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Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill
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Jun 11, 2010

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My super-short review:

It's hard to know how much this seems like a Stephen King book because Hill is King's son--a little bite of trivia that every review of or article on this book seems contractually obligated to mention--and how much it seems like a Stephen King book because King has become short-hand for modern American horror. Something horrible intrudes on an ordinary American life? How Kafkaesque! No, wait, that's not right. How King-esque!

It's hard to avoid thinking about King and Hill, especially given the fact that this book is largely about fathers and sons, though more generally we could say that it's about responsibility to others--a fact which many reviewers seemed to miss, even though one of the main villains is not a father, but a mother/sister, and one of the main relationships being examined here is boyfriend-girlfriend.

A perfectly fine horror story, not ground-breaking, though I enjoyed the music references throughout (the protagonist is an aging rockstar).
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