Books I’m Eyeing is a (hopefully) weekly series wherein I show you the books that have intrigued me, and the blogs and reviews we can all blame that on. My goal is to make my library hate me because of all the holds I have placed. This feature will show you just how I’m accomplishing that.
Do any of these books interest you? Or are there some that I’ve missed but should check out? Let me know!
NOS4A2 – Joe Hill
Discovery blamed on: Rob B of SFFWorld
About the Book
DON’T SLOW DOWN
Victoria McQueen has an uncanny knack for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. When she rides her bicycle over the rickety old covered bridge in the woods near her house, she always emerges in the places she needs to be. Vic doesn’t tell anyone about her unusual ability, because she knows no one will believe her. She has trouble understanding it herself.
Charles Talent Manx has a gift of his own. He likes to take children for rides in his 1938 Rolls-Royce Wraith with the vanity plate NOS4A2. In the Wraith, he and his innocent guests can slip out of the everyday world and onto hidden roads that lead to an astonishing playground of amusements he calls Christmasland. Mile by mile, the journey across the highway of Charlie’s twisted imagination transforms his precious passengers, leaving them as terrifying and unstoppable as their benefactor.
And then comes the day when Vic goes looking for trouble… and finds her way, inevitably, to Charlie.
That was a lifetime ago. Now, the only kid ever to escape Charlie’s unmitigated evil is all grown up and desperate to forget.
But Charlie Manx hasn’t stopped thinking about the exceptional Victoria McQueen. On the road again, he won’t slow down until he’s taken his revenge. He’s after something very special – something Vic can never replace.
As a life-and-death battle of wills builds – her magic pitted against his – Vic McQueen prepares to destroy Charlie once and for all… or die trying…
Joe Hill’s acclaimed works of fiction, Horns, Heart-Shaped Box, and 20th Century Ghosts, have already earned him international acclaim. WithNOS4A2, this outstanding novelist – “one of America’s finest horror writers” (Time magazine); “a major player in 21st-century fantastic fiction” (Washington Post) – crafts his finest work yet. Disturbing, mesmerizing, and full of twisting thrills, Hill’s phantasmagoric, devilishly playful masterpiece is a terrifying high-octane ride.
Apocalypse Now Now – Charlie Human
Discovery blamed on: Civilian Reader – double damn since it’s not out in the US yet.
About the Book
Neil Gaiman meets Tarantino in this madcap, wildly entertaining journey into Cape Town’s supernatural underworld.
‘I don’t even know how to describe reading this book, so just look at my wide eyes and my silently mumbling mouth and take my shell-shock as a good sign that you need to read this book right now.’ Chuck Wendig.
I LOVE THE SMELL OF PARALLEL DIMENSIONS IN THE MORNING
Baxter Zevcenko’s life is pretty sweet. As the 16-year-old kingpin of the Spider, his smut-peddling schoolyard syndicate, he’s making a name for himself as an up-and-coming entrepreneur. Profits are on the rise, the other gangs are staying out of his business, and he’s going out with Esme, the girl of his dreams.
But when Esme gets kidnapped, and all the clues point towards strange forces at work, things start to get seriously weird. The only man drunk enough to help is a bearded, booze-soaked, supernatural bounty hunter that goes by the name of Jackson ‘Jackie’ Ronin.
Plunged into the increasingly bizarre landscape of Cape Town’s supernatural underworld, Baxter and Ronin team up to save Esme. On a journey that takes them through the realms of impossibility, they must face every conceivable nightmare to get her back, including the odd brush with the Apocalypse.
God’s War – Kameron Hurley
Discovery blamed on: Staffer’s Book Review
About the Book
Nyx had already been to hell. One prayer more or less wouldn’t make any difference…
On a ravaged, contaminated world, a centuries-old holy war rages, fought by a bloody mix of mercenaries, magicians, and conscripted soldiers. Though the origins of the war are shady and complex, there’s one thing everybody agrees on…
There’s not a chance in hell of ending it.
Nyx is a former government assassin who makes a living cutting off heads for cash. But when a dubious deal between her government and an alien gene pirate goes bad, Nyx’s ugly past makes her the top pick for a covert recovery. The head they want her to bring home could end the war–but at what price?
The world is about to find out.
Under the Dome – Stephen King
Discovery blamed on: The TV series, and the fact that I think it kind of sucks (I’m not a TV person…).
About the Book
On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester’s Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener’s hand is severed as “the dome” comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when — or if — it will go away.
Dale Barbara, Iraq vet and now a short-order cook, finds himself teamed with a few intrepid citizens — town newspaper owner Julia Shumway, a physician’s assistant at the hospital, a select-woman, and three brave kids. Against them stands Big Jim Rennie, a politician who will stop at nothing — even murder — to hold the reins of power, and his son, who is keeping a horrible secret in a dark pantry. But their main adversary is the Dome itself. Because time isn’t just short. It’s running out.
I was eagerly anticipating the new Joe Hill book having devoured his previous two and fallen absolutely in love with his short stories, but sadly I found it to be bloated and ultimately really disappointing.
Apocalypse Now Now sounds quite intriguing.
I haven’t read anything by Joe Hill, but all of his books seem very well received. I can’t wait to get my hands on this one.
Very happy to take the blame!
You deserve the blame. Your review almost made me drop everything and buy the book right then and there.
Wow. That’s a great compliment, about the best thing a reviewer can hear especially from a fellow reviewer.
I’ve long since read and loved Hurley’s trilogy–will be curious what you make of them.
I haven’t even heard of that series before I saw it mentioned on Staffer’s. I put it on hold at the library. It looks great. I’m just waiting for it to arrive.
Also got my eye on Hurley’s books. I’ve heard that they’re awesome, and I’m looking forward to eventually reading them.
The others… Well, I’d probably read NOS4A2 or Under the Dome is I had the books, but I don’t think they’re ones I’d go out of my way to find. But that’s just my reading taste rather than a reflection on the books themselves.
We have different reading tastes, and there’s nothing wrong with that. 🙂
I’d agree with the earlier comment on here. NOS4A2 was Joe Hill’s weakest novel. If you haven’t read Horns or Heart-Shaped Box yet, I’d read those instead.
Under the Dome was a great book. Much better than the TV show. Just about any Stephen King television adaptation has been poor.
Apocalypse Now Now sounds interesting. Might have to put that on my radar. Thanks.
I’m going to check out the other Joe Hill books. I’ve never read anything by him, but from what I’ve seen other reviewers say, he’s an author that should be on my radar. I’m not sure why I’ve missed him. Thanks for the heads up on his other books!
I think that Horns is the better of his two other novels because he takes the time to really explore the interpersonal dynamics of the characters he’s created where Heart focuses on just two characters on a quest basically. There is an added layer of social horror in Horns which I think makes the central situation all the more affecting.
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