When I first heard Joe Hill was doing a vampire book I was intrigued. I love Locke & Key and although I haven’t read his other novels–not sure why–I know I’ll start reading them after finishing this one.
I can see myself in many ways as Vic, but mostly Lou. Not because of his size, but because of his heart and things he did. When I got toward the end of the book, :SPOILER ALERT: and read about his reasons for being on that road when he picked up Vic, I saw a kindred spirit. I joined the Marine Corps just out of high school to make my father proud, but like Lou’s father mine wasn’t happy with anything I ever did and always criticized me regardless.
This is a vampire story, but not in the vein of Bram Stoker, Anne Rice or Stephenie Meyer.
Every vampire book is different and this is one of those books that like the others I’ve listed is about people, what they’ve been through and how we find our way out through difficult things. It’s also about being creative and using it to your advantage in difficult situations.
I may go back and read this book a few more times, not because I missed anything, but because I enjoyed the writing and the story so much I blew through it.
I loved NOS4A2 and everything in it. It’s a wonderful book and after reading it I think I’ll pick up Horns next.
Thank you Joe Hill for a wonderful book that made me think of other wonderful books I’ve read in the past. Books like Christine, Dracula, Hell House and a few others I can’t recall right now.
This was a lot of fun to read and I’m looking forward to reading Horns.
The theme that kept popping in my head was creativity is good. Using your creativity to good things is great, using it for bad things makes bad things happen.