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.

Read-a-Long Fun….

So, I’ve joined the War Through the Generations read-a-long of The Monuments Men by Robert M. Edsel and Bret Witter with Anna from Diary of an Eccentric.  I hope you’ll join the discussion for chapters 1-14.  We’ll have a discussion for chapters 15-28 next Friday, Oct. 17.

Here’s the discussion for week 1.

I’ve also joined Ti and Sandy for the Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury read-a-long.

I was having a tough time following the narration because the dialogue and the narration prose was a little off.  Will and Jim seem very similar, though I think one is more daring than the other.  Not sure which one that is at this point.  I am hoping to have a better handle on these boys now into the next section, but we’ll see.  The narration is too close to the boys for my liking in a third-person narrator.

I do like the creepy nature of the town and the carnival, especially the “nephew” of their school teacher.  I always am down for creepy carnivals and characters….I’ve always been a little creeped out by these things.  I’m looking forward to what happens next as the boys uncover more about the carnival and its residents/workers.

Bradbury does seem to be keeping things close to the vest here and he does appear to be making fun of adults as naive and the kids more observant and in the know about the carnival and the evil things to come.  I’ll also still be looking forward to uncover the secret between Will and his father.  Are you reading along with us?  What are your thoughts so far?