Book Review: NOS4A2


Rascal reads NOS4A2!
Rascal reads NOS4A2!

The Booklover’s Rating:

NOS4A2 is quite good. You can tell that Joe Hill has learned his craft at the hands of a master! Hill’s novel centers around three people who have special abilities and each uses these abilites for either good or evil. Victoria finds missing things, animals, or people. Maggie uses her gift to warn others and Mr. Manx uses his abilites to hurt children.

Victoria McQueen, the main character in Nos4A2 learns early in life that she can ride her bicycle through a covered bridge and find lost things or lost pets. It is through one of these finding missions that she meets Maggie, a punk-styled librarian, that warns her about Mr. Manx, a “very bad man with a very bad car.” Maggie also warns Vic that their respective gifts take a toll on them and they need to make sure that the gifts they possess are used judiciously.

Charlie Manx, the book’s 140-year-old villain, tries to lure children to a place with a particularly fun feature called the Sleigh House and where it is always Christmas. Manx’s sidekick is a really nasty character who wears a gas mask and speaks in sophmoric rhymes.  Ironically, the character is named “Bing.”

NOS4A2 is a hefty read at about 700 pages, but don’t let that stop you. It is a page turner. The story goes quickly and there is plenty of unrelenting action for those that enjoy the fantasy-horror genre. My favorite Stephen King book in recent years was Duma Key, and I couldn’t help but notice the similarites in the writing style. While I don’t read fantasy-horror often, this book WILL appeal to a wide audience, including those who venture to strange worlds rarely.

Book Details: Published by William Morrow (April 30, 2013), 704 pages, ISBN: 0062200577.

Goodreads Giveaways and Krissie’s Bookshelf

I joined GoodReads in March 2008 and have been VERY active on the Website since that time.  I love GoodReads and spend way to much time on their site.  Having said that I still have an one issue with GoodReads —the first reads giveaways!

Since March 2008, I have entered giveaways for approximately 330 books and have won books for four of those giveaways.  I enjoyed those books and was very happy to have gotten them.  I read at least three books that I probably would not have otherwise.  Krissie, another member, that frequently enters the same giveaways that I do has won 72 books since joining in March 2008.  Recent additions to Krissie’s first-reads bookshelf include:

I Curse the River of Time: A Novel by Per Petersen
Horns by Joe Hill
The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell
Lost States: True Stories of Texlahoma, Translyvania, and Other States That Never Made It by Michael J. Trinklein
The Devil’s Star by Jo Nesbo

I entered for each of these books and didn’t win any of them.  Krissie has great luck!  The GoodReads Giveaways page says that “Winners are picked randomly at the end of the giveaway” and I received a recent e-mail from ENC Press after a recent giveaway that advises that “GoodReads does the random picking,” however, I am beginning to wonder…

I did read 100% of the books that I won and rated all four of them.  I actually reviewed two of them or 50%.  I noted that Krissie has rated only 16.7% of the books that she has won from the GoodReads giveaways, but shows a review for 100% of the 72 books on her First Reads bookshelf.  Her typical review is as follows:

“First it has to arrive in the mail, and then I have to find the time and motivation to read the Others, and then I can read this one. I have a new plan for the Others. I’m not sure it’ll work out very well, though.”

Can someone explain what is going on with GoodReads giveaways?  How do so many First Reads end up on Krissie’s bookshelf?  Are the books given away randomly or is some other method used to give away the First Reads books?

One last thought, I sure hope that Krissie doesn’t enter for Beautiful Malice by Rebecca James, because I really want to win a copy of that book!