Friday, July 26, 2013

NOS4A2 by Joe Hill

NOS4A2 by Joe Hill
2013, William Morrow

Synopsis: 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.

The Good: NOS4A2 was a long book, but well edited. The characters needed the length to live the story completely. Making Christmas evil, at least Manx's version of it, was inspired and gave an eerie feel to something happy and familiar. Vic is seriously messed up, but you feel for her, understand her, and completely live the story through her. Not quite gory, but very creepy and a amazingly fast read.

The Bad: Nothing at all.

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