It's the week before Hallowe'en, and Cooger and Dark's Pandemonium, Shadow Show has come to Green Town, Illinois. The siren song of the calliope entices all with promises of youth regained and dreams fulfilled, but everyone touched will be destroyed, for Mr Dark collects souls. And as two boys trembling on the brink of manhood set out to explore ...
It's the week before Hallowe'en, and Cooger and Dark's Pandemonium, Shadow Show has come to Green Town, Illinois. The siren song of the calliope entices all with promises of youth regained and dreams fulfilled, but everyone touched will be destroyed, for Mr Dark collects souls. And as two boys trembling on the brink of manhood set out to explore the mysteries of the dark carnival's smoke, mazes and mirrors, they will also discover the true price of innermost wishes ...
Very Good hardcover in yellow boards. First Edition, third printing. Scattered smudging and staining to the exterior; staining and discoloration to the page-ends. Exlibrary copy with associated stamp to the upper page-ends as well as the front free endpaper. Dustjacket has been cut and affixed to the pastedowns and the endpapers. Previous owner's name and glue stain to the front free endpaper; denting which affects the first twenty pages of the book as well as the last several pages. Previous owner's bookplate affixed to the first blank page. Highlighting to the author's book list as well as several pages scattered throughout; several smudges scattered throughout. Otherwise, pages and text are clean and bright. Overall, an acceptable reading copy. 317 pp.
Tim O'Brien; Very Good in Very Good jacket. 12mo. 293 pp. Quarter-bound in blue on beige boards with Ray Bradbury's facsimile signature on the front panel; lettered in silver on the spine; headband. Lightly rubbed at the corners of the dustjacket; price intact; no interior markings. Dj art by Tim O'Brien. With a new afterword by Ray Bradbury.
Good. No Jacket. Signed and Dated 2 mass market paperbacks. First Book-By Random House Signed by Bradbury on 1st page and dated by him 2/16/86'. Good condition with fold creases on fron and back wraps. Second Book-Bantam Books paperback September 1963 edition. Ask for pictures if interested.
Very Good in Good jacket. 8vo. Jacket retains full colour and is in very clean condition, unfortunatey marred by a sticker ghost to the front head resulting in a 2" patch of scuffing which partially obscured the title. Small nk inscrip to flyleaf, else book is in near fine condition.
Fine with no dust jacket. Mild cover dustiness, else a clean copy of the First Edition. In a very bright jacket with a small library sticker with Bradbury's name attached to the spine panel. Otherwise, the jacket would be a very bright and attractive Near Fine example. Original $4.95 price present. The Book IS NOT an ex-Library copy, though clearly the jacket was.; 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. From the Paperback edition.
captivating writing style. Ray Bradbury is a sci-fi icon for a reason and this book proves it. It is a classic. Just read it. You'll see.
Aug 20, 2007
Cooger & Darks Pandemonium Shadow Show
In a small town Bradbury uses two thirteen-year-old boys along with their curiosity about all things, to set the scene in the month of October. One is ready for risk and the other is cautious. Both are open to new experiences. There is a smell in the air that only the month of October can bring. The harvest is about to start. The cycle of life is dimming and the dread of winter is around the corner.
A carnival show slowly and quietly comes to this sleepy town. It is the seductive nature of this carnival that lures old men, middle age ladies, and young boys. These individuals are stripped of their façade. Their fears, desires, losses and regrets are exposed. It is the pain of these people that unknowingly feeds this show. It is the secret discovered by the boys that reveals the strength of the bond between them.
The author slowly reveals the many facets of the characters in this small town and those in the carnival. It is the town people?s thoughts about themselves that are about to be questions. It is the performers of the show that brings these pains, fears and regrets to the surface. It is the good in an elderly father that triumphs over evil even as his frailties and regrets are painfully revealed.
The lives of the people will be changed forever. Whether it is for the better or worse, their beliefs about themselves and the concepts of life will never be the same when the carnival disappears in the October dust as quietly as it came.
The author uses the eternal struggle of good vs. evil. The twist is in the good and evil that each character possess and their struggles with it on a day to day basis are brought to fore front of their conscious in such a painful way that each may not have the ability to face the demons that each have. The author subconsciously asks you, what are your frailties, regrets, losses and fears and how will you deal with them as you live your life? Upon reflection will you be able to identify with a character or characters?
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