Ray Bradbury has died

I read my first Ray Bradbury story when I was my middle child’s age. At ten I was already past the short chapter books by a grade or two. I pushed for more, wanted different, more complex worlds to read about. I picked up a tattered copy of The October Country at a garage sale and dove in. I can still remember the first part of the first story in it I read because, and it still affects me today, it was so beautifully descriptive and sparse, even at 10 I knew the writing was special.

Over the years I’ve probably read The Martian Chronicles, Fahrenheit 451 and Something Wicked This Way Comes dozens upon dozens of times. Ray Bradbury’s voice, his writing is special. Few can touch what he’s done over his life’s work.

This reminds me that I haven’t introduced my children to Bradbury yet and I must remedy this. I think a family read of Something Wicked This Way Comes is a great summer project.

Thank you, Mr. Bradbury for enriching my life and forever changing it with your words and your imagination. You will be missed.

11 comments to “Ray Bradbury has died”

  1. Pat L.
    June 6th, 2012 at 8:02 am · Link

    I have not read any of Ray’s books – should check them out.

    Have fun with your summer project.

  2. Melissa B
    June 6th, 2012 at 8:07 am · Link

    He’ll be missed terribly ~ I remember reading Something Wicked This Way Comes and scaring the bejeesus out of myself, lol. He was an amazing writer ~ and his love of the written word was a treasure!

  3. Tracey D
    June 6th, 2012 at 8:29 am · Link

    Oh, this is so sad. I love Ray Bradbury. When I was in my teens (many moons ago), I bought a collection of stories. I can’t recall if it contained all the published works at that point or not but my favorite story was The Homecoming.

    I know exactly where that book is, too. It is one that I refuse to donate whenever I clean out my bookcases.

    Thank you, Mr. Bradbury, for entertaining us for so many decades.

  4. Blanche
    June 6th, 2012 at 8:50 am · Link

    So sad! His writing reached out to so many!

  5. Diane
    June 6th, 2012 at 9:34 am · Link

    I hadn’t heard! What a shame.

  6. Janet K
    June 6th, 2012 at 10:43 am · Link

    My husband and I both love Ray Bradbury’s books. We’ve read them countless times. He leaves behind a wonderful legacy. If you haven’t read any of his books, be sure and check them out at your library. You’ll be so glad you did.

  7. Viki S.
    June 6th, 2012 at 12:47 pm · Link

    So sad.

  8. Julie Smith
    June 6th, 2012 at 4:26 pm · Link

    🙁 Such a sad day…I also lost one of my com arts teachers today. I’ll always “remember about the rabbits” from Of Mice and Men.

  9. Pamiam
    June 6th, 2012 at 6:16 pm · Link

    God Speed Ray

  10. Jen B.
    June 6th, 2012 at 6:56 pm · Link

    I will have to pull out my collection and do some rereading.

  11. Robbye
    June 7th, 2012 at 5:23 pm · Link

    Time to pull out those books I had set aside for my advanced readers. I’ll take a walk down memory lane.