Something Wicked Read-a-Long

Ti and Sandy are hosting the Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury read-a-long.  We’re discussing it on blogs and Twitter with the hashtag #EnterTheRingmaster.

We read the second section, which is Ch. 25-44, and it is getting tougher to hold off reading the rest before the final discussion on Halloween!

This section moved a lot more quickly for me with the hiding from the carnival gang and the boys being scared out of their minds.  Will and Jim are still a bit interchangeable to me, but at this point I’m over it.  And the language hasn’t been as difficult to get through — it’s like they have some kind of mid-western dialect or some language that’s all their own.  The revelations about the carnival were not all that revealing to me, but maybe that’s because I’ve read too much Stephen King and other odd little stories about carnivals.  But it wasn’t so predictable that it made me stop reading.

I am still wondering about the relationship between Will and his father and why they have never communicated before now, and where are Jim’s parents — we know he at least have a mother — but where has she been all this time.  It seems like his parents are not around much for him, which is why he seems to be expected to get in trouble.


  1. Anna @ Diary of an Eccentric says

    Sounds interesting, but I’ll wait to hear your final thoughts.

  2. I can’t quite make out what happened in part two. It was hard to follow for me. Plus, I watched American Horror Story last night and they introduced Mordrake. He is just like Mr. Dark and they also paid homage to the movie Halloween. I wonder if that show is paying homage to classic horror films or if it’s are poking fun at them in some way.

    Anyway, back to this book. I get the feeling that the adults in town are all children or the children are adults and don’t remember being adults. The transformation, the carousel, it’s all a little jumbled right now. I can’t eve imagine where the story will go from here.

    • It seems like the carnival preys on towns, giving the adults and kids what they want in exchange for their souls. If you want to shave off a few years off your age, get on the carousel, and we’ll just take your soul. That’s what I got out of it. Like Jim wants to be older…etc.