ left off). But there are no mind-blowing stories in this bunch, nothing on the order of "A Sound of Thunder," "The Utterly Perfect Murder" or "I Sing the Body Electric" -- pick your own favorites. It's just lovely to see the master still at it after all these years
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 18, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This compilation of stories is outstanding by normal standards and so-so by Bradbury's. There are some highlights, inculding "The Finnegan," "Once More, Legato" and "Exchange," but "Quicker than the Eye" does not quite measure up to previous Bradbury works such as "The October Country." One cannot help but notice the recurring theme of death in this book. Nary a story is written without Grim Reaperish-like sentiment. Nevertheless, Bradbury remains a foremost romantic in the world of fiction. You could do worse than picking up "Quicker than the Eye" and reading it. One gets an enriched view of life, especailly after reading the Afterword.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 16, 1996
Format: Hardcover
Typical of Bradbury's collections, this one can not be categorized as horror, sci-fi, fantasy or reality...but as a melting pot of all of them. With nine original stories in this collection, it should definitely find its way onto the bookshelf of any Bradbury fan. While not every story is a standout, he's got enough here to satisfy anyone who enjoys the short story format. Highlights include "The Finnegan", one of the few out-and-out horror stories; the title piece, which packs a punch while remaining firmly grounded in reality, and "The Very Gentle Murders" a completely twisted and funny tale about an elderly couple competing to do each other in. With stories ranging from the gentle ("Last Rites") to the brutal ("Electrocution") it ultimately satisfies in a number of genres. Hopefully, it won't be another decade before his next collection
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Scott D. Scheule on December 16, 2005
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It's odd for me to feel so drained after reading a book of short stories. After a novel, sure--after investing one's attention into four hundred pages of characters and their coarse plot, but not after a collection of unconnected stories.

Each story in this book is a jewel. There is horror, and there is fantasy. Comedy paired with romance. There are some that are as tender as a whisper, and I won't spoil a one.

Bradbury writes with a delicacy: symmetric majesty. Every word fits, every image is fresh and new, every metaphor perfect. Stories born of prosaic ideas are sheathed in lovely new flesh; the innovative ones dazzle and delight.

I missed Metro stops, engrossed in this ink. Bring your heart; you'll need it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dave_42 on October 21, 2005
Format: Hardcover
"Quicker than the Eye" is a short story collection from Ray Bradbury, published originally in 1996. It consists of twenty-one short stories, most of which were published between 1994 and 1996. The one exception to this is "The Electrocution", which was first published in August of 1946 in "The Californian". Fourteen of these stories were published before, in a variety of magazines, and the other 7 are published for the first time in this collection. There is also an afterword, in which Bradbury discusses where his stories come from, and how he writes.

Although often considered Science Fiction, most of these stories would fall into the Fantasy/Supernatural or Horror categories, rather than Science Fiction, and some would not be put into any of the speculative fiction categories were they not written by Ray Bradbury. Bradbury is a master storyteller, and while I would not consider this collection on the same level as "The Martian Chronicles" or "The Illustrated Man", it is not far behind. Some of the stories in this collection that I like best include: "Last Rites", "The Witch Door", Once More, Legato", "Exchange", and "The Other Highway". However, all these stories are told as only Bradbury can.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Matt Hetling on April 13, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
In his rather indulgent afterword, Bradbury hints that he dashes off many of his short stories in two hours or less. What's this mean for the reader? It means that, in general, the stories are short, even for the genre of short stories. It means that many of them are almost like little sketches of a single, simple idea rather than well-polished texts that contain many conscious layers. It also means that many of the stories are fun and quirky.

Bradbury isn't afraid to take a chance on a notion, and this bravado leads to some misses, but it also leads to some hits that you wouldn't find in a more thoughtfully-screened author's collection.

Fans of Bradbury will already be prepared for his odd take on dialogue, which is sometimes realistic, but more often riddled with philosophical musings that sound like they are being performed for the sake of an audience.

Another interesting feature of Bradbury is his versatility. Going into a story, we never know whether we're going to get science fiction, horror, comedy, or drama. Sometimes, when we get to the end of the story, the classification is likewise elusive. This unpredictability really gives the genre elements more of a punch when they do come up. If we were to get a shambling monster at the end of every story, it would soon lose its power to affect us. But when a monster appears only twice or so throughout the course of the entire book, we really feel the horror.

I highly recommend this collection, simply because the writing is unique and thought-provoking.

There are 22 stories in all.
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