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NOS4A2

A Novel
Hill, Joe (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
NOS4A2


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Victoria McQueen has a secret gift for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photography, answers to unanswerable questions. On her Raleigh Tuff Burner bike, she makes her way to a rickety covered bridge that, within moments, takes her wherever she needs to go, whether it's across Massachusetts or across the country. Charles Talent Manx has a way with children. He likes to take them for rides in his 1938 Rolls-Royce Wraith with the NOS4A2 vanity plate. With his old car, he can slip right out of the everyday world, and onto the hidden roads that transport them to an astonishing--and terrifying--playground of amusements he calls "Christmasland." Then, one day, Vic goes looking for trouble--and finds Manx. That was a lifetime ago. Now Vic, the only kid to ever escape Manx's unmitigated evil, is all grown up and desperate to forget. But Charlie Manx never stopped thinking about Victoria McQueen. He's on the road again and he's picked up a new passenger: Vic's own son.
Authors: Hill, Joe
Title: NOS4A2
a novel
Publisher: New York :, William Morrow,, c2013
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 692 p. :,ill. ;,24 cm
Notes: Ill. on lining papers
Summary: Victoria McQueen has a secret gift for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photography, answers to unanswerable questions. On her Raleigh Tuff Burner bike, she makes her way to a rickety covered bridge that, within moments, takes her wherever she needs to go, whether it's across Massachusetts or across the country. Charles Talent Manx has a way with children. He likes to take them for rides in his 1938 Rolls-Royce Wraith with the NOS4A2 vanity plate. With his old car, he can slip right out of the everyday world, and onto the hidden roads that transport them to an astonishing--and terrifying--playground of amusements he calls "Christmasland." Then, one day, Vic goes looking for trouble--and finds Manx. That was a lifetime ago. Now Vic, the only kid to ever escape Manx's unmitigated evil, is all grown up and desperate to forget. But Charlie Manx never stopped thinking about Victoria McQueen. He's on the road again and he's picked up a new passenger: Vic's own son.
Additional Contributors: Rodríguez, Gabriel - 1974-�, -
Alternate Title: Nosferatu
NOS4A2
ISBN: 9780062200570
0062200577
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Just got done reading this - couldn't put it down. Agree with Dinkthecat - the apple doesn't fall far from the tree with this family! Anyone who likes Stephen King will like his son's work as well.

Report This Oct 24, 2013
  • dinkthecat rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Apple doesn't fall far from the tree; he can write as well as his dad. I liked this one even more than Heart-shaped box.

Report This Sep 27, 2013
  • mvkramer rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I really, really, liked this book, and if you like Stephen King's works, you probably will, too. It has that Stephen King flavor -- strange magic overlayed over realistic life -- but it's a bit more restrained. Don't get me wrong, the violence can still get super graphic, but where King would go over the top and get almost ridiculous, Hill keeps it a bit more down-to-earth. A bit. The strength of the book was truly the characters, who are flawed, human, very three-dimensional and in our good-guys' case extremely likable. The villains are also human and intriguing, but also completely evil and chilling. I loved Hill's work on Locke and Key and this book does not disappoint. I'll be picking up Horns and Heart-Shaped Box later.

Report This Aug 13, 2013
  • marysneedle rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Even though this story seemed pretty drawn out, meaning probably a little too long, it still held my attention. The title caught my attention as a catchy acronym for vampire. The only character that I truly felt I really knew was Vic McQueen, which since it was mainly about her is probably appropriate. However I would have liked to know more about the main villain, Charlie Manx. There was a bit of vague background, but you really never find out how Manx came to be the way he was. I loved the way the author executed the inscapes, how they were explained and how they were portrayed in the story. It has the basic good vs evil tale with a few creative twists and a positive resolution that the author saved for last. I didn’t see it coming and only remembered this little bit of information after the author re-introduced it at the end of the story. So as I mentioned before, the story was a little drawn out, however, the author made up for it with his creative storytelling. I really enjoyed the book and look forward to catching up on some of Joe Hill’s other works.

Report This Jul 30, 2013
  • hs69 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I really enjoyed this read. I thought the book was imaginative and fun. It's a quick read and engaging.

I really liked it. Liked Heart Shaped Box also and Horns a little less. Stop comparing him to SK and judge him on his own merit. He's got talent. I liked the book, couldn't put it down. Vic is a flawed hero, to be sure, but maybe that's one of the reasons why I want to see her succeed. Good plot, really BAD villians. I've recommended it.

Report This Jul 24, 2013
  • candle rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Joe Hill doesn't write like his father. Maybe I'm getting too jaded, but this wasn't the book I had looked forward to readiing..I had liked a previous book he had written,

Report This Jul 19, 2013
  • Ms_M rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

This book was compelling and I did want to finish it. However, it became tedious and I am not sure I ever really understood all the ins and outs of the 'supernatural' plot line. The information seemed to be incomplete. Almost as if were written to be made into a movie. A quick scene here a quick scene there, the careful interweaving of plot and story could have been done better

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Report This Sep 27, 2013
  • mvkramer rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Vic McQueen is an average girl with a seriously abnormal ability -- when she rides her bike, she can open a bridge through space to find lost objects. When Vic tries to use her gift to find "trouble," she comes face to face with the equally gifted, and utterly evil, Charles Manx. Charles Manx uses his car like Vic uses her bike, but instead of finding lost things, he spirits children away into Christmasland, where they never grow old, never feel sorrow, and lose their humanity to become sociapathic monsters. Vic escapes Charles Manx, only to have her life scarred by the echo of Christmasland. When Charles Manx returns to target Vic's son, she has to pit her magic and courage against Manx's for the stake of her son's soul.

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