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Something Wicked This Way Comes [Kindle Edition]

Ray Bradbury
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)

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It's the week before Hallowe'en, and Cooger and Dark's Pandemonium Shadow Show has come to Green Town, Illinois. The siren song of the calliope entices all with promises of youth regained and dreams fulfilled ...

And as two boys trembling on the brink of manhood set out to explore the mysteries of the dark carnival's smoke, mazes and mirrors, they will also discover the true price of innermost wishes ...

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"A master... Bradbury has a style all his own, much imitated but never matched."-- "Portland Oregonian

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Ray Bradbury's extraordinary tale of childhood dreams and supernatural agency in small-town America.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 877 KB
  • Print Length: 264 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0575083069
  • Publisher: Gateway (29 Aug. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00E9HR50I
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #15,890 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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One of the greatest writers of science fiction and fantasy, Ray Bradbury was born in Waukegan, Illinois in 1920.

He published some 500 short stories, novels, plays and poems since his first story appeared in Weird Tales when he was just twenty years old. Among his many famous works are Fahrenheit 451, The Illustrated Man and The Martian Chronicles.

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49 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Day I Killed Ray Bradbury 25 July 2012
I was in my local Waterstones (again) when an amazing cover caught my eye. The neon green on black cover of this reissue certainly has appeal. I picked it up and read the first line.

'The seller of lightning rods arrived just ahead of the storm.'

Wham! What a way to start a novel. One line and I was hooked; desperate for more. I think it might be the finest opening line of all time. Being a sensible thrifty chap, I resisted the temptation to purchase there and then. Instead I added it to 'the list', promising myself I would return soon. When I arrived home, the news was just in. Ray Bradbury had died.

My mind reeled, was this just coincidence or had I inadvertently caused the death of one of science fiction's greatest authors? OK, he was ninety-one, but did I have that sort of power? Well obviously not, but even now a small part of me wonders whether I should have checked out Jedward's biography whilst I was there.

In honour of the great man's passing I bought the book.

It takes as its subject that stalwart of gothic fiction, the carnival troupe. Like clowns, carnivals are something that are supposed to entertain children and adults alike, yet in reality they are macabre and scary. There is something other-worldly about them, with their freak-shows, bunko artists and silver-tongued magicians. Bradbury adds a touch of the supernatural and a pinch of wish fulfilment to produce something truly terrifying.

The prose in 'Something Wicked...' is stylised, and has its own mystical quality. Bradbury's evocative description manages to be rambling, yet feels as though not a single word is redundant. Fans of modern horror may not find the style to their liking. Contemporary writers of the genre tend to use more direct, visceral prose.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant poetical horror 30 Nov. 2013
By Chris
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I now own, including this kindle version and the one I loaded onto my wife s kindle, ten copies of Something Wicked This Way Comes. Not because I'm a very specialised boarder, but because it's so bloody good and when ever I see a copy I don't own, I buy it and read it. I must read Bradburys novel at least once a year.
Because it never fails to move me, scare me or reveal something new that I have not noticed before.
I won't bang on about themes, sub plots or anything, but will say that it is a superb read and I shall recommend it until my dying day
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39 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrifying! 29 Oct. 2006
By kehs
This is an enchanting and terrifying tale of a nightmarish carnival that comes to the town where two boys live. The two 13 year old boys are best friends who were born just minutes apart from each other at Halloween time.

The boys are excited about the carnival but things soon take on a terrifying twist when they discover the dark secret behind the carrousel. The ride can change a person's age. Ride it forward, and with each revolution you age one year. Ride it backwards, and you become younger. We hear how the boys have to do battle with evil, in order to save themselves from a horrific fate and I could really feel their terror as they tried to outwit the carnival owners. This book was a gripping page-turner that absolutely enthralled me. It is a book to be savored for the glorious prose that Bradbury skillfully uses and deserves to be read, and then read again
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Something Wicked This Way Comes (1962) 12 Mar. 2015
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Something Wicked This Way Comes (1962) is a fantasy horror novel by the late great Ray Bradbury. It tells the story of two 13-year-old friends, Jim Nightshade and William Holloway, and their ghastly adventures with Mr Dark and his travelling carnival. It is October in a small Midwestern town and a lightning rod salesman arrives just before a big storm. The air smells of cotton candy and the townspeople have the feeling that something strange is coming. Charles Holloway, the town librarian and Will's father, sees a poster for the coming carnival; Will and Jim also find a flyer in the street. The boys are excited; Charles, on the other hand, thinks the arrival is a bad omen.

Will and Jim explore the carnival whilst it is being set up and this is when they run into the ominous Mr Dark, the Illustrated Man, his body covered in tattoos, and proprietor od Cooger & Dark's Combined Shadow Shows. Both boys have to defeat the evil that has come to their town, an evil that preys on its townsfolk. The main antagonist in the novel is Mr Dark and the main protagonist is Will (with help from Jim and his father). The other characters include Mr Dark's partner, J C Cooger, The Dust Witch (a blind soothsayer), The Skeleton (a skinny carnival freak), Tom Fury (the dwarf), and Miss Foley (the boys' schoolteacher).

Something Wicked This Way Comes is a story about the struggle between good and evil, the boys representing good and the carnival evil. The carnival represents the ultimate sin and temptation (preying on human fears such as ageing, sickness and death), whilst Will and Jim take the side of good morals. This is also a coming of age novel - or bildungsroman - in which the boys make the transition from boyhood to adulthood.
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31 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bradbury's Masterpiece 8 Jun. 2006
Ray Bradbury is perhaps most known for his science fiction, notably his collection of short stories "The Martian Chronicles", but "Something Wicked This Way Comes" remains his best regarded and most loved piece of work.

A clear (and acknowledged) influence on the work of Stephen King, this tale of an nightmarish carnival coming to town, and the two boys who stand against it, is one of the great American fantasy stories. Equally enchanting, terrifying and heartbreaking, this is one of those books that once read, is never forgotten.

Scandalously out of print until now, if you're a Ray Bradbury fan, then buy this immediately. If you like classic Stephen King, then buy this immediately. In fact, whatever your tastes, just get this book immediately. you won't regret it...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic suspense
After reading this I went to see it performed in the theatre. Brilliantly atmospheric, both of them
Published 7 days ago by mike samuels
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as I had hoped for
Considered a modern classic this reads like something you might expect from a sub-standard Stephen King short story. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Jason Hanrahan
2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
Not my chosen genre but strangely haunting
Published 27 days ago by Carol E.
1.0 out of 5 stars I really wanted this to be a good read, but I didn't enjoy it
I really wanted this to be a good read, but I didn't enjoy it. I found the style of writing very odd, as another review mentions lines like "they ran in urine smell of shadow,... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mr. J. A. Nevill
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Must be an all time classic. The characters are captured in full detailed colour and so the story becomes important and the peril real. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended
A book I'd not read until recommended to me. Wish I read it before - just brilliant. Even though set a while ago, the atmosphere, development of the story line and the characters... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Lyngheath
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Published 3 months ago by David Harrison
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
An excellent book in Bradbury's typical style. Fans of Stephen King will thoroughly enjoy.
Published 4 months ago by Stuart Pavey
5.0 out of 5 stars A dark and chilling horror story
This is so dark and chilling! Set amidst the nightmarish horror of Mr Dark's Carnival, with various 'freak show' characters, this book really evokes an atmosphere of fear and... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Morven
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good tale
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