Something Wicked This Way Comes

Something Wicked This Way Comes It s the week before Hallowe en and Cooger and Dark s Pandemonium Shadow Show has come to Green Town Illinois The siren song of the calliope entices all with promises of youth regained and dreams f

It s the week before Hallowe en, and Cooger and Dark s Pandemonium, Shadow Show has come to Green Town, Illinois The siren song of the calliope entices all with promises of youth regained and dreams fulfilled, but everyone touched will be destroyed, for Mr Dark collects souls And as two boys trembling on the brink of manhood set out to explore the mysteries of the dark cIt s the week before Hallowe en, and Cooger and Dark s Pandemonium, Shadow Show has come to Green Town, Illinois The siren song of the calliope entices all with promises of youth regained and dreams fulfilled, but everyone touched will be destroyed, for Mr Dark collects souls And as two boys trembling on the brink of manhood set out to explore the mysteries of the dark carnival s smoke, mazes and mirrors, they will also discover the true price of innermost wishes.

  • ☆ Something Wicked This Way Comes Î Ray Bradbury
    484 Ray Bradbury
Something Wicked This Way Comes

  1. 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 Chronicles in 1950, which describes the first attempts of Earth people to conquer and colonize Mars, and the unintended consequences Next came The Illustrated Man and 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 than thirty books, close to 600 short stories, and numerous poems, essays, and plays His short stories have appeared in than 1,000 school curriculum recommended reading anthologies Ray Bradbury s work has been included in four Best American Short Story collections 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 lived in Los Angeles with their numerous cats Together, they raised four daughters and had eight grandchildren Sadly, Maggie passed away in November of 2003 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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  1. I read this when I was an insanely romantic teenager and since then the cruel world has beaten all that nonsense out of my brain with bars of iron and wires of barb, and left me bleeding and barfing in a vile ditch, so I should probably not have plucked my old Corgi paperback of Something Wicked out from my most cobwebbed shelf and thought to wander nostalgically recapturing the wonder and enrapturement I once perceived herein In those faroff days I wanted to be the smile on the bullet, I wanted [...]

  2. The Ray Bradbury I remember reading decades ago was not this poetic Something Wicked was a surprise, his evocative language doing so much to capture the mood of early fall and the seasons of life, both literally and metaphorically Clearly, he loves words in their many forms Equally clearly, he is gifted as using those words to create a finely layered tale about two thirteen year old boys when the carnival comes to town These boys are on the brink of change longing to be older, to do and be The [...]

  3. Mark Twain famously died in 1910 and Ray Bradbury was born ten years later in 1920 And on that day, the shadow of Samuel Clemens touched a mark on the baby s head, and nearby the shade of Charles Dickens looked on in approval.Bradbury is the bridge to our past, our bright and strong and colorful past Twain s world was as bold as a young America, full of steamboats, and fishing holes and jumping frogs Bradbury, no less an American, but a resident of the October Country, revealed the long shadow o [...]

  4. The carnival has come to town I have to admit I love the movie than the book because, well, I enjoy watching the creepiness I think I need to dig the movie out now and watch it Jim and Will are two young boys that are drawn into the carnival and they try to help stop the evil Creepy good fun Mel

  5. By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes.MacBeth Act 4, Scene 1This book is straight forward good vs evil and is quite terrifying at points It goes beyond fantasy and mysticism and straight to the terrifying possibilities from the darkest reaches This would be a great story to read if you are looking for a campfire tale, a Halloween scare, or a late night, nightmare causing fright fest Some may find the scariness lost within the poetry of Bradbury s writing, but for those wh [...]

  6. As I write it has been about a week since Ray Bradbury passed away, as you can expect for such an influential author, numerous tributes are being written by famous authors, celebs, columnists, and of course fans Instead of adding another drop to the ocean of tributes I would rather pay my own little tribute through rereading and reviewing my favorite Bradbury books This one is my favorite of them all.Something Wicked This Way Comes is one of Bradbury s best known works LikeFahrenheit 451 this is [...]

  7. Have a drink I don t need it, said Halloway But someone inside me does Who The boy I once was, thought Halloway, who runs like the leaves down the sidewalk autumn nights When Ray Bradbury was a boy of 12, he paid a visit to a carnival in his home town It was there that he saw a performer, Mr Electrico, sitting in an electric chair where he was charged with fifty thousand volts of pure electricity Bradbury, seated in the front row, watched as the man s hair stood on end he held a sword full of el [...]

  8. Leveling any complaints against Bradbury seems like a literary crime, but I m afraid I didn t enjoy Something Wicked as much I feel like I should have The plot was really interesting, and right up my alley evil carnival comes to town and preys on the unsuspecting citizens The execution, however, left me wanting .The first problem is that the prose is a bit outdated It s like I ran into with The Haunting of Hill House, it just didn t age well over the last 40 50 years It s not that it decreases t [...]

  9. One thing I ve noticed about a lot of young adult books and coming of age movies is a certain generational disconnect between the protagonist and his forebears I guess in a lot of ways this is like noticing the absence of Indian food from a French cuisine cookbook, because why would anyone expect otherwise If a story is to feature the youth perspective, then it should follow logically that his parents thoughts, ideas, and motivations factor into the story only peripherally Right, Mikey But in So [...]

  10. Sigh I hate when this happens I should have loved the shit out of this book It s Bradbury, it s vintage horror, it s Stephen King recommended, it s a coming of age tale about young boys and a creepy carnival, and it s been on my reading list for years This book and I should have hit it off like gangbusters The chemistry should have been overwhelming and indisputable But we got off to an awkward start I kept putting it down and picking up other things Finally, with the day off work, I took it in [...]

  11. Once, when I was 19, I stood outside a stage door for an hour, awaiting the arrival of Ray Bradbury.Bradbury was 70 at the time, and he was scheduled to give a lecture at my school.I was determined that we were going to talk.If this sounds stalker ish to you, let me comfort you It wasn t stalker ish it was Hermione Granger ish.I had my best pen and a special notebook, questions written down, and I just couldn t believe it, I was going to meet Ray Bradbury After an hour or so of this anticipatio [...]

  12. Oh, Ray Bradbury, you ve done it again, man I read Fahrenheit 451 again recently and decided to give this one another read as well Now I have to read Dandelion Wine again and then read The Martian Chronicles and then basically everything, short stories, whatever I think you re in my current list of top five favorite authors ever, Ray You ve been there all along, I just haven t really said it out loud or typed it or yeah Besides, it s not like it matters anyway You ve got much prestigious awards [...]

  13. I had an incredibly hard time reading this book, especially considering it s a 300 page linear story about an evil circus coming to a small town I think it s because unlike Fahrenheit 451 Bradbury overwrote this book to the point of it being dense poetry rather than prose The dialogue is sparse and stilted, and the descriptions are never ending, and hard to follow.Reading the opening chapter, the language excited me I falsely assumed it was just being used to set the mood and would taper off in [...]

  14. The first time I read Something Wicked This Way Comes was in my teens and it didn t have much of an effect on me The second time I liked it , but I still didn t like it as much as I did this time And I think I know why This is an October book An autumn book Maybe I couldn t fully appreciate it until autumn my autumn, that is The autumn of my life For I was in the spring of my life when I first read it, and a thirty something on my second reading, but I am in middle age now, so I know why a tear [...]

  15. One of my favorite semi horror reads I suppose it could be called horror but it doesn t fit neatly into the mold Like a lot of Bradbury s work the smell of late summer and early fall permeates this volume The point of view is that of a boy on the brink of manhood as he gets to know about certain concepts of good and evil than he ever really wanted to I grew up on a farm within walking distance of a small very small town and this work hits home with me There are books that can become or are icon [...]

  16. The Dark carnival is coming to town.Two boys and a father are the towns only hope If only out of fear you stay home and not go down to the fair ground tonight for the dark man awaits Two buddies, boys, they live next to each other and can see each others bedroom window when needed Friends born two minutes apart, one 1min before midnight October 30th, and the other 1min after midnight, October 31st, Halloween.I loved the father son relationship in this story between Will and his father Charles Ha [...]

  17. Ray Bradbury is one of my absolute favorite authors, and SOMETHING WICKED is a book I ve read 3 times over the past 17 years To me, no other author delivers so much energy and emotion with just a word or two than Bradbury He was definitely one of our national treasures and this is his most magical book Highly recommended.

  18. Not a review, really just some thoughts.By the pricking of my thumbs,Something wicked this way comes.Other than being a rather creepy story, this novel is also a lament for the passage of time and the ending of things Consider Jim Nightshade, who at the age of thirteen, has decided not to ever have children You don t know until you ve had three children and lost all but one Never going to have any, said Jim You just say that I know it I know everything She waited a moment What do you know No use [...]

  19. This book is infuriating The prose is ponderous, self indulgent and nonsensical, at every opportunity taking turns of phrase so purple and baffling, that I can only understand them as symptomatic of a woefully adolescent conception of what poetic or serious prose would look like I d insert an example but really I can t face opening the book again to look for one Probably connected to that, Bradbury s child characters talk and think like world weary 80 year olds I can t remember the last time I s [...]

  20. Something Wicked This Way Comes is a glorious read, a smooth creation of poetic prose mixed together so wonderfully I was as delighted as if I had bitten into a honey filled buttery scone The story is also an adorable panegyric about a small town childhood and male bonding which had me in tears at several points Oh, wow, why can t fathers understand how familial sentiment is rewarding and beautiful, especially between a father and his son Age is barely a barrier between a boy and his father, if [...]

  21. Something Wicked This Way Comes is a dark fantasy tale of the upheaval that a strange carnival of souls causes when they arrive in a small, unnamed town It delves into heavy themes of regret, longing for lost years, and the desire for maturity and escape from one s lot in the world You see, the Carnival, ran by Coogar and Dark, feeds on all the wretched, negative emotions that the humans they prey on exude They will find much sustenance in this Midwestern town.Our main characters in this story a [...]

  22. Jim Nightshade and Will Holloway are neighbors born hours apart, the best of friends, inseparable A life of mischief and adventure shared One leans towards the shadows, the other, the light They balance each other out, in a push pull through the years Their corner of the world is a playground, well trodden and explored.Until SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES.The Carnival arrives and with it an unsettling change Late in the year, it seems than a little unusual But it calls, calls to the boys and t [...]

  23. By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes MacBeth Act 4, Scene 1When you are young, a carnival is all breathless effervescence and light It s fantasy, and music and motion Cotton candy and screaming rides and three chances to win a stuffed bear As you get older, though, in your teens, your parents warn you of the dangers of the carnival, the lures of the carnies, the dark shadows The hall of mirrors, once a place of hilarious images becomes a surreal cosmic nightmare In Scotl [...]

  24. Published in 1962, this remains one of Bradbury s better known works, and was adapted as a movie in 1983, starring Jason Robards but although Bradbury himself wrote the screenplay, he wasn t happy with the special effects and felt that much of his vision had been destroyed by the filmmakers Like Dandelion Wine, the novel is set presumably in the 1920s in Green Town, Illinois, the fictional locality Bradbury modeled on his own hometown of Waukegan, north of Chicago Despite designation of the book [...]

  25. This review is for this particular version of the audiobook, the one narrated by Christian Rummel There s several versions I will say that this is the best version there is Stefan Rudnicki s version is terrible, and Kevin Foley s version is only slightly better than boring Rummel does the best job but it s still not right.Something Wicked This Way Comes is one of those books that needs to be read to be appreciated I ve read the book than a dozen times, but I ve yet to find an audiobook version [...]

  26. Ray Bradbury has never sat comfortably in the world of literature, nor with me considered a genre writer by some and meant as an insult, a serious writer by others and meant as a compliment, it seems that I am always going back and forth about his merits in my head too, especially the farther away we get from many of the books original publication dates That said, how can you not love Something Wicked This Way Comes, which the older it gets the can actually be appreciated as a historical docume [...]

  27. Something Wicked This Way Comes The thrills and terrors of early adulthood Revised after BookChat at Fantasy Literature and hearing audiobook version I didn t read Ray Bradbury until age 40, so in my critical early years I missed out on his poetic, image rich, melancholic prose and themes in books like The Martian Chronicles, Dandelion Wine, Fahrenheit 451, and his short stories Though I can t go back in time to rectify this, I am glad I finally took time to explore his world.I m sure if I had r [...]

  28. Well, this one was an all out treat for me First, the prose caught this reader completely by surprise A rambunctious attention to making every image vivid and every emotion heightened lends to the story a sense of both dreamlike play and menacing immediacy And while Bradbury writes with an expressionistic style, he never once loses his sense for storytelling, even when his over reliance on turning nouns into adjectives can cause for some clunkers But overall the spell Bradbury weaves is intoxica [...]

  29. Bradbury s famous allegorical novel still packs a punch today It is a follow up to Dandelion Wine and contains many of the same characters and is based on Bradbury s own childhood It tells the story of Jim and Will two boys who live next door to each other and who are almost 14 The Carnival comes to town only this is no ordinary carnival and there is something sinister about it It contains a wonderful collection of characters Mr Dark, who co runs the carnival who is tattooed all over, Mr Cooger [...]

  30. SOMETHING WICKED is a story about two young thirteen year old friends who live next door to each other in a small town, Jim Nightshade born one minute before midnight on October 30th and Will Holloway born one minute after on October 31 HALLOWEEN Autumn is in the air when the Cooger and Dark s carnival comes to town and creepy things begin to happen, a lightening rod salesman turns into a dwarf, a school teacher becomes young again, the barber is missing and the boys become and interested and [...]

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