Something Wicked This Way Comes

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Harper Collins, Apr 23, 2013 - Fiction - 304 pages
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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 youth regained. In this season of dying, Cooger & Dark's Pandemonium Shadow Show has come to Green Town, Illinois, to destroy every life touched by its strange and sinister mystery. And two inquisitive boys standing precariously on the brink of adulthood will soon discover the secret of the satanic raree-show's smoke, mazes, and mirrors, as they learn all too well the heavy cost of wishes -- and the stuff of nightmare.


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Beautiful prose, gripping plot. - Goodreads
The writing was a little tedious, and verbose. - Goodreads
The imagery is amazing, nearly poetic. - Goodreads
Bradbury paints amazing pictures. - Goodreads
The ending was pretty lame. - Goodreads
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Review: Something Wicked This Way Comes (Green Town #2)

User Review  - B. Reese - Goodreads

I respect Bradbury as a writer and he seems like a really nice guy from an interview I saw him in. He certainly pioneered sci-fi. For some reason though, I just could not get into this book. The ... Read full review

Review: Something Wicked This Way Comes (Green Town #2)

User Review  - Laurie Walczak - Goodreads

Bradbury's writing is as beautiful as it is creepy and unsettling. Read full review

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In a career spanning more than seventy years, Ray Bradbury, who died on June 5, 2011 at the age of 91, inspired generations of readers to dream, think, and create. A prolific author of hundreds of short stories and close to fifty books, as well as numerous poems, essays, operas, plays, teleplays, and screenplays, Bradbury was one of the most celebrated writers of our time. His groundbreaking works include Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles, The Illustrated Man, Dandelion Wine, and Something Wicked This Way Comes. He wrote the screen play for John Huston's classic film adaptation of Moby Dick, and was nominated for an Academy Award. He adapted sixty-five of his stories for television's The Ray Bradbury Theater, and won an Emmy for his teleplay of The Halloween Tree. He was the recipient of the 2000 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, the 2004 National Medal of Arts, and the 2007 Pulitzer Prize Special Citation, among many honors.

Throughout his life, Bradbury liked to recount the story of meeting a carnival magician, Mr. Electrico, in 1932. At the end of his performance Electrico reached out to the twelve-year-old Bradbury, touched the boy with his sword, and commanded, "Live forever!" Bradbury later said, "I decided that was the greatest idea I had ever heard. I started writing every day. I never stopped."

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