A Year In Books

Something Wicked This Way Comes

Last week, I read Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury. Seeing as how it’s October and Halloween shooting towards us like a bullet shot from a gun held by a zombie who just killed a vampire, this book was appropriately creepy. Like, real creepy.

The plot of the book is two friends+ old Dad + creepy carnival= really scary things. That carnival was evil y’all! I used to like carnivals. Next time I go to a carnival I  am probably going to be absolutely terrified of everyone and everything. Even the hall of mirrors was scary. And the carousel? Don’t even get me started on the carousel. Reading Bradbury’s writing is like listening to spooky music with your eyes. And I loved every second of it. Maybe not the smartest thing to read before bed, but I loved it nonetheless. I don’t want to ruin it by telling you what happens in the end but I do want to say that I love the part laughter has to play in it. That is all. That is all you get. Anything else and I might ruin it. Just read the book. Really. Really really.

Oh wait. I will say one more thing: The entire time I read this book the choir from Harry Potter singing “Something Wicked This Way Comes” was on repeat in my head. That should convince you to read the book.

So, what are y’alls plans for Halloween? Scary movie? Haunted house? Costume party? I’m planning on all three because I’m hallowed like that.


17 thoughts on “A Year In Books

  1. I read “Fahrenheit 451” when I was 13 (some 45 years ago) and since then I have devoured everything I could get my hands on by Bradbury. I have copies of and have probably read everything he ever wrote – most of them several times, including “Something Wicked This Way Comes”. He always had such a vivid descriptive style that you smell the popcorn, taste the cotton candy, or feel the gentle breeze.
    The movie was not bad…it just wasn’t that good, either. Then, again, I have almost always liked any book better than the movie made from it. I am currently reading “McNally’s Dilemma” by Lawrence Sanders. Before that I read a two part series by Robert R McCammon called “Speaks the Nightbird”. I highly recommend this one, too.

  2. I read this book as a teen and loved it. I’d like to read it again and have been trying to find it the last year.

    I wish I were as hallowed as you. I love Halloween but I need to make more of an effort to strategically make friends with the people having the best parties.

      1. You do that, too (for me it’s usually cookies, though)?

        I’m going to buy lots of candy for the trick-or-treaters we already know won’t come, so that, oh dear, I’ll just “have” to eat it all. I may even sort the candy by type before gorging, like I used to do as a(n OCD) kid.

  3. it never ceases to amaze people that I am a total chicken-poop. Honestly, I must have this woman-o-steel persona or something, because people tend tobe genuinely shocked that I scare so easily. So in the terms of reading this book = nevah-nevah-nevah.

    I love halloween though, and have since I was a kid. Sill some things terrify me… but I try to relax a little so my blood curtling screams don’t deafen the children. haha…

    I was meaning to read jane eyre this week, but got sidetracked with Kira’s reading. She had ‘reading week’ this week, so to participate and win book prizes she had to read and comprehend X amount of stories in X amount of books to get whatever level prize. SO we read a lot. haha… one book had some cool short stories in it though.

  4. I watched the movie when I was young. Then I started to read instead of watch the movies. And after I read Fahrenheit 451 I wanted more Bradbury. Then I found this lovely book. Every time I see a carousel, tattooed man, lighting rod, or hear a calliope this creepy adventure comes to mind. So much more memorable than the movie.
    Bradbury is easily a literary genius.

      1. It’s been so long since I have seen the movie, back in the 80s. I don’t remember it being bad, it’s just the book stuck with me more than the movie. Sort of want to find my copy and read it again now. I have so many books and so many boxes of books I have no idea where to look.

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