I only read when my OCD kicks in

I enjoy reading, however, the bulk of reading only occurs while I am in an OCD focus zone. Last year I read over 70 books but I didn't pick up a book from August 2013 until March 25, 2014... I have already read 3 books this year!

Illustrated Man (Voyager Classics)

The Illustrated Man - Ray Bradbury Intro: Why this book isn't in the all time top 100 books list is beyond me. I think it is widely overlooked, unrecognized and yet after you read these stories you see that just about every science fiction writer, screen play writer has borrowed from the genius that lays between the covers of Illustrated Man. Nothing short of awesome. The Veldt and The Rocketman jump out at you. If you don't get the multiple spiritual, emotion, science ties in these then I am sorry. Love it love it love it.

18 short stories comprising the moving tattoos from the perspective of what a stranger sees as he tries to sleep but is mesmerized by the cinema like animation that is dancing on the mans skin.

Here are the individual short stories or chapters:
The Veldt
The Other Foot
The Highway
The Man
The Long Rain
The Rocket Man
The Fire Balloons
The Last Night Of The World
The Exiles
No particular Night Or Morning
The Fox And The Forest
The Visitor
The Concrete Mixer
Marionettes, Inc.
The City
Zero Hour
The Rocket

A Classic. Greatness, Influential and inspiring. I seldom give 5 star reviews but this one hits all the points for me to do so.


Storyline: 5 out of 5 stars. This is a source writing. If you are a writer this book is a must read. Unique storyline and perspective.

Writing style: 5 out of 5 stars. Ray Bradbury was at the top of his craft. He had no equal in the realm of science fiction writing. Maybe the best that ever existed at least he is up there with the likes of Heinlen, Asimov, and Clarke.

Depth/Inspiration: 5 out of 5 stars. Most of Bradbury's stories are unique in that he has a tendency to imply a spiritual nature. Most science fiction writers go the route of essential Atheism in the future but Bradbury sees the religious need of mankind and ties that into his stories. Who can read The Rocketman and not be inspired? Let's Ask Elton John as he got the idea for his classic song "rocket man" from this short story.

Entertainment/Education value: 5 out of 5 stars. Very entertaining and worth rereads over time. The educational value is the same from many standpoints. If you want to see how to write science fiction and not be an angry atheist trying to prove there is no God then read any of Bradbury's works. If you are wanting to see how a master laid the framework for an entire genre... give it a read you'll be as impressed as I was.

It saddens me again to know he past away just over a year ago. He didn't get much fanfare in his passing but man oh man did we lose a great one.