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Cannonball Read #28: Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury

Someone who knows how I love Steven King recommended this book to me, and after resisting for quite some time, I finally decided that if I'm doing all this reading, I might as well read this one too.

Something Wicked This Way Comes is the tale of two young boys who are caught up in events when a mysterious and possibly malevolent carnival comes to their small town. (I can't say much more about the plot without ruining things--there's a lot going on, and I wouldn't want to ruin any surprise for anyone who wants to read this.)

I wasn't especially impressed with this book as far as creativity of plot goes...at least until I realized that it was originally written in 1962. For that time, it's pretty interesting. The thing I like about the book was the descriptions and the language. The person who compared it to Steven King was right--there was a lot of what I like to refer to as "literary gymnastics." Phrasing and syntax that are interesting as far as what …

Cannonball Read #27: Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons

I ran across the movie version of this a few years ago, and I absolutely LOVED it. Kate Beckinsale was adorable in it (apparently it was made before she turned into a plastic skeleton) and some hilarious and wonderful character performances were turned in by Sir Ian McKellan, Joanna Lumley, Rufus Sewell, and Stephen Fry. I finally managed to get my hands on the book a few weeks ago, and I hoped it would be equally entertaining.

The plot concerns modern young woman Flora Poste, who, after being orphaned, leaves 1920s/30s London to go live with her distant relatives the Starkadders on their rural farm. The Starkadders turn out to be a dreadfully weird and dysfunctional bunch, and Flora sets her sights on using her common sense and modern sensibilities to "straighten up" the lot of them. There's gloomy Aunt Judith (who is obsessed with her son Seth); Uncle Amos the fire-and-brimstone rural preacher; cousin Reuben, the farmer; cousin Seth, the local Lothario; Elfine, the wild…

A Brief Explanation:

I have been reading like a maniac lately, but have fallen severely behind (like 5 - 9 books behind) on my blogging. Therefore, in the next few days I hope to catch up a bit. Don't be shocked when blog after blog shows up--I have not developed into a speed-reader or anything.