The book isn't actually about Christmas, so I'm not sure where many of these reviewers are saying Christmas won't be seen the same after this book. Don't go into this reading if you're looking for a Christmas-themed horror story, instead go at it with a mindset of a King-style story that involves one man's twisted idea about a special place called Christmas Land - and yes, Christmas Land is a jolly twisted existence for those who reside there :)
This was the first Joehill book I ever read. I really loved the story. It was rich and complex and yet at the heart of it very simple. I am dictating this so I know the English is not great, but it really is worth the read especially if you enjoy Stephen King.
Kate Mulgrew is reading of the book was also amazing, I love her voice I love her inflection I love the heart that she brings to everything she does. Don't hesitate for a minute to try this book
The sense of adventure. This book made me want to grab my bike and ride till I found a bridge and then ride some more. And I'm almost 40.
Not a book, but Goonies. There is just something about this book that makes me wish I was younger, had adventures, and powers of the paranormal.
She does a mean Vic but a horrible Lou. Her Charlie Manx is great, but her Wayne is not. I find her range challenging when she performs male characters.
Absolutely, this was one I listened to at night in bed after my wife fell asleep. I could not get enough of this story.
Speaking of my wife, she jumped on board and read it with me as I listened to the book and she was hooked. She read the entire thing in 3 days. Also - note there is a PREQUEL called The WRAITH look for it in graphic novel form. Plus I loved the way it connects to other Joe Hill Novels and many Stephen King stories and themes. The shared universe that Joe is creating is amazing to visit and I can't wait for my next trip.
I really wanted to love this book, especially since it had such powerful and glowing reviews. I only finished the book because I refused to give up, hoping that I might enjoy the story as the book drew to a close. FAIL!
Kate Mulgrew read with such feeling that you knew the individual characters by her voice. And Joe Hill's story is hideously good. What a great combo!
The story is interesting enough and the narrator relatively good enough, to keep me listening. However, "Hill" just can't quite tell a story on the same caliber as his father, the great Stephen King. King can transition through time in a way which is smoother and more appealing. You can tell that "Hill" is king's son, and utilizes a similar style, but the world he creat world is not quite so believeable as any world devised by King's mind.
A silly story with voices/narration that seemed childish at points. Evil with no background: Disconnected phones ring, a Rolls Royce drives itself, a corpse comes to life & drives a Trans Am, evil children ride bikes across an imaginary bridge into another dimension... All while Christmas music plays year-round. And, nothing to do with Nosferatu/vampires. I stopped listening an hour before the end. Stephen King at his worst.
From the middle part on, it was fast paced, and felt like a Stephen King novel.
Charlie Talent Manx
If anybody has ever started a novel and thought about putting it down, but stuck with it, I'm part of that group. Glad I stuck with it. After about two hours of audio I almost was done, and part of it, and I've got to be honest, I wasn't sure if I could put up with another 20 hours of Kate's voice. So after two hours, I stopped for about a week. Finally decided to give it another go, and glad I did. It's a scary story, mixed with realistic super natural horror. Charlie Manx has lived for over a century, stealing kids, giving them the ultimate fantasy, a reality in which every day is Christmas and every night is Christmas Eve, filled with games, rides, and fun. The climax of the book comes with Manx comes back from the decades long coma and gets Vic's son. From that point on, it felt like I was in a Stephen King novel and I wasn't able to put it down. I have an hour commute each way during the week, and then I was getting home and listening with my headsets into the wee hours of the night. That's when you know it's a great novel and worthy of five stars. I can see where Joe Hill gets his talent. This is my first book of his, as I am a huge fan of his dad and wanted to give him a shot. Exceeded my expectations, and then some.