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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...more
Hardcover, 1st Edition, 692 pages
Published April 30th 2013 by William Morrow
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Will Byrnes
UPDATED - 4/29/13 - see link at bottom

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 b...more

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 d
Dan Schwent
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Gunner 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...more
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 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Stephanie by: Kemper
Shelves: 2013, fantasy, horror
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...more
Wil Wheaton
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.
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...more
"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...more
May 30, 2013 Bill rated it 5 of 5 stars
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...more
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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
Adam Light
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...more
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...more
Janie Johnson
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...more
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...more
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...more
It’s hard to review NOS4A2 and not sound like Batman’s nemesis Dr. Jonathan Crane. Fear is such a personal emotion, and one person’s deliciously creepy can easily be another’s ‘eh, why the heck would anyone find this scary?’ But that said, I do think most of us have an internal sixth sense when it comes to successful horror; it might not always be apparent, but what separates good horror from great horror seems to be the presence of a psychological element, because it’s pretty easy to deliver mo...more
Evans Light

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...more
Jun 08, 2014 Jonfaith rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Jonfaith by: Maciek
There was no such thing as arguing with delight. Like seeing a pretty girl with the sunlight in her hair, like pancakes and hot chocolate in front of a crackling fire. Delight was one of the fundamental forces of being, like gravity.

I must begin by thanking Maciek for his review. You should stop here and read his superior account of this weird diversion. His review lingered in my head for some time and then I stumbled upon a copy in one of those honor libraries which people out in the exurbs hav...more
May 01, 2013 Lou rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: arc, horror
Planes, trains and
Bicycles, Motorcycles and Cars..better…
Raleigh, Triumph and 1938 Rolls Royce..even better…
The Iconic mixed with dread with some good versus evil in the mix plus some creative storytelling crafted by the capable writing skill of Joe Hill.
These vehicles of transport are his modus operandi in telling this strange tale involving Christmas with a twist, there is definitely no ‘Here’s Father Christmas!’ but there is certainly ‘Here’s Charlie Manx!’
He writes with int...more
Samantha Ace

"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....more
Barks & Bites
**BARGAIN ALERT 6.9.14** $1.99 on Kindle! Grab it while you can.

I’m super stingy with my five stars. The longer I continue to read, the pickier I get. Most books fall somewhere between a three and a four for me. But N0S4A2 is getting the full five stars it deserves. It captured me from the creepfest of an opening scene and held me until the very end. It made me laugh with its unexpected dark humor, made me teary for the main characters who suffer through so much and it creeped me the heck out....more
R.S. Carter
Vic McQueen has a special gift. She can cross a bridge that appears only before her at will, and cross it to the land of lost and found. There, she can find anything she is looking for. Who knows what she will find at the other end, or where it will take her.

In an instant, she can cross the country and come right back home. But if she stays too long, there is a penalty.

At first she uses it to find lost things. Then she uses it to find answers. Finally, she uses it to find trouble. It works. She...more
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
4.5 Stars. Vic McQueen has been taking the Shortaway Bridge her whole life – finding misplaced items. Sometimes it’s a bracelet, sometimes it’s an answer to a question, sometimes she only has to go down the street, sometimes she goes across the country. Charlie Manx doesn’t have access to the Shortaway and he certainly doesn’t have much interest in helping people. Instead, he uses a 1938 Rolls Royce Wraith with vanity plates stating “NOS4A2” which he uses to whisk children away to “Christmasland...more
Kendare Blake
If you enjoy horror, and you haven't read NOS4A2 yet, what have you been doing, and it better have been important.

Joe Hill continues to amaze with this delightfully disturbing tale of child soul-sucking and playgrounds of the mind. Christmasland, the off-world destination for the soul-sucked children is the best, worst, terrible wonderful place. The kind of place that makes you smile with your fangs out.

This is my favorite of his novels so far, (I still prefer his short stories overall) and it...more
Gregor Xane
It really showed that the author had a hell of a good time writing this book. And the fun was contagious. I had a great time reading it. I thought the villains were hilarious (and somehow that isn't a negative for this horror novel). The set pieces were highly inventive and cinematic. The names for the characters and places were perfect, catchy, the kinds of names that will stick in the memory for years to come. The whole thing was filled with a kind of macabre and gleeful mischievousness that I...more
As a child, Victoria McQueen discovered that she had a unique gift – she could open the door between reality and fantasy. Using her bicycle, she could conjure up a covered bridge that would take her to wherever she needed to go. If something had gone missing, Vic would race off on her bike, cross the shorter way bridge and locate whatever had been misplaced.

Vic would eventually learn that she wasn't alone in her ability to alter reality to her benefit. Others exist with this special gift and not...more
An enjoyable horror tale from Hill, very reminiscent of early Stephen King and less like Hill's first two efforts, which probably reflects the inescapable influence of dear old Dad. Well-written and fast paced, the story of an evil, fabled Christmasland has terrific build-up but the ending feels rather anti-climactic and not quite worthy of the story that precedes it. Although my least favorite of Hill's three novels so far, it's still quite entertaining and nicely creepy in the right parts. Rec...more
Ruined Christmas

This is a fun book. I was incredibly impressed with his first book ‘Ghost Stories’ though not so taken with the other of his books I’ve read ‘Horns’. I’m not a graphic novel reader so those did not impress me either however I’m back in the Hill fan club with “Nos4a2”. At heart it’s a touching love story between tomboy Victoria McQueen and her gentle partner Lou Carmody who have a child named Bruce Wayne (yes that’s a batman reference) who they’re both devoted to. Victoria has had...more
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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...more
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