Something Wicked This Way Comes

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Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury

“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.”

Read for the first time when I was middle school, this Bradbury classic has lost none of the magic I first experienced twenty years ago.

I was looking at my bookcase one night, trying to decide what to read next, when this book suddenly fell from it’s spot (where it was laying FLAT on top of some other books way in the back of the bookshelf!) to the floor in front of my feet. Being that it was written by Bradbury (who has creepy down pretty well), and being that the book is what it is, I took that as a sign I should choose it to read next. Some friends suggested that I remove it from my house altogether! But I read it, enjoyed it as much, if not more so, than I did twenty years ago (now that I understood things better), and put it back on the shelf. In a different spot. Where it can definitely not fall off again.

Mass Market Paperback
304 pages
Published March 1st 1998 by Avon (first published 1962)
ISBN13: 9780380729401

5 stars

Fahrenheit 451

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Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

“Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury’s best-known novel, takes place in a bleak, hedonistic future where ideas are illegal and thinking is discouraged as people pursue lives of mindless happiness. In this world, firemen don’t put out fires—they start them—specifically, to any home containing that most forbidden of possessions: the printed book.”

First of all, Bradbury was a genius. I don’t think I’ve ever read anything he wrote that I didn’t absolutely love. He makes you think.

I read this book for the first time in middle school I think; I was around 13. I hadn’t read it in more than ten years when I decided to pick up again in January.

It’s a very fast read at only 190 pages, but such a great story; one every book lover should read.

It’s scary for me to imagine that there are people in the world who continually try to tell other people what they should and should not read. Take a look at any banned book list over the past few years and you will probably be surprised by the books that you see listed. Ironically enough, “Fahrenheit 451” is repeatedly banned and/or challenged. Really? Banning a book about banned books? *sigh*

190 pages
Published 2003 by Simon & Schuster (first published 1953)
With new forward by Author
ISBN13: 9781607511663
Hugo Award for Best Novel (1954), Prometheus Hall of Fame Award (1984)

5 stars