Something Wicked This Way Comes

Something Wicked This Way Comes

Book - 1983
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"The show is about to begin.The carnival rolls in sometime after midnight, ushering in Halloween a week early. The shrill siren song of a calliope beckons to all with a seductive promise of dreams and youth regained. In this season of dying, Cooger & Dark's Pandemonium Shadow Show has come to Green Town, Illinois, to destroy every life touched by its strange and sinister mystery. And two boys will discover the secret of its smoke, mazes, and mirrors; two friends who will soon know all too well the heavy cost of wishes...and the stuff of nightmare."--Publisher website.
Publisher: New York : Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 1983, c1962.
ISBN: 9780394524931
0394524934
9780394530413
0394530411
9780380729401
0380729407
Call Number: BRADBURY
Characteristics: 307 p. ; 23 cm
Subjects: Science fiction.
Illinois -- Fiction.
Carnivals -- Fiction.

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"The show is about to begin.The carnival rolls in sometime after midnight, ushering in Halloween a week early. The shrill siren song of a calliope beckons to all with a seductive promise of dreams and youth regained. In this season of dying, Cooger & Dark's Pandemonium Shadow Show has co... Read More »


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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.

librarianmo May 07, 2014

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

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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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