A Novel

eBook - 2013
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Victoria McQueen has a secret gift for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photography, 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.
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, 2013.
ISBN: 9780062200594
Branch Call Number: eBOOK OVERDRI
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Rodríguez, Gabriel 1974-
OverDrive, Inc
Alternative Title: Nosferatu


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SnoIsleLib_LindseyA Nov 06, 2018

This is chilling. I should have read this book in winter for full atmospheric effect. Kate Mulgrew's raspy voice lends itself well to the narration, especially to the voice of Charlie Manx. There were moments where I regretted listening to NOS4A2 in the dark.

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Feb 03, 2020

Meh, I really enjoyed Heart Shaped Box more. This one just kept going and going. I didn't feel there was any accurate character development for a majority of book, Hill just skimmed over why people were the way they were. Also, got so done with his comparison of everything to the size of dinner plates.

Jan 17, 2020

Absolute must read for Stephen King fans. The characterization in this novel is amazing. Finished it 2 months ago and I am still replaying scenes in my head. I am considering reading it again!

Dec 30, 2019

NOS4A2 is the novel in which Joe Hill fully embraced his lineage, unambiguousy set his story in the same universe that his father's fiction takes place in, and officially became part of the family brand. The results couldn't have been better. This was one of the most rewarding experiences I have had reading a horror novel in quite some time. Like many Stephen King novels, the book can be easily categorized as horror, but there is much more going on between the covers of this dense tome: amazing character development, two of the scariest villains in modern horror literature, family dysfunction, and unconditional love in spite of the messiness. NOS4A2 is a horror novel with heart and it's good to see that the son Stephen King is passing the writing torch on to is turning out to be a worthy successor. In short, this guy is no Julian Lennon or Jakob Dylan, artists unable to emerge from beneath their fathers' shadows. Joe Hill established himself and then took the logical next step of honoring his family's legacy by throwing some new tricks into the bag (aside from writing novels and short stories, Hill is heavily involved in the world of comics and his writing has a dark fantasy element that feels more like Neil Gaiman than Stephen King) and further enriching the crew's collective ouevre. If you're in the mood for a satisfying modern horror novel, you couldn't do much better than this.

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Sep 03, 2019

Joe Hill does happen to be Stephen King's son...and this creepy car-themed horror tale has lots to love for fans of King's work. Yes, Joe Hill can stand alone on his own...but there were lots of Stephen King Easter eggs in this book for those who are familiar with King's work...if he's going to tip his hat to Stephen King's world building, the comparison is going to be made!

Aug 02, 2019

Possibly one of the best books I have ever read! The twists and turns were amazing and Charles Talent Manx III is an amazing charachter!

ReadingAdviser_leni Jun 21, 2019

Good. Twisted, but good. Lots to the story (with a whole lot of words) and totally worth it! Vic is an excellent character, with many flaws making her extremely easy to relate to.

Dec 24, 2018

I agree with Ghettostone. This book was all over the place, almost 700 pages, took me 2 months to read it. Don't like to read about things that do not make any sense at all. Not what I expected.

Dec 17, 2018

From, Michael R. Brown, leader of the Best Seller's Book Club and Editor/Chief of Ghettostone Publications Company.

WARNING: "NOS4A2" by Joe Hill is not about Vampires...! Twists, Turns, Time Travel, what? A Teenager who has an supernatural experience and the adults who don't believe him, "really?" Years later an evil force resurfaces, "come on...!" An old black, haunted hurst,
"too much"...! Wanted to thrown this book out the window, "timeless...!" Spoiler alert, Joe Hill is the son of "Steven King" and proclaims that he is the "New King of Horror" in this 600 page collision of non-sensical, "Poopdom"!

The Best Seller Book Club unamiously disliked this book...! "And I'm being polite...!"
I could be wrong, please if anyone has read this book and found it enjoyable, please let me know...!

Sorry...! Joe Hill,

Michael Brown, Editor/Chief
Ghettostone Publications Company

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SnoIsleLib_LindseyA Nov 06, 2018

This is chilling. I should have read this book in winter for full atmospheric effect. Kate Mulgrew's raspy voice lends itself well to the narration, especially to the voice of Charlie Manx. There were moments where I regretted listening to NOS4A2 in the dark.

At many points during this book I felt like I was reading classic Stephen King. Joe clearly took inspiration from his dad's writing, in a good way. His writing isn't as elegant, and some of his supporting characters were almost cartoonish, but he still manages to creep under the skin. Those kids in Christmasland? Ghastly. Terrifying. This book says a lot about childhood. No matter how many buffers adults create, kids are never really safe.

May 17, 2018

Very nicely done. Charter development, pace, and setting. Classic Joe Hill. Good read -

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"Innocence ain't all it's cracked up to be, you know. Innocent little kids rip the wings off flies, because they don't know any better. That's innocence."

Dec 17, 2017

"She told me about Charlie Manx. She warned me about him. She said there was a man, a bad man with a bad car. He used his car to suck the life out of children. He was a kind of vampire - a road vampire."


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Sexual Content: Sexual content.

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Coarse Language: Swearing.


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mvkramer Sep 27, 2013

Vic McQueen is an average girl with a seriously abnormal ability -- when she rides her bike, she can open a bridge through space to find lost objects. When Vic tries to use her gift to find "trouble," she comes face to face with the equally gifted, and utterly evil, Charles Manx. Charles Manx uses his car like Vic uses her bike, but instead of finding lost things, he spirits children away into Christmasland, where they never grow old, never feel sorrow, and lose their humanity to become sociapathic monsters. Vic escapes Charles Manx, only to have her life scarred by the echo of Christmasland. When Charles Manx returns to target Vic's son, she has to pit her magic and courage against Manx's for the stake of her son's soul.


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