I found NOS4A2 to be absorbing and disturbing, all at the same time. Joe Hill's descriptive writing style painted the story easily in my mind's eye while building up the anticipation on what will happen next all the way up to it's final climax then it left me thinking of the "What ifs."
NOS4A2 spans through many years, from the time Vic McQueen is a child discovering her own, very real roads through her imagination while interchangingly delving into Charles Manx' twisted and horrific version of Christmas along with other supporting characters that make this story even more creepy and sometimes sad. During these years, many disturbing acts occur that lends an air of impossibility of triumph for Vic while other acts are heartwarming and sad. With the wide mix of scenery within NOS4A2, I experienced many reactions while reading NOS4A2 from horrified to sad to mirth and sometimes wistful.
I thought the characters were easy to relate to, Vic McQueen, or easily disliked and fear, Charles Manx, because they were created with such real to life attributes especially Vic. Because of the real to life characteristics of the characters, the story seemed more realistic which makes the horror aspect stand out terrifically within this book.
I'd recommend NOS4A2 to anyone who loves a good, well told horror story. You can't miss with NOS4A2 nor will you be sorry about the time spent reading this novel.
Kate Mulgrew's performance for the most part was right on the money. Kate can read the male, female and children parts very well and with various ranges of emotion, except there were several places when she was reading Vic, her voice came across as too gruff and harsh, almost like a heavy smoker's voice which I feel didn't fit Vic and this would throw me out of the scene, bringing to mind something out of place.
This book was a little more upbeat than the previous two books with Sookie showing some of her old optimistic personality, which I was glad for, however I felt her emotional responses to her love life was stagnant and un-heartfelt. Most of the loose ends were tied up neatly with no real feelings of satisfaction for me.
After finishing this book, and I thought about everything that had transpired in this last Sookie Stackhouse book, my overall feelings are that this series ending with a resigned whimper. I was hoping for so much more in this last book and was left with a unsatisfactory feeling of being let down.
The narrator Johanna Parker did superb job as usual with the different characters voices and accents. I think she nails Sookie voice to a T.
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