Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray BradburySomething Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury

Something Wicked This Way Comes

byRay Bradbury

Hardcover | June 8, 1999

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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.

The author of more than thirty books, Ray Bradbury is one of the most celebrated fiction writers of our time. Among his best-known works are Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles, The Illustrated Man, Dandelion Wine, and Something Wicked This Way Comes. In 2000, Mr. Bradbury was honored by the National Book Foundation with a medal for...
Title:Something Wicked This Way ComesFormat:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 7 × 5.12 × 1.09 inPublished:June 8, 1999Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0380977273

ISBN - 13:9780380977277

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Meh. I think I expected more? I absolutely loved Fahrenheit 451, and was looking forward to reading another Bradbury classic. I didn't love it, but I think it was an alright book. It wasn't really what I expected. I had hoped for maybe a little more mystery, but it wasn't a bad book by any stretch. I just wasn't thrilled.
Date published: 2018-05-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome This book was just a great as I thought it would be, highly recommend. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-01-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Decent It is very worth reading, just be patient and you will be rewarded
Date published: 2017-12-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A tough but rewarding read It is a tough read, as previous reviews have stated, but well worth it. This is Bradbury at his fascinating best, and includes a lot of material I found entertaining and marvellous. Go for it!
Date published: 2017-11-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wicked! Can't believe I haven't read this book before. A true classic. Loved it!
Date published: 2017-05-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best from Bradbury His best novel. Rich and evocative. A challenging but unique read!
Date published: 2017-02-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from As Awesome As I Hoped It Would Be Eerie and captivating, this is the perfect book if you're looking for something creepy. It grabs you from the first page and stays with you long after you're done. Recommend!
Date published: 2017-01-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Challenging style but a good story I read Bradbury's Farenheit 451 when I was a kid and it made a huge impression on me. When I saw this one day at the library I decided to give it a try. While the story - an evil carnival comes to a small town looking for something it can steal or corrupt from the residents - is a clever and inventive one, Bradbury's prose is challenging. This is not the sort of writing that smoothly washes over your eyes and brain. No, with Bradbury you need to focus fully and really concentrate on what you are reading to get the full effect and impact of the style. That isn't to say this is not a good read. I would say it is worth the attention you need to pay the story and the writing style and the creepy-factor is right up there with anything that might be written today in a similar vein. The two young boys who are the main protagonists in the story - Jim and Will - are fully formed and complex characters. There are no black-and-white people in Bradbury's world. Instead everything is murky shades of gray and so it isn't simple to root for anyone in the story. Instead you have to hang on and take the ride that the story takes you on with the trust and the hope that things will somehow work out well, even though for much of the book that looks dicey. The story is wonderfully suspenseful and uses strong and descriptive visual imagery to really take you into the story and make you feel everything the characters feel as they go on their perilous journey and battle evil. There is much to like about this book, as long as you are willing to give it your full attention. That is the way to get the full enjoyment out of Bradbury's writing.
Date published: 2012-03-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the best books I have ever read Something Wicked This Way Comes is a great book for anyone who likes to be scared! I read it when I was a kid and found it captured the very essence of evil as imagined by a child. Of course, good overcomes evil in the end, but not without leaving it's mark.
Date published: 2008-10-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Scary "Sometimes the man who looks happiest in town, with the biggest smile, is the one carrying the biggest load of sin. There are smiles and smiles; learn to tell the dark variety from the light. The seal-barker, the laugh-shouter, half the time he's covering up. He's had his fun and he's guilty. And men do love sin, Will, oh how they love it, never doubt, in all shapes, sizes, colors, and smells." This book has so much meaning to it, is well written, and full of description. Despite it being a horror novel, this book it amazing. Ray Bradbury is well known for his other book: Fahrenheit 451, but this book is a lot better. I recommend this book to anyone who loves to be scared, or loves reading books full of mystery. It was absolutely amazing.
Date published: 2006-08-02
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Awful Worst book I have read in a long time. The plot is just silly. The dialogue amongst the characters consists mainly of this: Jim! , Will! , Dad! , Oh Jim! oh oh oh oh no! , can't....can't . After a couple hundred pages of that, I think I lost a few IQ points. Not worth the time, even if it was free.
Date published: 2002-12-18

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This beautiful hardcover edition tells a classic American fantasy tale with a new afterword by the author. Something Wicked This Way Comes tells the story of two boys who become curious about Cooger & Dark’s Pandemonium Shadow Show. Little do they know they are about to learn all too well what it’s like to experience a live nightmare.