Friday, September 25, 2009

Review by Shellie @ Layers of Thought: Something Wicked this Way Comes by Ray Bradbury

2nd Witch: By the pricking of my thumbs, Something wicked this way comes. [Knocking] Open locks, Whoever knocks! [Enter Macbeth]

Macbeth: How now, you secret, black, and midnight hags!
What is't you do? Macbeth Act 4, scene 1, 44–49

something wicked this way comes audio

Book Stats:

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio books; Unabridged (October 30, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786176261
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786176267

    Mini Summary:

    This classic fantasy/horror tale was originally published in 1963. It revolves around Will Halloway and Jim Nightshade whom are the best of friends and live next door to one another. They are inseparable with Will being the down to earth easy going boy and Jim as the wilder and “darker” of the two.

    The setting is a small town in middle America and its October. A scary storm front moves into town along with a mysterious and creepy traveling circus/carnival. As things get a bit wild and go awry the two boys become inextricably involved in the traveling carnival's evil doings. As the story progresses the nature of good and evil and how evil itself may be combated are addressed.

    My Thoughts:

    I listened to this story in audio format, which was pleasant. I liked its lyrical, slightly poetic style which is characteristic of Bradbury’s signature style. Read by Stanley Kubrik with his deep and resonant voice, where he changes his tone with each character and their moods. It is close to perfect for this story.

    Recommended for Halloween/Fall reading for young adults, mature older children, and adults to read to children. Most significant it has the perfect solution for being scared - laughter/humor. There is little or no violence, mild language, yet it is very suspenseful. I give this audio version of the book 3.5 stars. (I liked it a lot.)

    Links to GLBT:

    This particular book was read for a GLBT challenge and taken from a site which lists it as having these elements. The relationship is however not clear unless one is aware of such nuances – such as the community itself. Once aware it does become subtly apparent as the relationship between Will and Jim is revealed. The boys are obviously very close, and are fairly affectionate which could allude to the possibility of a budding romantic relationship.

    Wikipedia link for the novel.

    Amazon purchasing links for this audio book are US/UK/Canada respectively (book only for UK):

    A Sound of Thunder / Something Wicked This Way Comes /Something Wicked This Way Comes/ Something Wicked This Way Comes/A Sound of Thunder


    Shellie (Layers of Thought) said...

    I have signed up for follow up comments. :)

    Emily Cross said...

    've just gotten this book from second hand bookshop, i totally didn't realise there was GBLT element to it at all. Really looking forward to reading ray bradbury though!

    Shellie (Layers of Thought) said...


    I was blown away with this one too. I have several others on my list that are no well known - like Frankenstein.... go figure. I will have to do a bit more research on that one to get the connection.

    btw - I just started following you on twitter a day or so ago.. "layers of thought". :)