Heart-Shaped Box

by Joe Hill | Horror |
ISBN: 006114794x Global Overview for this book
Registered by ReetPetite of Beeston, Nottinghamshire United Kingdom on 5/31/2008
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4 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by ReetPetite from Beeston, Nottinghamshire United Kingdom on Saturday, May 31, 2008
'Buy my stepfather's ghost' read the e-mail. So Jude did. He bought it, in the shape of the dead man's suit, delivered in a heart-shaped box, because he wanted it: because his fans ate up that kind of story. It was perfect for his collection: the genuine skulls and the bones, the real honest-to-God snuff movie, the occult books and all the rest of the paraphanalia that goes along with his kind of hard/goth rock. But the rest of his collection doesn't make the house feel cold. The bones don't make the dogs bark; the movie doesn't make Jude feel as if he's being watched. And none of the artefacts bring a vengeful old ghost with black scribbles over his eyes out of the shadows to chase Jude out of his home, and make him run for his life ...

Journal Entry 2 by ReetPetite from Beeston, Nottinghamshire United Kingdom on Thursday, July 24, 2008
Really good. I couldn't put it down. Lent it to someone at work & she enjoyed it too.

Journal Entry 3 by ReetPetite from Beeston, Nottinghamshire United Kingdom on Wednesday, August 6, 2008
This is a ray going to
helfena, Sweden
house-elf (Int'l), Nova Scotia, Canada
acountkel (USA/Canda), North Carolina, USA

Then it's free to release or RABCK.

Posted to helfena

Journal Entry 4 by helfena from Stockholm, Stockholm Sweden on Friday, August 15, 2008
Got it today and will start reading this weekend! Thank you, ReetPetite!

Journal Entry 5 by helfena from Stockholm, Stockholm Sweden on Wednesday, August 20, 2008
The apple doesn't fall far from the tree (Hill is Stephen King's son)! Actually, I enjoyed this book MORE than the latest King novels I've read - Cell and Lisey's story. I thought Heart-Shaped Box was a great, exciting ghost story, very hard to put down. I liked how the ghost had a reason to be hunting Jude, and that he wasn't your typical innocent victim. And there were so many twists and turns - the story could have ended after a third or fourth of the book, but somehow Hill kept it up really well, making the story more complex and interesting. A GREAT read!

I have PMed house-elf for address and will mail the book asap!

Journal Entry 6 by helfena from Stockholm, Stockholm Sweden on Thursday, August 28, 2008
And it's off to Canada tomorrow!

Journal Entry 7 by house-elf from Clacton on Sea, Essex United Kingdom on Friday, September 12, 2008
I got the book last week and am really sorry I forgot to journal it then. I have read it and really did enjoy it. I loved the idea and found parts of it genuinely creepy. I read it quite quickly and easily...the story carried me along at a perfect pace. At first I was not fond of the protagonist, but became so over the course of the novel. I think Joe Hill has a gift for conveying sentimentality. Aside from the genre, there is little about Joe Hill that reminds me of his dad. I think they are both wonderful writers, and a few scenes reminded me of some of King's older stories (like parts of The Shining).

I have already bought 20th Century Ghosts, Hill's collection of short stories.

I will pm acountkel.

Journal Entry 8 by acountkel from Charlotte, North Carolina USA on Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Arrived today!
Can't wait to read!

Journal Entry 9 by acountkel from Charlotte, North Carolina USA on Thursday, November 6, 2008
This was an exhausting read. It was so different from what I usually read. I am still trying to decide how I felt about it.

For starters, I didn’t particularly like the main character, Jude. He was a rich rock star who lived to the extreme and with all his money and fame, was still unhappy.

He is living with Georgia (Maryanne) a girl he met in NY in a strip bar. One day his assistant tells him about a ghost for sale on the internet and he immediately wants to buy it. This is a bit far fetched because as it turns out, the ghost is the step-father of an ex-girlfriend who has died. Once he receives the ghost, it haunts him. And the story takes you from various stages of his attempt to escape from this ghost. Maryanne is with him through the whole story.

The book is scary and full of action. I found it choppy sometimes and there are holes in the plot. It was tiring to read because the characters seemed like they were constantly fighting ghosts in present time or in their dreams. Sometimes I wasn’t exactly sure what phase of consciousness they were in.

I guess the book was OK. It kept my interest, however, I thought it could have flowed a bit better.

Going to either send to someone as an RABCK or free release.
Thank you Reet for including me in this ray!!

Journal Entry 10 by acountkel from Charlotte, North Carolina USA on Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Sending to Duluth Ga as a mooch!

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