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Subject: Joe Hill books
Date Posted: 8/26/2007 9:08 AM ET
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I just picked up "Heart Shaped Box" by Joe Hill at Border's yesterday due to the massive wait here on paper back swap. But I was wondering, who has read his work and what do you have to say about it? I am thinking about reading it after the book I am on now and I'd like to know what to expect. Thanks!

Date Posted: 8/26/2007 11:34 AM ET
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I  enjoyed "Heart-Shaped Box", he does an excellent job of creating complete characters, it's a satisfyingly creepy tale, not a whole lot of gore, but it messes with your mind. I like those kind ;).

Date Posted: 8/26/2007 1:18 PM ET
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Thanks Aimee for the input. Those are the kind I like, too. Stories that mess with your head and make you think. ;)

Date Posted: 8/26/2007 1:32 PM ET
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I agree with Aimee, it was a good book. Very well written, better than some better known authors. Just my opinion.

 

Christa

Date Posted: 8/26/2007 9:58 PM ET
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Thanks for the input Christa! :)

Date Posted: 9/1/2007 7:57 PM ET
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I got it when it first came out and really enjoyed it.   Looking forward to reading more of his work, but I"m afraid I'm going to have to invest another bookcase to hold all the books coming out the King household.  *g*

Date Posted: 9/1/2007 10:40 PM ET
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Haha yeah... I ended up reading it in a couple days and I really enjoyed it. Quite thourougly. I hadn't read his previous "20th century ghosts" but I wished listed it here and am looking forward to it when I do.
I gotta say, if he keeps writing like that, he will be one of my favorites in no time! :)

Date Posted: 10/1/2007 12:53 PM ET
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I thought I'd have to wait a long time to get any version of heart shaped box, but last week, I noticed a different version appear with a different isbn and jumped on the wishlist.  A few days ago, I received notice that it was available already.  I should be receiving it soon!

Date Posted: 10/21/2007 6:45 PM ET
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I finished recently also and found it refreshing...he takes after his father.  I thought it was very well written with a plot that was surprising in it's difference.  I have ordered his next..it is a book of shorts called 2oth century ghosts.  Can't wait to get it.

Date Posted: 10/29/2007 3:41 AM ET
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I'm a big fan of his, I'm really looking forward to hearing his short horror stories on audio. Heart-Shaped Box was REALLY creepy and one of the best modern ghost stories- heck just one of the best period!- I've ever read.

Date Posted: 11/1/2007 4:43 PM ET
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I just started reading it, and I am really enjoying it!

Subject: 20th Century Ghosts
Date Posted: 3/1/2008 5:13 PM ET
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This book is also very well written. I will be following him very closely. Has any one else read it yet?

Christa:)

I will take any wishlist book in any condition as long as long as it's readable

Date Posted: 3/1/2008 6:16 PM ET
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I'm actually in the near end of 20th century ghosts right now.
It's awesome. I think my favorite story was POP ART. :)

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Date Posted: 3/1/2008 6:56 PM ET
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I just started reading Heart Shaped Box and I'm liking it already.

I'm curious, who is Joe Hill's father that was mentioned?

Date Posted: 3/1/2008 7:13 PM ET
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Hi Ellie - Stephen King.

Ellie (EllieW) - ,
Date Posted: 3/1/2008 10:19 PM ET
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Thanks Ellen. Wow! I had no idea.

Date Posted: 3/1/2008 11:38 PM ET
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As another King fan, I also enjoyed Heart Shaped Box and have 20 Century Ghosts on my wishlist now.

Date Posted: 8/31/2008 3:33 PM ET
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I just read Heart Shaped Box and really enjoyed it.  It was one of the best ghost stories I've ever read, although I did kind of guess the ending in advance.  What is 20th Century Ghosts about? Is it an anthology?  oh well, wishlisting it anyhow.

Date Posted: 8/31/2008 5:40 PM ET
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 Yes,  Vanessa,          20th century ghosts is an anthology.



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Date Posted: 8/31/2008 9:58 PM ET
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I really enjoyed Heart Shaped Box. I didn't realize he had other books out. Thanks for the info!

Date Posted: 9/1/2008 10:50 AM ET
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I just finished Heart Shaped Box and REALLY liked it!!! I wasn't as crazy about 20th Century Ghosts as a whole  but there were a few short stories in it I really liked.

Stacy

Date Posted: 9/5/2008 3:19 PM ET
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I got it a couple of days ago and dove right in.  So far it's a good book.

Date Posted: 9/10/2008 9:42 AM ET
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I finished it!  It's a great book!!

Date Posted: 9/18/2008 3:07 PM ET
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I have both on my tbr and will start reading 20th century ghosts in a few days. Looks good. I love me some horror and zombies.

Date Posted: 9/18/2008 4:25 PM ET
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PS Publishing, the company who originally released 20th century ghosts have announced a new Hill novella.  There was a signed and limited one that was @$95 (Which I'm told has sold out), and there is the unlimited trade edition for $22.50.  I'm not sure that you can get these from Amazon, but you should be able to get them from genre sellers like horror-mall or camelot.

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