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Something Wicked This Way Comes

Something Wicked This Way Comes - Ray Bradbury Somehow I think that I prefer Bradbury's short stories. While this was quite good, it took me a while to get into the way it was written. Heavy on the imagery with a peculiar narrative style although most definitely and unmistakeably Bradbury.

Once again his nostalgia, in particular for his lost boyhood, shows in this novel. The "something wicked" is a travelling fairground manned by a collection of freaks led by Mr. Dark, the "illustrated man". There's something not quite right about this fairground that has arrived so late in the year and in the middle of the night. Very soon, strange things start to happen and two boys, Jim and Will quickly find themselves at the heart of the story...

The effectiveness of this story probably depends on how well you can relate to the protagonists. Something that the less male, the less American and the further removed from Bradbury's generation you are, the harder that is going to be.