Audie Award Finalist, Solo Narration - Female, 2014
Joe Hill, the acclaimed, award-winning author of the New York Times best sellers Heart-Shaped Box and Horns, plunges you into the dark side of imagination with a thrilling novel of supernatural suspense that will have you flinching at shadows and checking the rearview mirror again and again....
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....
Joe Hill's acclaimed works of fiction, Horns, Heart-Shaped Box, and 20th Century Ghosts, have already earned him international acclaim. With NOS4A2, this outstanding novelist - "one of America's finest horror writers" (Time magazine); "a major player in 21st-century fantastic fiction" (Washington Post) - crafts his finest work yet. Disturbing, mesmerizing, and full of twisting thrills, Hill's phantasmagoric, devilishly playful masterpiece is a terrifying high-octane ride.
©2013 Joe Hill (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers
"Quite simply the best horror writer of our generation, Joe Hill’s masterful storytelling is on full display in NOS4A2. It is by turns terrifying and hilarious, horrifying and full of heart, and relentlessly compelling." (Michael Koryta, New York Times bestselling author of The Prophet)
"Fascinating and utterly engaging, this novel is sure to leave readers wanting more. One thing is for certain, however. After reading this book, readers will never hear Christmas carols in quite the same way again." (Library Journal, starred review)
"[A] new take on the fantasy-horror genre...Highly recommended." (The Sun Herald Sydney, Australia)
The storyline was interesting but it went on and on and on ...
Nope. I would have returned it if it wasn't purchased as a daily special.
I was disappointed in the story. Kate Mulgrew was great.
She is an excellent narrator.
No as I did not like the first book.
What a story! Truly one that the could have come from Stephen himself. I loved everything about this book, the characters, the plot, the narrative performance, the beginning and the end. Subtle references to other books readers of this book would enjoy. I'm a huge King fan and I'm so happy to see that his legacy is already being taken at a good pace. Bravo Joe!!
Kate Mulgrew's performance adds SO much to the atmosphere of this story that I can't imagine getting into it as much with static print.
I liked Vic and Lou both, neither of them were perfect, both were very flawed and very human but together they were strong. Together the brought about good things and I like that it took them working together to do so.
I really like the first time Vic uses her Inscape, you could feel the wonder and mystery of it and you got the thrill she felt.
Lou, I'm as big of a geek as he is so we'd have a lot to talk about.
Joe Hill has truly found his legs as a writer and his father, Stephen King must be so proud. Joe certainly has his father's gift of suspense and weaving complex tails, but he also has his own voice and is very good and crafting a story.
Amazing book, dripping with references to his father's work. Kate is a true performer who has never stopped bettering her craft. If you like stephen king (sorry Joe), you'll love his sons work, which has echoes of his father while remaining true to itself. So. Good.
First, the narrater was awesome. Second, the story takes you on this creepy ride into the world of imagination...it's fantastic. Although, you may never look at Christmas the same way again...and watch out for the "scissors for the drifter" game...that's one that'll stick with me for awhile!
The story got better as it went on. At first it seemed like a Stephen King knockoff which King could have done better. Later I realized the writing was better than the performance.
There were many good moments.
I can't put my finger on what was wrong. I just know that a good narrator is invisible and Kate Mulgrew was not invisible. Maybe it's the southern accent, maybe it's the breathiness, I don't know. I just know that as the story got better I became more and more annoyed with the barrier that the narrator created. It may well be the producer or director's fault, but in any case I enjoyed the novel in spite of the narrator.
The best character was Annie the scrabble player or maybe the 300 lb husband. The characters were multi-layered and were not what they seemed at first.
It's easy to spot a truly terrible narrator and one is not aware of a truly good one (the goal of good narration). It's hard to deal with a narrator that is close to adequate but not quite.
My husband and I loved this book! The villain was deliciously evil, but the best part is he really thought he was a good guy taking all the good children to "Christmas Land". He was sooo creepy and evil and the henchman he chose was just smart enough to be dangerous but not smart enough to get away from the bad guy in the end.
Charlie Manx! He was delightfully evil and totally unrepentant! The stories he told those poor children trapped in the back of his Rolls would sound good to a child, but the dawning horrible realization they were trapped and going to a nightmare place was slow and terrible.
I loved when Victoria, the mother, came roaring in on her motorcycle, freed her child and destroyed Christmas land.
Nothing can beat that name. It is a play on the famous seer Nosforatu and is the perfect name.
A thrill all the way through. Virtually no set up, just right into this engrossing world as told by the very talented son of Stephen King. Joe has his own voice very different from his famous father. You would never be fooled into thinking he was anyone else.
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