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Locke and Key Vol. 2: Head Games (Locke & Key Volume) [Kindle Edition]

Joe Hill , Gabriel Rodriguez
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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Book Description

New York Times bestselling writer Joe Hill and artist Gabriel Rodriguez, the creators behind the acclaimed Locke and Key: Welcome to Lovecraft, return with the next chapter in the ongoing tale, Head Games. Following a shocking death that dredges up memories of their father's murder, Kinsey and Tyler Locke are thrown into choppy emotional waters, and turn to their new friend, Zack Wells, for support, little suspecting Zack's dark secret. Meanwhile, six-year-old Bode Locke tries to puzzle out the secret of the head key, and Uncle Duncan is jarred into the past by a disturbingly familiar face. Open your mind - the head games are just getting started!

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 67883 KB
  • Print Length: 156 pages
  • Publisher: IDW Publishing (28 Sept. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009H8MFQS
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #155,064 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Joe Hill is a recipient of the Ray Bradbury Fellowship and the winner of the A.E. Coppard Long Fiction Prize, William Crawford, World Fantasy, British Fantasy, Bram Stoker and International Horror Guild Awards. His short fiction has appeared in literary, mystery and horror collections and magazines in Britain and America.

Author photo (c) Shane Leonard

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5.0 out of 5 stars Dark magical mystery 1 Jun. 2011
The second chapter in Joe Hill's brilliant dark magical mystery. The Locke kids have survived the traumas of book one but in this one the threat is far more insidious. They have a viper in their midst disguised as Tyler Locke's new best school friend Zack Wells. Zack is the mysterious creature Bode met trapped in the well house in book one. He's a nasty piece of work too, ruthlessly murdering or manipulating anyone who can unmask him. Hill creates great characters with complex history and psychology. It wouldn't work if the characterisation wasn't so well crafted.
The big concept in this one is the head key. It can unlock the top of your head like a musical box. If they ever make a film of this... well the scenes with the open heads are going to be weird-out city. The concept doesn't end there though. Once opened the head can be used like a memory box. Stuff a book in there and you'll instantly know everything the book describes. Or you can take things out... memories... or even emotions. Kinsey extracts the voices that make her fearful or tearful. And by some strange trick you can peer into your own head and look at the landscape of your persona as a montage of visual representations. Don't expect any major resolutions in these 6 issues. It's mainly building the story, the background, the characters and the suspense of knowing that the Big Bad Wolf has made himself comfortably at home within the trust of Tyler, Kinsey and even Bode. The fools.
The art by Gabriel Rodriguez is still very good, especially how he pulls off representing all the open head chicanery.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Crisp artwork, flawless story, beautiful binding 29 May 2011
By southcoastreviewer VINE VOICE
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There is *no* reason why, if you want to buy Locke and Key, you shouldn't buy the hardback edition.

The binding cover is beautiful - the picture on here does not do it justice. There are nice sketches of the layout of the Keyhouse on the inside covers to front and back, as well as some great cover / concept images at the back.

The introduction by Warren Ellis is sharp and witty. Joe Hill's storytelling is, as ever, flawless, and the edgy graphics complement the dark and complex story fantastically well. His characters are believable, the dark fantasy is plausibly explained, and Rodriguez' artwork helps bring it all to life - it's the minor details, such as the sound "effects" when characters are opening doors, the non-verbal actions - that help to make the depth of Locke and Key come to life.

I must point out that, at this time, the paperback edition is also slightly more expensive than the hardback - so why not treat yourself to a beautiful edition that will stand the test of time - as you will want to read this again and again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great read 15 Jan. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I was recommended this series after asking about any graphic novels to do with Lovecraft.
These were not what i was expecting! But I am very thankful it's what I chose!
The story progresses at a great pace, the characters are well written and the illustrations are incredible!
To anyone who's at a loss on what to get next, give it a try!
Once you start from #1 you won't be able to stop!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Graphic in every way 5 Aug. 2013
By JimmyG
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Vol. 2 moves the story along nicely. Shorter than vol. 1 but a more fulfilling chapter. Spends time expanding on the evil moving around the lockes. Be aware though this story is a little trippy when you read it you will know what I mean.

Artwork is outstanding, a good artist enhances a story. The writer understands that team work is what makes a great graphic novel stand out from the crowd and this is obviously a great team effort.

Buy it, read it and enjoy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Keeps getting better... 18 July 2013
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The second volume of this series definitely picks up the pace here, with characters and storylines already established well in the first, this volume can get right into the swing of things straight off the bat...however, don't let that fool you into thinking Locke and Key doesn't have any more mysteries to trade you with, or the ability to have you feeling delightfully out of the loop at times only to surprise you with little curveballs every now and then...the only criticism I can make here is that sadly it doesn't seem to be as long as the first volume but the quality and content is there in spades, getting volume three right away.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome ..... 1 July 2013
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Amazing....currently brilliant ....magnificent story , artwork , character progression and script a extremely well written book ..........congratulations Joe hill and Gabriel Rodriguez
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good follow up 12 Jun. 2013
By Eddie T
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Well written with brilliant art work. A good follow up which has left me wanting to read the next instalment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Get it, love it! 12 May 2013
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I bought the first Locke and Key as something to read on the ferry and ended up hurrying to find a WiFi connection the get the next Vol. It's a wonderfully twisted story and the art work is cracking. I'm about to get number three. Get it, love it!
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