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13 March 2010

Just finished Heart Shaped Box by Joe Hill..... [More:]and man, that apple fell about as far from the tree as possible.

This book, boy did I want it to be better than it was. Especially the final third.

Anyone else read it? What did you think?
Did he steal the title from the Nirvana song or what?
posted by amro 13 March | 13:20
I've read about half of it and I keep putting it down to read other things, so that's not a good sign. To his credit, Hill does write the comic "Locke & Key", which I quite enjoy. I don't think I'll be buying "Horns" (his new novel) until it hits the sale tables, though.
posted by BitterOldPunk 13 March | 13:34
I've been very curious about "Horns" but this does not bode well. I haven't read any of his other books.
posted by BoringPostcards 13 March | 15:07
I, too, have been curious about the book, and now about Horns, discussed in this A.V. Club interview. I will inevitably pick one up off the library display someday. (It's Maine, and the library understandably gets excited to promote King-family books, so they always order plenty of the books and often display them prominently.) I'm trying to learn how to write horror, but even seeing how not to write is is instructive.
posted by Elsa 13 March | 15:27
Yeah, this is definitely a "how NOT to do it" kind of book. It's very uneven, and the third act is extremely laughable. Some good scares early on, but he drives these into cliche by the end of the book.

And yes, the title is from the Nirvana song.
posted by Lipstick Thespian 13 March | 18:08
Seriously, if you guys want two other books that will creep your shit out far, far better than this?

Try The Road by Cormac McCarthy and Black Tickets by Jayne Anne Philips. Especially this last one - easily the darkest book I've ever read. Had to put it down three times just to create "personal space" after starting to read it.
posted by Lipstick Thespian 13 March | 18:10
I've heard Horns is better, I'm gonna give it a try at some point. I've enjoyed his old man's stuff enough it ought to be worth a few hours of my life.

If anyone feels like reading a creepy book, try Church of Dead Girls by Stephen Dobyns.
posted by Marxchivist 13 March | 18:54
I just finished Horns. I really liked the concept, but it wasn't as horror-y as I wanted it to be.
posted by initapplette 14 March | 21:59
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