Something Wicked This Way Comes

Something Wicked This Way Comes

Book - 1983
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Two thirteen-year-old boys, Jim Nightshade and William Halloway, harrowing experience with a nightmarish traveling carnival. The carnival's leader,"Mr. Dark" bears a tattoo for each person lured by the offer to live out their secret fantasies. Mr. Dark's malevolent presence is countered by that of Will's father, Charles Halloway, who harbors his own secret desire to regain his youth.
Publisher: New York : A.A. Knopf, 1983.
ISBN: 9780380977277
0380977273
9780394530413
0394530411
Branch Call Number: BRA
Characteristics: 307 p.

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jeff1885
Apr 21, 2018

This is one of me three most favorite Bradbury stories ever. Just had to read it again, and it hold up over the course of time.

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TheeAvebury
Feb 20, 2018

Good book- it really does have a creepy atmosphere to it. One of my favorite Bradbury stories.

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horthhill
Jan 24, 2018

“Something Wicked This Way Comes” by Ray Bradbury is a wicked read. The idea of a supernatural and evil carnival creates a neat plot of good versus evil with its spooky rides and sideshows. The writing itself is wonderfully odd; sort of lyrical and disjointed. I’m surprised I hadn’t discovered this until now … but well worth the read.

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CassandraOverney
Jan 06, 2018

I listened to this story on audiobook. It was really interesting, especially with the different sound effects. There were times when I was slightly spooked out by what was going on, but overall, the story wasn't that scary. Even though the story was really short, there were still wonderful passages about life, death, and fear.

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AlexandraJohnson
Dec 16, 2016

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Chapel_Hill_SusanM
Mar 23, 2016

Not scary, per se, but a pervasive sense of creepy that is haunting. The earnestness of the two boys and the father is definitely not the kind of thing you read today, but that was the whole point, right? Classic, and for a reason.

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BUNBUN1978
Oct 30, 2015

I read this book some years ago and really enjoyedit this time around I could just not get into it. Bradbury's long overly descriptive sentences were really annoying. Might Try and give a reread some time in the future.

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kristikaye
Dec 30, 2014

I love this book!!! Don't watch the DVD, it seems to have nothing to do with the book. It's so weirdly fascinating, wicked, and thoughtful too (the father/son relationship.) It's one of those books that stays with you.

I had a hard time getting into this one. But once I was in, I was in for the long haul.

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Eosos
Jun 06, 2014

Bradbury seems to be hit or miss for me. I either love it or hate it and this one I disliked so much I couldn't even finish it.

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FavouriteFiction Oct 14, 2009

Two boys, James Nightshade and William Holloway, must save the souls of the people in their small town when an evil carnival arrives at Halloween.

SqueeGirl Oct 14, 2009

Two boys, James Nightshade and William Holloway, must save the souls of the people in their small town when an evil carnival arrives at Halloween.

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LazyNeko
Dec 16, 2011

Need, want, desire, we burn those in our fluids, oxidize those in our souls, which jet streams out lips, nostrils, eyes, ears, broadcasts from antennae-fingers, long or short wave, God only knows, but the freak-masters perceive Itches and come crab-clustering to Scratch. It's traveled a long way on an easy map, with people handy by every crossroad to lend it lustful pints of agony to power it on.

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