Where I live it is still warm, and the leaves on the trees have yet to turn. Because of that, reading books like this is how I get into the Halloween spirit. There is a certain chill in the air here, yes, but it is not quite autumnal — yet. But while I was reading this classic novel about an evil carnival that has rolled into a small town a week before Halloween, and the two young boys who must fight the darkest fears they’ve ever faced, I felt the embrace of fall. And it was magical.
Ray Bradbury is one of my favorite writers, and perhaps my biggest inspiration. He was not just a wordsmith; he was a magician, dealing in whimsy and wonder and nostalgia and fear. In none of his works are his skills more evident than in this, one of his most notable releases. I don’t know of any author (aside from Stephen King, maybe) who writes about childhood with such accurate precision — and in such minimalistic language. In Bradbury’s writing is a certain economy of language that, I am sure, is much harder to pull off than it appears. Not a word is wasted here.
Perfect for the Halloween season (or any time of year, really), this is a landmark coming-of-age tale about friendship, fear, magic, and the strange alluring wonder that comes with small town carnivals. I am so glad I capped off my Halloween Bingo reading with this!
Read for ‘Classic Horror’ in Halloween Bingo.
I bombed out on doing this part of the Dewey Read-a-thon. I just don't do well with daily challenge prompts. So I figured I group them in tens and make three posts.
Day 30 Favorite Book - Public Secrets by Nora Roberts
Day 29 Short Book - Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Day 28 Red - Vision, Volume 2: Little Better Than a Beast by Tom King et al
Day 27 Snacks - Pretzels for salty snack, as they are not greasy like potato chips but have the same crunch factor. Starbucks' London Fog (venti, cause go big or go home) for sweet.
Day 26 Short Stories - An Encounter at Hyde Park by Various Authors
Day 25 Comics craze - Wonder Woman: The Hiketeia by Greg Rucka et al
Day 24 Drinks - My newest favorite drink is Kraken Black Spice Rum and Coca-Cola. All time drink is still a cuppa tea.
Day 23 Space - A Slight Miscalculation by Deb Marlowe
Day 22 Cozy - The Christmas Child by Linda Goodnight
Day 21 Blue - Blue Dahlia by Nora Roberts
A fantasy romp through a narrow selection of death-cellebrating traditions. 12ish feels like the target audience aim.
I saw somewhere being said this is to Halloween what a Christmass Charol is to Yule. Well...
While I really liked some passages here and there (specially all those Oh, so grim rhymes), it was altogether too hazy and weird for me. I can enjoy weird, but this time I just kept loosing the thread in the story. Charol is still better.