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Something Wicked This Way Comes (Green Town #2)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  79,140 Ratings  ·  5,189 Reviews
Few American novels written this century have endured in th heart and mind as has this one-Ray Bradbury's incomparable masterwork of the dark fantastic. A carnival rolls in sometime after the midnight hour on a chill Midwestern October eve, ushering in Halloween a week before its time. A calliope's shrill siren song beckons to all with a seductive promise of dreams and you ...more
Hardcover, 293 pages
Published June 8th 1999 by William Morrow (first published 1962)
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Karen Nah. Whilst the books are vaguely connected in setting, the tone, characters and pretty much everything else are different enough that you wouldn't be…moreNah. Whilst the books are vaguely connected in setting, the tone, characters and pretty much everything else are different enough that you wouldn't be missing anything.

That said, if you're up for an entirely less creepy read, Dandelion Wine is still worth reading. :D(less)
Msmedlock Ich denke nicht, dass du das nachträglich ändern kannst. Du kannst allerdings eine neue Version anlegen, alles eintragen, Cover hinzufügen und die…moreIch denke nicht, dass du das nachträglich ändern kannst. Du kannst allerdings eine neue Version anlegen, alles eintragen, Cover hinzufügen und die ISBN aber freilassen. Dann müsste es funktionieren. Eine bestehende Version mit vergebener ISBN kannst du nicht mehr verändern, glaube ich. (less)

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Paul Bryant
Sep 25, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
I read this when I was an insanely romantic teenager and since then the cruel world has beaten all that nonsense out of my brain with bars of iron and wires of barb, and left me bleeding and barfing in a vile ditch, so I should probably not have plucked my old Corgi paperback of Something Wicked out from my most cobwebbed shelf and thought to wander nostalgically recapturing the wonder and enrapturement I once perceived herein. In those faroff days I wanted to be the smile on the bullet, I wante ...more
Lyn
Jul 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mark Twain famously died in 1910 and Ray Bradbury was born ten years later in 1920. And on that day, the shadow of Samuel Clemens touched a mark on the baby’s head, and nearby the shade of Charles Dickens looked on in approval.

Bradbury is the bridge to our past, our bright and strong and colorful past. Twain’s world was as bold as a young America, full of steamboats, and fishing holes and jumping frogs. Bradbury, no less an American, but a resident of the October Country, revealed the long shado
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Carol.
Sep 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of the Night Circus, Bradbury fans, creepy nostalgia
The Ray Bradbury I remember reading decades ago was not this poetic. Something Wicked was a surprise, his evocative language doing so much to capture the mood of early fall and the seasons of life, both literally and metaphorically. Clearly, he loves words in their many forms. Equally clearly, he is gifted as using those words to create a finely layered tale about two thirteen-year-old boys when the carnival comes to town. These boys are on the brink of change; longing to be older, to do more an ...more
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
The carnival has come to town.



I have to admit I love the movie more than the book because, well, I enjoy watching the creepiness! I think I need to dig the movie out now and watch it 😊

Jim and Will are two young boys that are drawn into the carnival and they try to help stop the evil.



Creepy good fun!!

Mel ❤
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Matthew
By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes.
MacBeth Act 4, Scene 1

This book is straight-forward good vs. evil – and is quite terrifying at points! It goes beyond fantasy and mysticism and straight to the terrifying possibilities from the darkest reaches. This would be a great story to read if you are looking for a campfire tale, a Halloween scare, or a late night, nightmare causing fright fest. Some may find the scariness lost within the poetry of Bradbury’s writing, but for
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Apatt
Aug 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As I write it has been about a week since Ray Bradbury passed away, as you can expect for such an influential author, numerous tributes are being written by famous authors, celebs, columnists, and of course fans. Instead of adding another drop to the ocean of tributes I would rather pay my own little tribute through rereading and reviewing my favorite Bradbury books. This one is my favorite of them all.

Something Wicked This Way Comes is one of Bradbury's best-known works. Like Fahrenheit 451 th
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Jenn(ifer)
Sep 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: autumn's children
Recommended to Jenn(ifer) by: my 12 year old self

”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.


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When Ray Bradbury was a boy of 12, he paid a visit to a carnival in his home town. It was there that he saw a performer, Mr. Electrico, sitting in an electric chair where he was charged with fifty thousand volts of pure electricity. Bradbury, seated in the front row, watched as the man’s hair stood on end; he held a
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Brooke
Jun 12, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those reluctant to read classic American lit
Shelves: 2007, classics, own, horror
Leveling any complaints against Bradbury seems like a literary crime, but I'm afraid I didn't enjoy Something Wicked as much I feel like I should have. The plot was really interesting, and right up my alley - evil carnival comes to town and preys on the unsuspecting citizens. The execution, however, left me wanting more.

The first problem is that the prose is a bit outdated. It's like I ran into with The Haunting of Hill House, it just didn't age well over the last 40-50 years. It's not that it d
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Julie
Sep 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Once, when I was 19, I stood outside a stage door for an hour, awaiting the arrival of Ray Bradbury.

Bradbury was 70 at the time, and he was scheduled to give a lecture at my school.

I was determined that we were going to talk.

If this sounds stalker-ish to you, let me comfort you. It wasn't stalker-ish. . . it was more. . . Hermione Granger-ish.

I had my best pen and a special notebook, questions written down, and I just couldn't believe it, I was going to meet Ray Bradbury!

After an hour or so of t
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Trudi

Sigh. I hate when this happens. I should have loved the shit out of this book. It's Bradbury, it's vintage horror, it's Stephen King recommended, it's a coming-of-age tale about young boys and a creepy carnival, and it's been on my reading list for years. This book and I should have hit it off like gangbusters. The chemistry should have been overwhelming and indisputable. But we got off to an awkward start. I kept putting it down and picking up other things. Finally, with the day off work, I too
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Jason
Sep 13, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One thing I’ve noticed about a lot of young adult books and coming-of-age movies is a certain generational disconnect between the protagonist and his forebears. I guess in a lot of ways this is like noticing the absence of Indian food from a French cuisine cookbook, because why would anyone expect otherwise? If a story is to feature the youth perspective, then it should follow logically that his parents’ thoughts, ideas, and motivations factor into the story only peripherally. Right, Mikey? But ...more
Justin
Oct 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh, Ray Bradbury, you've done it again, man. I read Fahrenheit 451 again recently and decided to give this one another read as well. Now I have to read Dandelion Wine again and then read The Martian Chronicles and then basically everything, short stories, whatever. I think you're in my current list of top five favorite authors ever, Ray. You've been there all along, I just haven't really said it out loud or typed it or... yeah.

Besides, it's not like it matters anyway. You've got much more prest
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Eric
Aug 23, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Eric by: Megan Mandell
I had an incredibly hard time reading this book, especially considering it's a 300-page linear story about an evil circus coming to a small town. I think it's because -- unlike Fahrenheit 451 -- Bradbury overwrote this book to the point of it being dense poetry rather than prose. The dialogue is sparse and stilted, and the descriptions are never-ending, and hard to follow.

Reading the opening chapter, the language excited me. I falsely assumed it was just being used to set the mood and would tape
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Susan Budd
The first time I read Something Wicked This Way Comes was in my teens and it didn’t have much of an effect on me. The second time I liked it more, but I still didn’t like it as much as I did this time. And I think I know why. This is an October book. An autumn book. Maybe I couldn’t fully appreciate it until autumn—my autumn, that is. The autumn of my life.

For I was in the spring of my life when I first read it, and a thirty-something on my second reading, but I am in middle age now, so I know
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Mike (the Paladin)
One of my favorite "semi-horror" reads. I suppose it could be called "horror" but it doesn't fit neatly into the mold. Like a lot of Bradbury's work the smell of late summer and early fall permeates this volume. The point of view is that of a boy on the brink of manhood as he gets to know more about certain concepts of "good and evil" than he ever really wanted to. I grew up on a farm within walking distance of a small (very small) town and this work hits home with me.

There are books that can b
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Lou
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The Dark carnival is coming to town.
Two boys and a father are the towns only hope.
If only out of fear you stay home and not go down to the fair ground tonight for the dark man awaits.

Two buddies, boys, they live next to each other and can see each others bedroom window when needed. Friends born two minutes apart, one 1min before midnight October 30th, and the other 1min after midnight, October 31st, Halloween.
I loved the father son relationship in this story between Will and his father Charle
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J.K. Grice
Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, horror
Ray Bradbury is one of my absolute favorite authors, and SOMETHING WICKED is a book I've read 3 times over the past 17 years. To me, no other author delivers so much energy and emotion with just a word or two than Bradbury. He was definitely one of our national treasures and this is his most magical book. Highly recommended.
Dirk Grobbelaar
Not a review, really - just some thoughts.

By the pricking of my thumbs,
Something wicked this way comes.


Other than being a rather creepy story, this novel is also a lament for the passage of time and the ending of things. Consider Jim Nightshade, who at the age of thirteen, has decided not to ever have children:
‘You don't know until you've had three children and lost all but one.'
'Never going to have any,' said Jim.
'You just say that.'
'I know it. I know everything.'
She waited a moment. 'What do y
...more
Anton
Aug 05, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book is infuriating. The prose is ponderous, self-indulgent and nonsensical, at every opportunity taking turns of phrase so purple and baffling, that I can only understand them as symptomatic of a woefully adolescent conception of what "poetic" or "serious" prose would look like. (I'd insert an example but really I can't face opening the book again to look for one). Probably connected to that, Bradbury's child characters talk and think like world weary 80 year olds. I can't remember the las ...more
Melody Sams
Jun 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I mean, it’s Bradbury! Of course it’s good.
aPriL does feral sometimes
'Something Wicked This Way Comes' is a glorious read, a smooth creation of poetic prose mixed together so wonderfully I was as delighted as if I had bitten into a honey-filled buttery scone. The story is also an adorable panegyric about a small-town childhood and male bonding which had me in tears at several points.

Oh, wow, why can't more fathers understand how familial sentiment is rewarding and beautiful, especially between a father and his son? Age is barely a barrier between a boy and his f
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
Something Wicked This Way Comes is a dark fantasy tale of the upheaval that a strange carnival of souls causes when they arrive in a small, unnamed town. It delves into heavy themes of regret, longing for lost years, and the desire for maturity and escape from one's lot in the world. You see, the Carnival, ran by Coogar and Dark, feeds on all the wretched, negative emotions that the humans they prey on exude. They will find much sustenance in this Midwestern town.

Our main characters in this stor
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Paul
Sep 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: coming-of-age
Bradbury’s famous allegorical novel still packs a punch today. It is a follow up to Dandelion Wine and contains many of the same characters and is based on Bradbury’s own childhood. It tells the story of Jim and Will two boys who live next door to each other and who are almost 14. The Carnival comes to town; only this is no ordinary carnival and there is something sinister about it. It contains a wonderful collection of characters: Mr Dark, who co-runs the carnival who is tattooed all over, Mr C ...more
Vivian
Sep 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Jim Nightshade and Will Holloway are neighbors born hours apart, the best of friends, inseparable. A life of mischief and adventure shared. One leans towards the shadows, the other, the light. They balance each other out, in a push-pull through the years. Their corner of the world is a playground, well-trodden and explored.

Until... SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES.



The Carnival arrives and with it an unsettling change. Late in the year, it seems more than a little unusual. But it calls, calls to t
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David Schaafsma
Oct 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, ya-horror
By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes.
MacBeth Act 4, Scene 1

When you are young, a carnival is all breathless effervescence and light. It’s fantasy, and music and motion. Cotton candy and screaming rides and three chances to win a stuffed bear! As you get older, though, in your teens, your parents warn you of the dangers of the carnival, the lures of the carnies, the dark shadows. The hall of mirrors, once a place of hilarious images becomes a surreal cosmic nightmare.

In
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Werner
Oct 02, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Bradbury fans; supernatural fiction readers
Published in 1962, this remains one of Bradbury's better-known works, and was adapted as a movie in 1983, starring Jason Robards (but although Bradbury himself wrote the screenplay, he wasn't happy with the special effects and felt that much of his vision had been destroyed by the filmmakers). Like Dandelion Wine, the novel is set (presumably in the 1920s) in Green Town, Illinois, the fictional locality Bradbury modeled on his own hometown of Waukegan, north of Chicago. Despite Goodreads designa ...more
Stuart
Something Wicked This Way Comes: The thrills and terrors of early adulthood (Revised after BookChat at Fantasy Literature and hearing audiobook version):

I didn’t read Ray Bradbury until age 40, so in my critical early years I missed out on his poetic, image-rich, melancholic prose and themes in books like The Martian Chronicles, Dandelion Wine, Fahrenheit 451, and his short stories. Though I can’t go back in time to rectify this, I am glad I finally took time to explore his world.

I’m sure if I h
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Edward Lorn
Feb 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 52-in-52-2015
This review is for this particular version of the audiobook, the one narrated by Christian Rummel. There's several versions. I will say that this is the best version there is. Stefan Rudnicki's version is terrible, and Kevin Foley's version is only slightly better than boring. Rummel does the best job... but it's still not right.

Something Wicked This Way Comes is one of those books that needs to be read to be appreciated. I've read the book more than a dozen times, but I've yet to find an audiob
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Jason Pettus
Jul 09, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ray Bradbury has never sat comfortably in the world of literature, nor with me; considered a "genre writer" by some and meant as an insult, a "serious writer" by others and meant as a compliment, it seems that I am always going back and forth about his merits in my head too, especially the farther away we get from many of the books' original publication dates. That said, how can you not love Something Wicked This Way Comes, which the older it gets the more can actually be appreciated as a histor ...more
Anthony Vacca
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well, this one was an all-out treat for me. First, the prose caught this reader completely by surprise. A rambunctious attention to making every image vivid and every emotion heightened lends to the story a sense of both dreamlike play and menacing immediacy. And while Bradbury writes with an expressionistic style, he never once loses his sense for storytelling, even when his over-reliance on turning nouns into adjectives can cause for some clunkers. But overall the spell Bradbury weaves is into ...more
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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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