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Something Wicked This Way Comes


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ISBN13: 9780380977277
ISBN10: 0380977273
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Few American novels written this century have endured in th heart and mind as has this one-Ray Bradbury's incomparable masterwork of the dark fantastic. A carnival rolls in sometime after the midnight hour on a chill Midwestern October eve, ushering in Halloween a week before its time. A calliope's shrill siren song 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 inquisitive boys standing precariously on the brink of adulthood will soon discover the secret of the satanic raree-show's smoke, mazes, and mirrors, as they learn all too well the heavy cost of wishes — and the stuff of nightmare.


A gorgeous hardcover edition of a true and enduring classic of American literature, featuring a new Afterword by the author.

About the Author

Ray Bradbury, American novelist, short story writer, essayist, playwright, screenwriter and poet, was born August 22, 1920 in Waukegan, Illinois. He graduated from a Los Angeles high school in 1938. Although his formal education ended there, he became a "student of life," selling newspapers on L.A. street corners from 1938 to 1942, spending his nights in the public library and his days at the typewriter. He became a full-time writer in 1943, and contributed numerous short stories to periodicals before publishing a collection of them, Dark Carnival,in 1947.

His reputation as a writer of courage and vision was established with the publication of The Martian Chroniclesin 1950, which describes the first attempts of Earth people to conquer and colonize Mars, and the unintended consequences. Next came The Illustrated Manand then, in 1953, Fahrenheit 451,which many consider to be Bradbury’s masterpiece, a scathing indictment of censorship set in a future world where the written word is forbidden. In an attempt to salvage their history and culture, a group of rebels memorize entire works of literature and philosophy as their books are burned by the totalitarian state. Other works include The October Country,Dandelion Wine, A Medicine for Melancholy, Something Wicked This Way Comes, I Sing the Body Electric!, Quicker Than the Eye,and Driving Blind.In all, Bradbury has published more than thirty books, close to 600 short stories, and numerous poems, essays, and plays. His short stories have appeared in more than 1,000 school curriculum "recommended reading" anthologies. Mr. Bradbury’s eagerly awaited new novel, From the Dust Returned, will be published by William Morrow at Halloween 2001. Morrow will release One More For the Road,a new collection Bradbury stories, at Christmas 2001.

Ray Bradbury’s work has been included in four Best American Short Storycollections. He has been awarded the O. Henry Memorial Award, the Benjamin Franklin Award, the World Fantasy Award for Lifetime Achievement, the Grand Master Award from the Science Fiction Writers of America, the PEN Center USA West Lifetime Achievement Award, among others. In November 2000, the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters was conferred upon Mr. Bradbury at the 2000 National Book Awards Ceremony in New York City.

Ray Bradbury has never confined his vision to the purely literary. He has been nominated for an Academy Award (for his animated film Icarus Montgolfier Wright), and has won an Emmy Award (for his teleplay of The Halloween Tree). He adapted sixty-five of his stories for television’s Ray Bradbury Theater.He was the creative consultant on the United States Pavilion at the 1964 New York World’s Fair. In 1982 he created the interior metaphors for the Spaceship Earth display at Epcot Center, Disney World, and later contributed to the conception of the Orbitron space ride at Euro-Disney, France.

Married since 1947, Mr. Bradbury and his wife Maggie live in Los Angeles with their four beloved cats. They have four daughters and eight grandchildren.

On the occasion of his 80th birthday in August 2000, Bradbury said, "The great fun in my life has been getting up every morning and rushing to the typewriter because some new idea has hit me. The feeling I have every day is very much the same as it was when I was twelve. In any event, here I am, eighty years old, feeling no different, full of a great sense of joy, and glad for the long life that has been allowed me. I have good plans for the next ten or twenty years, and I hope you’ll come along."

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fergiemish, November 23, 2010 (view all comments by fergiemish)
Ray Bradbury’s Something Wicked This Way Comes, is a deep read. The story takes place in 1960’s Illinois, and is about two adolescent boys. A carnival rolls into town at 3 in the morning, far past the witching hour. It’s not any normal carnival, though. The boys must overcome the evil power of the carnival, while one of the boys, Will, strengthens his relationship with his father.
This book was a difficult read for me. This book is definitely not a “light read” since I personally had to put a lot of thought into it, to actually get the message of it, or even understand what was going on in it half of the time. The author uses a lot of figurative language in his writing, making it difficult to fallow what is happening in the story. The way the author actually writes is more like poetry than anything, in my opinion. I might’ve enjoyed the story itself, if it weren’t for the authors writing style.
Past the writing itself, Bradbury gives you a lot to think about. He uses a lot of figurative language and thoughts to convey the theme of his story. This particular book was rather dark, but the underlying theme was actually was positive, rather than cynical.
What I took from the book is the idea that: you shouldn’t fear death or see it as a negative thing, but instead embrace it and welcome it. A major part of this book is that death isn’t the sad thing, life is. Death takes you away from the sadness. It like a difficult concept to grasp, but Bradbury sort of explains it through this story.
I would not recommend this to people younger than a high school level, since it is a challenge even then. The book itself did not satisfy me to the fullest, but the ideas brought up in the story were interesting and though provoking. 
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mikeymike, November 23, 2010 (view all comments by mikeymike)
Bradbury, Ray, Something Wicked This Way Comes, Avon Books, New York, 1962
Jim Nightshade and Will Halloway are two normal boys living in a normal town, Green Town, Illinois, until Cooger and Dark Combine Shadow Show came into town. Now, Green Town is faced with horrors beyond their imagination as there isn’t something quite right with this Shadow Show. The carnival is filled with all sorts of shady characters like the dust witch, and the illustrated man. Together, Will, Jim, and Will’s father, Charles Halloway, must defeat the Dark Carnival, all of its evil workers, and the leader, Mr. Dark. Will they be able to do it, or will the boys be consumed by the dark powers of the Shadow Show?
Though the book sounds pretty interesting, it’s not the best read for everyone. I would recommend this book to more intellectual people who can actually figure out what this guy’s talking about. A lot of the sentences in this book don’t make sense, and if you hadn’t heard of some of the references he mentions. For example, in the book, they talk about Alighieri. At first, I had no idea what that meant until I asked my teacher, when she said it from the book Dante’s Inferno, a book I’ve never even heard of! This book has plenty of other confusing moments as well. One part of the book I really did like was the description Ray Bradbury used to describe what he was talking. One example of this is when the book was talking about the jewel dinosaurs, or when Ray Bradbury described what the illustrated man looks like. Still, His great descriptive skills don’t make up for the fact that he just put too many references that the reader might have never heard of. I’ll recommend this book to whoever is looking for a challenging read.
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kaath9, May 22, 2009 (view all comments by kaath9)
This is my favorite novel of all time. The prose is so lyrical, I have to read it out loud ... and often stop to weep (literally) for the sheer beauty of it.

The story is so compelling, it leaves a mark on the soul.

This is one of the finest pieces of literature in the English language. Shakespeare, eat your heart out.
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Bradbury, Ray
Harper Voyager
by Ray Bradbury
by Ray Bradbury
New York :
Science Fiction - General
Science fiction
Fathers and sons
Fantasy fiction
Fantasy - Dark/Horror
Horror tales
Male friendship
Fantasy - General
Literature-A to Z
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