NOS4A2

Published Sept. 5, 2013 by HarperCollins.

ISBN:
978-0-06-220057-0
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4 stars (59 reviews)

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.

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. The journey across the highway of Charlie's twisted imagination transforms his precious passengers, leaving them as terrifying and unstoppable as their benefactor.

Then comes the day when Vic goes looking for trouble...and finds her way to Charlie. That was a lifetime ago. Now, the only kid ever to …

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Review of 'NOS4A2' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

Ich habe das ohne Vorinformation gelesen und daher erst gedacht, es ist ein Vampirroman, das ist aber nicht der Fall, zumindest nicht im klassischen Sinn. Kann man gut weglesen und das Konzept von mentalen Landschaften ist interessant und schön plastisch geschrieben. Mit ein paar weniger Klischees wäre es noch besser gewesen.

Review of 'NOS4A2' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

i was captivated by this story.. but i had to take off a star because there was absolutely no need to slip in a random joke that included racial slurs, no matter the context. I already knew those men were vile, so that was a very irritating stain on an otherwise great read.

Review of 'NOS4A2' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

I really enjoyed this book. It had most of what I personally enjoy in a horror book. Great character development, a story that moves along and doesn't get too mired down in unnecessary descriptive writing or trying to keep the suspense building at the expense of keeping one interested, a plot that I don't have to really work at suspending my disbelief. But ultimately I have to remove a star because I wasn't completely blown away... and that's what I require for my 5 star reviews. Not that this wasn't a lot of fun to read... really clever and imaginative story here folks, so if like me you haven't already read this (I don't know what took ME so long truthfully) give it a go. If you like Stephen King, you'll like this. Imagine that!

What kind of disappointed me and hence resulted in my removal of a star is …

Review of 'NOS4A2' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

This was the horror novel I wanted for October. It was creepy, disturbing, and hair-raisingly suspenseful.

It features a villain who is disturbing because he truly believes he is helping children by sucking all the life out of them and turning them into vampires, and a henchman who does the dirty, horrifying work of torturing and murdering the people who get in their way.

I loved the characters and the setting, and I loved the idea of people who can navigate their own personal worlds with help from a talisman. I’d heard mixed things about the TV adaptation, but I enjoyed this book so much that I think I’ll give it a chance.

Review of 'NOS4A2' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

Amazingly creepy. I really like Joe Hill's writing style. He blends the weird, the creepy, and the wonderful all together.

There were some slower sections of the book, but overall it did continually keep moving forward. It was a very satisfying read. I would definitely recommend it, even if horror isn't usually your thing.

Review of 'NOS4A2' on 'Goodreads'

2 stars

It is not fair judging a child in their parents merits, nor can it be easy growing up in the shadow of one of the most prolific and popular horror writers today, but Hill's NOS4R2 really shows the anxiety of influence. The first part of the novel reads very much like a King setup, with detailed life stories and the terror children face in a strange world, complete with scatological humor. The second part gets better, the pace picks up and Hill's influences become more diverse and surprising. The final battle even reveals some unexpected Clive Barker.

All in all, however, the novel does not succeed in its own, nor as an imitation of King.

Review of 'NOS4A2' on 'Goodreads'

No rating

This is really well written but I have to put this down for a while and finish it some time later. I'm a father of a 9 month old and reading a book about a villain that preys on children and their mothers is too uncomfortable for me right now.

I'll definitely come back to this one though, as the first 30% of it felt like Hill really hitting his stride.

Review of 'NOS4A2' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

It creeps me out how much Joe Hill writes like his dad. I'm not exaggerating. IT. CREEPS. ME. OUT. There were moments where the memories of my teenage years came flooding back to me...alone in my room reading "Carrie", wishing I had telekinetic powers because that would be cool (not so I could murder all the popular kids). And considering how much my teenage years sucked, this was not really a pleasant sensation.

However, I must say that I really enjoyed this book. It's been too long since I was this excited about a book. I couldn't wait to get in my car so I could start listening to it again. I loved all the characters (especially Maggie Lee, but I'm a bit biased) and thought he did a great job of creating heroes with some major flaws (my favorite kind of hero). And while some parts were predictable, the …

Review of 'NOS4A2' on 'Storygraph'

4 stars

Starts off as a supernatural novel of a girl who can collapse space on her bike and a librarian who can see the future in Scrabble tiles, but it eventually becomes the story of a mother trying to rescue her kidnapped son. There's still the underpinnings of supernatural events, but it's not nearly as much of a vampire novel as the title would seem to indicate. There are a couple of "Hollywood" moments, where oversized and unrealistic explosions save the hero and advance the plot in a tidy fashion, but those are just brief distractions from an otherwise riveting novel. (And yes, 'riveting' is something of a lazy reviewer's word, but Janet Maslin, in her review in the NY Times, described the novel as 'throat-grabbing," which is perfect and there's no way I can come up with something better.)

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