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Something Wicked This Way Comes Mass Market Paperback – March 1, 1998
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"A master... Bradbury has a style all his own, much imitated but never matched."-- "Portland Oregonian
About the Author
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 the most celebrated writers of our time. His groundbreaking works include Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles, The Illustrated Man, Dandelion Wine, and Something Wicked This Way Comes. He wrote the screen play for John Huston's classic film adaptation of Moby Dick, and was nominated for an Academy Award. He adapted sixty-five of his stories for television's The Ray Bradbury Theater, and won an Emmy for his teleplay of The Halloween Tree. He was the recipient of the 2000 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, the 2004 National Medal of Arts, and the 2007 Pulitzer Prize Special Citation, among many honors.
Throughout his life, Bradbury liked to recount the story of meeting a carnival magician, Mr. Electrico, in 1932. At the end of his performance Electrico reached out to the twelve-year-old Bradbury, touched the boy with his sword, and commanded, "Live forever!" Bradbury later said, "I decided that was the greatest idea I had ever heard. I started writing every day. I never stopped."
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While reading the book you get a creepy atmosphere, the carnival, the secrets, the darkness of it all begins from the prologue which I think is amazing and sufficient to keep you interested.
Plus, my copy has deckle edges. So lovely. So creepy.
Such rich characters such as Tom Fury, lightening-rod salesman who tells the main characters that there is a storm coming the night a dark carnival comes to town. Will Halloway and his best friend Jim Nightshade, both 13 years old and born next door neighbors. They have the distinction of being born one minute apart at the stroke of midnight. Bradbury has them see the exact same events, but their point of view is so widely different. Blond Will is the optimist and Jim Nightshade ever the pessimist. Will's dad, Charles Halloway is the older-frail librarian who stands against Mr. Dark, the illustrated man and owner of the carnival- think surrogate father- who wants to lure Jim away as his new partner. I have to think that Stephen King has this book on his own shelf- themes are similar in so many of his own titles.
Yup, I'm a fan and have been since I was Will Halloway's age- I cannot recommend this as a Young Adult title however. I am not sure if the themes adults willing to sacrifice their souls for youth or teenagers willing to sacrifice their youth for adulthood isn't too subtle.
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This dark and terrifying tale of evil and good is written with such eloquent prose and beautiful detail it is almost impossible to put down.Read more