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Heart-Shaped Box – Book Review

3 out of 5 stars

Not as good as NOS4A2, but this appears to be Hill’s first full length published novel, so I’ll try to go easy on him as he seems to get better with each new work. (My review of NOS4A2 here.)

Judas Coyne is a rockstar who slays all the half-his-age tail. None of them are all that meaningful, he calls them only by the state they originate from. Georgia, Florida, etc. Only if they truly mean something to him do they earn the right to their human name. *Please insert eye roll here* But when one of his ex-flings ends up dead, her family goes out of their way to get Jude to buy a haunted suit. Haunted by the girl’s stepfather to be specific. The ghost only wants one thing, for Jude to kill himself and to kill anyone who tries to help Jude.
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NOS4A2 – Book Review

4 out of 5 stars

I know it’s not fair to compare a newer author with their legendary author parent, but I’m doing it anyway.

Once upon a time, I used to really enjoy Stephen King books. Then there came a time when I began to feel that King wasn’t really trying anymore. He had a famous name so he could crap something out and people would praise his genius, regardless of if it was actually good or not. I was not one of those people. I was still a teenager when I dumped King. He and I were not seeing eye to eye anymore. I began to feel that his characters were repetitive from book to book, not to mention just down right boring. If I don’t care what happens to your characters, how is it going to effect me when something bad happens to them? It’s not. And if I can skip to about the middle of your book and feel like I haven’t missed anything important, then you’re spending too much time building crappy worlds and crappier plot lines.
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