Reviews for Martian Chronicles
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Yes, Fahrenheit 451 and Something Wicked This Way Comes are amazing full-length novels. But Bradbury‚ ôs best, IMHO, was that most intriguing of all fiction types: the short story cycle. Published in 1950, this relates the colonization of Mars. While at first the Martians succeed in repelling the invaders, Earth‚ ôs fourth expedition succeeds, helped along by a plague that has decimated the natives. The trickle of early settlers turns into a river, and soon Mars is very much a copy of the Earth everyone was so intent to leave: rotten. In ‚ úThe Off Season,‚ ù most of the population returns to Earth only to die in a nuclear war. Bradbury‚ ôs eternal hopefulness shines through in the few who have stayed behind become the ‚ únew‚ ù Martians. Lyrical, compelling, and with a strong anticapitalistic streak. -- Douglas Lord, "Books for Dudes", LJ Reviews 7/5/12 (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Library Journal Reviews 1997 March
The Martian Chronicles, widely considered to be sf legend Bradbury's masterpiece, is less science fiction than social commentary on the America of the years immediately following World War II. These stories of Earth's colonization of Mars, including the accidental wiping out of most Martians and a nuclear war back home, are really about what concerned many Americans at the time they were written: the threat of annihilation, conformity, racism, censorship, the promise and fear of technology, and the stability of the family. Bradbury is essentially asking an audience nostalgic for a simpler time to examine the nature of civilization. While his characters and plots seem a bit dated, his themes still resonate. Peter Marinker is an excellent narrator; his wide variety of character voices truly enhance the material. Recommended for all collections. Michael Adams, CUNY Graduate Ctr., New York Copyright 1998 Library Journal Reviews