by Joe Hill
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Description: 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...
The Good Stuff
- Fabulous, realistic characters
- Gritty, creepy, dark and spooky
- Unique story
- Wonderful dark, twisted humour that made me laugh out loud on many occasions
- Charles Talent Manx is a seriously creepy bad guy - I had nightmares and yet you understand a little about how he became who he was so there is a wee bit of sympathy - but just a wee bit - creepy bastard
- Mentions Firefly and browncoats - made me smile - at first -- see point in the not so good stuff section
- Crazy, psychic Librarian character - hello, can you say awesome (Ok she is a junky but hey at least she doesn't Shhhh anyone)
- Liked the character of Lou - damaged, yet tries to do the right thing
The Not So Good Stuff
- I liken it to a hot mess - could have been brilliant with stronger editing
- Point of view jumps around so you feel disjointed at times
- Hate to compare him to his dad, but you can't help yourself so sorry Mr Hill - tried not to, but you have the wee same problem as your daddy - way too much, cut down the story and you will have a brilliant story
- Really, you took a browncoat and made him a bad guy - so not cool Mr Hill - A browncoat would never betray someone for a Buffy tattoo
"The fires of hell are not hot enough for a man - or woman! - who would hurt his children."
"She thought of mothering, which was really another word for being present and caring what happened to someone."
"Now I don't even think a parent can. Spoil a child, I mean. I didn't figure nothing out until it was too late to do me any good. I never seemed to have much of a feel for parenting. I was so scared of doing the wrong thing I hardly ever did the right thing."
"The difference between childhood and adulthood, Vic had come to believe, was the difference between imagination and resignation. You traded one for the other and lost your way."
I borrowed this from our collection of ARC's at work - hope you like it better Patrick