Talk about a book making an impression. I really stepped out of my comfort zone when I picked up Joe Hill’s NOS4R2. Horror, especially adult horror, is not something I’ve really been drawn to in the past. But this book ended up on my To Be Read list, although for the life of me I can’t remember how, and I thought I’d give it a whirl.
And oh man, did it mess me up. In a good way. And a bad way.
First of all, I apparently didn’t do my research, and had no idea that this book tipped the scales at over 700 pages. I downloaded it to my kindle and started reading, and was like… why doesn’t it look like I’ve made any progress?? But don’t let the length scare you. Trust me when I tell you there are plenty of other things to be scared about.
1) Christmasland, the most warped version of a warm childhood memory one could ever imagine.
2) Charlie Manx, creator of said Christmasland. Although Mr. Hill implies that Manx doesn’t understand how evil his twisted Christmas ‘Inscape’ (a creation of his imagination made real) truly is, I personally believe he knew every step of the way.
3) Bing Partridge, the easily manipulated and frightfully evil-in-his-own-right henchman to Charlie Manx. The previously delightful smell of gingerbread men baking in the oven will never be the same again.
4) The Rolls-Royce Wraith. Yes, I have strong feelings of angst about a car. Read NOS4R2, and you’ll know why getting in a backseat of a vehicle will now and forever hold a certain amount of fear for me.
5) Also, in no particular order: any and all rhymes, suspicious pains behind my left eye, pinwheels, when my kids randomly tell me they are creating “Presentland” out of legos (because, yes, it is too close of a reference to “Christmasland”), and I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas – plus every other Christmas song ever written.
NOS4R2 is a terrifying and absolutely brilliant read that will keep the pages turning long into the night – mostly because you won’t want to close your eyes, but also because Joe Hill wrote a hell of a book with an multidimensional main character that I rooted for from the get-go, layers upon layers of interwoven story lines, and an edge of your seat conclusion that will make it all worthwhile.
When you step outside your ‘comfort zone’ what do you read?