Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
Review by Lauren
bought my own copy, opinions are my own
Official Summary: What if someone discovers your secret dream, that one great wish you would do anything for? And what if that someone suddenly makes your dream come true--before you learn the price you have to pay? "Something Wicked This Way Comes" is the story of two boys who encounter the sinister wonders of Cooger and Dark's Pandemonium Shadow Show. They will soon discover the show's awful mystery--a mystery that will change the life of every person it touches--in this stunning masterwork of dark fantasy by Ray Bradbury.
Review: Most people have read Ray Bradbury in high school English, but I never had to, so Something Wicked This Way Comes is actually my first novel by this author. I'd seen this book around for awhile and I figured October was the best time to finally check it out.
First off, I have to say that I liked the overall story and message throughout the book. This book follows a few point of views in third-person, but mainly William, a pre-teen boy. Will and his best friend Jim soon discover that the carnival that has come into town is not a place to let yourself become lost. There are sinister secrets behind the owners, the exhibits, and the other "freaks" that inhabit the show. Everyone and everything is not as it appears.
This is definitely a fun book to read when the nights are dark and magic seems more real. However, this is something I could picture students reading in school. What I mean is that it has a literary feel, intricate writing, and reads less like a "fun and fast read." It took me a bit to get through the entire book, and sometimes I wasn't sure if it was the right fit for me...but I kept going forward. While I never found myself desperate to pick up the book and read, once I started, the pages did go by quick.
Sometimes the boys seemed a bit older than their years, but based on what they were going through, it made sense. I also found myself comparing Will to Corey Matthews and Jim to Shawn Hunter from the show Boy Meets World. They are both young and in search of adventure, but Will is much more cautious than Jim.
In the end, I think this is something that a book club could find a lot to discuss about!
Picture that nicely depicts the book's carnival:
do not own, source is here.