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Ray Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles: The Authorized Adaptation Paperback – 7 Jul 2011

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux (7 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0809080451
  • ISBN-13: 978-0809080458
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.2 x 22.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,236,230 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ray Bradbury (1920-2012) was one of science fiction's greatest luminaries. The author of such classic, important works as "Fahrenheit 451," "The Martian Chronicles," and "Something Wicked This Way Comes," Bradbury was honored in 2007 with a Pulitzer citation "for his distinguished, prolific and deeply influential career as an unmatched author of science fiction and fantasy." Other distinctions include a 1954 honor from the National Institute of Arts and Letters, a Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters from the National Book Foundation in 2000, and the National Medal of Arts, awarded by President George W. Bush and Laura Bush in 2004. He was also an Emmy Award-winning screenwriter. Born in Waukegan, Illinois in 1920, Bradbury spent most of his life in Los Angeles, where he passed away in 2012.Dennis Calero received an honorable mention from the Society of Illustrators West in 2009 for his work on "X-Men Noir." He was also nominated for a Harvey Award in 2007 for his work on "X-Factor."

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Truman on 24 Feb. 2013
Format: Paperback
I haven't read Ray Bradburys original prose book but I thought I'd give this adaptation a go. The stories are great, as you might expect from one of the greatest sci-fi writers of all time, but the book is marred by poor production values.

The artwork is at best average - not terrible but certainly not of the quality you might expect. What's worse are the basic errors, such as 'window' being misspelt as 'widow' on the first page. More annoyingly, there is an apparent failure to grasp the fundamentals of speech bubbles: they look like they've been pasted on via a PC and are confusingly placed so that it's quite easy to mis-read dialogue.

Overall the book just seems like a very sloppy production. If you're a Bradbury fan it's worth a read but in my honest opinion it's far from what it should have been...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Boris Stokalski on 27 Jan. 2014
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The visual art and storyline preserves much of the eerieness and sense of doom present in the original work. The major disappointment for me was the absence of the "Usher II" story, which I have always perceived as one of the "defining" stories for the entire book. Anyway - if you love the Chronicles, definitely buy this adaptation, most likely you are going to enjoy it. If you are new to Chronicles, definitely start with the Bradbury's original.
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What's here is great. What's not here is sorely missed... 5 May 2012
By Thomas More - Published on
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I'm an English teacher always looking for new angles to attract my readers in looking through great literature. I often tell my students that Bradbury is America's greatest living author. So when I saw this new Martian Chronicles graphic adaptation, I was incredibly excited. The stories that are present in this thin volume are well rendered. I think the short interludes such as "Rocket Summer" and "The Musicians," which act as bridges between the longer and more traditionally structured stories, are perhaps the most creative portions of the book. Without a concrete narrative to anchor the flow of images, it allowed the artists to be much more imaginative in the layout. Unfortunately, this graphic rendition omits some of the very best material from its pages. Where is the wonderful "Usher II," in which William Stendahl gets revenge for the destruction of his priceless library of fictional tales? Where is "Silent Towns," in which poor Walter Gripp finds himself the only man left on Mars? (This one, though a very funny story, is incredibly chauvinistic for today's readers). And finally, how can we call this a true version of Martian Chronicles without "There Will Come Soft Rains," the haunting tale of a mechanized Earth home left to fend for itself after a nuclear holocaust? This is probably the most celebrated and anthologized story from the book, and yet it's not in here. Can't you imagine the incredible images they could have used to depict this story?

This could have been a wonderful companion to the original collection, but with so many essential pieces missing, it falls short of the mark.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Magical Flight 11 Aug. 2011
By Aly - Published on
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Was surprised to find this an illustrated book (my misunderstanding) but found the illustrations made for a magical adaptation and in no way took from the reader's imagination.

Each interwoven story was unique with Bradbury's wonderful insight into human nature and his fantastic themes of the future. Loved that many of the stories were clearly worked around the early 20th century ie "the best hotdog stand on Mars" but were strangely not the least bit dated.

Something different and totally unexpected. A real treasure both the story and the animation.
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The Martian Chronicles Illustrated 12 Aug. 2011
By Travis Phillips - Published on
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The comic book adaption of The Martian Chronicles is somewhat of a surprise, but it works. To some readers it might be somewhat of a letdowm, sort of like a condensed book version, tells the story, but you miss the author's style. I think it's an interesting experiment that works and I recommend the book.
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Accessible form of a sci fi Classic hits hard and fast 30 April 2015
By J. D. Feder, MD - Published on
Format: Paperback
accessible form of a sci fi Classic hits hard and fast

The original book The Martian Chronicles is a classic in science fiction. How does turning this or any book into a graphic novel change that work of art? The loss is clear : it robs the reader of the chance to generate internal pictures of the scenes and characters, and gives instead the artist's rendition. And so much of the original words are removed that our experience of the author's genius is confined to a tiny stream of dialogue that carries the essence of character, theme and plot. The advantages lie in the ease of reading and therefore far greater accessibility of the stories to a broader audience. And it must be said that the artistic re renderings here are truly excellent. It is similar to the changes inherent in turning a book into a movie but at far less expense (albeit also the handicap of far less marketing).
In the end, I would not have read this book if not for its transformation into a graphic novel. I'm better for it and I might even take the next step and take in the entire original text - as an audiobook of course.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Classic stories, adequate art 11 July 2014
By wiredweird - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Bradbury's own introduction to this volume gives insight into his unique style, and into the career that almost didn't happen. He was a short-story writer at a time when publishers wanted novels. But, with a bit of prodding, he took the shorts that comprise Martian Chronicles, built a cohesive framework for them, and created one of the most varied and poetic future histories ever.

This collection gives visual presence to a few of those stories, notably Million Year Picnic. The visual narrative is strong and, although I haven't read the originals recently, seems to carry the stories faithfully. I'm just not nuts about the look, though. It's done ably enough, and the stories don't lend themselves to flashy, high-action style. Still, I found it a bit plain and stilted, and the use of stark contrasts didn't always work for me. It's good enough, but maybe not one for my permanent collection.

-- wiredweird
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