Hi! I just finished Something Wicked This Way Comes, and i thought it was very good (the 'final battle' with mr. dark was sort of dissapointing and unexciting though). I have not read Mr. Bradbury's book "The Illustrated Man". Does this have anything to do with the 'illustrated man' in (or anything else involving) Something Wicked?
Posts: 38 | Location: wilmington, DE, USA | Registered: 07 December 2004
Bradbury will get hold of a phrase he likes and use it in several different forms, sometimes related, sometimes not, sometimes debatable. This could be among the debatable ones, especially since the themes of the tattoos on the Illustrated Man in the short story collection are potentially infinite.
Posts: 7100 | Location: Dayton, Washington, USA | Registered: 03 December 2001
I am finishing reading The Illustrated Man, and then I didn't know what I was going to look at next, but all this talk about the similarities between Illutstrated and SWTWC is persuading me to pick that one up next! Why have you chosen to read SWTWC before Illustrated?
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Posts: 32 | Location: Rochester College | Registered: 03 May 2005
From what I know about Illustrated man there are quite a few similarities, but I'm starting to think that all of Bradbury's books are alilke. I think he likes to use a lot of things or people that are unhuman that are weird or distorted. I also think that he really likes to use witches.
I think SWTWC and the "Illustrated Man" do link together. The Illustrated Man is similar to Mr. Dark. They make you think of each other. The Illustrated Man talked about his age (how he is old) and a witch, both of which have a part in SWTWC.
"The current science fiction writers are a bunch of jerks. As for cyberpunk, it's crap -- you can't read it."--Ray Bradbury
I think that they are both connected to each other. The illustrated man is mentioned in something wicked and he received all of his tattos from a witch at a traveling fair. I think that in a way all of Bradbury's works link together. He likes to use a lot of the same characters.
I think that they do have a connection. I have not read the Illustrated man but I think that the Illustrated Man is kind of a story more focused on that one character instead of in Something Wicked This Way Comes.