Give me magic, gadgets, monsters, zombies, everything that seems impossible, and throw in some tough chicks with swords. That's the stuff.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Goodbye, Ray Bradbury

And thank you for sharing your creativity with all of us.

I've read and loved a lot of Bradbury's stories, but one in particular will always stand out for me.

I first read The Halloween Tree when I was maybe 10 years old. It had been a tough year. My grandfather had passed away, then 2 weeks later my sister followed him. I remember my dad giving me this book, wanting me to read it. He said he thought I would like it.

I think he knew I needed it.

This might have been the first book I ever read where I felt a deep personal connection - a feeling that someone else somewhere had been dealt the same problems I had. A sense of camaraderie, all from the fictional characters in a book.

The theme of kids dealing with, battling with the impending death of a friend, a fellow child, was a very personal one for me.

There are many reasons why to this day books are a comfort and joy for me - this book is one of them.


  1. I've never read any of Bradbury's books. I think now I will :)

    1. I know that Fahrenheit 451 is a very popular one, although my favs are Halloween Tree, Something Wicked This Way Comes, The Illustrated Man, and The Martian Chronicles. Hope you find one you love! :)