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Product details

  • Hardcover: 689 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow & Co (30 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062200577
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062200570
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 4.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,714,357 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Quite simply the best horror writer of our generation, Joe Hill's masterful storytelling is on full display in NOS4A2. It is by turns terrifying and hilarious, horrifying and full of heart, and relentlessly compelling."--Michael Koryta, New York Times bestselling author of The Prophet on NOS4A2

"[A] new take on the fantasy-horror genre...Highly recommended."--The Sun Herald (Sydney, Australia)

"[A] lovely, earnest collection of short fiction."--Village Voice

"[An] inventive collection . . . brave and astute."--New York Times Book Review (Editor's Choice)

"[A]stounding . . . .Though most of the stories have elements of horror, the overall mood of the collection is one of heartbreaking wonderment . . . Highly recommended ."--Library Journal (starred review)

"[An] undeniably readable work."--Booklist (starred review) on NOS4A2

"NOS4A2 is a brilliant exploration of classic and modern monsters and dark fantasties, all cut up, restitched and retooled...With this novel, riveting from beginning to end, Joe Hill has become a master of his craft."--Publishers Weekly on NOS4A2

"Hill is so skillful that we don't know till the very end whether he'll get away with it. . . Hill's story is quite original and, for horror fans of a certain ironic bent, it's an unqualified delight."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review) on NOS4A2

"NOS4A2 will pull you in from the first pages, and draw you away from your other responsibilities."--Cleveland Plain Dealer

"Read it with the lights on and your children locked in a closet."--BookRiot.com on NOS4A2

"[Hill's] sentences crackle with wit and understated craftsmanship - the kind so skillful it is only visible if you're paying attention."--The Globe and Mail on NOS4A2

"Hill's well-stocked bag of narrative tricks keeps the pages moving at a steady clip, and his characters are sufficiently melodramatic to make the book's scale feel both intimate and operatic. In fact, if you're an impressionable reader, stick to reading 'NOS4A2' during the day. "--Richmond Times-Dispatch on NOS4A2

"Words of warning for those who pick up this hefty, 704-page saga: You'll never listen to Christmas carols the same way. Or sleep with the lights off."--Fort Worth Star-Telegram on NOS4A2

"Like any good novel, no matter the genre, NOS4A2 zips down the streets of its mesmerizing story line not just in the Wraith but also, and more importantly, on the backs of high-octane characters...Hill imbues the pitter-patter of little feet with a terror you won't soon forget."--USA Today, 4 stars

"NOS4A2 is a masterwork of horror."--Lev Grossman, Time magazine

"Joe Hills NOS4A2 is one of the creepiest books I've read in a long time--and I mean that in a good way."--Tampa Bay Times on NOS4A2

"NOS4A2 and its story of a heroic biker chic going up against an old vampire should grab you by the lapels and give y ou a few good shakes before setting its hooks in--and deep....Hill...puts together a riveting tale."--St Louis Today on NOS4A2

"Joe Hill can terrify. he can humor. He can sadden. He can shock. His characters are deep and vibrant, his plots mesmerizing, his prose genuine. Simply put, he's a damn good writer."--Writer's Digest on NOS4A2

"NOS4A2 is [Hill's] longest and most ambitious work yet. . . utterly absorbing."--Seattle Times

"Hill's imagination is...far-ranging....NOS4A2 is full of chills and cliffhangers."--New York Times on NOS4A2

"Fascinating and utterly engaging, this novel is sure to leave readers wanting more. One thing is certain, however. After reading this book, readers will never hear Christmas carols in quite the same way again."--Library Journal (starred review) on NOS4A2

Quite simply the best horror writer of our generation, Joe Hill s masterful storytelling is on full display in NOS4A2. It is by turns terrifying and hilarious, horrifying and full of heart, and relentlessly compelling. --Michael Koryta, New York Times bestselling author of The Prophet on NOS4A2"

[A] new take on the fantasy-horror genre...Highly recommended. --The Sun Herald (Sydney, Australia)"

[A] lovely, earnest collection of short fiction. --Village Voice"

[An] inventive collection . . . brave and astute. --New York Times Book Review (Editor's Choice)"

[A]stounding . . . .Though most of the stories have elements of horror, the overall mood of the collection is one of heartbreaking wonderment . . . Highly recommended . --Library Journal (starred review)"

[An] undeniably readable work. --Booklist (starred review) on NOS4A2"

NOS4A2 is a brilliant exploration of classic and modern monsters and dark fantasties, all cut up, restitched and retooled...With this novel, riveting from beginning to end, Joe Hill has become a master of his craft. --Publishers Weekly on NOS4A2"

Hill is so skillful that we don t know till the very end whether he ll get away with it. . . Hill s story is quite original and, for horror fans of a certain ironic bent, it s an unqualified delight. --Kirkus Reviews (starred review) on NOS4A2"

NOS4A2 will pull you in from the first pages, and draw you away from your other responsibilities. --Cleveland Plain Dealer"

Read it with the lights on and your children locked in a closet. --BookRiot.com on NOS4A2"

Hill s imagination is...far-ranging....NOS4A2 is full of chills and cliffhangers. --New York Times on NOS4A2"

[Hill s] sentences crackle with wit and understated craftsmanship the kind so skillful it is only visible if you re paying attention. --The Globe and Mail on NOS4A2"

Joe Hills NOS4A2 is one of the creepiest books I ve read in a long time--and I mean that in a good way. --Tampa Bay Times on NOS4A2"

Hill s well-stocked bag of narrative tricks keeps the pages moving at a steady clip, and his characters are sufficiently melodramatic to make the book s scale feel both intimate and operatic. In fact, if you re an impressionable reader, stick to reading NOS4A2 during the day. --Richmond Times-Dispatch on NOS4A2"

Words of warning for those who pick up this hefty, 704-page saga: You ll never listen to Christmas carols the same way. Or sleep with the lights off. --Fort Worth Star-Telegram on NOS4A2"

Like any good novel, no matter the genre, NOS4A2 zips down the streets of its mesmerizing story line not just in the Wraith but also, and more importantly, on the backs of high-octane characters...Hill imbues the pitter-patter of little feet with a terror you won t soon forget. --USA Today, 4 stars"

NOS4A2 is a masterwork of horror. --Lev Grossman, Time magazine"

NOS4A2 and its story of a heroic biker chic going up against an old vampire should grab you by the lapels and give y ou a few good shakes before setting its hooks in--and deep....Hill...puts together a riveting tale. --St Louis Today on NOS4A2"

Joe Hill can terrify. he can humor. He can sadden. He can shock. His characters are deep and vibrant, his plots mesmerizing, his prose genuine. Simply put, he s a damn good writer. --Writer's Digest on NOS4A2"

NOS4A2 is [Hill s] longest and most ambitious work yet. . . utterly absorbing. --Seattle Times"

Fascinating and utterly engaging, this novel is sure to leave readers wanting more. One thing is certain, however. After reading this book, readers will never hear Christmas carols in quite the same way again. --Library Journal (starred review) on NOS4A2" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

From the Back Cover

Victoria McQueen has a knack for finding things. Riding her bicycle through an old covered bridge, she always emerges where she needs to be. But Vic doesn't tell anyone about her unusual ability no one would believe her.

Charles Talent Manx has a gift of his own. He takes children for rides in his 1938 Rolls-Royce Wraith, and they slip away to an astonishing playground he calls Christmasland. But the journey through Charlie's twisted imagination transforms his precious passengers, leaving them as terrifying and unstoppable as their benefactor.

And then comes the day when Vic goes looking for trouble . . . and finds Charlie.

That was a lifetime ago. Now, the only kid ever to escape Manx's unmitigated evil is all grown up and desperate to forget.

But Charlie Manx is on the road again, and he won't slow down until he's taken his revenge.

As a life-and-death battle builds her magic pitted against his Vic McQueen prepares to destroy Manx once and for all . . .

Disturbing, mesmerizing, and full of twisting thrills, Hill's phantasmagoric, devilishly playful masterpiece is a terrifying high-octane ride." --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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This is the proper book to read on Christmas Eve and on Christmas Day. Don't miss that opportunity to straighten up your vision of the world of children. Christmasland is the future for us all, to get rid of all adults and to turn the whole world into an entertainment and amusement park. Another version of Joyland of course.

Joe Hill is settling accounts with life and he seems to have a lot. The slave maker in this world is an old Rolls Royce car of the 1930s and the Savior of this world is a Raleigh bike and a couple of Harley Davidson and Triumph motorbikes. He does not really like Father Christmas. He prefers the reindeers and the snowmen. And be sure the Moon is not any motherly figure but the great master of this world of total liberation known as Christmasland. Let's sing together the debunking of all mothers, and respect the exclamation marks on that one:

"In Christmasland we'll build a Snowgirl!
And make believe that she's a silly clown!
We'll have lots of fun with Missus Snowgirl!
Until the other kiddies cut her down!"

If you have the guts and the courage to enter one of the most cruel and gory book I have read lately (that definitely makes Stephen King the father look pale with his trilogy horrify / terrify / gross-out), put on your lifejacket and body armor and dive into this maelstrom of aggressive violence that is only believable if you are convinced there is a passage between this world of landscapes and the other world of your own secret inner landscapes, or inscapes. We all have an inscape, or several, but some of us have the tool to get into it and to bring into it the young boys and girls that will enable us to remain young for ever, to rejuvenate ourselves with the youth of these children.
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I liked Joe Hill's shorter fiction more than his novels up til NOS4R2. This novel is wonderful 700+ pages fly by.
Excellent characters and a wonderful monster a perfect combination of suspense and horror.
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Great story-writing clearly runs in the family. I read this back to back with Stephen King's 11-22-63 and while that novel was superior (come on though - King is an excellent writer) NOS4A2 shows that Joe Hill is finding his voice and having fun. He even pokes fun in a few places regarding the inevitable comparisons to his illustrious father.

Fast-paced, at times truly horrific and good-humoured, NOS4A2 is highly recommended and having read all of Hill's previous novels this is easily his best yet - hopefully an indication of things to come.
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This is a very good read, Joe Hill has certainly inherited his father's talent for writing a good story. I couldn't put it down!
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Already finish book ,great
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