The Cat's Pajamas by Ray Bradbury

The Cat's Pajamas

From the winner of the National Book Foundations' 2000 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters comes a "sweet, funny . . . thought–provoking" (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel) collection of short stories.As in his most recent major fiction collections, One More for the Road (1999) and Driving Blind (1997), Ray Bradbury has once again pulled together a stellar group of stories sure to delight readers of all ages. In The Cat's Pyjamas...


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TitleThe Cat's Pajamas
Author
Release DateApr 30th, 2013
PublisherWilliam Morrow Paperbacks
LanguageEnglish
GenreShort Stories, Fiction, Science Fiction, Fantasy
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Reviews The Cat's Pajamas

  • Critter Reyome
    2016-03-18
    Oh, thank God for Ray Bradbury. Though I consummated my love for his work far too late, better late than never, and I have so much to look forward to, like this small but superlative collection of short stories.Bradbury defies categorization. Is he SciFi? Horror? Straight fiction? Romance? Yes. And more. and there is so much of all the above to enjoy in this book that it's over all too soon, and it's next to impossible to pick one story than stan...
  • Rick
    2018-01-15
    A collection of Ray Bradbury short stories spanning 7 decades. There are stories here that can hold their own right alongside Heinlein or Asimov and then others that possess a tone similar to what you might find in The Maltese Falcon. Every story sparkles with the exception of the last one which is very long poem about interactions among various famous authors; while I admired the rhyme scheme it was only the needing that caused me to be apprecia...
  • Melanti
    2013-08-10
    A bunch of previously un-published short stories written anywhere from 1940 to 2010. And, for the most part, there was a reason why others were published and these weren't.They're not bad, but they're not nearly as good as the ones that were published years ago.Also, having stories written in the '40s and '50s right next to those written in the '00 really highlights how little his writing style has changed over the decades. Which, I suppose is a ...
  • Pustulio
    2014-10-02
    Bradbury mi amor. MUA MUA MUA
  • Renee
    2015-08-17
    In reviews I've read of The Cat's Pajamas, many critics seem to be of the opinion that this is one of Bradbury's weaker collections. This was my first time reading any of his work (aside from a halfhearted foray into Fahrenheit 451 when I was in junior high school) and I have to say that if this is Bradbury's weak link, I can't wait to read his other works.That being said, I can understand where the criticism comes from. I felt like both the qual...
  • D.R. Oestreicher
    2017-07-23
    The Cat's Pajamas by Ray Bradbury is a short story collection with a mixture of stories from the post-WWII decade mixed with stories from the first years of the 21st century. In his introduction, Bradbury discusses his short stories as metaphors. The core of each story is a metaphor. For example, The House (1947) compares marriage with a home improvement project.“All married life you build – build egos, build houses, build children.”The twe...
  • Bananafish
    2017-06-19
    Un libro molto semplice e leggero. Non un capolavoro, ma bisogna considerare anche che è una raccolta di svariati racconti. Alla fine però lo consiglio a chi cerca una lettura poco impegnativa.
  • El
    2009-10-24
    This is a compilation of some of Bradbury's other short stories, many of which were previously unpublished. As much love as I have for Bradbury, I kept thinking throughout reading this why many of them were not published before this collection came out. Harsh perhaps, but I have high expectations for him. Especially when in the introduction he comments on how he always wanted to be on the same level as Fitzgerald, Melville, Twain, etc.The stories...
  • Chris
    2008-12-30
    Well-written, though the distance between Bradbury and the characters or lesson of the stories isn't much. More than a few read as if Ray had a bone to pick with someone or something and wrote a story to air it out. Still, after a few years of not reading Ray, it's pleasant water to dip your toes into, with his talent for finding magic in the mundane. My favorite of the stories, "The House", sees a marriage tested by the husband purchasing a once...
  • Elena Shyringovskaya
    2012-12-06
    Откровенно говоря, я не люблю короткие рассказы. Да и вообще считаю, что кроме Сомерсета Моэма, О.Генри и Эдгара Алана По они редко кому удаются не скучными огрызками прозы. Словом, выбрала я эту книгу не из-за рассказов, а из-за названия, в силу свое...
  • Brad McKenna
    2012-06-13
    This collection of short stories didn't have such a heavy sci-fi bent as The Illustrated Man, but the ambiguous endings still remained. He was a master at posing questions about the human condition. One of the stories was about a black boy obsessed with becoming white, until he meets a white boy obsessed with become black (by tanning) to put things into perspective. He also included a story about a group of senators losing the United States to an...
  • Jeanette
    2008-01-29
    This is a great collection to have around when you just want a quick story. All but two of these stories were previously unpublished, and are from different times in Bradbury's writing career. Some from the 1940's and 50's, some as recent as 2004. I'm always amazed at the boundlessness of Bradbury's imagination! He is truly a national treasure.
  • Jena
    2015-10-03
    The thing I appreciate most about Ray Bradbury is his ability to make an interesting story out of any topic in the universe. This is a good, if a bit uneven, collection of his short stories, written from the 40's to the 2000's. Even in the stories that weren't my favorites, I can still see the unique and brilliant mind of this prolific author.
  • James Swenson
    2015-06-21
    I enjoyed this collection of short stories as I was reading it, but when I was done, I couldn't remember much of what I'd read. I had the most fun with "Hail to the Chief," in which a group of U.S. Senators gambles away the nation at a Native American tribe's casino.
  • Emily
    2014-10-24
    I was expecting only one book, but all the short stories were good.ggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggg...
  • Mark
    2017-05-05
    This book had the Goldilocks effect for me-it was great or bad- it was just alright. Having never reviewed a collection of stories or read anything by Bradbury except Fahrenheit 451 I did not know how to rate this book. There are a good number of stories that Bradbury shines through. I found his work written around the release of this book (2003-04) was lively and energetic. His older work is a little rough, but uses the same themes like small to...
  • Linda Robinson
    2017-08-23
    This collection of stories from many decades started out as a ho hum. It ended with a wow. The Ghosts (1950-1952) is a humdinger. Where's My Hat, What's My Hurry? (2003) is extraordinary Bradbury, bitter and fun. The Transformation (1948-1949) is horrifying and gratifying simultaneously. In a couple of stories, Mr. Bradbury attempts to redeem F. Scott Fitzgerald again. There are enough of these Fitzgerald resurrections around that I wonder if the...
  • Geoff
    2017-01-27
    A new collection of Ray Bradbury short stories. About half of the stories are older stories from the 50's or whenever, but the other half of the stories are from the 2000's. They are new stories, and they are fresh. Bradbury's older works are still his best, but it was still very refreshing to see how the master can still write great work, even at his age. This is not a great collection of stories by Bradbury, but nevertheless they are still pret...
  • Lynn Pribus
    2017-09-13
    DANDELION WINE is my all-time favorite of Bradbury's with ILLUSTRATED MAN a close second. In DW, I am most struck by the joyful and sad tale of the young man and the old woman who fall in love, but were born at the wrong time.This book has a collection of tales that evidently hadn't made it into earlier books and, for the most part, I could see why. Some were confusing, some were not PC, some were predictable, but all in all, still entertaining.
  • Annalisa Marini
    2017-09-08
    Brevissimi viaggi nel tempo e nello spazio, alcuni mi hanno fatto ridere, altri paura, altri ancora tenerezza. Ragni civilissimi e umani inadeguati, treni carichi carichi di poeti, romanzieri e produttori cinematografici, insomma di tutto e di più come ci si può aspettare da un autore come Bradbury.
  • K115987
    2018-01-15
    "Il libro che avete fra le mani è anche pieno di testimonianze d'affetto per i miei scrittori preferiti. Non sono mai stato invidioso o geloso dei miei grandi amori, come F. Scott Fitzgerald, Melville, Poe, Wilde e tutti gli altri; ho solo desiderato raggiungerli sugli scaffali delle biblioteche".You made it, Ray. You made it.
  • Jill Sprott
    2017-05-10
    It's tough to rate a short story collection, especially one by an author I love. In this collection, two-star stories keep company with five-star wonders. I'll leave it at a four rather three because, well, it's freaking BRADBURY. I'm sick about not giving him a five.
  • Charles Moore
    2017-06-16
    I read the "complete" short stories of Ray Bradbury once up a time (most of them) and still find this collection new and interesting. The man was quite the observer and thinker. I would go so far as to say he should inspire many new authors to possibilities if they would let him.###
  • Silver Lining
    2018-01-13
    That's it. That's my favorite Ray Bradbury's collection of short stories. It touched my heart and made me think a lot about how we can affect other people's mind and life. It was just so beautiful. No words.
  • Jennifer
    2017-10-29
    An interesting collection of short stories. I enjoyed the title story the most and the rest to varying degrees.
  • Noah Rozov
    2017-05-19
    The Cat's Pajamas by Ray Bradbury story of 2004.
  • Tomislav
    2015-08-19
    This is a collection of 21 previously uncollected stories, released late in Ray Bradbury's life. A little over half of these stories were written in the late 1940s or early 50s, while the rest were written approximately 2003. Very few of them are of the science fantasy sort that I love best from Bradbury's work - some of them seeming to be little more than writing exercises. There is not a great deal of change between the early stories, and those...
  • Jessica
    2018-04-09
    Loved reading this collection and looking at how one of my favorite authors spoke in a voice of the times over many decades.
  • Charl
    2018-03-30
    100% pure, uncut Bradbury, from start to finish. If you're a Bradbury fan, don't miss it.
  • Allison
    2017-10-16
    Enjoyable collection of short stories by the brilliant Bradbury.