Title: Something Wicked This Way Comes
Author: Ray Bradbury
“The library deeps lay waiting for them. Out in the world, not much happened. But here in the special night, a land bricked with paper and leather, anything might happen, always did. Listen! When rivers flooded, when fire fell from the sky, what a fine place the library was, the many rooms, the books. With luck, no one found you. How could they?”
“Sometimes the man who looks happiest in town, with the biggest smile, is the one carrying the biggest load of sin. There are smiles and smiles; learn to tell the dark variety from the light. And men DO love sin.”
I’ve owned this book for about a year and a half but was putting off reading it, waiting for a special occasion. Namely, Halloween. The opening pages wax eloquent on the joys and wonder of autumn and of October and so I wanted to wait until it was just right to start it. Unfortunately (or fortunately depending on how you look at it), I was stuck at jury duty today and had a few free hours in which to occupy myself so I decided to read this little gem. And holy hell, did it all come rushing back to me, the joy of reading Ray Bradbury.
His work is nothing short of magical. I can’t even describe how amazingly descriptive his writing is. He can literally take any object, season, or place, and make you experience it so vividly that you want to cry from the sheer beauty of it. Seriously. His writing is simply beautiful.
And this is one hell of a scary story, perfect for this time of year. It’s about an evil magical traveling carnival, and the way they disrupt a small town, especially two boys. But its more than that. It’s about what it means to be young. What it means to grow old. But mostly its about the power of friendship.
If you’re looking for a great thrill of a book, look no further because this story is just about perfect in every way.