Something Wicked This Way Comes

By Ray Bradbury
Binding:Mass Market Paperback
Publisher:Avon, (3/1/1998)
Language:English



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The carnival rolls in sometime after midnight, ushering in Halloween a week early. The shrill siren song of a calliope 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 boys will discover the secret of its smoke, mazes, and mirrors; two friends who will soon know all too well the heavy cost of wishes. . .and the stuff of nightmare.

Few American novels written this century have endured in the heart and memory as has Ray Bradbury's unparalleled literary classic SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES. For those who still dream and remember, for those yet to experience the hypnotic power of its dark poetry, step inside. The show is about to begin.The carnival rolls in sometime after midnight, ushering in Halloween a week early. The shrill siren song of a calliope 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 boys will discover the secret of its smoke, mazes, and mirrors; two friends who will soon know all too well the heavy cost of wishes. . .and the stuff of nightmare.

Few American novels written this century have endured in the heart and memory as has Ray Bradbury's unparalleled literary classic SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES. For those who still dream and remember, for those yet to experience the hypnotic power of its dark poetry, step inside. The show is about to begin.

 
 

Nick's thoughts on "Something Wicked This Way Comes"
updated on:10/17/2012

I had somehow never gotten around to reading a Ray Bradbury book until now, but always wanted to. Now that I have read "Something Wicked This Way Comes," I still find myself not exactly sure how to feel about it. The title nicely describes the sense of foreboding and dread in the novel. I found the writing style at once intriguing and kind of offputting. It was meandering at times, but does win some points for being unique and just plain odd.

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Ceci's thoughts on "Something Wicked This Way Comes"
updated on:9/30/2012

Like the title itself, this book has an unusual rhythm. Practically every sentence is a line of poetry, packed with elaborate, vivid images, and the meaning is not always obvious on first impression. It is a challenging read, not a page-turner, and it has a style and tone unto itself. I found it sort of lovely, which may sound funny for a “scary” novel, but this is not the type of scary that keeps an adult reader on pins and needles. I read this book when I was a kid. Then, it was that scary. Mysterious carnival. Menacing witch. Scary men. People disappearing. Being chased . . . constantly.  As an adult reader, though, more commonplace fears propel the story – growing old, losing our friends, losing love, feeling misunderstood. These do not make for page-turning suspense, but aren’t they the monsters that really do keep us up at night?

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Book Junky's thoughts on "Something Wicked This Way Comes"
updated on:9/10/2012

At times the language and rhythmic structure of the book were just beautiful… yet at others it was annoying, confusing, non-sensical and made me want to shout, "get on with it!" Granted, this book was written at a different time, but I thought the characters were cliche and the story wasn't very scary. (I think it would have been more intense and scary had it not had all the stream of conscious overly flowering rambling descriptions.) Perhaps I am a low-brow literature idiot, but this just did NOTHING for me and I could not wait for it to be done. If you need to read it for a class, it's not bad in that regard; however, if you are not being forced to read it, skip it.



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"Something Wicked This Way Comes"
By Ray Bradbury

Average Rating:
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1. In the first chapter of Something Wicked This Way Comes, how does the foreshadowing of evil in the appearance of Mr. Fury, the lightning-rod salesman, set the overall tone for the book?

2. The use of symbolism in Something Wicked This Way Comes is heavily employed by Ray Bradbury to establish the unique personalities of Will Halloway and Jim Nightshade. How do Will and Jim’s surnames and birth dates provide insights into their character? Discuss the numerous symbolic references and descriptive language Bradbury filters throughout the book that pointedly illuminate the divergent traits of the boys.

3. From the outset, the sudden appearance in the town of Green Town, Illinois of Cooger & Dark’s Pandemonium Shadow Show is a cause for concern. What clues does Ray Bradbury provide that illustrate from the beginning that the carnival is sinister?

4. Age is the recurring theme in Something Wicked This Way Comes and is the ammunition that drives Mr. Dark to prey upon the vulnerability of the townspeople. Charles Halloway, Will’s father, is haunted by the fact that he is fifty-four-years-old and the father of a teenaged boy  Miss Foley, Will and Jim’s seventh grade teacher, feels the lure of the carousel and becomes a victim of its evil when she heartbreakingly becomes a little girl who grieves for her lost adult self.  What is Ray Bradbury saying in Something Wicked This Way Comes about the concept of age?

5. Explain the complex father-son relationship between Charles and Will Halloway in Something Wicked This Way Comes. How does Will’s perception of his father evolve throughout the book from wariness and shame to admiration and hero worship.

6. Analyze the intense bond of friendship between Will Halloway and Jim Nightshade. Do you feel it is a healthy relationship that is equally appreciated by the two boys? Based on the behavior of Will and Jim in Something Wicked This Way Comes, whom would you choose to be your friend and why?

7. Jim Nightshade’s mother is a minor player in Something Wicked This Way Comes, making only one speaking appearance in the book, yet what she says has significant haunting resonance. Explain the brief conversation between her and Jim on pp. 40-41. What insights does this exchange between Jim and his mother reveal about Jim’s tragic family background and his innate character?

8. Why don’t the freaks stop Charles and Will Halloway from destroying Cooger & Dark’s Pandemonium Shadow Show? How do you feel about the role of the freaks in Something Wicked This Way Comes? Are they innocent victims of Mr. Dark, or are they willing accomplices to carry out his master plan of evil?

9. What is the core theme of Ray Bradbury’s Something Wicked This Way Comes? Is it age? Temptation? Good versus evil? Happiness and laughter in life always triumphs over sadness and adversity? Explain what you feel to be is the ultimate message of the book and if you agree with it.

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