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Something Wicked This Way Comes

Bradbury, Ray

(Book - 2001)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Something Wicked This Way Comes
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A strange carnival brings terror to the population of a small midwestern town. Few American novels written this century have endured in the 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 and 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 rare show's smoke, mazes, and mirrors, as they learn all too well the heavy cost of wishes, and the stuff of nightmare. A gorgeous hardcover edition of a true and enduring classic of American literature, featuring a new after word by the author.984
Publisher: New York : William Morrow, 2001
ISBN: 9780380977277
0380977273
Branch Call Number: FICTION BRADBURY 2001
Characteristics: 293 p. ;,19 cm

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When a carnival comes to town, two boys are introduced to a sinister and disturbing world.

The carnival comes to town and the lives of two young boys are changed forever....

A carnival rolls in sometime after the midnight hour on a chill Midwestern October eve, ushering in Halloween a week before its time. Two boys stand perilously close to learning it's dark secrets.

Cooger and Dark's Pandemonium Shadow Show has come to Green Town, Illinois, to destroy every life touched by its strange and sinister mystery. Two curious boys will soon discover the secrets, and the heavy price, of being drawn into the show.


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Jun 26, 2014
  • TeenRoomThing1 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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

Jun 06, 2014
  • Eosos rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

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.

May 07, 2014
  • librarianmo rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Two boys discover danger and adventure when a mysterious circus unexpectedly comes to their small town.

Jul 18, 2013
  • RockHeron rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A wonderfully creepy, lyrical book. Ray Bradbury's writing is amazing!

Jun 20, 2013
  • libbycake rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

BEST BOOK EVER ray bradbury is definatly on of the top 10 best writers

Jan 31, 2013
  • cmm740 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A very creepy book! It does take a while to get into it, but it's definitely worth a read.

Dec 17, 2012
  • LazyNeko rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Still the creepiest carnival I've ever read about. Highlights the strong bonds between father and son and two friends when an old Evil arrives in a small town.

Jul 30, 2012
  • liberty44 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

#imagineteencontest
This is a pretty good book. It has many good moments and fantastic writing. Like with all things, it does have its flaws, and some of the things are cliched, like good emotions vs. bad emotions. It's much more of a psychological thriller than an action thriller. Overall, it's a very good book. Read it when you want something a bit scary, but it's not a 100% profound masterpiece.

Sep 22, 2011
  • megatron87 rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

Didn't get a chance to finish this one although I would like to someday. The concept is intriguing but I find his stuff a little tough to get into sometimes. I'll put in in my 'for later shelf'.

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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.

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 17, 2012
  • LazyNeko rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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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