The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury

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Ray Bradbury’s book The Illustrated Man was published in 1951, and it is considered a classic.

The book is about a man whose body is covered in magical tattoos.  The tattoos move and  play out stores of various people living in the future.

Each chapter of the book contains a science-fiction story, in which technology has a massive impact on human behavior.  The characters for each story relatable, even if you end up hating them.

The stories often have surprise endings that may leave you feeling baffled or dejected.  Despite the dismal endings and the pessimistic feelings aroused by the stories, I thoroughly enjoyed reading the book.

Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton

The book Ethan Frome is an interesting novel with a tragic ending.  The main character never finds the freedom he desires.

Toward the end of the story, there is an escape plan that goes horribly wrong.  The circumstances are flipped, but the suffering continues.

I know it sounds like a sad book, but I enjoy reading it.  I feel for Ethan Frome, but not for his wife.  She experiences a bit of poetic justice and that kind of made me smile.

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