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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Customer Reviews of Nos4a2: A Novel


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Novel This is an awesome read by Joe Hill. Proves that he is a great author in his own right.
Date published: 2017-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from You will never think of gingerbread the same way again! Seriously. Not a book for gingerbread lovers. Great characters and swift plot. Joe Hill is his father's son but also possesses a unique take on the macabre and fantastic writing chops. Save this one for Christmastime if you can, especially if Christmas isn't your favourite season. I highly recommend listening a the audiobook read by the wonderful Kate Mulgrew (a.k.a Captain Janeway (Star Trek Voyager)/ Red (Orange is the New Black).
Date published: 2017-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Five Stars This book kept me on the edge of my seat !! Wonderful Horror story
Date published: 2017-01-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great This was my introduction to Joe Hill and I really liked it. The idea of Christmasland is fantastically creepy. I would recommend this to horror readers.
Date published: 2016-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hill's Best "Everyone…lives inside the world inside their own head. An inscape, a world of thought. Emotions are as real as gravity. Dreams are as powerful as history. Creative people, like writers and Henry Rollins, spend a lot of their time hanging out in their thoughtworld." This is my third Joe Hill read, and I am 100% sold now – this book is fantastic. Yep, I’m going all in. I need to read everything he’s written, and will be first in line when he releases something new. Joe’s books are consistently imaginative and a bit over the top, and this one takes the cake in the best way possible. This is the story of Vic McQueen, the perils of motherhood, the loss of childhood innocence, and the power of imagination. Oh yeah, there’s a totally terrifying bad guy too. As a child, Vic McQueen discovers that she has a special gift – she is a strong creative who utilizes her bicycle to conjure up a bridge that she can cross to find misplaced objects. She meets a librarian named Maggie who helps her to understand her gift; she also warns her about someone named Charlie Manx. Charlie possesses the same gift, and uses it to kidnap children and take them to a place where they can be eternally happy, Christmasland. Vic and Charlie eventually meet, and let’s just say the encounter does not end well. Years later, Vic is an adult with a son named Wayne, and a complicated relationship with Wayne’s father, Lou. She appears to be descending into madness as a result of her childhood encounter with Charlie, but lovable Lou stays by her side and believes her story without question. Before long, Charlie returns. This book reads like a movie – I was able to perfectly picture every character and every scene thanks to Hill’s engrossing prose. Hill has created a world where the impossible seems possible, with a flawed but completely kick-ass main character, and one of the best villains that I’ve read. Charlie Manx is way more interesting than your run of the mill bad guy, he truly believes he is helping children by bringing them to a place where they will experience nothing but joy. As it turns out, even kids need to work through unpleasant emotions and life disappointments – less they turn into tiny gleeful killers. I leave you with one of my favourite moments from the book, an exchange between Lou and Wayne: "I think you’re suffering from the human condition." "Can you die from that?" "Yeah…it’s pretty much fatal in every case."
Date published: 2016-12-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the best by Joe Hill This is the first book of Joe Hills I have read, and it's one of the best.
Date published: 2016-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED IT! I enjoyed this book way more than I thought I would. It feels like a compilation of some of the best horror tropes and themes from King's earlier works. Hill creates a truly scary - but oh so intriguing - villain, and a broke-down protagonist that only contributes to the horror of the former. I was amazed at how many disparate elements Hill incorporates into the plot and how he makes them work together to create a high-stakes and interesting story. It surprises me to say it, but it has probably been one of the best reads I have had this year. Highly recommended!
Date published: 2016-11-14
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.”