Something Wicked This Way Comes & A Sound of Thunder
In Bradbury’s unforgettable modern Gothic masterpiece, Something Wicked This Way Comes, something evil arrives in a small Midwestern town on the crest of the wind one autumn night. A “dark carnival” with frightening attractions and supernatural characters sets up stakes. It is up to two thirteen-year-old boys, James Nightshade and William Holloway, to figure out a way to s...more
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2nd Witch: By the pricking of my thumbs, Something wicked this way comes. [Knocking:] Open locks, Whoever knocks! [Enter Macbeth:]
Macbeth: How now, you secret, black, and midnight hags!
What is't you do? (Macbeth Act 4, scene 1, 44–49)
This classic fantasy/horror tale was originally published in 1963. It revolves around Will Halloway and Jim Nightshade whom are the best of friends and live next door to one another. They are inseparable with Will being the down to earth easy going boy and...more
The father is the town librarian: an outward ma...more
This book is a great, quick read - themes of friendship, growing up, the dark side of human nature.
I want to sink into Ray Bradbury's writing and roll in it.
It's certainly stylized, which I usually don't go for, but the language is so beautifully simple. He's not blinding you with SAT word...more
I’ve been meaning to read this book for some time and now that I have, I’m so glad I did. I recognized the title from William Shakespeare's Macbeth ("By the pricking of my thumbs / Something wicked this way comes.”) and had heard the same phrase used in other popular media such as Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Eventually, I finally gave in to curiosity and just had to read this book.
Something Wicked This Way Comes is a novel by Ray Bradbury that follows the adventures of two 14 year-...more
I even taught it one time. When? I'm not sure. Not L.A., 2001. Then, Fahrenheit 451. But sometime. (Maybe just a long-term sub. job.)
Anyhow, I'm reading it as a book-on-tape right now!
I was thinking...I'm writing some book right now. But I realized some of it I must have got inspired subconsciously by So.g Wicked. Slightly similar.
So, on one hand, you want to stay as far away as possible fr/ som...more
Review of "A Sound of Thunder"
I gave this short story a rating of three stars.
I listened to Ray Bradbury’s short story, “A Sound of Thunder” in conjunction with his novel, “Something Wicked This Way Comes”. I have enjoyed other Bradbury stories such as “Fahrenheit 451” and “Martian Chronicles”, and was hoping that I would enjoy this story. Of Bradbury’s books that I have read this is the shortest and my least favorite because it did not have much plot o...more
In order to set a scene, Bradbury was very descriptive almost to the point where I felt as if I was getting nowhere in the story. About halfway through the book however, something clicked and I fell in love with his narrative style and his imagery was fantastic.
The story follows...more
Concise. Very little adverbs and adjectives. Short sentences, i.e. Hemingway.
Verbose. Long sentences. Lost of adjectives, adverbs and power verbs (i.e. "NO!" He spat angrily) and long sentences. I.e. Bradbury.
Some of Bradbury's des...more
Three o’clock in the morning is an hour for young boys. Their parents fast asleep in their beds, it is an hour for explorations, and secret things. Thirteen year olds William Holloway and Jim Nightshade are no exception, but on one particular three a.m. excursion in the month of October, also a magical time for boys, the two adventurers find that some secrets are better left undisturbed.
It is on this particular autumn night that the D...more
Bradbury's tale of adolescence and aging, curiosity and fear is poetic and frightening, frequently at the same time. Will and Jim, two teenagers, are fascinated when a circus rolls into their small town, so they creep out to investigate it before opening day. And they make an awful discovery that sets the story in motion.
As they uncover more mysteries and more grotesque characters, the boys are always walking a...more
Review in the least amount of words: Poor butterfly.
I got scared when I reached the end of this story, don't know why. Ray Bradbury's a genius, he thought of everything. But I would've thought, given the chain-reaction example given by Travis, time-travel would've been considered too dangerous. I still don't understand how the death of one butterfly could've caused people to forget how to spell and the change in the presidental election, but I gu...more
I loved that Will's father believed him when Will and Jim their story.
P.S. The Disney movie was dated. The special effects from 1982 did not stand the test of time. Not to mention that they changed the ending from the book. I liked the book's ending much more.
The Sound of Thunder is a short story but makes a good case for the theory that a butterfly flaps it's wings in Australia and creates a tornado in North America.
I liked the book better than the movie. The desires that are deep within people can have a big effect on what happens to them if they let Mr. Dark get to them. I like the 2 boys struggle with Dr. Dark and the witch.
Love the book, hate the audiobook.