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  • Title: NOS4A2
  • Author: Joe Hill
  • ISBN: 9780062200570
  • Page: 399
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 HeVictoria 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.

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    1. Do You Fear What I Fear? Christmas was one of the best things about being a kid. There is nothing quite like the anticipation leading up to Christmas morning. And even now, having achieved geezerhood, I am still a complete sucker for the big day. Every year a real tree, the lights, sorting through and selecting from the decades and decades of collected ornaments, the gifts, and hopefully a tree skirt free of cat vomit. I put on It’s a Wonderful Life, wife by my side, hopefully at least one of [...]

    2. Joe Hill tells another wonderful story that is scary, disturbing, beautiful, sad, and surprisingly touching.Read it all the way to the end. All the way.

    3. “Already, though, she understood the difference between being a child and being an adult. The difference is when someone says he can keep the bad things away, a child believes him.” Charles Talent Manx with his silver hammer.Some people are born with bad wiring. Some people get caught in a whirlpool of one tragic circumstance after another that has a detrimental effect on their sanity. Some people are too fragile; some are too hard, and some accumulate so much baggage that their soul gets lo [...]

    4. I will not compare Stephen King's son to himI will not compare Stephen King's son to himI will not.Joe Hill deserves to be in a class all of his own. Don'tcha think?I put off reading NOS4A2 for awhile. I read Heart-Shaped Box first Which I really liked- but thisis was much better!!!Sooooooooooooooo many friends said- "You have to read NOS4A2!!!!Oh you haven't read NOS4A2???? What is wrong with you??? Why haven't read NOS4A2?? What are you stupid?" One of those friends was Stepheny- and fighting [...]

    5. I think the books hardest to get into are the horror ones because it's really a thin line between something being scary and it becoming funny and not believable so I really have to give credit to Hill because even though the book was long he kept me engaged the whole time and even though the concept easily could've turned ridiculous he managed to keep it creepy, like every time Charles Manx was doing something I can't even explain the anxiety and anger I felt especially when the book was at its [...]

    6. People think I'm strange because I don't like Christmas. Well, this book did not cure me of this dislike in the slightest, nossir. Read it, and you'll understand."You can’t let facts get in the way of the truth."I've also never been a fan of Christmas music. There's something just *off* in that fake strained cheerfulness that emanates from it. After this book, I dislike it even more because the annoying in it has been joined by the sinister undertones.Also, the dislike *may* have something to [...]

    7. When Victoria McQueen was young, she had a unique gift: she could summon an old covered bridge that would take her wherever she wanted to go. After an encounter with Charles Manx, a Rolls Royce Wraith-driving kidnapper with a similar ability, her life is torn to pieces. Twelve years later, Charles Manx comes looking for the girl that got away and not even death is an obstacleFirst off, I think the title, NOS4A2 (Nosferatu, get it?), while clever, is very misleading since Manx isn't a vampire. Fo [...]

    8. 5 Stars. One of my top favorite books of all time (which should be obvious since I have now read the book twice and have listened to the audiobook once, narrated masterfully by Kate Mulgrew, as well).A Creepy, Disturbing Thrill Ride, with a flawed, yet lovable heroine, NOS4A2 is Joe Hill at his best. Victoria (Vic) McQueen is no ordinary girl. She has a bike and with it, she can travel across a bridge, which takes her through space, from one part of the country to the next, in mere seconds. As a [...]

    9. Joe Hill has described this 700+ page book as "my senior PhD thesis on horror", about a very bad 140 year old man who kidnaps children and takes them to a terrible place called Christmasland. This is an accurate surface description, but doesn't even come close to describing what this book is really about: the truest kind of love, which can come from even the most flawed human beings.Yes, this is a horror novel, no question, and it's one of the best I've ever read. As with Hill's other novels, th [...]

    10. Joe Hill should just change his name to Joe THE FUCKING MAN Hill. Anyone care to sign my petition? :DWhen I readHeart Shaped Box I was a little underwhelmed. I felt that, while it was a great debut novel, it lost something crucial along the way. But when I readHornssomething inside of me just got it. I could totally dig it. Some books have an effect on me that is just impossible to explain; I love it as if it were a part of me. Going into NOS4A2 I was very nervous. It’s hard to LOVE a book so [...]

    11. Review? WowOf course this book deserves a review. It deserves one of the highest order. But what can I write that will do Joe Hill and his wonderful book any justice?I mean, really. My ability to rave on this awesome book is dwarfed by the sheer wordpower of Joe Hill. So, here we go.This was cool.Uhhhhah. Cool. I liked it.A lot.See what I mean? I'm humbled.Truth is, I'm stuck on knowing what to say that doesn't 1) suck, or 2) spoil. The first is a waste of everyone's time, and the second is a be [...]

    12. As a little girl Victoria McQueen has a magical talent for finding things. While riding her bike and focusing on what she’s looking for, Vic can conjure up an old wooden bridge that she can cross and be at the spot where the lost object is. Vic mainly uses her powers to distract herself from the constant fighting of her parents, and she eventually meets an eccentric librarian named Maggie with her own supernatural power who explains that Vic is tapping into imagination itself and plowing tunne [...]

    13. Victoria McQueen is a badass artist with a badass talent that goes beyond her artistic abilities. She has the ability to cross any distance with her 'shorter way' bridge to locate missing things.  The bridge comes into existence with the combination of her strong, creative mind and transportation, not just any transportation, but a vehicle that chooses her, a Raleigh Tuff Burner in her youth and a Triumph motorcycle in adult years. It's magic, and all magic has it's price.  Victoria finds she' [...]

    14. **I'm quite confused regarding the title of the novel. Most editions say NOS4A2 but this particular one that I own says NOS4R2? Is it one of those US and UK edition thing going on?-----------Out of all my friends, I'm part of the very few who didn't rate this more than 3 stars. So this review can be considered as an unpopular opinion. I think I'm the only one who thought that this was mediocre, but opinions vary. Not all novels are loved by everyone. I still don't know why I didn't enjoy this t [...]

    15. This bad boy was an interesting mashup of horror, mystery, suspense, romance, comedy, and fantasy. I'm not sure what genre to plug it into. It's unlike anything I've read before. Joe Hill wrote a few books and then just went all-in with a longer, epic story that spans decades, introduces new characters, and changes plot several times. It was a risk, and it's not perfect, but it's a very fun read. And, gee whiz, it doesn't feel like 700 pages. The short chapters kept the pages turning, and the ac [...]

    16. After I finish my King reread in October, (or, at the rate I'm going, well before) I will be rereading Hill's books. Previous review: Yeah I got nothing. Instant classic. The best book I have ever read. Nuff said.I can do better than that, and I will. I will start by saying that I no longer consider it the best I've read, although it was the best book I had read at that point in my life (Summer 2013). As with anything else in life, a statement such as "BEST THING EVAR!!!" is purely subjective. I [...]

    17. My only experience with Kate Mulgrew, prior to listening to this audio book, was in her role as Captain Janeway from Star Trek: Voyager. It's odd, looking back, that I almost never watched Voyager because Mulgrew's voice irritated the hell out of me. Needless to say, I got over it, and I became a big fan of Star Trek's first female captain.I haven't seen or heard from Kate Mulgrew since the Voyager TV series ended. (I have some vague idea that she's on a new series "Orange is the New Black", but [...]

    18. “The Wraith slid out of the mist, a black sleigh tearing through a cloud and dragging tails of December frost behind it. December frost in July. The roiling white smoke boiled away from the license plate, old, dented, rust-shot: NOS4A2.”♫ Here comes Santa Claus, here comes Santa Claus, Right down Santa Claus Lane. Brad and Millie and all Manx children,Are on your phone again.Hammers a swingin’, skulls a pingin’, All is bloody and bright. So run for cover and say your prayers ’Cause S [...]

    19. "She told me about Charlie Manx. She warned me about him. She said there was a man, a bad man with a bad car. He used his car to suck the life out of children. He was a kind of vampire - a road vampire."I put this book off for a long time because I assumed by the title it was yet another vampire book. Yawn!In fact, when my friend and I were at the library at the same time and saw this on the NEW shelf, and our grubby little paws simultaneously reached for it, I graciously let her have it. Had I [...]

    20. 5 stars! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️I finished right before the new year! Thank you to all my friends on here that did a BR with me on NOS4A2. The BR turned out to be such a fun time experiencing this book with you all!Where do I even start with this review?! What a crazy and awesome book! I absolutely loved it and will read more Joe Hill books in the future. He really impressed me with his ability for storytelling and horror. Well done!I loved the supernatural aspect of this book along with [...]

    21. Update: 10-30-16 $3.99 on kindle. Not sure why this price is on the sale list but it is and I'm not sure for how long MY BLOG: Melissa Martin's Reading ListOH. MY. GOD!This is NOT a sweet little Christmas story boys and girls. This is a book about the evil Charlie Manx who takes boys and girls to Christmasland to live forever and ever and everd Christmasland is not a place you want to be with your soul sucked dry. Charles Manx cruises around in his 1938 Rolls Royce Wraith stealing children and f [...]

    22. I may never view Christmas songs the same way again. I don't know if I should thank Joe Hill for that or kick him in the knee!What can I say? I loved it (by "It" I mean this book and not "It" which I also loved)!!! I liked Horns, I liked Heart shaped box and I do believe those two books were Joe Hill getting "warmed up" and NOS4A2 is him hitting his stride. I seriously could not put this book down. I found it to be interesting and captivating from cover to coverd yes, I am on the "nice" list bec [...]

    23. I had high hopes for this book, I admit it. I loved Mr. Hill's previous works and hoped that this one would be just as good. I was not disappointed. This is the story of Victoria (Vic) who, as a young girl, discovers a very special covered bridge. From there this book takes off into an epic tale involving time travel, a beautiful Rolls Royce Wraith from 1938, a horrible man called Charlie Manx andChristmas! It sounds crazy, right?It is!I thought Charlie Manx was one of the best villains I've com [...]

    24. All of Joe Hill's novels start out, for me anyway, with some awesome creepy hook - the ghost with the scribbled over eyes in Heart-Shaped Box, the appalling things that everyone is really thinking in Horns. Said hook gets me invested in the characters, is expounded on to great effect for a few hundred pages & then the wheels come off in the last 20 or so pages. I'm usually a little disappointed in the outcome of everything he’s written, but I’d never say that they’re not worth the effo [...]

    25. Ok so I am so glad I gave Joe Hill another chance. For some reason I didn't like his earlier books. Guess what? I'm going to reread them just because I liked this book so danged much. The boy has definately came into his own.Creepy book that I couldn't put down. Vic was the perfect heroine. She has her flaws but I think that made her even stronger. Charles Manx creeped me outPerfect, perfect, perfect!!

    26. Joe Hill's NOS4A2 is his third novel, and also his longest - the hardcover clocks in at 704 pages. I didn't like Hill's debut, Heart-Shaped Box - which I thought was full of cliches and very dull - so I am happy to report that NOS4A2 is a much more engaging novel, with an interesting cast of characters and a storyline which moves at a brisk pace. Hill described his new novel as his senior thesis on horror fiction, and this remark is not just an overblown metaphor. NOS4A2 is an engaging romp whic [...]

    27. There was a lot of hype leading up to this one. It's rare that I'll snap up a book as soon as it's released, but I wanted to get this one read before I stumbled upon any spoilerish reviews.It lives up to the hype.Joe Hill is every bit the storyteller his father is. What he lacks in emotional impact (and this is only in comparason to the old man's ability), he more than makes up for with his imaginationS4A2 is one of those stories where, as you're only a quarter or so in, so much has happened tha [...]

    28. I have a feeling that this is going to be a rambling kind of review full of leg-humps and drooling. You've been warned.But first, I want to get the non-leg-humpy stuff out of the way. Technically, I'm giving this 4 1/2 stars, because there were a couple things that just didn't feel right to me. Forced, one might say. They were little things, in the grand scheme of the book, but they just didn't really work for me, and took me out of the story. I know why they were there, but knowing why someone [...]

    29. I was a little torn on the rating here, as I find I often am. At times this was an easy 4 star read other times I was ready to go a low 3. As it stands lets call it a high 3.This is a horror read (sort of) and in this one the influence of Mr. Hill's father is very noticeable (are writing style and plot handling hereditary?). Of course the book is rife with "homage" references to his dad's work. I'm not referring to those. The book is in many ways reminiscent (for me) of many of the things I've s [...]

    30. at 700 pages this book has everything. a bit of Cujo , a bit of Christine, and old vampire, (that's just to name a few) looks like Joe reshuffled all of Steve's stories added a bit of his own spin and created his own monster. Certainly compelling reading, but you feel like you've read most of it previously. Still however worth your time

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