Saturday, August 16, 2008

Book: A Sound of Thunder

A Sound of Thunder and Other Stories A Sound of Thunder and Other Stories by Ray Bradbury

My review

rating: 4 of 5 stars
Deep and disturbingly beautiful. Reminds us of how the most insignificant of things can change everything (for the better or worse).

On the eve of a election, a party of rich men purchase a time travel safari to the past to hunt a T-Rex. While the safari guides have taken every precaution to minimize the impact of the hunting party on the past, one member violates the rules and leaves the designated path. Upon their return to the present the group finds that the world has been drastically altered by the seemingly innocuous death of a pre-historic butterfly.

The imagiary of the mashed golden butterfly embedded in the mud of Eckelsly's shoe still haunts me to this day even though I've read this book a few times.

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The book was much, much better than the movie version of the tale. The movie takes it step further asking you to assume that we didn't know the businessman stepped off the path and to assume that they all thought the safari was a success. Then we are forced to watch the head of the safari guide team, aptle played by Edward Burns, find a scientist who knows all about prehistoric times and somehow, too, how to reverse all the changes that are now sweeping over the world in waves (literally in waves).

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