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Book Review: The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury

Goodreads summary: The Martian Chronicles tells the story of humanity’s repeated attempts to colonize the red planet. The first men were few. Most succumbed to a disease they called the Great Loneliness when they saw their home planet dwindle to the size of a fist. They felt they had never been born. Those few that survived found no welcome on Mars. The shape-changing Martians thought they were native lunatics and duly locked them up. But more rockets arrived from Earth, and more, piercing the hallucinations projected by the Martians. People brought their old prejudices with them – and their desires and fantasies, tainted dreams. These were soon inhabited by the strange native beings, with their caged flowers and birds of flame. 

I had reservations about this as I’d read beforehand that it was essentially a collection of short stories, which I haven’t had much luck with recently. However, the stories are all bound together with a few overarching narratives and characters so it didn’t feel all over the place. It was funny, dark, and weird, and I really enjoyed it.

Rating: 5 / 5 stars

This was recommended to me by @elfspectations.

Read for the POPSUGAR Reading Challenge prompt: a book set on a different planet. This was my 50th book of the year so I’ve completed my Goodreads challenge!

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