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Title:NOS4A2
Authors:Joe Hill
Info:William Morrow (2013), Hardcover, 704 pages
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NOS4A2 by Joe Hill

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I liked the book, but I was a bit disappointed with it, mostly because I thought it would be better than it was and also that the book didn't have any characters that I actually liked very much. ( )
  MaraBlaise | Feb 25, 2017 |
I don't venture into the horror genre that often but in honor of Christmas fast approaching, I decided to give this one a try and I'm glad that I did, although, this certainly isn't a Dickens type of Christmas story! It's a supernatural suspense about a girl who can travel on her bicycle to other dimensions to retrieve lost items via an old covered bridge, who crosses paths with an ancient vampire serial killer who abducts children in his Rolls Royce Wraith and drives them off to Christmas Land. It turns out NOS4A2 is the adaptation of a German word meaning vampire.
It was definitely a unique, one of a kind, creation unlike anything I've read before but it wasn't as ridiculous as it sounds...okay it was, but not in a cheesy, bad way though. This book was well written, entertaining and it certainly held my attention. I listened to the audio version on Audible and the narrator was fantastic and totally brought the nightmare to life! I wasn't familiar with Joe Hill prior to reading this book but I'd happily read more by him and after seeing his photo on Goodreads there's certainly no question who is father is (Stephen King)....the talent must be hereditary! ( )
  JordanAshleyPerkins | Jan 26, 2017 |
NOS4A2 is the first novel I’ve read by Joe Hill, the son of a certain famous father, and I can safely say that the apple does not fall far from the tree. NOS4A2 is the kind of epic (and epic length) horror novel Stephen King perfected decades ago, the sort where average people are confronted with an implacable evil and must ultimately rise to the challenge if said evil is to be vanquished. By any scale, this book meets the high standards set by horror fans for a good and scary read.

First the premise: That there is a lurking evil hiding beneath the visible surface of everyday life, one that entices and snatches up the innocent and unwary and takes them to Christmasland, the creation of a malignant imagination, where they are fed upon and corrupted by their malevolent host, then twisted to his corrupt purpose. This vile place unto itself is unseen by the normal world as it goes about its business, except for a rare and gifted few individuals who stumble upon its secrets by accident.

The protagonist: Victoria “Vic” McQueen is one of those gifted few, a teen who always manages to be where she needs to be by riding her bicycle across a rickety bridge that magically appears when she reaches fast enough speed. One day she stumbles into Christmasland and barely escapes with her life, an event that scares her for years to come into adulthood, leaving her to doubt her sanity and haunted that she will one day come face to face with Charlie Manx again. Vic is a sympathetic heroine, starting out as one of those plucky teens who populate much of pop culture, maturing into a complex and difficult adult, one who is not always likable. She not necessarily the strong woman character to be found in many books, but that makes her all the more interesting when Vic has to do whatever it takes to save her son.

The antagonist: Charlie Manx is an interesting take on the classic vampire, one who uses a classic 1938 Rolls Royce to prey upon children and stay young long after he should have been six feet under. To some readers, Manx may seem like a one dimensional personification of evil, but Hill renders him with such detail that he becomes one of the more memorable recent horror fiction villains. By the end, it is clear that Manx is quite sincere in his wickedness, a foul predator who truly believes he is the best thing that ever happened to his innocent victims.

The supporting cast is filled with fully realized persons, starting with Vic’s son, Bruce Wayne Carmody, who becomes the focus of Manx’s vengeful wrath and must learn to face the monster alone. Bruce’s well meaning father, Lou, is unusual in that he is a sympathetic character more than a little on the heavy side, obesity often being the outward manifestation of corruption or moral weakness in many books. Manx’s loyal henchman, Bing Partridge, is the perfect Renfield to his master.

Hill’s pacing moves the story along at a fast clip for a novel at nearly 700 pages in length, with surprisingly short chapters in many sections that will be greatly appreciated by many readers. There is also a fine eye for detail and place without wasting words as the story unfolds through the tried and true three part act. Hill also makes it clear that NOS4A2 exists in a larger universe that encompasses not only his other novels, but some of his father’s works as well through a couple of well placed Easter eggs. As someone who has tried their hand at writing horror fiction, I can respect the hard work Hill must have put in to get this work completed.

I’m sure some critical readers will call NOS4A2 Stephen King light, and compare it very unfavorably to his father’s better work, but I would say that compared to the two most recent King books I have read, DOCTOR SLEEP and REVIVAL, the son’s work is slightly superior to the father. ( )
  wb4ever1 | Jan 18, 2017 |
Imaginative, exhilarating, frightening, Joe Hill's "NOS4A2" is a wild sleigh ride through a thrilling wonderland of creativity and a perfect seasonal read. ( )
  Birdo82 | Jan 15, 2017 |
NOS4A2 pays tribute to a King of horror, by mentioning the True Knot crew, from Doctor Sleep. Very cool, Joe Hill. Very cool! I enjoyed this novel very much- but to say that this one was a truly horrific and scary tale isn't true.

The story is a scare of a different breed. Instead of something coming to snatch away children for a stew or to extend life or even to sacrifice to some blood-thirsty diety, Charlie Manx (the beast of the story) comes to rescue children from a certain future. It knows what may or may not happen, so it seems... but for Vic, now the only one who's escaped the Christmasland horrors, Charlie is finding himself in a bit of a holiday nightmare himself. Vic is a formidable foe.

I wasn't sure what to make of this tale at first. It carried the feel of a King novel, but Hill didn't follow in his father's footsteps per se (hence the pen name). NOS4A2 carried a different sort of vibe, and for that, I enjoyed this story. Although I can say, when it came to henchman, Bing Partridge, was like a fellow from daddy's arsenal of dimwitted sidekicks!

The horrors weren't gruesome and gory, as I was expecting. I didn't even get the vampire I thought was coming- but Manx was a vamp of a new age, so to speak, stealing lives through deception. Because of this creative style, I found myself intrigued- especially in the land before you entered Christmasland. It was right out of one of my own nightmares!

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  AReneeHunt | Jan 3, 2017 |
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[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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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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