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Something Wicked This Way Comes

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ISBN13: 9780380729401
ISBN10: 0380729407
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The carnival rolls in sometime after midnight, ushering in Halloween a week early. The shrill siren song of a calliope beckons to all with a seductive promise of dreams and youth regained. In this season of dying, Cooger & Dark's Pandemonium Shadow Show has come to Green Town, Illinois, to destroy every life touched by its strange and sinister mystery. And two boys will discover the secret of its smoke, mazes, and mirrors; two friends who will soon know all too well the heavy cost of wishes. . .and the stuff of nightmare.

Few American novels written this century have endured in the heart and memory as has Ray Bradbury's unparalleled literary classic SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES. For those who still dream and remember, for those yet to experience the hypnotic power of its dark poetry, step inside. The show is about to begin.The carnival rolls in sometime after midnight, ushering in Halloween a week early. The shrill siren song of a calliope beckons to all with a seductive promise of dreams and youth regained. In this season of dying, Cooger & Dark's Pandemonium Shadow Show has come to Green Town, Illinois, to destroy every life touched by its strange and sinister mystery. And two boys will discover the secret of its smoke, mazes, and mirrors; two friends who will soon know all too well the heavy cost of wishes. . .and the stuff of nightmare.

Few American novels written this century have endured in the heart and memory as has Ray Bradbury's unparalleled literary classic SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES. For those who still dream and remember, for those yet to experience the hypnotic power of its dark poetry, step inside. The show is about to begin.

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Three hours after midnight, one week before Halloween, Cooger & Dark's Pandemonium Shadow Show rolls into Green Town, Illinois. A carnival like no other, it feeds on the dreams and weaknesses of those drawn to its eerie attractions, destroying every life touched by its strange and sinister mystery. Two boys--best friends Will Halloway and Jim Nightshade--are about to learn the secret of its smoke, mazes and mirrors as they confront a nightmarish evil that will change their lives forever.

About the Author

Ray Bradbury is the author of more than three dozen books, including Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles, Dandelion Wine, and Something Wicked This Way Comes. He has written for the theater and cinema, including the screenplay for John Huston's classic adaptation of Moby Dick. He was nominated for an Academy Award, won an Emmy for his teleplay of The Halloween Tree, and adapted sixty-five of his stories for television's The Ray Bradbury Theater. He lives in Los Angeles.

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Zmart, November 20, 2014 (view all comments by Zmart)
I highly recommend this novel. Bradbury is a fantastic storyteller and I have always enjoyed his works. The way he puts together his stories makes it an entertaining and majestic thing to read. The text sounds and looks like poetry because of the author’s implementation of similes, personifications, and metaphors into his work. “Rain fell softly on town cupolas, chuckled from rainspoust, and spoke in strange subterranean tonguers beneath the windows where Jim and Will knew fitful dreams” (Bradbury 155). I thoroughly enjoy the style that he writes with, but also appreciate the entertaining plot Bradbury creates. It is about two young boys that discover a carnival that is set up in the middle of the night. They soon realize however, that it is no ordinary carnival but one that is filled with evil. The story does start out slowly, but picks up a little ways in. It takes about a third of the book for the carnival to even arrive, which is my only compliant. The author makes up for it with the intriguing and imaginative freaks in the novel such as the Illustrated Man or The Skeleton. He captures his audience and holds their attention with every page turn. I was always curious to find what event would happen on the next page. Bradbury introduces the themes of how good vs evil effects characters, and the impact sin has on individuals at the same times as making characters come alive through description and detail. “But all he saw was Dad’s fingers twitching nervously, his mouth working, as if he didn’t care ask his needs from Mr. Tetley….” (Bradbury 173). This quote shows the exquisite detail added to describe one of the boys’ father. This father figure reminds me of Atticus Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird. I appreciate how Bradbury is teaching the reader along with the two young boys life lessons. He does this through this fatherly figure. “‘A stranger is shot in the street, you hardly move to help. But if, half an hour before, you spent just ten minutes with the fellow and knew a little about him and his family, you might just jump in front of his killer and try to stop it’” ( Bradbury 199), says Mr. Halloway, one of the boy’s father. This brings up an important point Bradbury is trying to teach the reader; the importance of knowing. One cannot make an important decision without the facts. It is important to learn from these points that Bradbury makes, which is another reason to read this outstanding novel. This novel captured my attention and held it through its plot and characters, along with adding important themes to learn from.
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bookguy, October 3, 2012 (view all comments by bookguy)
A wonderful book, beautifully written by one of America's master writers, this is both a coming-of-age story of two young teenage boys and their reactions to the bewildering world of adulthood as well as a very scary story of a very scary carnival. This is one of those rare books that should be read out loud, just to hear the sheer poetry of Bradbury's words and sentences. Anyone who dismisses Bradbury as "just" being a genre writer is missing out and should be fed a diet of Danielle Steele's 'work' for a month. IMHO, this is his best work.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780380729401
Author:
Bradbury, Ray
Publisher:
Eos
Author:
by Ray Bradbury
Location:
New York, N.Y. :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Boys
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Fantasy
Subject:
Fathers and sons
Subject:
Fantasy - General
Subject:
Fantasy - Dark/Horror
Subject:
Illinois
Subject:
Horror fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass Market PB
Publication Date:
20060931
Binding:
MASS MARKET
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
11 x 8.5 in 51.60 oz

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"Synopsis" by , Three hours after midnight, one week before Halloween, Cooger & Dark's Pandemonium Shadow Show rolls into Green Town, Illinois. A carnival like no other, it feeds on the dreams and weaknesses of those drawn to its eerie attractions, destroying every life touched by its strange and sinister mystery. Two boys--best friends Will Halloway and Jim Nightshade--are about to learn the secret of its smoke, mazes and mirrors as they confront a nightmarish evil that will change their lives forever.
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