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: 9780394530413
Branch Call Number: BRA
Characteristics: 307 p.


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Aug 15, 2018

The story blends classic Americana with horror story elements to create a unique tale that is both terrifying and heartwarming. It is a tale of two childhood friends who are starting to mature, and worried about growing apart. It is a tale of a father who feels he is too old to connect with his son. It is a tale of an evil carnival that descends upon a small town, and uses magic to prey upon townspeople's fear. Bradbury's style and descriptive language at times makes the reader work through the page, but does provide rich imagery.

Aug 08, 2018

The book, Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury, is considered a classic. And, after reading it I think I would have known that even if no one had told me. I like the quote that was used for the title a lot "By the picking of my thumbs/Something wicked this way comes", but since I'm not into horror books (even classic horror books), I think that some parts weren't so great. But, I love the way it ends! (3 out of 5 stars)
- @Redibis of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

May 18, 2018

This book is one of Bradbury's best-known for a reason. The idea of an evil carnival that destroys souls would have been a half-baked pie in the hands of most other authors. They would have overdone it to the point of disgusting melodrama, and the book would probably have been a miserable failure.
It is Bradbury's unique and enchanting style that really breathes life into the plot, giving vivid and surprising details to everything from the shape of smoke to the smell of shadows. The book can only really be described as poetry, and upon finishing it the reader feels a sort of airiness from the barrage of figurative language that has been served to them.

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.

Feb 20, 2018

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

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.

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.

Dec 16, 2016

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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.

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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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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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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