For a fan, this kind of novel is a true and overwhelming delight...for lunatics! I have been so crazy for Bradbury for such a long time that when a novel comes along, it is almost an overdose of wonderful and I switch from being overwhelmed to awestuck to feeling nutsy-koo-koo chapter by chapter. I feel so blessed to have so much of his work, and I treasure every word ( I give each book a hug on completion...my first red flag that I must be going nuts), I'm not ashamed. After all, how lucky am I at such an age to have been touched by greatness that has enriched my life so much? I cannot do this justice so I recommend that you just read it for yourself, because Ray put it better than anyone.