- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Gollancz (21 Aug. 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0575083069
- ISBN-13: 978-0575083066
- Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 2.2 x 19.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 105 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 197,741 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Something Wicked This Way Comes (Fantasy Masterworks) Paperback – 21 Aug 2008
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The key themes of the book were clear; the importance of the father figure in childhood, the constant battle to fight temptation and the transition from childhood to manhood as the boys lose their innocence. The book was extremely vivid in its imagery and tone and was immensely pleasurable to read. Although we did not find the novel scary, it had chilling moments of brilliance especially when the chase began. In one chapter, for example, a battle plays out on top of a house between one of the boys and a gypsy fortune –teller called the ‘Dust Witch’. Despite her eyes being sewn shut, she travels by balloon in the darkness and can smell the boys out by the waving of her arms and her incantations. This was really, really thrilling to read.
The ending of the novel may seem a little contrived to some particularly as their greatest strength is discovered unwittingly, but the message was strong; good magic harbours in all of us especially in our ability to laugh and heal. This brings us closer together and enables us to fight those who wish to do us harm.
Our score: 8/10
Also about the idea that adults won't believe what a child says, even when something terrible is happening to them.
The problem is I bought as a gift but there is a barcode sticker stuck right on the front!!!
I tried to remove but will not come off in one piece.
This is ridiculous and at least should have been stuck on the back!!
This is for my mum for Christmas and I can't be bothered to return...
So beware if you buy any books from Amazon as this is my first.
I'm a prime member and I do enjoy Amazon's quality and service.
Just to let you know.
The first time many years ago when I found it in a friend's bookcase at a party - I read it at a sitting.
The second time some years later to see whether it was as good as I remembered it - it was.
The third time last week for pleasure.
I will probably read it again
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Yes, maybe the story is a little dated compared with today's genre, but still this is a great read
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