A Novel

Hill, Joe

Book - 2013
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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 : William Morrow, c2013.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 0062200577
Characteristics: 692 p. :,ill. ;,24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Rodríguez, Gabriel 1974-


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Feb 06, 2015

An absolute must for any fans of the horror genre. Creative, captivating, and down right creepy.

Oct 25, 2014
  • axeman rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This is a MUST READ for fans of horror. Highly suspenseful, wonderful characters. Really really good.

Jun 12, 2014
  • isingalto rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A delight. A fun, gory, frightening delight.

PLEASE, FOR THE LOVE OF GOD PEOPLE, KEEP READING AFTER THE END OF THE BOOK. Let's just say that I've never been so deliriously happy that I'm the type of person who wants to know what typeface was used in printing...

Apr 24, 2014
  • cecilsgirl rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

this novel was way better than his previous novels. Excellent work!

Jan 22, 2014

Steven King son

Nov 11, 2013

Just got done reading this - couldn't put it down. Agree with Dinkthecat - the apple doesn't fall far from the tree with this family! Anyone who likes Stephen King will like his son's work as well.

Oct 24, 2013
  • dinkthecat rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Apple doesn't fall far from the tree; he can write as well as his dad. I liked this one even more than Heart-shaped box.

Sep 27, 2013
  • mvkramer rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I really, really, liked this book, and if you like Stephen King's works, you probably will, too. It has that Stephen King flavor -- strange magic overlayed over realistic life -- but it's a bit more restrained. Don't get me wrong, the violence can still get super graphic, but where King would go over the top and get almost ridiculous, Hill keeps it a bit more down-to-earth. A bit. The strength of the book was truly the characters, who are flawed, human, very three-dimensional and in our good-guys' case extremely likable. The villains are also human and intriguing, but also completely evil and chilling. I loved Hill's work on Locke and Key and this book does not disappoint. I'll be picking up Horns and Heart-Shaped Box later.

Aug 13, 2013
  • marysneedle rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Even though this story seemed pretty drawn out, meaning probably a little too long, it still held my attention. The title caught my attention as a catchy acronym for vampire. The only character that I truly felt I really knew was Vic McQueen, which since it was mainly about her is probably appropriate. However I would have liked to know more about the main villain, Charlie Manx. There was a bit of vague background, but you really never find out how Manx came to be the way he was. I loved the way the author executed the inscapes, how they were explained and how they were portrayed in the story. It has the basic good vs evil tale with a few creative twists and a positive resolution that the author saved for last. I didn’t see it coming and only remembered this little bit of information after the author re-introduced it at the end of the story. So as I mentioned before, the story was a little drawn out, however, the author made up for it with his creative storytelling. I really enjoyed the book and look forward to catching up on some of Joe Hill’s other works.

Jul 30, 2013
  • hs69 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I really enjoyed this read. I thought the book was imaginative and fun. It's a quick read and engaging.

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Sep 27, 2013
  • mvkramer rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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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