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review 2016-11-30 00:00
Something Wicked This Way Comes
Something Wicked This Way Comes - Ray Bradbury Did Not Finish, Stopped Reading at 35 Percent.

This was also for the November Horror Aficionados group read, however, I will not be counting that towards my goal since I did not finish this.

I cringed about not finishing this book. But seriously it was too much. Too much purple prose and long winded paragraphs. I honestly don't know what's going on and refuse to care anymore. After I got to a part in the book about why men/boys wake up at 3 am and women don't due to their ability to give life (or whatever that tortured metaphor was) I tapped out.

The book centers around two boys, Jim Nightshade and William Halloway and what happens after they go a traveling carnival in October. I know that we originally cited this book for Halloween book bingo, but now I am realizing there may have been a reason many people did not use this book to count toward their goal.

I think there was some interesting ideas here and there, both Jim and William are 13 years old (I do not need to tell you the significance of the number 13) and are about to turn 14. They and some of the people in their town sense something coming their way (the so-called wicked) and then the book just jumps around a lot and I honestly could not get a sense of anything. I just think the writing style was too much for me to overcome.
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review 2016-11-14 12:50
Something Wicked This Way Comes ★★★★★
Something Wicked This Way Comes - Ray Bradbury,Christian Rummel

I can’t do this novel justice with my review. I can only say that I loved it, from the characters and the gorgeously textured imagery to the story itself. I even loved the moralizing about wishes and regrets. My only criticism is for the depiction of women. The only positive female characters, the mothers, are only vague impressions as secondary characters, and the description of women as feeding off gossip was frankly offensive.

 

I listened to the Audible Studios version of the audiobook, and Christian Rummel’s performance was fantastic. He lingered over the text with evident pleasure, allowing the listener to enjoy it fully. Next time I read this book, though, I will do the text version, as I often wished to stop and savor, which is difficult when the audio controls the pacing for you.  

 

I read this for the Horror Aficionados November group read, but also for the Twelve Tasks of the Festive Season. This was for Task the Ninth: The Happy New Year, which was to read a coming of age novel.

 

 

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text 2016-11-04 13:33
Something Wicked This Way Comes - progress 35%
Something Wicked This Way Comes - Ray Bradbury,Christian Rummel

I've started the audio and am loving Christian Rummel's performance. But Bradbury's descriptions are so delicious that I want to stop and savor them, which is hard to do on audio. So I've downloaded the ebook from my library to let myself go back and revisit some sections.

 

(for Task the Ninth: Coming of age novel)

 

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review 2016-11-01 01:36
Something Wicked This Way Comes
Something Wicked This Way Comes - Ray Bradbury

Before loading this book onto my kindle a few days ago, I would have sworn it was a re-read, that I had read it as a child. But no, I don’t think I did. I think . . . I think . . . I only saw the movie. Which might explain why I thought the lightning rod played a much bigger part in the plot than it actually does. Another folder for the Filing Cabinet of Misremembered Things.

 

The story is still as spooky and poignant as I remembered, and the prose is possibly even purpler than Dandelion Wine, but I won’t hold that against it. (Much.) What really annoyed me were the weird typos in my Kindle edition which I suspect are the result of a bad scan somewhere along the line. Things like “mm” instead of “run” and some funkiness involving capital A’s that made a couple of phrases nigh indecipherable. Seriously, Harper Collins. This is Ray freakin’ Bradbury. Show some respect. Do better.

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review 2016-10-29 00:00
Something Wicked This Way Comes
Something Wicked This Way Comes - Ray Bradbury I read this one as a kid and remember it scaring the crap out of me. The illustrated Mr. Dark freaked me out big time.

A Bradbury classic, dark, dripping with atmosphere, coming of age, sinister, carnival tale. Excellent. This one is like a fine wine that just keeps getting better with age.


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