A Sound of Thunder and Other Stories by Ray Bradbury

By Ray Bradbury

June 2013 ePub - Retail ePub

With his disarmingly easy kind and complicated mind's eye, Ray Bradbury has seized the minds of yank readers for decades.This assortment showcases thirty-two of Bradbury's most famed stories within which he lays naked the depths of the human soul. The exciting name tale, a valid of Thunder, tells of a hunter despatched on safari -- sixty million years some time past. yet all it takes is one unsuitable step within the prehistoric jungle to stamp out the lifetime of a fragile and innocuous butterfly -- and probably whatever else a lot in the direction of domestic ...

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The boys listened with seeming meekness. Then, accompanied by me, they repaired to the interior of the barn where they proceeded to disassemble the bicycles into several hundred odd pieces. Discovered in this outrage, as they soon were, the two youths pleaded for time. Given a matter of a week, they promised, and they would convert those childish playthings, the bicycles, into a thing of great beauty and utility. Exasperated and exhausted, the adult relatives gave their consent without striking a blow.

One day, when he was dreaming no doubt of happier times, he wandered too close to the hog lot. A sow poked her snout through the rails and ended his misery forever. Pa said it served the son-of-a-bitch right, and let that be a lesson to me-why me, I don't know-but I could see that he was badly upset over the affair. Stamping into the house, he emptied the pint toddy cup without pausing. When my grandmother, anticipating the usual outburst of prandial profanity, remarked that if he didn't like her cooking he knew what he could do, Pa only looked at her moodily.

I obeyed, of course, and as we strode away from the house in the dusky dawn, his calloused hand gripping my small one, Pa jogged my memory with a little jovial profanity. No revival meeting was complete in those days without a prediction from the preacher as to the date when the world would end. The preacher who had scared the daylights out of me had stated that six calendar weeks from the day of his departure the world would be no more. Very few of the townspeople had taken this nonsense literally-not sufficiently so, at any rate, to act upon it.

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