Monday, March 30, 2015

Something Wicked This Ways Comes

Today's Book Recommendation is Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury.

It begins with arrival of a mysterious carnival one Autumn night. It arrives at midnight. It's ringmaster promises you your secret wishes. A calliope beckons to you with the promise of restored youth and dreams. Cooger & Dark's Pandemonium Shadow Show has come to Green Town, Illinois. It has come with one goal. To destroy any life touched by its darkness and mystery. Two boys discover the secrets of the carnival and with them the cost of wishes.

A timeless classic of Gothic portents this novel is one of my favorite classic fantasy novels. One review describes Bradbury's prose as dark and hypnotic. It invites you to step inside and experience the carnival right alongside the two boys. I think Bradbury is one of those authors who you might not like everything that they write, but there is such a range of stories in their cannon that there is something for everyone to enjoy. I speak as a reader who loved this novel but didn't care for his iconic Fahrenheit 451. There was something so chilling about this novel. With beats that remind me of some of my favorite Edgar Allen Poe stories.

Bradbury is definitely one of those authors that can control myth, fairy tale, and our own tendency towards nostalgia. This is a must read for any Science Fiction and Fantasy reader.

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