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Subject: Heart Shaped Box.
Date Posted: 2/26/2011 1:31 PM ET
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I'm tempted to read this, yet I don't want to if he's the same as his dad.  Is this just basically like reading Stephen King?  I don't like King anymore.  Is this fresher than King?  Does Hill have his own style?  Is this a book where the main character is self righteous and arrogant like many of King's women we are supposed to like?  I'd like some input before I read this, especially from non Stephen King fans.  I really don't want to waste my time on this if its the same ole same ole stuff like his dad's. 

 

King fanatics don't be hating on me now lol.

Date Posted: 2/26/2011 9:19 PM ET
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well i read  it, and loved it , i 'll say it's a  totally unique story. i dont remember if hes like mr. king or not. you should read full dark no stars , that book is amazingly good!

Date Posted: 2/27/2011 12:09 PM ET
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Unique is what I'm looking for.  Is Heart Shaped Box as scary as they say?  I've seen it on several "Scariest of all time" lists.

Date Posted: 2/27/2011 12:35 PM ET
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well i guess im hard to scare , i dont get scared reading a book, but its the best ghost one i've read. and it is very unique.

Date Posted: 2/27/2011 5:20 PM ET
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Thank you for your input.  :0)

Date Posted: 2/28/2011 2:10 PM ET
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I would definitely read it. I am also really hard to actually scare but this book really kept me captivated and had a great story line. The intended scary parts are written really well and are not anything ripped off from dear old dad. smiley  I am really looking forward to reading his other book 'Horns'.

Date Posted: 2/28/2011 4:16 PM ET
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Thanks! :0)

Date Posted: 3/2/2011 9:12 PM ET
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Definitely read it. Joe Hill's voice as a writer is very different from King's. It's not nearly as dry. The story is unque and when I read it, I didn't get a sense of his father at all. He's a very different story teller even though they write the same genre. 

Date Posted: 3/3/2011 9:18 AM ET
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Thanks!  I now have it on my list as a must read.  :0)

Date Posted: 3/7/2011 3:43 PM ET
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I need to pick this book up again and actually read the whole thing, I don't think I was in the mood last time I tried reading it.

Date Posted: 7/6/2011 11:59 PM ET
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ive read it and joe hill doesnt want to be like his dad(stephen king) thats why he has a pen name ,sad to say he didnt stay hidden for long lol

Date Posted: 7/27/2011 4:08 AM ET
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Completely different authors - go ahead and read Heart-Shaped Box. It's okay, not terribly scary, and a STUPID resolution, but worth a read. I enjoyed his short stories WAY more though.

Date Posted: 8/1/2011 6:05 PM ET
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I just picked this up at a used book store. I have heard mixed reviews on it. Looking forward to reading it though. Hope you like it!

Date Posted: 8/1/2011 6:56 PM ET
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Mandy, please let me know what you think of it after reading.

Date Posted: 8/1/2011 8:43 PM ET
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Kathryn

I'll let you know :) Like you, I am not one of those people who are crazy over Stephen King either. There are some books of his that I enjoyed, and others not so much. I picked this one up because several people on here said it was one of the scariest books they have read :)