Best friends Will Halloway and Jim Nightshade know there's something odd in the late October air. It all begins when a lightning-rod salesman appears one evening and insists that they take one of his contraptions covered with mystical protection symbols. Later, the boys look on as an eerie carnival rolls into town. Mysterious and sinister events take place, and what they witness on the carousel is enough to send them running.
Generations of readers have been seduced by Ray Bradbury's timeless imagination and fascinating metaphors. The rich prose of this Bradbury classic is enhanced by Paul Hecht's resonant, articulate voice. Hecht's narration evokes the novel's delicious blend of dread and wonder.
©1962 Ray Bradbury; (P)1999 Recorded Books
"A master... Bradbury has a style all his own, much imitated but never matched." (Portland Oregonian)
"Bradbury is an authentic original." (Time)
A finely crafted story about two boys who try to uncover the secrets of a visiting carnival and bring themselves in grave danger.
Paul Hecht is an excellent Narrator, bringing the character to life and making each instantly recognizable.
Ray Bradbury is a master of science-fiction and a great writer, but this is not my favorite book of his. The story is very creative, but honestly it's just not very thrilling. I didn't find myself "on the edge of my seat" as I was hoping. Most of all, it's just too wordy. Normally Bradbury is a beautiful writer, mixing words and emotions brilliantly. But in this one he rambles on with long and often painfully bad descriptions or metaphors. The narration was fine, but did not add to the book... and it did need adding too, or at least intensified somehow.
It's not a boring story, and has it's moments. But for someone looking for a thrill or scare or intense excitement then I'm afraid this might let you down.
This novel is certainly not light reading. Basically its an allegory of good versus evil. At times it is inciteful while at other times its just very tedious. The Prose can best be described as unusual and often drift into the realm of the poetic. If you like other Bradbury work then it will suit you. Otherwise I wouldn't put it at the top of the wish list.
Masterfully written! HOWEVER, the story is terrifying.
A friend wrote: Oh my weird! This really is a bizarre but wonderfully written book. I don't think I've ever read anything so eerie. At first I was frustrated because it's written in a way that makes it impossible to get your bearings. But then I realized that that's the point! The author mixes metaphorical and poetic prose with narrative in a way that feels completely discombobulating, and yet if you ignore the urge to figure out what is "real" and what is not, you know exactly what it would feel like to be there if it was! I recommend it because it's unique, although be aware it may mess with your dreams
For a generation of readers, "Something Wicked" represents Ray Bradbury at the peak of his astonishing powers, spinning fantastic tales in ways that would inspire a generation of writers to follow. Against the ordinary background of a typical Midwestern town, Bradbury could construct twisted characters and bizarre plot lines that were patently absurd--yet the reader believed every detail. His descriptive skills are without equal, and narrator Paul Hecht somberly wraps his deep and expressive voice around every chilling adjective. It's a great listen, and awesome writing.
I forget sometimes why I love Ray Bradury. He was so in loves with words, choosing just the right adjectives and descriptive devices. And he's such a master of suspense. Of course I took offense at his commentary on women as a writer from his time period so I gave him a four.
When I saw the movie of Something Wicked This Way Comes, I loved it. I also loved reading the book. Then I listened to the book on Audible Books and it was just great! I listen to Audible Books on my drive to and from work every day. The Paul Hecht is superb and really makes the book very entertaining. I have enjoyed every book I have downloaded so far but this is my favorite so far.
This is a great read. A must for all. Even if you have not read this in a while is great to just sit and read it on one of those stormy nights
I found my mind wandering during this book. A bit wordy; perhaps a good edit would suit the audio version
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