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Something Wicked This Way Comes & A Sound of Thunder

4.05  ·  Rating Details  ·  485 Ratings  ·  74 Reviews

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

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Audio CD, Library edition, 8 pages
Published October 1st 2005 by Blackstone Audio (first published September 1st 2005)
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Shellie (Layers of Thought)
Sep 24, 2009 Shellie (Layers of Thought) rated it liked it
Recommends it for: classic horror and fantasy fans

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)

Summary:
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
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aPriL does feral sometimes
Aug 07, 2012 aPriL does feral sometimes rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
Dark is truly a scary monster. I cannot think of a more horrifying image than skin being covered with crawling, squirming images that seethe and move deeper under the flesh and surge out in the next moment. One spider crawling up my arm is enough to give me a fit. In movies, an illuminated man usually is pictured as a tattooed man - but that is not what Bradbury created here. This being's skin literally crawls around because of multitudes of images being alive. (Plus, Dark enslaves souls because ...more
Douglas  Donaldson
Aug 05, 2008 Douglas Donaldson rated it it was amazing
I cannot imagine a better book for a father and, say, his teenage or even adult son to read togther and discuss. Try this question: what is this "something wicked"? Set in rural Illinois, after the war to end all wars, a father lives with his hidden disillusions and personal failures, while all the while trying to keep the magic and trust alive in his son. (The spirit of this is very much like William Stafford's poem, "To Kit On the Beach, Age 7.")

The father is the town librarian: an outward ma
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M.J. Heiser
May 20, 2011 M.J. Heiser rated it it was amazing
Exceptionally spooky and filled with the ghouls and monsters of your deepest nightmares, Something Wicked This Way Comes is one of Ray Bradbury's masterpieces for a reason. The themes are epic: the innocence and potential of youth are forced into combat with spiritual and moral corruption. Freedom is brought up against indentured servitude. In the simplest terms, good is pitted against evil. The halls of this madhouse are decorated with Bradbury's eternally capable and magical prose, and instead ...more
Hobbes
Jul 09, 2015 Hobbes rated it it was ok
I am not a big fan of Bradbury, he is a bit dry and verbose for my taste. That being said, this is an interesting story of human nature. In a small midwestern town a circus comes to visit, but this circus is anything but ordinary. Two boys get caught up in the age old battle of good versus evil. But instead of battling monsters, the fight is with their selves.
Courtney
Dec 20, 2006 Courtney rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Two boys, close friends but different as night and day, have left summer behind and have begrudgingly started a new year of school. One fall night, in the wee hours, a carnival comes to town...something about it doesn't seem quite right, and something creepy is happening to the townspeople.

This book is a great, quick read - themes of friendship, growing up, the dark side of human nature.
Grace S.
Jan 27, 2014 Grace S. rated it really liked it
My people, my book-loving people, doesn't each and every one of you have a coveted author whose prose you want to just roll in? You read those words and wish you could physically sink down into them, draw them around yourself like you cling to your nice warm blankets right before your alarm clock goes off?

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
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Andrea
Mar 28, 2007 Andrea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This is one of my all-time favorites. It's a beautifully written story about two best friends and what happens to them when a carnival comes to their small town. It was an intense, moving, frightening read. Ray Bradbury is at the top of his game here.
CJ
Jan 21, 2014 CJ rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, horror, ya-reader

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-
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Kate
May 22, 2015 Kate rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015
Note: I read the Kindle version that only includes Something Wicked. I never read this as a kid but it constantly showed up on best scifi or horror story lists so I finally got around to reading it in the hopes that I could recommend it to my non reading son. This story is over 50 years old now so it is not unfamiliar in modern fiction. Something terrible comes to a small town and destroys flawed people. But the language is beautiful, lyrical, captivating. The fears are real. The carnival is cre ...more
Barry Tikkanen
May 03, 2015 Barry Tikkanen rated it really liked it
This review is somewhat mixed.

I've been a fan of Ray Bradbury since I first read The Martian Chronicles over 30 years ago. The Sound of Thunder is still one of my favorite tales by Mr. Bradbury. Short and pulpy - sure, but it still feels like a good Doctor Who episode. For those unfamiliar with Doctor Who, that was meant as a compliment.

Something Wicked This Way Comes didn't work all that well for me. It's an okay story, but seemed to fall a bit short for my tastes. Good narrative, for Something
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Mayda
Sep 08, 2014 Mayda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have to believe that this audio version, performed by Stefan Rudnicki, is vastly superior to the printed page. His sonorous voice just makes this sci-fi tale all the more spooky and supernatural. The evilness of the tale just creeps out the CD and tingles up your spine. Bradbury had his own special touch in creating characters and placing them in a spell-binding plot. This tale of evil arriving in a small town, in the guise of a carnival, will change forever the way you view carousels. Highly ...more
Heather McKeon
May 19, 2014 Heather McKeon rated it really liked it
I'm pretty sure that I only ever read an excerpt of this book she I was in high school, plus I saw the movie when I was about 10, so I decided I'd better read the whole thing. Or at least listen to it... I really enjoyed it. I didn't always enjoy the way it was read, his voice and tone got on my nerves at first. But by the end of the book I was loving it and he read it perfectly! Not sure if he got better as it went on or if I just got used to it. But either way, I really enjoyed it. The book is ...more
Stephanie
Dec 05, 2015 Stephanie rated it it was amazing
Something Wicked This Way Comes, by Ray Bradbury

*****
”Have a drink?”
“I don’t need it,” said Halloway. “But someone inside me does.”
“Who?”
The boy I once was, thought Halloway, who runs like the leaves down the sidewalk autumn nights.

"And the first boy, with hair as blond-white as milk thistle, shut up one eye, tilted his head, and looked at the salesman with a single eye as open, bright and clear as a drop of summer rain."

"Jim stood like a runner who has come a long way, fever in his mouth, hands
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Joe Hunt
Okay! So I read this book like Middle School. (He was my favorite, then! I learned it from my mother.)

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
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Jamie Fessenden
Sep 09, 2011 Jamie Fessenden rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror, ya
Some of the most beautifully written prose I've ever read, this story is truly a work of art. It also points out the difference between literary fiction -- which this is -- and popular fiction. Readers of popular fiction (which is what I write and I'm certainly not putting it down) expect things to move along quickly and don't enjoy chewing on dense poetic descriptions. I've seen some reviews of this novel, which make that clear. But Bradbury is a master wordsmith, and writers can learn a lot fr ...more
Juergen John Roscher
Sep 20, 2012 Juergen John Roscher rated it really liked it
Shelves: read_2012
Review of "Something Wicked This Way Comes"


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
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Tyler Bray
Oct 08, 2013 Tyler Bray rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
In order to get in the mood for Halloween, I bought this audiobook and listened to it before I went to bed or whenever I drove. I have read Bradbury before in High School through Fahrenheit 451 but it has been a while.

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
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Perrin Pring
Mar 20, 2012 Perrin Pring rated it liked it
Shelves: audio-books, sci-fi
This was my first Bradbury book. I appreciated the 'sci-fi' of the book, i.e. the demonic carnival, the dust witch, the merry-go-round, etc. I wasn't so into most of Bradbury's descriptions. If I were to divide writing styles into only two camps, those camps would be:

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
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Steven Brandt (Audiobook-Heaven)
By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes.

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
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Jennifer
Apr 24, 2008 Jennifer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: EVERYBODY!
Recommended to Jennifer by: Stephen King (not personally)
Shelves: read-2008
A Sound of Thunder: You know how every once in awhile, you read (or watch) something in which the end causes your stomach to jump into your throat as if you were on a steep, steep roller coaster? Well, I had that experience when I was in 5th grade, reading a story about how some kids go back in time to see dinosaurs, and one of them steps off the path, and when they come back, he is horrified to find that things are almost, but not quite the same - and then finds a smooshed butterfly on his shoe ...more
Laura
(This is only a review of Something Wicked This Way Comes. Please add one half star.)

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
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Erin
Apr 28, 2015 Erin rated it really liked it
Ideal blustery, crackly leaves and pumpkin spice-filled October reading : sinister, mysterious, thought provoking and oddly touching at moments. I can see how Stephen King was influenced by him, particularly when he writes about kids, and their deep friendships...
Bruce
Aug 21, 2010 Bruce rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
At hour of three in the morning Cooger & Dark's Pandemonium Shadow Show slips into Green Town, Illinois. Will Halloway and his best friend Jim Nightshade have awaited its arrival with both trepidation and anticipation. Late October is an unusual time of year for carnival to visit town. Visiting the carnival the next day they meet one of their seventh-grade teachers, Miss Foley. Miss Foley becomes disoriented after entering the Mirror Maze. When she comes out she’s babbling about a little gir ...more
Nicole Patty
Apr 03, 2015 Nicole Patty rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook
It took me a while to get into the story, but once I was "in", it rapidly became more interesting. I did find myself hoping for "more", but felt that it fell a bit short. I LOVED the short story, "A Sound of Thunder" though.
Claudia
This is a reread. So grateful to return to Bradbury's world of the small midwestern town...with a twist.

Bradbury has a command of words that many authors cannot approach....strings of words that evoke an atmosphere which chilled me. Autumn people and summer people. There will always be conflict.
John Bluck
Oct 17, 2014 John Bluck rated it really liked it
I think the first fifty pages should have been edited and cut down. The story starts slowly. Some sentences are too long and run on. The story kicks into gear later and is excellent.
Ariana
Jul 06, 2015 Ariana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Probably would have liked this better if I had read it. At first I thought it was a boy and a girl that were best friends due to a really girly voice. A bit of cussing in this.
Tanya
May 08, 2015 Tanya rated it it was amazing
I haven't read "Something Wicked" in a long time, but when I did, oh how I loved this book, especially in conjunction with "Dandelion Wine."
Lizze Jeschke
Apr 09, 2015 Lizze Jeschke rated it it was amazing
Fantastic and horrifying. I've not read a book before that's scared and thrilled and inspired to courage. Note: begin it on October 1.
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American novelist, short story writer, essayist, playwright, screenwriter and poet, was born August 22, 1920 in Waukegan, Illinois. He graduated from a Los Angeles high school in 1938. Although his formal education ended there, he became a "student of life," selling newspapers on L.A. street corners from 1938 to 1942, spending his nights in the public library and his days at the typewriter. He bec ...more
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“First of all, it was October, a rare month for boys. Not that all months aren't rare. But one strange year, halloween came early....don't you ditch me jim nightshade...don't talk death. Someone might hear...” 9 likes
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