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...

Details The Cat's Pajamas

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

Reviews The Cat's Pajamas

  • Jessica
    Collection of Bradbury's later odds and ends. Some of them feel like retreads of stories he would have written years ago, like pieces of Dandelion Wine or bits that would fit into From the Dust Returned. A few of them are standouts, a few are sort of yes, yes, classic Bradbury, one or two are . . . just not great.
  • Critter Reyome
    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
    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
    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
    Bradbury mi amor. MUA MUA MUA
  • Renee
    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
    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...
  • Melissa
    Why am I just now getting into reading Bradbury! Love all of it!!!
  • Bananafish
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    I was expecting only one book, but all the short stories were good.ggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggg...
  • Mark
    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
    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
    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...
  • Sherry Hinman
    Ah, bittersweet! I read this book of short stories by Ray Bradbury because they were by Ray Bradbury. I knew they likely weren't his best. (They weren't.) The first bunch of stories had probably been rejected in their time -- I was reminded of reading first attempts in a creative writing class. There were a few gems that reminded me of old-time Bradbury's genius, and one or two tugged at melancholy heartstrings. To be honest, I was disappointed. ...
  • Lynn Pribus
    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
    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
    "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.
  • Lora
    Some sweet, non-sci-fi stories in here. Also some fun sci-fi! A couple at the end were more like well written journal entries based directly on Bradbury's experiences, no metaphor cloaking involved at all. Quite a mix, over all, and not a huge collection like some of his others.
  • Lauren
    Short stories. Some quite brilliant. I especially liked "A Careful Man Dies". Some were surprisingly mediocre. And as much as I hate to admit it, I am not a fan of the long-form poem. So glad to finish that one.
  • Jill Sprott
    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
    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.###
  • Brian Caster
    Third rate storiesI normally enjoy Ray Bradbury’s short stories, but this collection really seemed like third rate work that hadn’t seen the light of day. The more recent stories, from the 2000s, are basically garbage. Disappointing.
  • Pamela
    Interesting book.Not the style I was expecting, but a fun read. The title story was cute, but then cats are good at bringing cat people together.