“Well written with an almost lyrical quality to it. I really enjoyed this book and found it to be both magical and frightening in turn.”Daniel G. wrote this review Monday, September 10, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Reading this book for the September 2012 book club, that is going to meet at Kay Paul's house.”sherry t wrote this review Wednesday, September 12, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Last year I started reading the first chapter, trying again this October.”Coley Sullivan wrote this review Thursday, September 6, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A nice poetic, a bit horror-fantasy work. Really liked the literal language. The plot may seem rather simple in the end but still it is nicely "embroidered".”Palllada wrote this review Tuesday, August 28, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A book that really makes the mind think. A lot of fictional stories don't have the metaphors and similies of back then and I feel people should really appreciate a masterpiece like this.”Luigi Howard wrote this review Monday, August 20, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Will and Jim are two best friends. They do everything together. They run, they joke, they laugh, they talk about growing old together, they live next door to one another...and one night, a few days before Halloween, they see a carnival coming to town. This is late in the year for a carnival and curiosity gets the best of them. They sneak out of their homes at 3 in the morning to watch the carnival train set up. There they see an evil they’ve never encountered before. A merry-go-round that spins backwards, that can make people younger, but what is it taking in return? And they meet the Illustrated Man, the eerie Mr. Dark, who runs the carnival that seems to be after more than just entertaining the folks in their town. However, while Will is obviously terrified by what is going on, Jim is intrigued. Thus starts the adventure and the boys, on the verge of their fourteenth birthdays, have to run and hide for their lives. Because the carnival is after them. And Will has to fight to keep his best friend from joining the mysterious sideshow.
The plot and the theme of the novel are immensely interesting. As it got going I found myself more dragged into the story and the lessons learned, especially as set forth by Will’s father, Charles Halloway. He was perhaps the most interesting character in the book in my opinion, as a man thinking he was too old to be a father but then realizing his strengths as the novel went on. And also, even for a young adult story, it was pretty scary at times. Those carnival “creatures” could be pretty creepy. And Mr. Dark was a truly evil character. I honestly never thought the book would scare me as much as it did.
The only negatives were that it was written in such a way that it was really hard to get into. I don’t really know how to describe this style of writing but the prose jumped around a lot with it’s descriptions. I mean, it was very vividly described but sometimes so much that I couldn’t exactly understand what was going on. Like it was taken a bit too far. It took me a long time to get the hang of the book, like until I was already half way through with it. But it was a very rewarding read in the end. ”
“Book on CD performed by Kevin Foley
Jim Nightshade and Will Halloway are neighbors, best friends, and born just minutes apart. The 13-year-old boys live in the small town of Green Town, Illinois and are looking forward to Halloween. But this year, Halloween will come early, because on Oct 24, just after midnight, Cooger & Dark’s Pandemonium Shadow Show will come to town with its carnival rides, mirror maze, sideshow freaks, and a carousel that can change your life.
Bradbury was a master of suspense and sci-fi. Here he turns his imagination loose on every child’s dream – and nightmare. Clowns and fortune tellers are both fascinating and frightening. A trip inside the funhouse mirror maze elicits feelings of adventure and claustrophobia. And who doesn’t love to be scared on a carnival ride – whipped around on the Tilt-a-Whirl, feeling your heart drop as you round the top of the Ferris wheel, made dizzy as the carousel spins round and round? Parents are old and useless, except when they are inventive and heroic.
Kevin Foley’s performance on the audio was magnificent. His youthful enthusiasm for Jim and Will made me willing to go along on this adventure that I would NEVER attempt in real life. Just remembering his oily voice for Mr Dark gives me the shivers.
This book scared the beejesus out of me – and I was listening ONLY in broad daylight, during my daily commute. Like the best roller coaster, Bradbury S-L-O-W-L-Y drew me up the incline of suspense, dropped me into terror, and then evened out to let me catch my breath, only to realize there was another, steeper, incline ahead. When finally the ride was over I was giddy with relief … and wanted to “go again!”
“Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
The story of two boys, neighbors & best friends, Will & Jim and what happens when Halloween comes early. A carnival rolls into town in the middle of the night and the lure of the midway is strong. The boys sneak out and see firsthand the evil that the carnival holds. They also see how it's affecting the townspeople and realize that this has been happening for many, many, many years. They try to resist, but the carnival and it's proprietor have other plans.
I have had this book on my shelf for a long time and was really excited to read it. I have to say, it was a little disappointing. There was much to much description, a lot of times so much that you weren't even sure what they were talking about. As a previous reviewer stated, the use of metaphors was excessive and mostly unnecessarily so. Sometimes a great picture was painted and you were clearly able to see what was being described, yet most times, it was just flowery words to describe, I don't even know what. It was distracting to say the least. I do think the story was a good one, the concept of it was brilliant, quite original for its time. I think though, that a lot of times, the descriptions were too much and took away from some of the action. I found myself skimming things, then thinking "wait, did they just get out of there?". This was my first Bradbury and I will try more of his, but not in the too near future.”
“Will and Jim are next door neighbors and long-term friends from Green Town, Illinois. Blond haired Will was born one minute before midnight on October 30th and dark haired Jim, one minute after midnight on October 31st thirteen years ago. When a circus comes unexpectedly to town, boys being boys, they sneak out of their respective homes to experience the seductive and alluring circus life. However, they soon discover that the circus’ innocent façade belies a malevolent and rapacious evil. When they discover that several of the town’s citizens have been transformed, aged or made younger, and enslaved by the mysterious Mr. Dark as members of the circus, they enlist the aid of Will’s father to fight the circus denizens.
I have read many of the recently deceased Bradbury including Fahrenheit 451 and The Martian Chronicles but didn’t find these works as difficult to read as this one. Although I was able to follow the thread of the story, I found myself at times lost in Bradbury’s use of metaphors. Metaphorical lines such as, “Somewhere, a storm like a great beast with terrible teeth could not be denied” created the right atmosphere; however others such as “They ran in urine smell of shadow, they ran in clean ice smell of moon” left me scratching the top of my head. Overall, a good book but not his best work.