Something Wicked This Way Comes

Mass Market Paperback | September 26, 2006

byRAY BRADBURY

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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 and 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...

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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 ...

In a career spanning more than seventy years, Ray Bradbury, who died on June 5, 2011 at the age of 91, inspired generations of readers to dream, think, and create. A prolific author of hundreds of short stories and close to fifty books, as well as numerous poems, essays, operas, plays, teleplays, and screenplays, Bradbury was one of th...

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Format:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 6.75 × 4.19 × 0.76 inPublished:September 26, 2006Publisher:HarperCollins

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ISBN - 10:0380729407

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting...different and decent mystery I wasn't sure about this book at first...and had trouble feeling (initially) as though I understood the characters-but that didn't last long. It's set in an unusual neighborhood in my home town -, the Bronx, New York City. Only this section is right on the ocean, an odd aging community which has both the charm and home-iness of a small town and the attitudes of New York. Some of the interesting main characters are so well-developed, and I enjoyed "getting to know them". The mystery--truly is one.. I had a feeling about it, but truly didn't guess who was behind everything. Not real exciting, but good.Fun.
Date published: 2015-03-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from There was an old woman I enjoyed this book a little slow at times..........................................................
Date published: 2015-03-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from There was an old woman A little slow, but kind of cute.....................................................................
Date published: 2015-03-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from There was an old woman Good reading'. Slightly surprise ending
Date published: 2014-01-15
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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Three hours after midnight, one week before Halloween, Cooger and 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. Something Wicked This Way Comes is a wicked tale brought to you by the mastermind of Ray Bradbury.

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"A master... Bradbury has a style all his own, much imitated but never matched."-- "Portland Oregonian