September 29, 2006

October's Book: Something Wicked This Way Comes Ray Bradbury.

It is about two boys, named Jim Nightshade and William Halloway, who have a harrowing experience with a nightmarish carnival that comes to their Midwestern town one October. The mysterious and sinister carnival is presided over by Mr. Dark, a man who bears a tattoo for every person who, enticed by the offer of living out one's secret fantasies, has become part of the show — many unwillingly. Countering Mr. Dark's malevolent presence is Will's father, who finds his own life force tempered by middle-age melancholy.

(I have read several places that this novel is considered a "companion" piece to Dandelion Wine, a great favorite of mine, and something I had never heard before. I have missed this one far too long, I think!)

September 01, 2006

September's Book: The Diary of Adam and Eve

The book is The Diary of Adam and Eve by Mark Twain.

I don't know how many times I have read excerpts from "The Diary of Adam" or "The Diary of Eve"--many, many times--and I have been wanting to read the entire thing for a long time. So why not now?

So I found it at the library just a day or two ago and checked it out. And let me say--it isn't a proper "book"--it's really just a bunch of short stories put together in a book, but oh, is it delightful!