by Joe Hill

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“Every man loves a hot girl with a history of making mistakes. Because it’s always possible she’ll make one with you.” -- Lou Carmody, NOS4A2

This story surprised me. I was super hesitant to even start it - I knew Joe Hill was Stephen King’s son, and had read some not-so-stellar reviews of his previous two novel attempts (Heart-Shaped Box & Horns), so had prematurely assumed that this one would be no different. I was sure that Hill was just another daddy’s boy trying to find success through daddy’s hard work. Man, I was wrong.

With NOS4A2 (as in Nosferatu – the classic vampire flick from 1922), Hill proves he has real talent for weaving together a scary, thoughtful, and fulfilling story. His villain is villainous, his epic battle is epic, and his tattooed biker chick heroine is hot. There’s a lot of fiction out there that’s mass produced, that follows an obvious equation that inevitably leaves you feeling empty. You wasted your time on a book that you’ve already read, albeit with a different title. NOS4A2 doesn't play like that – you can tell it was crafted with passion. Words and phrases were chosen and spun with care, not just for convenience. I hate to say it, but it’s almost like a Stephen King book in that way. It’s worth reading.

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Zac, thanks for being honest about your scepticism and in admitting your prejudices were wrong. I'm going to give this book a shot as I had the same reservations about Mr. King's son's potential as a writer.

You know, it's kinda scary when you think of all the books you've put aside and not read based on something small that turned you off...how many of those where actually great reads? How many would have made you think? How many would have maybe even changed the way you think?!
That's one of the things that I love so much about a library - there's no commitment required! Pick up a book you're not not too sure about and maybe let it change you!
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Zac, thanks for being honest about your scepticism and in admitting your prejudices were wrong. I'm going to give this book a shot as I had the same reservations about Mr. King's son's potential as a writer.

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