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NOS4A2

by Joe Hill

Other authors: Gabriel Rodriguez (Illustrator)

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Excellent book. Loved it from start to finish! I am a hooked constant reader! ( )
  cfulton20 | Dec 5, 2018 |
Excellent book. Loved it from start to finish! I am a hooked constant reader! ( )
  cfulton20 | Dec 5, 2018 |
Victoria (Vic) McQueen exercises her keen imagination as she races along on her bike, pretending to be a powerful adventurer while escaping the confines of her tense home. One day, she discovers that she has a real magical ability: she can use her mind to create a temporary bridge to her wished-for destinations. Thus begins NOS4A2, a satisfying and absorbing horror novel by Joe Hill. The reader discovers that Vic is not the only one, however, with the power to link the real world to real or fantastical places. A vicious serial kidnapper has been using his own preternatural abilities to capture children and transport them via his antique car (the book’s title refers to its vanity plate number) to a nightmare amusement park of his own creation: Christmasland. En route, its new arrivals become transformed into obedient monsters, trapped forever in Charles Manx’s insane version of holiday cheer. The book describes in enthusiastic detail a climactic cat-and-mouse chase across the country between the forces of good and evil through macabre settings, real and imagined. Although almost 700 pages, the novel rushes by with frequent explicitly violent scenes, gritty characters and addictive non-stop action. NOS4A2 is well-crafted and skillfully plotted, a good pick for any horror or fantasy enthusiast. ( )
  jnmegan | Jul 31, 2018 |
I really tried to finish this but I didn't like Vic at all. I know she went through bad stuff with Manx, but I couldn't empathize with her and I found her personality abrasive and off-putting. DNF'd at 42%.
  mitabird | Jun 10, 2018 |
I gave this book three stars in spite of my failure to appreciate it. What I did appreciate is how well written it was. I'm resolved to admit that I just don't enjoy the genre. There were aspects of it that were just too hinky for me to buy. It was a crops between a child's Christmas story and Christine and the Shining but less realistic. The story moved along and wasn't stagnant, which worried me with its length, but it was one I could put down easily. Took me a while to get through all of it, which is unusual for me. Characters were well written and I bonded with them which is always a challenge. If you enjoy the genre then it's worth your time. ( )
  Nemorn | Jun 4, 2018 |
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BLOODY DISGUSTING bloody-disgusting.com
[BEST & WORST '13] Top 10 Horror Novels of the Year!

8. NOS4A2, by Joe Hill
(April 30; William Morrow)

Whimsical to a fault, Joe Hill’s newest novel is jam-packed with enough imagination for an entire series. His child-warping, Christmas-loving villain, Charlie Manx, is one of the best end-level bosses in all of fiction, evil and memorable enough to receive a mention from none other than Stephen King (Hill’s father, who name-dropped Manx in Doctor Sleep). This guy Hill is a world-builder working at the top of his game.
 

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Joe Hillprimary authorall editionscalculated
Rodriguez, GabrielIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Faughnan, LindaCopyeditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hardy, LibertyCopyeditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kerner, Jamie LynnDesignersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mulgrew, KateNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Schuck, MaryCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sugden, MaureenCopyeditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Epigraph
Die Todten reiten schnell. (For the dead travel fast.)
-- "Lenore," Gottfried Bürger
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To my mom - here's a mean machine for the story queen.
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Nurse Thornton dropped into the long-term-care ward a little before eight with a hot bag of blood for Charlie Manx.
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What's good stays good no matter how much of a beating it takes.
She breathed deeply of the scent of decaying fiction, disintegrating history, and forgotten verse, and she observed for the first time that a room full of books smelled like dessert:  a sweet snack made of figs, vanilla, glue, and cleverness.
But everyone also lives in the world inside their own head. An inscape, a world of thought. In a world made of thought--in an inscape--every idea is a fact. Emotions are as real as gravity. Dreams are as powerful as history.
Christmas was almost three months in the rearview mirror, and there was something awful about Christmas music when it was nearly summer. It was like a clown in the rain, with his makeup running.
She thought of mothering, which was really another word for being present and caring what happened to someone.
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Don't slow down

Victoria McQueen has an uncanny knack for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. When she rides her bicycle over the rickety old covered bridge in the woods near her house, she always emerges in the places she needs to be. Vic doesn't tell anyone about her unusual ability, because she knows no one will believe her. She has trouble understanding it herself.

Charles Talent Manx has a gift of his own. He likes to take children for rides in his 1938 Rolls-Royce Wraith with the vanity plate NOS4A2. In the Wraith, he and his innocent guests can slip out of the everyday world and onto hidden roads that lead to an astonishing playground of amusements he calls Christmasland. Mile by mile, the journey across the highway of Charlie's twisted imagination transforms his precious passengers, leaving them as terrifying and unstoppable as their benefactor.

And then comes the day when Vic goes looking for trouble . . . and finds her way, inevitably, to Charlie.

That was a lifetime ago. Now, the only kid ever to escape Charlie's unmitigated evil is all grown up and desperate to forget.

But Charlie Manx hasn't stopped thinking about the exceptional Victoria McQueen. On the road again, he won't slow down until he's taken his revenge. He's after something very special—something Vic can never replace.

As a life-and-death battle of wills builds—her magic pitted against his—Vic McQueen prepares to destroy Charlie once and for all . . . or die trying. . . .

Haiku summary
NOS4A2 is
the perfect antidote for
Christmas craziness
(SENSpence)

Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0062200577, Hardcover)

NOS4A2 is a spine-tingling novel of supernatural suspense from master of horror Joe Hill, the New York Times bestselling author of Heart-Shaped Box and Horns.

Victoria McQueen has a secret gift for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. On her Raleigh Tuff Burner bike, she makes her way to a rickety covered bridge that, within moments, takes her wherever she needs to go, whether it’s across Massachusetts or across the country.

Charles Talent Manx has a way with children. He likes to take them for rides in his 1938 Rolls-Royce Wraith with the NOS4A2 vanity plate. With his old car, he can slip right out of the everyday world, and onto the hidden roads that transport them to an astonishing – and terrifying – playground of amusements he calls “Christmasland.”
 
Then, one day, Vic goes looking for trouble—and finds Manx. That was a lifetime ago. Now Vic, the only kid to ever escape Manx’s unmitigated evil, is all grown up and desperate to forget. But Charlie Manx never stopped thinking about Victoria McQueen. He’s on the road again and he’s picked up a new passenger: Vic’s own son.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:23:36 -0400)

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Victoria McQueen has a secret gift for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photography, answers to unanswerable questions. On her Raleigh Tuff Burner bike, she makes her way to a rickety covered bridge that, within moments, takes her wherever she needs to go, whether it's across Massachusetts or across the country. Charles Talent Manx has a way with children. He likes to take them for rides in his 1938 Rolls-Royce Wraith with the NOS4A2 vanity plate. With his old car, he can slip right out of the everyday world, and onto the hidden roads that transport them to an astonishing--and terrifying--playground of amusements he calls "Christmasland." Then, one day, Vic goes looking for trouble--and finds Manx. That was a lifetime ago. Now Vic, the only kid to ever escape Manx's unmitigated evil, is all grown up and desperate to forget. But Charlie Manx never stopped thinking about Victoria McQueen. He's on the road again and he's picked up a new passenger: Vic's own son.… (more)

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