I was a bit overwhelmed by the new Stephen King to take on his son's novel, NOS4A2, so I enlisted my husband, the reader who can chomp through a thick book like this in two days, to do the honor.
I started listening to Heart-Shaped Box a few months back and it was pretty eerie. I know I will definitely embrace Joe Hill's work more at some point.
While I may not have as much time to read, what little I get is sometimes infused with great writing. This book was actually pretty good. He has his fathers penchant for the overly descriptive scenes which I happened to grow up on, so of course it grabbed me immediately. I would say any reader of Stephen King would similarly enjoy this story. As always, I could do without the "Chester the Molester" type character but who else could better play the 'devil' than that!? Really, the book stands alone without having to ride the old man's coattails too much, even with Stephen's winking reference to his son's book in "Dr. Sleep" ; he only references the Charlie Manx (antagonist) once, but it does tie in to that twisted reality that belies the genre. Over all, I found the book quite haunting, and intend to follow future publications by this author. Thumbs up.};^)>
About Joe Hill
The author of the critically acclaimed Heart-Shaped Box, Joe Hill is a two-time winner of the Bram Stoker Award and a past recipient of the Ray Bradbury Fellowship. His stories have appeared in a variety of journals and Year’s Best collections. He calls New England home.
Joe’s Tour Stops
Tuesday, October 22nd: A Bookish Way of Life
Thursday, October 24th: The Best Books Ever
Monday, November 4th: Bibliophilia, Please
Tuesday, November 5th: The House of Crime and Mystery
Thursday, November 7th: Love, Laughter, and a Touch of Insanity
Friday, November 8th: Drey’s Library
Monday, November 11th: Entomology of a Bookworm
Tuesday, November 12th: The Book Bag
Wednesday, November 13th: The Reader’s Hollow
Thursday, November 14th: red headed book child
Monday, November 18th: The Road to Here
Tuesday, November 19th: Olduvai Reads
Wednesday, November 20th: The Scarlet Letter
Thursday, November 21st: Cerebral Girl in a Redneck World
Thursday, November 28th: My Shelf Confessions
Happy Reading and as always, thanks for stopping by!
red headed book child