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NOS4A2 (edition 2013)

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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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Mostly good This book was recommended by a good friend and I enjoy thrillers so I figured I'd give it a shot. I picked up the audio book from my local library and jumped in. 
 
It didn't grab me right away but I think that may have had more to do with the narration than the story. Ms. Mulgrew was fantastic for most of the voices but there were at least two that made me want to turn it off and not go back. But I wanted to finish the book and chat about it with my buddy so I gritted my teeth and stuck it out.
 
I thought the concept was really interesting - certain people being able to project their internal realities into physical reality tied in with serial killing, child abduction, and vampirism. The main characters - protagonist and antagonist - were moderately interesting. 
 
While I enjoyed the book, I didn't love it. Besides the narration (it was Bing and Lou which bothered me the most), the writing style and some word choices (Wayne's voice didn't ring true for me) made it really hard for me to stay immersed in the story.
 
I'm glad that I stuck it out because the last few chapters made it a worthwhile read but I don't know that I'd read another book by this author. ( )
  amcheri | Jul 12, 2016 |
I tried to read this when it came out, but I just couldn't get into it. And I only listened to the audio version because there wasn't anything else available. But after getting through the first bit, it was pretty good. I HATED what Mulgrew did with Bing's voice, though. It made me cringe every time. Ugh. ( )
  imahorcrux | Jun 22, 2016 |
At first it was a little slow until the car kidnapped its owner. ( )
  Foghorn-Leghorn | Jun 5, 2016 |
It's a story about a very bad man with a very bad car". Manx is a 140 year old man who drives around in a 1938 Rolls-Royce Wraith with the vanity plate "NOS4A2" and kidnaps children, taking them to "Christmasland". He entreaties helpers as needed to "take care" of loose ends (like parents). Bing Partridge is one of the recruited helpers. Bing is the most disturbing character in the story as he is not deliberately malevolent. He honestly believes he is doing good as he sees it. Sound familar? At any rate Christmasland holds a horrible end for the children whose bodies are never found since they are ordained to live there forever. Vic McQueen is the "traveler" and a mother searching for her son. It becomes her destiny to put an end to Manx, the vampire, who does not drink blood but takes from his victims something far more precious.

This is a truly horrifying tale that grabs you in the first chapter and doesn't let go until the end - at which point you're almost guaranteed to have a nightmare or two. Through all 700 plus pages, Joe Hill does not waste a single word. Each character is well thought out and presented; each a solid building block in this fascinating and chilling tale. This is a fast paced book and a quick read considering its enormous size, (almost 700 pages). Joe Hill is a great story teller who, as soon as you set the book down for a break, beckons you back for "just one more chapter". ( )
  Carol420 | May 31, 2016 |
I really loved this book. I listened to the audio so the changing POV was a little confusing at first. But the story hooked me fairly quickly. It was very hard to stop listening. Kate Mulgrew was an amazing choice for the narrator. I was a like bummed that it wasn't very creepy because Heart Shaped Box had some parts that scared the bejesus out of me. Overall it was a fantastic read! ( )
  LenaR0307 | May 30, 2016 |
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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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Rodriguez, GabrielIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Epigraph
Die Todten reiten schnell. (For the dead travel fast.)
-- "Lenore," Gottfried Bürger
Dedication
To my mom - here's a mean machine for the story queen.
First words
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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