I try not to compare Joe Hill to his dad, because I don’t think he’s trying to cash in on his dad’s incredible fame. But even if Joe Hill had never HEARD of Stephen King, it’s hard not to compare the two. And knowing how much I love love love Stephen King, I mean it as a compliment when I say that this book reminded me a lot of King at his absolute best.
NOS4A2 is the license plate number of a 1930s Rolls-Royce that helps a man named Charles Manx kidnap children across the country and take them to his Christmasland, which doesn’t exist in the strictest sense of the word. Victoria McQueen has a transport with a similar ability — a bicycle that can cross a bridge to take her to whatever she is missing.
This is a creepy, weird book starring a truly scary dude and a truly bad ass chick. Vic is wonderfully fleshed out and given realistic weaknesses to balance out her strengths. I could not put this thing down (700 pages in about 3 days), and I cannot wait for Hill’s next offering to the world of horror.