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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
Hardcover, 1st Edition, 686 pages
Published April 30th 2013 by William Morrow
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Will Byrnes
Dec 19, 2015 Will Byrnes rated it it was amazing
Do You Fear What I Fear?

Christmas was one of the best things about being a kid. There is nothing quite like the anticipation leading up to Christmas morning. And even now, having achieved geezerhood, I am still a complete sucker for the big day. Every year a real tree, the lights, sorting through and selecting from the decades and decades of collected ornaments, the gifts, and hopefully a tree skirt free of cat vomit. I put on It’s a Wonderful Life, wife by my side, hopefully at least one of m
Wil Wheaton
Oct 08, 2013 Wil Wheaton rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
Joe Hill tells another wonderful story that is scary, disturbing, beautiful, sad, and surprisingly touching.

Read it all the way to the end. All the way.

I will not compare Stephen King's son to him...I will not compare Stephen King's son to him.....I will

Joe Hill deserves to be in a class all of his own. Don'tcha think?

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I put off reading NOS4A2 for awhile. I read Heart-Shaped Box first... Which I really liked- but this...this was much better!!!

Sooooooooooooooo many friends said- "You have to read NOS4A2!!!!...Oh you haven't read NOS4A2???? What is wrong with you??? Why haven't read NOS4A2?? What are you stupid?" One

People think I'm strange because I don't like Christmas. Well, this book did not cure me of this dislike in the slightest, nossir. Read it, and you'll understand.
"You can’t let facts get in the way of the truth."
I've also never been a fan of Christmas music. There's something just *off* in that fake strained cheerfulness that emanates from it. After this book, I dislike it even more because the annoying in it has been joined by the sinister undertones.
Also, the dislike *may* have something to
Dan Schwent
May 06, 2013 Dan Schwent rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror, 2013
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Chris McGrath
Joe Hill has described this 700+ page book as "my senior PhD thesis on horror", about a very bad 140 year old man who kidnaps children and takes them to a terrible place called Christmasland. This is an accurate surface description, but doesn't even come close to describing what this book is really about: the truest kind of love, which can come from even the most flawed human beings.

Yes, this is a horror novel, no question, and it's one of the best I've ever read. As with Hill's other novels, th
Jeffrey Keeten
Nov 07, 2015 Jeffrey Keeten rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
“Already, though, she understood the difference between being a child and being an adult. The difference is when someone says he can keep the bad things away, a child believes him.”

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Charles Talent Manx with his silver hammer.

Some people are born with bad wiring. Some people get caught in a whirlpool of one tragic circumstance after another that has a detrimental effect on their sanity. Some people are too fragile; some are too hard, and some accumulate so much baggage that their soul gets lost
May 13, 2013 Kemper rated it really liked it
As a little girl Victoria McQueen has a magical talent for finding things. While riding her bike and focusing on what she’s looking for, Vic can conjure up an old wooden bridge that she can cross and be at the spot where the lost object is. Vic mainly uses her powers to distract herself from the constant fighting of her parents, and she eventually meets an eccentric librarian named Maggie with her own supernatural power who explains that Vic is tapping into imagination itself and plowing tunnels ...more
Jun 07, 2013 Stephanie rated it really liked it
Recommended to Stephanie by: Kemper
Shelves: horror, fantasy, 2013
Victoria McQueen is a badass artist with a badass talent that goes beyond her artistic abilities. She has the ability to cross any distance with her 'shorter way' bridge to locate missing things. The bridge comes into existence with the combination of her strong, creative mind and transportation, not just any transportation, but a vehicle that chooses her,
a Raleigh Tuff Burner in her youth and a Triumph motorcycle in adult years. It's magic, and all magic has it's price.

Victoria finds she's no
Stepheny(Annie Wilkes)

Joe Hill should just change his name to Joe THE FUCKING MAN Hill. Anyone care to sign my petition? :D

When I read Heart Shaped Box I was a little underwhelmed. I felt that, while it was a great debut novel, it lost something crucial along the way. But when I read Horns something inside of me just got it. I could totally dig it. Some books have an effect on me that is just impossible to explain; I love it as if it were a part of me.

Going into NOS4A2 I was very nervous. It’s hard to LOVE a book
Will M.
**I'm quite confused regarding the title of the novel. Most editions say NOS4A2 but this particular one that I own says NOS4R2? Is it one of those US and UK edition thing going on?

Out of all my goodreads friends, I'm part of the very few who didn't rate this more than 3 stars. So this review can be considered as an unpopular opinion. I think I'm the only one who thought that this was mediocre, but opinions vary. Not all novels are loved by everyone. I still don't know why I didn't enj
Review? Wow..

Of course this book deserves a review. It deserves one of the highest order. But what can I write that will do Joe Hill and his wonderful book any justice?

I mean, really. My ability to rave on this awesome book is dwarfed by the sheer wordpower of Joe Hill. So, here we go.

This was cool.

Uhhhh...yeah. Cool. I liked it.

A lot.

See what I mean? I'm humbled.

Truth is, I'm stuck on knowing what to say that doesn't 1) suck, or 2) spoil. The first is a waste of everyone's time, and the second
Sep 13, 2013 Melki rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, horror
"She told me about Charlie Manx. She warned me about him. She said there was a man, a bad man with a bad car. He used his car to suck the life out of children. He was a kind of vampire - a road vampire."

I put this book off for a long time because I assumed by the title it was yet another vampire book. Yawn!
In fact, when my friend and I were at the library at the same time and saw this on the NEW shelf, and our grubby little paws simultaneously reached for it, I graciously let her have it. Had I
Oct 23, 2015 Charlene rated it really liked it
I had high hopes for this book, I admit it. I loved Mr. Hill's previous works and hoped that this one would be just as good. I was not disappointed.

This is the story of Victoria (Vic) who, as a young girl, discovers a very special covered bridge. From there this book takes off into an epic tale involving time travel, a beautiful Rolls Royce Wraith from 1938, a horrible man called Charlie Manx and...Christmas! It sounds crazy, right?
It is!

I thought Charlie Manx was one of the best villains I've
Dec 04, 2013 Melissa rated it it was ok
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May 30, 2013 Bill rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
There was a lot of hype leading up to this one. It's rare that I'll snap up a book as soon as it's released, but I wanted to get this one read before I stumbled upon any spoilerish reviews.

It lives up to the hype.

Joe Hill is every bit the storyteller his father is. What he lacks in emotional impact (and this is only in comparason to the old man's ability), he more than makes up for with his imagination.
NOS4A2 is one of those stories where, as you're only a quarter or so in, so much has happened
I have a feeling that this is going to be a rambling kind of review full of leg-humps and drooling.

You've been warned.

But first, I want to get the non-leg-humpy stuff out of the way. Technically, I'm giving this 4 1/2 stars, because there were a couple things that just... didn't feel right to me. Forced, one might say. They were little things, in the grand scheme of the book, but they just didn't really work for me, and took me out of the story. I know why they were there, but knowing why someo
Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
Jun 13, 2013 Shelby *trains flying monkeys* rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2013
Ok so I am so glad I gave Joe Hill another chance. For some reason I didn't like his earlier books. Guess what? I'm going to reread them just because I liked this book so danged much. The boy has definately came into his own.

Creepy book that I couldn't put down. Vic was the perfect heroine. She has her flaws but I think that made her even stronger. Charles Manx creeped me out..Perfect, perfect, perfect!!
Joe Hill's NOS4A2 is his third novel, and also his longest - the hardcover clocks in at 704 pages. I didn't like Hill's debut, Heart-Shaped Box - which I thought was full of cliches and very dull - so I am happy to report that NOS4A2 is a much more engaging novel, with an interesting cast of characters and a storyline which moves at a brisk pace. Hill described his new novel as his senior thesis on horror fiction, and this remark is not just an overblown metaphor. NOS4A2 is an engaging romp whic ...more
Dᴀɴ 2.❄
Nov 20, 2015 Dᴀɴ 2.❄ rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Stephen King fans
Recommended to Dᴀɴ 2.❄ by: Stepheny(Annie Wilkes)
“The Wraith slid out of the mist, a black sleigh tearing through a cloud and dragging tails of December frost behind it. December frost in July. The roiling white smoke boiled away from the license plate, old, dented, rust-shot: NOS4A2.”
Here comes Santa Claus, here comes Santa Claus,
Right down Santa Claus Lane,
Brad and Millie and all Manx children,
Are on your phone again.
Hammers a swingin’, skulls a pingin’,
All is bloody and bright,
So run for cover and say your prayers
‘Cause Santa Claus com
Edward Lorn
Apr 16, 2015 Edward Lorn rated it it was amazing
After I finish my King reread in October, (or, at the rate I'm going, well before) I will be rereading Hill's books.

Previous review: Yeah... I got nothing. Instant classic. The best book I have ever read. Nuff said.

I can do better than that, and I will. I will start by saying that I no longer consider it the best I've read, although it was the best book I had read at that point in my life (Summer 2013). As with anything else in life, a statement such as "BEST THING EVAR!!!" is purely subjective
Adam Light
May 18, 2013 Adam Light rated it it was amazing
With his third full length novel, Joe Hill has the hat trick. He has proven himself to be the real thing. What an amazing story this was. Dark and twisted and sweetly sentimental at the same time. I was sucked right in from word 1 and carried along on an icy wind all the way to the end, never completely sure where my journey would end.
Each Joe Hill novel has surpassed my expectations, and left me in awe of his literary prowess. This should be a given, considering his father is Stephen King, mode
Oct 23, 2015 Charlene rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

My only experience with Kate Mulgrew, prior to listening to this audio book, was in her role as Captain Janeway from Star Trek: Voyager. It's odd, looking back, that I almost never watched Voyager because Mulgrew's voice irritated the hell out of me. Needless to say, I got over it, and I became a big fan of Star Trek's first female captain.

I haven't seen or heard from Kate Mulgrew since the Voyager TV series ended. (I have some vague idea that she's on a new series "Orange is the New Black", bu
Mike (the Paladin)
I was a little torn on the rating here, as I find I often am. At times this was an easy 4 star read other times I was ready to go a low 3. As it stands lets call it a high 3.

This is a horror read (sort of) and in this one the influence of Mr. Hill's father is very noticeable (are writing style and plot handling hereditary?). Of course the book is rife with "homage" references to his dad's work. I'm not referring to those. The book is in many ways reminiscent (for me) of many of the things I've s
Janie Johnson
Jan 15, 2015 Janie Johnson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013-challenge
WOW WOW WOW! That's about all I need to say I think to describe what I feel for this book. I was so consumed by it. Joe Hill knows how to write. And he wrote this story well. So well that I literally was on the edge of my seat the whole time I was reading it. You could feel the 'evil ride' almost as soon as you open the book. (pun intended)

When I started this, I loved the whole premise of the story, the setting, the plot, but not so much the characters. I did not like any of them at first. It di
Samantha A
Feb 15, 2014 Samantha A rated it it was amazing

"Fantasy was always only a reality waiting to be switched on."

Holy shit.

This book is simply amazing. Horrifying, exciting, and completely un-put-downable!

Joe Hill is a genius at character and story development, any normal writer would have run out of things to say after 300 pages, but with Hill, the length is necessity and you don't even notice you just completed a tome.

I laughed, I grimaced, I cried! I felt a range of emotions for each character, even those who deserved not a second thought.
As I don't even like to be in the same room as the Nosferatu at my local movie monster wax museum ( Nightmare Galley ), it's probably a good thing that I somehow totally ignored the vanity plate wordplay for NOS4A2.

I'm pretty late to the game in reading my first Joe Hill, so I can't imagine I have much to add. However, I never pass up a chance to fangirl over Steve McQueen (and/or delicious motorcycles), and Hill has provided me with quite the slow pitch.

In my defense, the vehicular og
Evans Light
Jul 01, 2013 Evans Light rated it it was amazing
Shelves: have-it

After the brilliant promise of his debut collection 20th Century Ghosts and his competently fun first novel HEART-SHAPED BOX, Joe Hill started off the first sixty pages of his sophmore novel HORNS with an intensity of wit, cleverness and originality that he was unable to sustain for the duration as the story headed south for dark, soul-wrenching places; beautiful but full of despair and sorrow, more an exploration of human agony and loss than the premise of the book
Feb 15, 2015 Tally rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, horror, favorites
Joe Hill does it again.

After reading Horns, I knew I had to read more from him. It's crazy how his stories can be so creepy and disturbing, yet at the same time so emotionally riveting and heartwarming. NOS4A2 is incredibly unique. You will not find another book even remotely similar to this one.

It's technically a horror novel, but I'd describe it more as dark fantasy. The sensory details were superbly imagined. Every place, person and thing in the story formed a clear image in my mind. The char
Sep 27, 2015 Katie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
FINALLY FINISHED THIS. FINALLY. About to sit down and film a review that will be up Wednesday. Apologies for being so absent from the internets.
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Joseph Hillstrom King (born 1972) is an American writer of fiction, writing under the pen name of Joe Hill.

Hill is the the second child of authors Stephen King and Tabitha King. His younger brother Owen King is also a writer. He has three children.

Hill's first book, the limited edition collection 20th Century Ghosts published in 2005 by PS Publishing, showcases fourteen of his short stories and wo
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