Nos4a2: A Novel

Nos4a2: A Novel

Paperback | October 15, 2013

byJoe Hill

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NOS4A2 is a spine-tingling novel of supernatural suspense from master of horror Joe Hill, the New York Times bestselling author of Heart-Shaped Box and Horns.

Victoria McQueen has a secret gift for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, 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.

Exclusive to the print editions of NOS4A2 are more than 15 illustrations by award-winning Locke & Key artist Gabriel Rodríguez.

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NOS4A2 is a spine-tingling novel of supernatural suspense from master of horror Joe Hill, the New York Times bestselling author of Heart-Shaped Box and Horns.Victoria McQueen has a secret gift for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. On her Raleigh Tuff Burner bike, she makes he...

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Joe Hill, the acclaimed, award-winning author of the New York Times bestsellers Heart-Shaped Box and Horns, plunges you into the dark side of the imagination with a thrilling novel of supernatural suspense . . .Victoria "Vic" McQueen has an uncanny knack for finding things. When she rides her bicycle over the rickety bridge in the wood...

Joe Hill is the author of theNew York TimesbestsellersHorns,Heart-Shaped Box, andNOS4A2. He is also the Eisner Award-winning writer of a six-volume comic book series,Locke & Key.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:720 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 1.15 inPublished:October 15, 2013Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062200585

ISBN - 13:9780062200587

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Super Weird My original review can be found at my blog Feeling a Little Bookish ( I was very excited when I heard that Joe Hill had another book coming out and I immediately requested it for review. I was happy when this shiny book showed up at my doorstep a few weeks later. I have to first off apologize that this review is going up a little later than I would have liked but my personal life has been a bit of a rollercoaster lately. Things are on the upswing so I'm glad to be getting a bit of reviewing done again. I have read Hill's other two novels (Horns and Heart Shaped Box) and I quite enjoyed both of them. They are creepy and imaginative and you can't seem to peel yourself away from them once you start reading. I have to say that this novel is just as creepy and just as imaginative as the other two novels I have read. NOS4A2 follows two different stories that eventually come together in a macabre underworld. At the beginning of the novel Vic McQueen is a young girl who can find anything that is lost. All she has to do is travel across a magic bridge with her bike. Charlie Manx kidnaps children and brings them to a magically scary place he calls Christmasland. There bad things happen and the children somehow change. One day Vic McQueen crosses paths with Charlie Manx and somehow survives and gets away. Charlie Manx never forgets this and without giving too much away he ensures that he crosses paths with McQueen another time. I have to admit that the size of this novel is a little daunting. It is almost 700 pages and at times the story can drag a little. I did find my mind wandering at times and for this reason I think that some of the story could have been cut down a little. That being said, I really did enjoy the world in this novel. There is a such a disturbing magic in this novel and I wouldn't expect anything less from Hill. When you read this book you can't help but become immersed in the story because the writing is so descriptive. You really feel like you are right there in the book. As for the characters, I was on the fence about Vic McQueen. She is endearing when she is younger but as she gets older I begin to feel like she becomes slightly selfish at times. She is difficult to like at times but in the end I came around to liking her. There is no way that anyone could really like Charlie Manx but I did find his character to be fascinating. He was just so weird and creepy and for some reason I am drawn to that. Overall I have to say that I enjoyed the book but I can see how some people may find it to be slightly too long.
Date published: 2014-08-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Didn't disappoint Settling down with this book was almost too easy. The next thing I knew, 100 pages whizzed past, then another. The writing is smooth and intoxicating.  The action scenes were well timed, the writing is amazing and the horror element is truly horrific. I read a lot of horror and I still had moments of shock with “NOS4A2″. They weren’t brunt-force-trauma/gore moments either, they were eased in and in that sudden realization you’re left stunned. I loved that. I'm also a fan of the random illustrations that you’d find throughout the book.  Though this is a horror, there are several festive elements if you’re looking for a much anticipated trip to Christmasland. Easy 5 out of 5 stars from me. I needed a good read like this.  Full review can be found here:
Date published: 2013-11-14

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“NOS4A2 is [Hill’s] longest and most ambitious work yet. . . utterly absorbing.”