HomeGroupsTalkMoreZeitgeist
Search Site
This site uses cookies to deliver our services, improve performance, for analytics, and (if not signed in) for advertising. By using LibraryThing you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your use of the site and services is subject to these policies and terms.

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

Loading...

Something Wicked This Way Comes (1963)

by Ray Bradbury

Other authors: See the other authors section.

Series: Green Town (2)

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingConversations / Mentions
11,515299588 (3.95)4 / 584
Fantasy. Fiction. Literature. Science Fiction. HTML:

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.

.… (more)
  1. 192
    Coraline by Neil Gaiman (infiniteletters)
  2. 71
    The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman (streamsong, BookshelfMonstrosity)
    BookshelfMonstrosity: These atmospheric coming-of-age tales are magical and poignant as they dance around issues of good and evil. Though they contain plenty of dark undercurrents, they are ultimately hopeful.
  3. 50
    The Circus of Dr. Lao by Charles G. Finney (bertilak)
  4. 51
    The Thief of Always by Clive Barker (espertus, questionablepotato)
  5. 52
    Fragile Things: Short Fictions and Wonders by Neil Gaiman (PghDragonMan)
    PghDragonMan: Not all circuses are for your amusement. Choose wisely which one to attend.
  6. 20
    The Dreaming Jewels by Theodore Sturgeon (infiniteletters)
  7. 20
    Our Lady of Darkness by Fritz Leiber (LamontCranston)
  8. 54
    The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (JGKC)
  9. 10
    Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury (Morteana)
  10. 11
    Dust by Arthur Slade (infiniteletters)
  11. 00
    The Fair to Middling by Arthur Calder Marshall (isabelx)
    isabelx: Fairground magic.
  12. 01
    Blind Voices by Tom Reamy (infiniteletters)
  13. 01
    The Boneshaker by Kate Milford (Othemts)
  14. 01
    The Toymaker by Jeremy De Quidt (RachelMck)
    RachelMck: Has the same 'darkness' and creepy feel to it.
  15. 02
    The Night Country by Stewart O'Nan (amyblue)
  16. 03
    Fairy Tale by Stephen King (Cecrow)
    Cecrow: FT pays tribute to SWTWC
Loading...

Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

English (291)  Spanish (4)  Italian (1)  Portuguese (Brazil) (1)  Finnish (1)  German (1)  All languages (299)
Showing 1-5 of 291 (next | show all)
Some books are captivating in early adolescence, even if their effect becomes difficult to evoke or describe as an adult. I always found Bradbury's books immersive. ( )
  sfj2 | Jun 16, 2024 |
Book source ~ Audio purchased at Chirp

This is an abridged version which I missed when I was buying the audio. I also didn’t understand what an audio drama truly is. This review is based solely on this audio version. I have not read the book, but I intend to just to see the differences and whether I hate it as much as this particular one.

Honestly, I think this version does a disservice to the story. It’s all over the place with crappy dialogue and a lot of dumb sound effects. Since I haven’t actually read the story I don’t know if this is the way it’s written by Bradbury (doubtful) or how it was written for the audio drama. I will be following up with the book to see. It sounds like it would be interesting and scary, but falls far short. A quick sum up: I hate this version. ( )
  AVoraciousReader | Mar 12, 2024 |
At the center of this dark fantasy, an allegory of good and evil, are two best friends about to turn fourteen: Jim Nightshade and Will Halloway. They were born minutes apart, on October 30 and 31, respectively, and have lived next door to each other their whole lives. On an October night a week before their birthdays, a sinister travelling carnival comes to their Illinois town: Cooger & Dark’s Pandemonium Shadow Show. Bradbury paints a haunted landscape, against which the boys grapple with their approaching adulthood amid a plethora of bizarre and bone-chilling carny figures. Will’s father, Charles, a janitor at the town library, is also a central character in the novel. I read this first more than half a century ago, when I was in late grade school; this time I can better appreciate the masterful writing and the gothic tropes. ( )
  bschweiger | Feb 4, 2024 |
stay young forever ( )
  freshmenarerats | Jan 22, 2024 |
Fantastic. ( )
  wvlibrarydude | Jan 14, 2024 |
Showing 1-5 of 291 (next | show all)
no reviews | add a review

» Add other authors (17 possible)

Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Ray Bradburyprimary authorall editionscalculated
Atwood, MargaretAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
康雄, 大久保Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Eller, Jonathan R.Afterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Foy, GrayCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gioia, TedAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gorey, EdwardCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Grahame-Smith, SethAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gulevych, YevhenTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
King, StephenAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kirk, RussellAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Litman, DavidCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
O'Brien, TimCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pennington, BruceCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sibliy, BrainAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wölfl, NorbertÜbersetzersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
People/Characters
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Epigraph
Man is in love, and loves what vanishes.
W.B. Yeats

They sleep not, except they have done mischief;
And their sleep is taken away,
  unless they cause some to fall.
For they eat the bread of wickedness,
And they drink the wine of violence.
Proverbs 4:16-17

I know not all that may be coming, but be it what it will, I'll go to it laughing.
Stubb in Moby Dick
Dedication
With gratitude to
Jennet Johnson
who taught me how to write the short story
and to
Snow Longley Housh
who taught me poetry at Los Angeles High School a long time ago
and to
Jack Guss
who helped with this novel not so long ago
With love to the memory of GENE KELLY, whose performances influenced and changed my life
First words
Prologue
First of all, it was October, a rare month for boys.
The seller of lightning rods arrived just ahead of the storm.
Quotations
Why love the woman who is your wife? Her nose breathes in the air of a world that I know; therefore I love that nose. Her ears hear music I might sing half the night through; therefore I love her ears. Her eyes delight in seasons of the land; and so I love those eyes. Her tongue knows quince, peach, chokeberry, mint and lime; I love to hear it speaking. Because her flesh knows heat, cold, affliction, I know fire, snow, and pain. Shared and once again shared experience. Billions of prickling textures. Cut one sense away, cut part of life away. Cut two senses; life halves itself on the instant. We love what we know, we love what we are. Common cause, common cause, of mouth, eye, ear, tongue, hand, nose, flesh, heart, and soul.
"Sometimes the man who looks happiest in town, with the biggest smile, is the one carrying the biggest load of sin. There are smiles and smiles; learn to tell the dark variety from the light. The seal-barker, laugh-shouter, half the time he's covering up. He's had his fun and he's guilty. And men do love sin. Will, oh how they love it, never doubt, in all shapes, sizes, colors, and smells. Times come when troughs, not tables, suit our appetites. Hear a man too loudly praising others and look to wonder if he didn't just get up from the sty. On the other hand, that unhappy, pale, put-upon man walking by, who looks all guilt and sin, why, often that's your good man with a capitol G, Will. For being good is a fearful occupation; men strain at it and sometimes break in two. I've known a few. You work twice as hard to be a farmer as his to be his hog. I suppose it's thinking about being good that makes the crack run up the wall one night. A man with high standards, too, the least hair falls on him sometimes wilts his spine. He can't let himself alone, won't lift himself off the hook if he falls just a breath from grace."
And, Will thought, here comes the carnival, Death like a rattle in one hand, Life like candy in the other; shake one to scare you, offer one to make your mouth water. Here comes the side show, both hands full!
Last words
(Click to show. Warning: May contain spoilers.)
(Click to show. Warning: May contain spoilers.)
Disambiguation notice
Publisher's editors
Blurbers
Original language
Canonical DDC/MDS
Canonical LCC
Fantasy. Fiction. Literature. Science Fiction. HTML:

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.

.

No library descriptions found.

Book description
Haiku summary

Current Discussions

None

Popular covers

Quick Links

Rating

Average: (3.95)
0.5 3
1 38
1.5 8
2 127
2.5 25
3 522
3.5 109
4 986
4.5 105
5 819

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.

 

About | Contact | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 208,322,883 books! | Top bar: Always visible