I recently decided that to was time for me to read “Something Wicked This Way Comes” by Ray Bradbury. I say recently because I started reading the book on Saturday the Second. So, like a week and a half ago.
I bought the book in early 2015.
So, like two years ago.
I first decided that I wanted to read the book in roughly the year 2000.
I first read Ray Bradbury in the eighth grade. “The Martian Chronicles”. So, that’s 1989 or 1990.
And I first became obsessed with “Something Wicked This Way Comes” when I saw the movie starring Jason Robards and Jonathan Pryce on TV when I was a kid. My guess is that was around 1986.
I’m glad I’m not letting time stop me, though. I’m glad that I’m finally getting around to reading a book that has been a part of my life for so long.
I’m also glad that I’m liking it.
Bradbury has a very accessible way of writing. He says a lot in not too many words, making you wonder if he painstakingly agonized over each and every word. I like to think not. I like to think that he’s part magic and that the words just flow out of him, no matter how fast or slow, on their own.
A lot of times if I’m reading a book when I’ve already seen a movie adaptation, it’s hard not to picture the actors in my mind to represent the characters. Funny thing, even though this movie is so ingrained in me after multiple viewings and the actors so much a part of their roles — I don’t see them in my mind when reading the book. They quickly became whatever my mind made of them.
I’d gotten away from reading in a way only a writer can. When you’re drowning in your own words so viciously that you almost forget other words exist. Now that I’m on the final edit of my book, though, I think it was time to really kick myself in the butt to start reading again.
Plus, it’s a great way to distract myself from the actual editing. And who doesn’t love and desperately long for that?
So, I’m 31 years and 49 pages in…I’ll keep you posted on how the book goes. I’m pretty excited to read more.
And now, to go do that…