{epub pdf} NOS4A2Author Joe Hill – Circuitwiringdiagram.co

Joe Hill tells another wonderful story that is scary, disturbing, beautiful, sad, and surprisingly touching.Read it all the way to the end All the way. Reread this with wonderful friends at For Love Of A Book MY BLOG Melissa Martin s Reading ListI CANT WAIT FOR THE AMC SHOW Photo s by Zach Dilgard AMCOH MY GOD This is NOT a sweet little Christmas story boys and girls This is a book about the evil Charlie Manx who takes boys and girls to Christmasland to live forever and ever and ever.and Christmasland is not a place you want to be with your soul sucked dry Charles Manx cruises around in his 1938 Rolls Royce Wraith stealing children Reread this with wonderful friends at For Love Of A Book MY BLOG Melissa Martin s Reading ListI CANT WAIT FOR THE AMC SHOW Photo s by Zach Dilgard AMCOH MY GOD This is NOT a sweet little Christmas story boys and girls This is a book about the evil Charlie Manx who takes boys and girls to Christmasland to live forever and ever and ever.and Christmasland is not a place you want to be with your soul sucked dry Charles Manx cruises around in his 1938 Rolls Royce Wraith stealing children and feeding off them, not in the sense your thinking, but in another way He has a tag on the front of the car that says NOS4A2 and I always wondered what that meant, then I read the book, and find out imagine thatDoes your license plate mean something Bing asked en o ess four a two Nosferatu, the man Charlie Manx said Nosfer what who Manx said, It is one of my little jokes My first wife once accused me of being a Nosferatu She did not use that exact word, but close enough Have you ever had poison ivy, BingThat was Bing, one of Manx henchmen he uses over the years to take care of the kids parents I couldn t resist There is a little girl in the book named Victoria Vic McQueen and she is the only one that ever managed to not be killed as a child by Manx She has a special ability of riding her bicycle over a covered bridge and come up in another place She finds things and brings them back, but she can only do this on her bicycle She also met another person on her travels that has an ability as well and they are sort of friends in that world and her name is Maggie I really liked Vic and Maggie The book moves through different times in Vic s life, when she s a child, a teen and an adult She barely escapes from Manx when she is a teen and decided to go looking for him That wasn t a good idea at the time But in the process she met Lou, a boy at the time himself And Manx gets put away and in a coma for years Until.Lou and Vic end up having a kid together and named him Wayne Vic is far from normal though I mean who would be right She even has to do some time in the mental institution when she starts hearing the kids singing Christmas songs again and calling her on the phone The Christmasland kids Creepy As you can figure, Manx comes back with old stupid Bing to get Wayne and Vic There is a major throw down with Vic and Manx and even Lou and Vic s father get involved to a certain extent I really loved ole Lou, he was a good ole boy I m not going to tell you the end game because those that haven t read it need to read it and I don t want to spoil it I just know now at Christmas I m going to keep an eye out for any suspicious looking cars and creepy singing outside Merry Christmas Already, though, she understood the difference between being a child and being an adult The difference is when someone says he can keep the bad things away, a child believes him Charles Talent Manx with his silver hammer.Some people are born with bad wiring Some people get caught in a whirlpool of one tragic circumstance after another that has a detrimental effect on their sanity Some people are too fragile some are too hard, and some accumulate so much baggage that their soul gets lo Already, though, she understood the difference between being a child and being an adult The difference is when someone says he can keep the bad things away, a child believes him Charles Talent Manx with his silver hammer.Some people are born with bad wiring Some people get caught in a whirlpool of one tragic circumstance after another that has a detrimental effect on their sanity Some people are too fragile some are too hard, and some accumulate so much baggage that their soul gets lost in the jumble To stick a pin in a man like Charles Talent Manx and compose a label that will define exactly what level of crazy he is would take a team of talented psychologists Crazy is one thing, but when crazy becomes wrapped in a smelly, wooly blanket of cosmic evil, things that shouldn t be possible, suddenly become so substantial that they actually wink into existence The whole concept of Christmasland sprang from the demented mind of Charlie Manx You might think to yourself that Christmasland doesn t sound that scary In fact, it even sounds like a great place to take the kids over winter break The only problem is that its creator is bat shit crazy, so there might be candy canes and Christmas trees, but there are also razor blades and very, very sharp teeth It is The Nightmare Before Christmas stepping out of the silver screen and intersecting with a sliver of Colorado Now, you can t just drive to Christmasland even if you do have a general idea of where it is Not just anyone is welcome Manx has a key, a horcrux that might very well have eaten his soul, in the form of a vintage 1938 Rolls Royce Wraith He drives it back and forth between the real world and Christmasland ChristmaslandVic McQueen has a key as well, a bicycle that when she rides it can take her over the Shorter Way Bridge to anywhere in the world where something she lost exists On one of her journeys, she goes to Here, Iowa, and meets a librarian named Maggie who has stuttering issues She also has Scrabble tiles that can help her much the same way Vic s bicycle helps her Maggie is, by far, my favorite character in the book because she says stuff like this No one looks too closely at a librarian People are afraid of going blind from the glare of ssss ssso much compressed wisdom And she is a naughty librarian too If books were girls and reading was s ss ssss fucking, this would be the biggest whorehouse in the county and I d be the most ruthless pimp you ever met Whap the girls on the butts and send them off to their tricks as fast and often as I can It only stands to reason that Vic with her key and Manx with his key would end up in the same place eventually Manx, with the help of a loathsome companion named Bing who is a very, very dangerous dingaling, is going around the country liberating abused children from parents and taking these kids back to Christmasland These kids, once they arrive, grow rows of serrated teeth and become hungry for munching on adults If you are an adult who somehow accidentally falls through to Christmasland, you are breakfast, lunch, dinner, or dessert, depending on how fast you can run Vic and Manx intersect She helps to put Manx in prison, and that is when the phone calls begin They are kids from Christmasland, condemning her for her role in Manx s incarceration She spends time in and out of mental institutions For the sake of her sanity, she tries to forget things like the Shorter Way Bridge, Rolls Royces with vanity license plates, a skeletal gray man with red eyes, and children singing demented Christmas carols But now she has a son, and Manx is coming for him She is going to have to remember everything and believe again if she is going to have a chance to save him Joe Hill likes to make sketches along with his signature In this case, he drew Nosferatu Eventually, he will probably quit doing this, so later these books with the sketches will becollectible.I ve been following Joseph Hillstrom King s career very closely It has been impressive to me that he decided to be a writer, a profession that his father has dominated for decades, but also that he decided to be a horror writer, forcing direct comparisons with his father s work For a man capable of inducing so much fear in others, he has shown no fear in his decision to be a writer Instead of thinking of his father and his father s fame as a hinderance to his own career, he must have decided to consider both those aspects assets He did shorten his name for his writing pseudonym, but if the thought was to hide his relationship to his father, then it has turned out to be one of the worst kept secrets in publishing His father was always good about dropping pop culture and geek references into his books, and so is Hill There is a moment when the father of Vic s child is giving him adviceIf i die in a plane crash remember to always bag and board your comics Love you tooWisdom, such as this, passed to your offspring will insure that your kids will be mutant nerds.The Americans and the British publishers used two different covers The collector in me always likes this because with an author that I like this much I enjoy having both books Another interesting element is Charlie Manx s vanity plate The Americans went with NOS4A2, and the British went with NOS4R2 I find that it is always prudent to defer to our cousins across the pond when it comes to points of contention with the English language The American edition is on the left, and the British edition is on the right.Hill wrote a graphic novel called Wraith that gives his readersbackground on Charlie Manx I decided to read it first, even though it was published after NOS4A R2, because I thought I might benefit from knowing the origins of Manx and might enjoy this bookIt certainly allowed me to consider Manx in awell rounded light In some strange way, he did feel like he was doing the right thing, that his madness was a John Brown type of madness, rather than the insanity of, say, a John Wayne GacyVic understood everything Whatever the children had become, whatever he had done to them, he had done to make them safe, to keep them from being run down by the world He believed in his own decency with all his heart So it was with every true monster, Vic supposed The true believers are generally the most dangerous humans The cause supersedes any contemplation of the effects of their actions on others Hill has created characters and a story I won t soon forget I can guarantee you all one thing that if I see a 1938 Rolls Royce Wraith gliding down the street in my direction I will flee like my life depends on it This is one of the hazards of being a reader with an overactive imagination being matched with a writer with expansive creative ideas This could prove to be Hill s masterpiece.If you wish to seeof my most recent book and movie reviews, visit also have a Facebook blogger page at I liked this one some parts of itthan others but after having my eye on this book for over six years, I am disappointed that I didn t enjoy it.Like many, I finally picked up NOS4A2 or NOS4R2 so I could read it before the new TV show comes out The only thing I d previously read by Joe Hill was the first volume of his Locke Key graphic novels, but I d heard over and over that this book reads just like a Stephen King book, so I was eager to give it a shot.And it does It s got S I liked this one some parts of itthan others but after having my eye on this book for over six years, I am disappointed that I didn t enjoy it.Like many, I finally picked up NOS4A2 or NOS4R2 so I could read it before the new TV show comes out The only thing I d previously read by Joe Hill was the first volume of his Locke Key graphic novels, but I d heard over and over that this book reads just like a Stephen King book, so I was eager to give it a shot.And it does It s got Stephen King s style all over it A bit of grit, a lot of long winded waffling that, for some reason, isn t necessarily a bad thing But there was just a real disconnect for me here that only happens on occasion with King And I found the lengthy waffle really dragged, especially in the middle.The start of the book is very strong A nurse startles when an old man, who is supposedly brain dead, comes to life and threatens her and her son The man is Charles Manx, a known child murderer who lured young children to a place he called Christmasland Nobody believes the nurse when fellow staff arrive at the room to find the old man unconscious and displaying limited brain activity, just as he should be.The book then jumps to some twenty years earlier and we meet Vic McQueen a girl with a strange ability for finding lost things We soon learn that Vic knows she can find whatever she needs by crossing an old rickety bridge The bridge will take her to whatever she is looking for Then, one day, Vic finds Charles Manx across the bridge and somehow lives to tell the tale She grows up Has a kid and a career But Charles Manx has never forgotten Vic McQueen The Girl Who Lived, if you will It s all quite creepy and clever, especially all the hidden references that are fun to discover King s work gets several nods, of course I m just personally a very emotional reader especially when it comes to horror, fantasy and thrillers and the emotional disconnect here really affected my enjoyment I felt that one major difference between King s and Hill s admittedly very similar styles is the depth of the characterization King puts in, and how this makes me warm to the characters I felt nothing for the people in this book, not even Vic The major event that happens in the later chapters left me feeling unmoved, though I suspect I was supposed to be upset by it.Oh, well Maybe my expectations were too high.Blog Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube I will not compare Stephen King s son to himI will not compare Stephen King s son to him..I will notcompare.Joe Hill deserves to be in a class all of his own Don tcha think I put off reading NOS4A2 for awhile I read Heart Shaped Box first Which I really liked but thisthis was much better Sooooooooooooooo many friends said You have to read NOS4A2 Oh you haven t read NOS4A2 What is wrong with you Why haven t read NOS4A2 What are you stupid One I will not compare Stephen King s son to himI will not compare Stephen King s son to him..I will notcompare.Joe Hill deserves to be in a class all of his own Don tcha think I put off reading NOS4A2 for awhile I read Heart Shaped Box first Which I really liked but thisthis was much better Sooooooooooooooo many friends said You have to read NOS4A2 Oh you haven t read NOS4A2 What is wrong with you Why haven t read NOS4A2 What are you stupid One of those friends was Stepheny and fighting it became pointless Have I mentioned before that Stepheny is difficult I think I have.a time or twoSo fast forwardbuddy read at gun point with The veeeeeeeeeeeeeery persuasive Stepheny, Msssssssssssssss Randee , One of the easiest people to get along with Lisa UK,.and one of the hardest people to get along with Mr Dan 2.0Massachusetts 1986 With the help of her trusty bike and a bridge called The Shorter Way 12 year old Victoria McQueen finds lost things keys, lost pets, jewelryand one unfortunate dayshe finds kidnapper Charles Manx.a day that will change her life in ways she could have never imagined.Somehow I went into reading NOS4A2 having noooooooooooo idea what it was about Yes I knew there was an old scary dudeand some kidnapped children and a Christmas themebut that was about it I highly recommend doing that..because this book was full of sooooooooooo many surprises Bravo Joe Hill clap clap clap Definitely one of my favorite reads this year Well, that has to be a personal record on the fastest time I ve finished a 700 page novel Pleased to announce that this is our scaredsuspensebookclub pick for December If you re wanting to read this before the show airs in 2019, come join us The discussions will be broken up as follows 12 14 Prologue Search Engine 12 28 Remainder of NovelPlease let me know if you d like to be added to the Instagram reading group by leaving your handle in the comments. 5 Stars One of my top favorite books of all time which should be obvious since I have now read the book twice and have listened to the audiobook once, narrated masterfully by Kate Mulgrew, as well.A Creepy, Disturbing Thrill Ride, with a flawed, yet lovable heroine, NOS4A2 is Joe Hill at his best Victoria Vic McQueen is no ordinary girl She has a bike and with it, she can travel across a bridge, which takes her through time and space, from one part of the country to the next, in mere seco 5 Stars One of my top favorite books of all time which should be obvious since I have now read the book twice and have listened to the audiobook once, narrated masterfully by Kate Mulgrew, as well.A Creepy, Disturbing Thrill Ride, with a flawed, yet lovable heroine, NOS4A2 is Joe Hill at his best Victoria Vic McQueen is no ordinary girl She has a bike and with it, she can travel across a bridge, which takes her through time and space, from one part of the country to the next, in mere seconds As a young girl, her bike was a blue, Raleigh Tuff Burner It was the coolest thing she had ever seen And when she traveled across the bridge She found things Lost objects a missing bracelet, a missing photograph As an adult, her motorbike is a Triumph and she finds answers to questions and she saves lives When Vic was young, she encountered the likes of one Charles Talent Manx and his ride was a Wraith A 1938 Rolls Royce Wraith, to be exact It is an extension of him It does what he wants it to Manx is evil incarnate and with his ride, he can travel from this world to his own inscape, where his home, known as Christmasland is located Why To populate his own inscape with children, of course So that they can celebrate Christmas Every Single Day But these aren t ordinary children And Manx isn t an ordinary man He is a man convicted of heinous crimes, and he simply cannot die And he thrives upon stealing a child s innocence And the remnants of those children whose innocence he steals, end up in Christmasland He accomplishes this task with a little help from a friend, so to speak That friend is Bing Partidge, a sick little man, who is eager to get to Christmasland himself Vic is the only child to have ever escaped Charles Manx and he has never forgotten it Now that she is an adult, Manx decides to pay her back for it The only way he knows how Through her kid Bruce Wayne Carmody Son of the sweetest, kindest guy you ll ever meet, Lou Carmody He is a teddy bear of a man, who fixes motorcycles and truly loves two things in life His son Wayne and Vic Victoria has never really been good at anything except for finding things Yet, for some reason, the people in her life don t give up on her That goes for Lou and Maggie Lee the only person who can help Vic stop Manx and find Wayne.The path that Vic goes on to stop Manx is a crazy, turbulent one It is a ride that I, personally, have taken three times and have lived to tell the tale It is wildly imaginative and definitely scary And it is at times, a little horrific, but it is stellar nonetheless It is one I encourage each of you to get on preferably on the Raleigh or the Triumph not the Wraith and hold on for your dear life Vic is a heroine like no other If I needed someone to have my back, I would want it to be her And Maggie Lee Y y yess Puuhpplease They are both flawed, tragic characters But they have heart And I loved them both dearly As for Lou He is one heck of a guy Whatcan I say except for DUUDE If you ve ever read a Joe Hill novel, then you know that he is an expert at writing villains Charles Manx might be his best He sure scared the heck out of me In case it s not crystal clear I ADORE this book Love doesn t even begin to describe how I feel about it I loved it the first two times I read and this last time, I decided to listen to the audiobook and if possible, I loved it evenWhy, you ask Because it was narrated, by the multi talented, Kate Mulgrew For this audiobook alone, she made all 30 characters voices distinct I was terrified by the voice of Charles Talent Manx Just thinking of it, I get shivers down my spine I didn t think it possible for one person to change their inflection, intonation and or their voice so many times to sound like so many different people but Ms Mulgrew handled it skillfully She made NOS4A2 rise to yet another level Below is a link to an interview with the magnificent Kate Mulgrew about her method of narration which includes an excerpt to her narration of another Joe Hill novel, The Fireman which I must now listen to the audiobook of even though I ve already read that book Good thing I loved that one too If this doesn t convince you guys to listen to one of the books she narrated, I don t know what will Personally, I hope you choose NOS4A2 It might scare you, but it ll be worth itPublished on Goodreads andon 3 27 17 NOS4A2 is so unique, so dark and amusing, so full of references to King works, so replete with character and world development, I find myself in complete awe of its incredible awesomeness Halfway through reading this for the first time, I ordered a copy for my sister because I just needed to share this with someone This book tests the line between the world around us and the world we create with our minds.Our villain, Charles Talent Manx the III, I believe , is a vampire of sorts and so devil NOS4A2 is so unique, so dark and amusing, so full of references to King works, so replete with character and world development, I find myself in complete awe of its incredible awesomeness Halfway through reading this for the first time, I ordered a copy for my sister because I just needed to share this with someone This book tests the line between the world around us and the world we create with our minds.Our villain, Charles Talent Manx the III, I believe , is a vampire of sorts and so devilishly charming that he almost fooled me into developing a soft spot for him He was all kinds of evil and powerful and wonderfully creative Next comes Vic McQueen, our heroine She was powerful in her own right, using her powers to find things that had been lost, losing a little of herself every time she used her gift The loving, yet apprehensive mother of Bruce Wayne Carmody, Vic s strength is pushed to the limits on account of Manx Unfortunately, her little Wayne feels the pull of Christmasland and we watch his soul go on one hell of a dangerous ride Even the side characters were so well fleshed out, my favorites, Maggie and Lou, were so important to this story and in my opinion, two of the most likable people in the action Both misfits, they were real, engaging, loyal and brave.This book is long, really long, but worth the ride if you put in the time I may read it again next year at Christmas time Once you go to Christmasland, you never want to leave NOSA is a spine tingling novel of supernatural suspense from master of horror Joe Hill, the New York Times bestselling author of Heart Shaped Box and HornsVictoria McQueen has a secret gift for finding things a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, 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 countryCharles Talent Manx has a way with children He likes to take them for rides in hisRolls Royce Wraith with the NOSA 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 I may never view Christmas songs the same way again I don t know if I should thank Joe Hill for that or kick him in the knee What can I say I loved it by It I mean this book and not It which I also loved I liked Horns, I liked Heart shaped box and I do believe those two books were Joe Hill getting warmed up and NOS4A2 is him hitting his stride I seriously could not put this book down I found it to be interesting and captivating from cover to coverand yes, I am on the nice lis I may never view Christmas songs the same way again I don t know if I should thank Joe Hill for that or kick him in the knee What can I say I loved it by It I mean this book and not It which I also loved I liked Horns, I liked Heart shaped box and I do believe those two books were Joe Hill getting warmed up and NOS4A2 is him hitting his stride I seriously could not put this book down I found it to be interesting and captivating from cover to coverand yes, I am on the nice list because I read the acknowledgements I respect that Joe Hill shortened his name to create a pseudonym in order to stand on his own merit But come on Joe, you look just like your Dad But kudos How brave to enter a profession where your father is King and how wonderful to know that you can stand on your own two feet and hold your head high knowing that you are an Author on your own merit This book KICKED ASS Vic a.k.a Victoria a.k.a the brat has a knack for finding lost things She just gets on her trusty bike, rides across a rickety old bridge and is transported wherever she needs to go in order to get what she is looking for a bracelet, a photo, etc She knows not to mention the bridge or her visits to wherever she needs to be She does not mention meeting Maggie, a stuttering librarian in Iowa who gets messages through scrabble tiles Maggie warns her about Manx but well, do people ever really listened when warned to not do something A mother may warn her child not to touch a stove, but will the child still touch the stove to see just hot hot the stove is hmmmmCharles Manx is a maniac who preys on children He takes them for rides in his 1938 Wraith which has the license plate of NOS4A2 His car seems to have power of it s own, it can go wherever it needs to go on secret hidden highways and can control it s locks and doors What it can also do is take Children to Christmasland Christmas Carols always seem to be playing and if you are a good boy or girl you will be rewarded with a visit to Christmasland.One fateful day Vic finds Manx and of course, all hell breaks loose She manages to escape barely and helps put Manx away Vic goes on to grow up and leave a troubled yet normal life She has a relationship and child with Lou, the man who saved her from Manx How does not live a normal happy life after seeing and experiencing what cannot be explained or even believed She begins to received phone calls from the Children in Christmasland They are not happy withe her for taking Manx from them Vic is not stranger to inpatient psychiatric hospitalizations, I mean she is speaking to missing children who live in Christmasland Who will believe that Until one day when Charles Manx goes missing No one can find his body and yet he is out and searching.searching for that one person who escaped him He wants his second chance if you will to destroy Vic s life As I mentioned, Vic has a son A son Manx would very much like to introduce to Christmasland Was there any human urgepitiful orintense than waning another chance at something Manx is coming and Vic is ready for him She receives a little help along the way but in the end there will be a showdown I liked that Maggie came back to help as did Lou This is a BIG book It s HUGE in fact but it didn t feel big It did not feel as if it were over 700 pages I read this book FAST as in very FAST because I wanted to know what happened next I love when books have me on the edge of my seat, scare me a little but also dazzle me with their character development All three were great in this book There are also some really great characters in this book There is also humor This book has teeth and they will sink in and hold you captive Hill s best in my opinion.I love when a book surprises me I did not expect this book to be bad but I was not expecting to like it as much as I did It really did take me by surprise in a very good way.Wonderfully written, a fun suspenseful read that kept me turning the pages and on the edge of my seat I highly recommend READ THIS BOOK ALREADY Seeof my reviews on www.openbookpost.com