I will sell my stepfather's ghost to the highest bidder.
For a thousand dollars, Jude will become the proud owner of a dead man's suit, said to be haunted by a restless spirit. He isn't afraid. He has spent a lifetime coping with ghosts: of an abusive father, of the lovers he callously abandoned, of the bandmates he betrayed. What's one more? But what UPS delivers to his door in a black heart-shaped box is no imaginary or metaphorical ghost. It's the real thing.
And suddenly the suit's previous owner is everywhere: behind the bedroom door...seated in Jude's restored vintage Mustang...standing outside his window...staring out from his widescreen TV. Waiting - with a gleaming razor blade on a chain dangling from one hand.
A multiple award-winner for his short fiction, author Joe Hill immediately vaults into the top echelon of dark fantasists with a masterwork brimming with relentless thrills and acid terror.
©2007 Joe Hill; (P)2007 HarperCollins Publishers
"Powerful....[Hill's] subtle and skillful treatment of horrors that could easily have exploded over the top and out of control helps make this a truly memorable debut." (Publishers Weekly)
"Mr. Hill elicits honest empathy for Jude, who turned his stage persona into a nightmare version of his fears and must now figure out what strength he has left for legitimate battles. This dynamic is both frightening and funny, and the book weaves together those two threads in clever ways." (The New York Times)
I like the premise of the story, but it seemed to be dragged out longer than it needed to be. There seemed to be a lot of 'filler'.
Not as good. I enjoyed Horns much more.
The performance was average, but what really brought it down as a whole was the unnecessary techno musical interludes placed randomly throughout the reading.
I really loved this book, although it solidified my growing suspicion that he's a big misogynist, not that I really care, he just consistently writes weak female characters. The first thing I ever listened to from him was NOS4A2, which was pretty okay, even though I hated the narration on that one. Then I read Horns, which I enjoyed a lot more than NOS4A2, and finished with this, which I had the least amount of hope for, but ended up enjoying it more than any other.
The performance was good, although the southern girl accents were a little wonky, it wasn't bad enough to pull me out of the story. Overall, 5/5, I hope his next book is something more like this being more grounded in reality instead of leaning on harder fantasy like NOS4A2. I'm not saying there isn't a lot of fantasy in this book, but not a lot compared to his later works.
Overall the book left me unimpressed. Mr. Hill is good with descriptions, but this book lacks realistic dialogue and believable characters. It was not worth the money for me, but I wouldn't have been angered had I gotten it from the library. I'm glad I didn't stop with this novel because Mr. Hill has definitely learned from past mistakes.
Nothing bad or good struck me about the narration. Which is a plus, because it allowed me to concentrate more upon the story and not the voice that was reading it. At the same time, the narrator added nothing to the experience.
I hope not. If they did, it would probably star Martin Sheen's washed up brother, Joe Estevez.
I'm glad I read this book because it allows me to see how much Mr. Hill has progressed in his skill to date. It also shows that, while natural talent is required to be an accomplished author, you still need to hone your craft.
Look upward and see the wonders I've seen
No, but I loved it. The only other author who ever gave me nightmares was Joe's dad Stephen King. His book 'Salem's Lot gave me nightmare and so did Heart Shaped Box.
Judas Coyne. He was a good man who didn't know he was a good man. I'm a little bit prejudiced against musicians (I was with one for 16 years) but Judas reminded me of my musician. He was also a good man who didn't know he was a good man until he met me. I saw Jude and Georgia go this route, although their route as a lot more bloody and scary than mine was.
I would listen to Stephan Lang read the phone book. I love his performances.
Heart Shaped Box, killer insider.
This was my second Joe Hill novel. I read NOS4A2 first and he pretty much ruined Christmas for me. ;) I will be reading his next book and if it's like this, during the day on my commute.
Yes, for those who like ghost stories.
Yes, because you never knew what was going to come next. Don't want to give anything away.
Never trust anyone who doesn't enjoy reading.
Top 10 for sure!
Any Steven King book-- for obvious reasons. This is my 2nd Joe Hill book and I loved it just as much as I did Horns. His writing style is superb. Hill’s character development is well thought out and it shows in his writing.
Very creepy book about revenge from beyond the grave. How can you stop an enemy who isn’t even alive? How can you stop an enemy when they can control your mind?
Judas Coyne is a big rock star jerk but I loved him as well as his weirdo girlfriend, Georgia. It was hard not to fall in love with this old-rock star/bad boy/gothic-chick-defiler. Craddock was a sadistic bastard with an evil step-daughter. I was glad they both got what they deserved in the end.
Probably not. The story started to get very muddled 3/4 into the book.
The main character was interesting enough, but not to carry the story.
First, there was horrible music that played between parts (I'm just glad it wasn't between chapters!) and the narrator spoke over some of it, making it hard to understand. As for the narrator, it just felt like he was trying too hard in some parts, but not at all, in others.
Removing the horrible, jarring music that came between some chapters/parts of the story. Why did the last 10 or so 'chapters' have to consist of one or two sentences??? Just end the story... why drag it on??
The story had potential. I was intrigued by the manner in which it began with the heart shaped box, but I think after a time, the story became chaotic. I would not recommend it to someone else.
There were parts of this book that scared to heck out of me. I was so creeped out at times I had to stop listening for a bit, I listen a lot while I am running, alone, yep, could not do that with this book, at least not my early morning in the dark runs.
My only wish for this book, a better ending. I will not elaborate on that.
I will recommend this book to a friend ONLY if I knew my friend had HIGH tolerance to gore.
Hard to pick a favorite character. That being said the main protagonist had many (pleasantly surprised) layers
Good accents. Great female voices
Almost every single chapter of this book gave me a extreme reaction. And by reaction I mean gore, discuss and severe head shaking
Even though this book is a good work of fiction I cannot say I enjoyed it. Rough book to get thru. I read other reviewers opinions on how gory this book was and boy they weren't kidding. Lots of sexual violence and profanity. Read under your own risk
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