|Plot Summary of Something Wicked This Way Comes|
Will Halloway and Jim Nightshade, two almost 14 year olds in small town Illinois of the 1920's become intrigued by Cooger and Dark's carnival and its October arrival. They come to the attention and chase of the sinister Mr. Dark, who is giving people their most secret wishes. Finally, it is up to Will's aging and reticient father to brave the dark carnival and rescue the boys from Mr. Dark and his troupe of grotesques.
This synopsis report prepared by Travis Barrett
One of the great works of 20th century fantasy. Unlike Bradbury's other "story collection novels" (e.g., _The Martian Chronicles_, _Dandelion Wine_, even _Green Shadows, White Whale_), this is truly a novel: whole, organic, and complete. There are two protagonists, 13-year-old best friends, who must unravel the mystery of the Dark Carnival that comes to their Midwestern town and seems to suck up the bodies and souls of their neighbors.
This synopsis report prepared by David Loftus
A traveling circus offers a city the power to return to or advance to whatever age they choose, claiming a major price. A young boy fights to keep the city and his friend from paying that price.
This synopsis report prepared by Wendy Edwards
|Chapter Analysis of Something Wicked This Way Comes|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
Descript. of chases or violence - 20%
planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 20%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 30%
Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places - 30%
Tone of book
- very upbeat
FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?
- fantasy story on current Earth
Mental/magical powers focus
- magical powers (general)
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
- the monster chased me!
- a teen
- 20th century
Takes place on Earth?
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
Sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- vague references only
How much dialogue?
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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