This is one of the few books I would say made a better movie than a story. The book didn't seem to flow in Bradbury's usual style; instead, the words sounded clunky together. I think the author dwelled a bit too long inside the character's heads and didn't progress the story with enough action. Also, one of the characters was "The Sand Witch." I couldn't take that seriously, as I kept imagining a flying ham on rye.
Recommended for those who love Bradbury anyway. Do yourself a favor and read this before you see the movie, as you'll no doubt want to read the book after watching it on the screen.
This is a very haunting book about a boy who gets in way over his head just to impress and keep a friend and risks losing his freedom and life. This was a great book (like most Bradbury books), and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a good book that is also a quick read.
I like this book but I found the poetic writing style in some parts a little disorienting to what was actually happening in the scenes. And im still wondering where The Most Beautiful Woman in the World was in the carnival after Mr. Holloway read about her on the throw away carnival advertisement. But over all the story seems like a read for teens but Bradburys writing style and the Mr. Holloway character gives a level of depth to the reading that I enjoyed and wasn't expecting.
I remember watching the movie when I was younger. Its a later 80's maybe early 90's movie! wow, I had no clue it was a book, but even the movie creaped me out in some parts. Give it a try if you have already read the book. And yes, there is a weird merry-go-round too.
This book is difficult to read if you are used to reading good literature. The sentences are short and non discriptive. I have read children's book that flow better than this one. I am plodding through it just to see what happens. I never thought that I would say this about a book, in this case, the movie is better.
I got about half way through this before I had to put it down and take a break. Most stories that involve carnivals and darkness are something that I will like but this is one book that I just couldn't get into. Very disappointing on many levels.
This was a quick and easy read. I think it took me three hours from beginning to end. The language is haunting and poetic, you can tell Bradbury is using a significant number of forms borrowed directly from poetry. The storyline is intriguing and ultimately deals with our nature as humans and our desires to always be in some other time rather than in the present moment.
I enjoyed this book. I thought it was an easy read with an entertaining plot. It would be a nice book to read around Halloween. I only gave it three stars because it's a book that only needs to be read once and it's a story that doesn't stick with you.