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Something Wicked This Way Comes Mass Market Paperback – September 26, 2006
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A masterpiece of modern Gothic literature, Something Wicked This Way Comes is the memorable story of two boys, James Nightshade and William Halloway, and the evil that grips their small Midwestern town with the arrival of a "dark carnival" one Autumn midnight. How these two innocents, both age 13, save the souls of the town (as well as their own), makes for compelling reading on timeless themes. What would you do if your secret wishes could be granted by the mysterious ringmaster Mr. Dark? Bradbury excels in revealing the dark side that exists in us all, teaching us ultimately to celebrate the shadows rather than fear them. In many ways, this is a companion piece to his joyful, nostalgia-drenched Dandelion Wine, in which Bradbury presented us with one perfect summer as seen through the eyes of a 12-year-old. In Something Wicked This Way Comes, he deftly explores the fearsome delights of one perfectly terrifying, unforgettable autumn. --Stanley Wiater --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Something Wicked is Avon's latest installment in its ongoing series of reprints of Bradbury's works in quality yet affordable hardcover editions. Appearing in 1962, this is the story of a diabolical carnival that wreaks havoc on the lives of the people of a small Illinois town, much like the one in which Bradbury grew up. This edition also sports a new afterword by the author.
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Wonderful how an author and his words can act as a time machine and take you back to a different time and place.
The only issue I had was with the embellished flair in writing. At times it was somewhat distracting even to the point of feeling like the writer had "gone off on a tangent." Also, at times, the descriptions and character conversations felt like they were from an older time (older than the 50s for sure).
Still, all in all, I would consider this a good read!
Coming from the mouth of a Shakespearean elf are the words “Look what fools we mortals be.” And still we flock to the madness of a carnival. Subtle danger perhaps, designing craziness maybe, dark and sinister invitations seemingly, depraved and debauched activities with a wanton disregard for the welfare of human beings for sure.
Grotesque mechanical fat ladies insanely laughing, the morphing of unfortunate creatures that nature has cruelly manipulated into macabre sideshow freaks prompt many to look and look away. Add to these disorienting and distorting mirrors, unnerving illusions, invitations to the dark side, and a subliminal intelligence that seems to know one’s innermost fears lurk everywhere within the parameter of the controlled insanity.
Bradbury allows us to see with our mind's eye the faces of carnival goers as they laugh unrestrained at things that should be pitied, throw their money away on valueless trinkets, gluttonously eat all the fattening unhealthy foods of death, and entrust their children to the satanic carnies that make their living stealing and lying and manipulating unwary searchers for entertainment.
With a reader’s ear we can hear the cacophonous sounds of calliope, Farris wheel and carousel mixed with the squeals and screams of youngsters and oldsters as they are lifted into the heavens and then plummeted back to earth; saved just before the fatal impact with the ground; fun, fun, fun!
What evil and terrors stalk the crowds and offer the unthinkable to any who agree to sell their souls in exchange for some demonic bauble or even the promise of youth to the old and age to the young; all from a simple marry-go-round.
Now weave all these surrealistic elements into a fairytale tapestry using a weaver’s warp and weft of an occultist’s powers and a human’s dream of a self-serving beck and call to the underworld. Run these challenges through the filters of two twelve year-old boys and pitch a battle between good and evil, and the reader has the opportunity faced by Ray Bradbury in Something Wicked This Way Comes.
Do pure, unadulterated, evil and satanic forces join hands and make periodic appearances in the world? How does an author explain abstract realism overlaying the concrete stuff of dreamscapes? Metaphor and allegory, expanded vocabulary, control of the reader’s emotions, and the creative genus required to explain the unexplainable are all tools mastered by Bradbury. Yet even with his polished skill and wordsmithing excellence, there remain the pitfalls experienced by nearly every writer no matter his or her prolific prowess of the pen.
Bradbury, no doubt belongs in the Sci-Fi and Horror Hall of Fame with Stephen King, Edgar Allen Poe, Rod Serling, Dean Koontz and the rest. He is guilty however, of frequently over-reaching and trying too hard to bring the reader to an intellectual and emotional climax through the use of many words, literary devices, and attempting crescendos and avalanches of ethereal and sometimes questionable terms and phrases.
Most of the time, Bradbury’s thesaurus treasures fit, sometimes they are employed ad nauseum, and sometimes he just tries too hard to make a point and leaves the reader wondering what he meant. This is all the more reason for a reader to match his or her syntax acumen with Bradbury’s.
This is a wonderful, although Grimm-like fairytale read and adventure into the dark world of demonic tricks and tantalizing traps to steal souls and feed the insatiable appetite of the chief bad guy, Mister Dark or the Illustrated Man, who seemingly orchestrates the entire show to his own agenda or something’s or someone’s directive who is more evil than he is.
This book is recommended for those readers needing a respite from werewolves, zombies and vampires
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Plot: 2/5. Overall I was very underwhelmed.Read more