Read and Recommended:  NOS4A2

Read and Recommended: NOS4A2

Joe Hill, N0S4A2

NOS4A2 by Joe Hill

To the tune of Christmas’s greatest hits, NOS4A2 is a holiday package stuffed with unexpected plot twists—making Scrooge’s visiting ghouls look like invited holiday guests. Ho Ho NO!


She breathed deeply of the scent of decaying fiction, disintegrating history, and forgotten verse, and she observed for the first time that a room full of books smelled like dessert; a sweet snack made of figs, vanilla, glue, and cleverness.Joe Hill, NOS4A2

Victoria McQueen, the imperfect and understandable heroine, is caught between the nightmare experiences of her youth and present-day love for her son. In an epic battle between almost good and truly evil, Victoria matches wits—and tricks—with her skeletal arch-nemesis, Charles Manx.

She wanted to believe him. Already, though, she understood the difference between being a child and being an adult. The difference is that when someone says he can keep the bad things away, a child believes him.Joe Hill, NOS4A2

Why I recommend this book

Freakishly good read. Mr. Hill writes from the soul of a poet and the imagination of a serial killer.

Both frightened and needing to know, I kept reading long into the night.

Love the illustrations by Gabriel Rodriguez. Hint: Check out the font info.


When it came to her, she felt a cool, dry sensation on the nape of her neck, a prickling across her scalp, the physical indicators of both wonder and horror; she was conscious of feeling both in equal measure.Joe Hill, NOS4A2

Writing ideas inspired by this book

  • Taking an established event and turning it on a demonic ear.
  • Twisting cultural feelings and expectations of said event in unexpected directions.
  • Regardless of the plot and characters, let the beauty of the prose shine through.

    It seemed somehow wrong that Lou, who loved comics, and his son, and boobies, and beer, and birthday parties, should ever get old.Joe Hill, NOS4A2

     

  • Call me Mercury

    Call me Mercury

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