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NOS4R2 by [Hill, Joe]
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Hill's nightmarish, devilish protagonist is Charlie Manx - who uses his supernatural powers in his ghastly mission to kidnap and kill dozens of children... and to scare the living bejesus out of the readers... This book is well-written, extremely dark and awfully gruesome. (Daily Mail)

will delight horror/fantasy fans...Steven King's son has the same knack as his dad for telling gruesome magical tales (MyM Magazine)

A deliciously horrific fantasy...the work of a talented and evolving storyteller whose pages sure do turn. (The Skinny)

NOS4R2 is enthrallingly petrifying and creepily engrossing. A 700-page race to the finish line, it drags its terrified readers kicking and screaming along. (THE SUNDAY TIMES)

NOS4R2 has energy, plenty of narrative hooks, and a brash intensity. There's a big engine of entertainment at the heart of NOS4R2. (THE GUARDIAN)

[An] imaginative and atmospheric chiller. Scary. (SUNDAY MIRROR)

Hill's writing is smart and assured and bursting with his own style and personality. NOS4R2 - and this is not meant as a criticism - feels more like the sort of thing his dad would do. Perhaps that's intentional - maybe NOS4R2 is meant as a homage to those big Eighties horror novels. It certainly has the feel of one, the heft and the scope. But the biggest box that it ticks is that it's genuinely scary, and you can't really ask more of a horror novel than that. (THE INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY)

This vivid exploration of the darker borders between fantasy and reality weaves hallowed genre references together to create something unmistakably Hill's own. A magnificently creepy novel that marks the point Master King turned master storyteller. (METRO)

Joe Hill's third novel is his most ambitious yet, a complex and sprawling fantasy horror that plays with time and structure, language and genre without losing the emotional core which anchored his previous work. If it's reminiscent of the author's father, Stephen King, it's less Christine and more wide-reaching works like IT that it channels (and references) - though Hill's own style is distinct. A thrilling journey, which should cement Hill as one of the most exciting drivers of horror fiction today. (SFX)

This is a book that starts with a bang and then relentlessly builds. Joe managed to make my skin crawl in the first chapter, turning what should be a time for celebration into something decidedly creepy. At the mid-point of a lengthy book it became near un-putdownable, in that horrifying 'can't look away from a car crash' kind of way. Although the details are dark and even horrible, the narrative pull is relentless and unstoppable. (Mark Yon SFFWORLD.COM)

I found myself swept up by Hill's prose and story, drawn on through the novel. The author manages to make the mundane fascinating - the little details of these characters' lives, their thoughts and every-day concerns... In many authors' hands, this attention to detail would be suffocating and perhaps tedious, giving the novel a bloated feel. Not so for Hill; when added to the creepy goings-on related to Christmasland and its master, Charles Manx, he spins a fascinating, engrossing, suspenseful tale. If you have any interest in classic, literary horror fiction, then NOS4R2 is for you. Recommended. (CIVILIAN READER BLOG)

NOS4R2 is an excellent novel, populated with believable characters and some intense, creepy scenes. (STARBURST)

NOS4R2 is an epic tale of horror, compassion and innocence. Hill's text sizzles on the page, providing scares, laughs and adventure throughout. Hill even pays homage to and references Horns, Heart-Shaped Box and other well-known mythologies. With NOS4R2 Joe Hill has transcended the excellence of his previous works. He has brought pop culture, horror and fantasy together in a truly masterful book that will launch him even further into the stratosphere of mainstream recognition, something that he richly deserves. (THIS IS HORROR)

NOS4R2 has all the author's hallmarks: the deeply flawed hero, the magical gifts with a terrible price, and the pitch black sense of humour. While it's Hill's most sprawling novel to date, NOS4R2 contains some of his finest writing yet.He stretches tense sequences to an almost unbearable length, presents us with terrifying monsters and heart-rending heroes, and gives us another darkly funny and scabrously nightmarish journey. Crucially, Vic's journey is one that you will want to see through to the end. It may wobble occasionally, but it's a hell of a ride. (SCI FI NOW)

NOS4R2, is a genuinely frightening experience; Hill knows which buttons to press to get the reaction he wants, and takes great delight in their pressing. It is, for me, his best novel yet, the perfect combination of magical coming-of-age story and balls-to-the-wall horror-fest. You won't look at Rolls-Royce in quite the same way again, and Charlie Manx is likely to haunt your dreams - especially if you have children of your own - for a very long time. Do yourself a favour and don't miss it. (READER DAD blog)

Joe Hill's third novel is a terrifying story that confirms his place in the modern American horror pantheon. With some images which may well haunt your dreams, this is the horrific side of the American Dream brought to life. (SCI FI BULLETIN)

A horror novel that tackles mental illness, depression, addiction and loss is very much a human one. This is not your basic good versus evil tale; rather it is about unconditional love overcoming adversity.NOS4R2 reads like a thriller at times, it is a totally gripping and satisfying read, expertly constructed and brilliantly executed. This one is a triumph. (FANTASY BOOK REVIEW)

NOS4R2 is a hard read, full of horrible things happening to your favourite characters. Coming in at just over 700 pages, it's a hefty tome, but thanks to Hill's crisp and clean writing style and absorbing, fast-paced action it did not feel as long as the page count suggests. The concept is not mind-blowing, but is put to the service of a strong cast of characters perfectly. This book is a great choice for anyone looking for an intelligent horror with genuine emotional impact. (Hugh Armitage STRANGE PLACES)

A deeply disturbing book written by a great new writer in the horror field. Wherever Hill's talents came from, they're clearly on display here and he's certainly deserving of a long and successful career in the field to match his father's, to judge from this novel. If you're a reader who, like me, found the horror field through the popularity of Stephen King, you're going to love Joe Hill. (THE BOOK BAG)

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A terrifying new novel from the NEW YORK TIMES bestselling horror writer.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2007 KB
  • Print Length: 705 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0575130679
  • Publisher: Gollancz (30 April 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 245 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #9,988 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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If you enjoy completely surreal, off the wall, contemporary horror then NOS4R2 should keep you hooked. The plot opens up into a nightmare landscape where nothing is as it seems. A land where a little girl slips through real time on her Raleigh bicycle and a demon dressed in human skin cruises around in a classic Rolls-Royce. Along the way you'll visit Christmasland, where children are taken after they've been 'rescued', and be introduced to other sinister 'inscapes' including a cemetery, library, Sleigh House and a derelict, bat infested bridge.

The criminally insane, deluded, dead and inexplicable haunt the pages alongside the children living in Christmasland and they're really not 'nice' kids. Joe Hill has created a great lead character in 'The Brat'. Absolutely loved the complexity of her nature as she grows from little girl on a Raleigh cycle into a strong woman with her path drawing ever closer to the shadow of that diabolical Rolls-Royce.

Running centrally to all the madness is an excellently worked vampire theme. If you look at the title of the novel 'NOS4R2' you'll perhaps be able to work out the name of one of our most classical and disturbing vampires (if you can't, don't worry, it quickly becomes obvious). NOS4R2 has featured in many a novel and movie and was always the boogeyman who scared me the most. I'm not going any deeper because I want you to read the book and discover him for yourself. However; watch out for the 'Gas Mask Man' with his gingerbread smoke....you never know where he's hiding and waiting.

Joe Hill has taken classical/contemporary horror and mixed it with themes of adventure and mystery. He's created something bizarre, darkly comical and surreal. Fascinating to sit back and experience this wacky, wonderful, complicated novel open up.
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By Parm TOP 500 REVIEWER on 14 May 2013
Format: Paperback

NOS4R2 is the latest book from the very impressive Joe Hill (son of some bloke called Stephen King), His previous books Heart Shaped Box and Horns both well worth buying and reading, in fact its the skill of each book that makes me want more.

NOS4R2 tells the story of Vic McQueen a young girl who using her own special gift is able to travel on her Raleigh Burner across a portal to a world hidden behind our own.

Unfortunately for Vic, she is not the only person who can cross between this world and the other, these worlds are also well-travelled by the evil Charlie Manx who kidnaps children in his black 1938 Rolls-Royce Wraith after promising them a visit to Christmasland; a place where every day is Christmas Day and every night is Christmas Eve.

Both Vic and Charlie are vividly written characters, a skill that Joe Brings to all his books. We follow Vic through various stages of her life, in various scenarios, Allowing Joe to give the reader many insights into her personality. To allow a real emotional bond to grow between character and reader. You the reader are left fully invested in the safely of Vic, to the point the plot really gets your heart pumping.

Likewise, whilst Charlie Manx is the villain of the book he is also a multidimensional character rather than just being the bad guy who commits evil acts. Manx is delusional and dangerous, but also funny and charismatic (when the mood takes him). This makes his interaction with Vic all the more real, dark and unpredictable. Manx also has a sidekick, in the shape of his car, this is his means of transport, and his means of sucking the souls from children to spend their eternity in christmasland.
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What can you say about a book that was so amazing that 2 days after finishing I just cannot get the images thoughts ideas and great story telling out of my mind! There are so many ways you can access NOS4R2 (R2 not A2 here in the UK) On one level it's a simple crime novel, the evil one Charles Tenant Manx capturing children and being haunted by our tainted hero Vic McQueen (affectionately known as the brat by her dad)on another level it's fantasy... Vic McQueen travelling across the Shorter Way Bridge, a covered bridge that flicks in and out of existence, to do battle with Manx and face her nemesis in a battle of good and evil in Christmasland, and on a final level this is a horror story which has at it's centre a 1938 Rolls-Royce Wraith driven by the evil Manx. I came to believe that the Rolls-Royce was the real star and in some strange way is joined in a kind of evil pack with Manx helping him feed of the children and turn them into a form of demonic child followers. It's the type of novel that totally absorbs you, demands your attention and in so doing rewards with a pulsating story and a list of characters reminiscent of only the best horror stories, my personal favourite The Gasmask Man Charlie Manx's personal assistant...and what a twisted individual he is :) The players and characters that fill the pages of NOS4R2 are in many ways as complex as Manx himself and all our tainted to some extent by their backgrounds and the paths they have chosen. Lou Carmody's Vic's part time lover and father of her son Wayne is a sorry and somewhat overweight individual, an unusual partner for Vic McQueen to have chosen.Read more ›
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