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Heart-Shaped Box - Large Print [ HEART-SHAPED BOX - LARGE PRINT ] By Hill, Joe ( Author )May-01-2007 Paperback Paperback – 1 May 2007

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Harperluxe (1 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575081864
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575081864
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (160 customer reviews)

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I’ve been aware of Heart-Shaped Box for years, and it’s always been on my ‘to read’ list. I’m not sure why I put off reading it, because the idea of a ghost story involving a fifty-something rocker really appealed to me. I think perhaps it was because I discovered that Joe Hill is Stephen King’s son, and I was worried that I would compare his writing to King’s and perhaps not find it up to the same standard.
I needn’t have worried. I did, inevitably, compare it to a Stephen King novel. Once you have the association in your head it’s difficult not to. I found it to be enjoyable, fresh and exciting.

The plot is simple, and the Amazon synopsis above will tell you everything you need to know without me repeating it. The characters are likeable, and I quickly became very fond of Judas Coyne as he tried to escape and outwit the vengeful ghost on his tail. It was equally enjoyable to despise the characters we’re supposed to dislike, and even the minor, incidental characters were well crafted.

The book keeps a fast pace and the action comes thick and fast. Even the few dream sequences (which I usually dislike and find myself skimming over in novels) were gripping and interesting. The plot worked well, and although as it went on it lost some of the creepiness from the start of the story, that was made up for with action and emotion. The ending, always tricky and sometimes a downfall for Hill’s father, was handled well and did not disappoint. I can’t wait to read more Joe Hill novels!
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I was told about Joe Hill on a train. I had been reading American Gods by Neil Gaiman (a literary god, read it now) and had got on the wrong train, due to the sheer greediness that book had over my attention I had gone to the end of the line of the train. I had reboard it to go back to london *shakes fist at fates*

Another American God addict happened to be on that train with me and he recommended Joe Hill as a lighter drug to get me through the hard days that would follow the withdrawal of ending AG. So taking the words of a strange hulking man that I was trapped alone with- late at night in an empty carriage in the middle of nowhere I might add- straight to heart I ordered three books of Mr Hill's a collection of short Stories 20th Century Ghost's, Horns and this book.

Horns good, 20th Century ok and then this. Oh god was this good. The book creeps and crawls its story over your skin and into your heart. Hill has the ability to make a fairly normal seem sinister in the extreme.

The plot is basically that an aging rockstar has bought a ghost from a dodgy ebay like site to add to his of heavy metal godliness. It arrives in the form of an old mans suit. Let the creepiness begin. Theres no slow build up really, theres a dawdle so you settle down and then bam your in the centre of a ghost story. The twist and turns of who is the good guy in the story is as compelling as the haunting itself. Believe me half of you will start off thinking "well serves you right". By the end you will be screaming for them to grab the dogs and run!

Its a brilliant book.

As to Joe Hill being Steven Kings son, in terms of this book only, Steven King should be known as Joe Hill's father.
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"Many of the objects in his private collection of the grotesque and the bizarre were gifts sent to him by his fans. It was rare for him to actually buy something for the collection himself. But when Danny Wooten, his personal assistant, told him there was a ghost for sale on the internet, and asked did he want to buy it, Jude didn't even need to think. It was like going out to eat, hearing the special and deciding you wanted it without even looking at the menu. Some impulses required no consideration." Small extract from Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill

Wow! Heart-Shaped Box written by Joe Hill was completely riveting. I started reading it thinking that it was going to be like a lot of books in the horror genre, you know, it gets to the part where you think something scary and amazing is going to happen and then after all that excitement...nothing happens. Heart-Shaped Box wasn't like that.

The whole story drew me in, made me feel connected to Judas Coyne. When Jude felt tense, i felt tense. Whatever emotion he was going through i was right there with him. Sometimes it was almost as if i was peering round the corner for him to see if any danger laid ahead.

There were a couple of points in the book where everything suddenly fits together, it genuinely gives you a sense of achievement because you know that something isn't right. You know there's got to be more to what is happening than meets the eye

Like everything in this world though there was a part that i thought could of had something much better happen. I feel he could of stepped it up a notch. I don't want this review to have any major spoilers so, yes! I would definitely recommend Heart-Shaped Box. Sounds cheesy but it really was a page turner!

Thank you for taking the time to read my review. I hope it helped :)
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I'm a big fan of supernatural horror (ie, ghosties!) and when I spotted this as a staff recommendation at my local bookshop I immediately snapped it up and went home to read it.

I loved the premise - a modern tale of an aging rock star who buys a haunted suit on the internet. So simple and so full of narrative promise.

The first few chapters were truly chilling. Jude's first encounter with the ghost - the spirit sitting quietly, head down, in an old chair outside his bedroom, Jude creeping past trying not to be noticed - resulted in a sleepless night for me. The sheer simplicity of the descriptions, the silence and the menace, were very effective. I woke the next morning and wondered if I should read the rest of the novel before sleep, or somewhere a little more public and comforting during the day. However, the remainder - and bulk - of the story, while quite compulsive, lacked the same chill factor. There were wonderful touches - particularly the ways in which the ghost tormented Jude through the radio, TV and even an electrolarynx in a crowded diner and how he climbed out of an old heart-shaped sweet box on the floor of Jude's childhood home - but it was like watching an enjoyable horror movie, enjoying the imaginative thrills but never really feeling terrified, or particularly tense.

For me, one of the narrative's weaknesses was the lack of real fear on the part of the main protagonists. If I had to imagine being relentlessly stalked by a vengeful spirit, determined to kill me and anyone who attempted to help me, I think the fright would kill me long before the ghost did. And this is what I expected to feel when reading the novel. But Jude, whilst seriously ticked off, is more than a match for his adversary.
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