Book Beginnings and Friday 56 – The Halloween Tree (Oct 24)

I recently picked up a copy of Ray Bradbury’s The Halloween Tree at Bearly Used Books for a dollar, so with Halloween just a week away I’ve decided to give it a read and have also chosen it as my choice of book for this week’s Friday meme combo. GoodReads has the following description:

halloween treeAdventure, mystery and history are all wrapped into this eerie Halloween story about eight costumed boys who are whisked away on a kite through time and space to search for the meaning of Halloween.

It was the night of All Hallow’s Eve… a night of darkness and of dreams… of moonlight peering through the cobwebs of time and velvet silence splintered by tormented cries…

And through the streets of town raced a fiendish band–shrieking, howling, pounding on doors. “Trick or Treat” screamed the skeleton, as from every house the chilren extorted candy in the traditional blackmail of Halloween. But the last house was different. From within the black depths came Mr. Carapace Clavicle Moundshroud… a monster… a magician… a product of the night itself… who became their guide on a kite-flying, broomstick-riding trip back into the history of All Hallow’s Eve…

Now for this week’s excerpts:

book beginningsBook Beginnings is hosted by Gilion at Rose City Reader, who invites anyone to join in, saying: ‘Please join me every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires.  Please remember to include the title of the book and the author. Leave a link to your post.  If you don’t have a blog, but want to participate, please leave a comment with your Book Beginning.’

The beginning of The Halloween Tree:

It was a small town by a small river and a small lake in a small northern part of a Midwest state. There wasn’t so much wilderness around you couldn’t see the town. But on the other hand there wasn’t so much town you couldn’t see and feel and touch and smell the wilderness.

I don’t know a lot about this book, but this seems like a typical Bradbury beginning. I’m sure I’ll enjoy this one as much as his other stuff that I’ve read.

Friday 56The Friday 56 is a book meme hosted by Freda’s Voice and the rules are as follows:

*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56.
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it) that grabs you.
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post below in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url.

It’s that simple.

From page 56 of The Halloween Tree:

And the sun rose showing them…

Egypt. The River Nile. The Sphinx. The Pyramids.

“But,” said Moundshroud. “Notice anything – different?”

“Why,” gasped Tom, “it’s all new. It’s just been built. That means we really have gone back in Time four thousand years.”

This sounds quite intriguing, so I hope I can get into this book this weekend and find out what’s going on here.

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12 thoughts on “Book Beginnings and Friday 56 – The Halloween Tree (Oct 24)

    • A lot of Bradbury openings seemed to be like that, which I think helped draw people into his stories. Thanks for dropping by.

    • Yeah, I’m hoping to read it this week in the lead up to Halloween. This is the first year my kids have decided they are too old to trick or treat, so I’ll need to get my fun somewhere 🙂 Thanks for visiting and I’ll be sure to check out your post as well.

    • Yeah, the kids are going to dress up and stay home to give out candy. Our daughter made sure we bought a lot in the hope that there will be leftovers! You’ll need to make 451 one of your winter projects 🙂 Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

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