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PeeDee
02-27-2007, 03:35 AM
A teensy tiny bit of bragging: I have a lovely copy of Joe Hill's debut full-length novel at home that says Pete, this is the one with ghosts, sex & rock 'n' roll. Best, Joe Hill.

:D :D :D :D :D

Anyway, I've started reading it, and I think I'm probably just going to give up writing now. It's one of those books that's just too good. I read it, and then I go to work on my own stuff and just stare at it with a sinking feeling. If we were dancing, Mister Joe Hill (King) would be leaving me with two left feet.

Has anyone else read it yet? For that matter, did anyone read 20th Century Ghosts, his short story collection (which was also really, really good)?

spinnerin
02-27-2007, 04:03 AM
It's on my list of things to check out, but I haven't bought a copy yet. If it's that good, maybe I'll look next time I'm at Powell's.

PeeDee
02-27-2007, 04:06 AM
It's told very simply. He doesn't expound and he doesn't do much but just tell the story, and it works wonderfully. He's very much his own writer, and I really like that.

I'm really impressed. It's making me really happy.

Will Lavender
02-28-2007, 06:24 AM
I saw it in the bookstore tonight. It was shelved right up front, with the JD Robb book and all the other blockbusters. It was the only one up there, so I assume it has sold well here in Louisville.

I didn't buy it but I thought really hard about it. (I instead went with Robert Graysmith's Zodiac, only because I've been craving a true crime yarn for some reason.)

I'll pick it up next week. It sounded really cool.

AmyBA
02-28-2007, 07:07 AM
I picked up my copy at the library yesterday-- top of the "to-be-read" pile...

Pagey's_Girl
04-15-2007, 03:52 PM
Put simply, the book rocks.

Will Lavender
04-16-2007, 03:11 AM
I assume most people know this, but Joe Hill is actually Stephen King's son.

seun
04-18-2007, 09:44 PM
I finished it a couple of days ago and agree with everything Pete said. This is a great book. Fair play to the guy for not using his dad's success. He would have no need to in any case.

The Scip
04-18-2007, 11:33 PM
I am right in the middle of it. Very good so far and I am excitred to read the end.

madderblue
04-21-2007, 01:33 PM
Just borrowed it from a friend. He told me he had to stop reading it at night. I'm excited.

Oh, and I was browsing through some anthology and found a short story by Joe Hill. I see he has his dad's gift of making you want to turn pages.

scarletpeaches
10-27-2007, 10:00 PM
Yesterday, I has just buyed. Today, I are start to be reading. Me likey.

tammieofmi
11-02-2007, 11:29 PM
I think you're gonna like it - I havent read a bad review yet.

Tymolee
11-03-2007, 12:00 AM
I got that awhile ago and finally read it last week... I pretty much couldn't put it down. What did you think of it?

PeeDee
11-03-2007, 12:03 AM
Stunning book. Absolutely amazing. I have a sixty minute interview on my hard drive that we did for BBT magazine, and I have a copy of the book that's signed to me. Such a talented and smart author.

Leva
11-03-2007, 01:49 AM
I think it's a very, very good book. And also pretty cool that he's not riding on his Daddy's fame ... nowhere in the publicity for the book is it mentioned who his father is.

vfury
11-03-2007, 02:38 AM
I also haven't heard a bad review of it. I respect him even more for not mention who his father is either until it was already obvious the book was doing well - and then continuing to not mention it. :D

Tymolee
11-03-2007, 04:11 AM
I really want to pick up the other one he's done... the collection of short stories. I can't remember what it's called. Twenty Ghosts, or something? I read a short of his in the Best Fantasy and Horror of 2006 - amazing. He really is incredibly talented.

zahra
11-03-2007, 04:26 AM
Fab. Something for the long winter nights. I shall be down Waterstone's for my copy tomorrow. I hadn't heard of the collection before. 'Twenty Ghosts' sounds right up my street, unless they're the ghosts of ambition or youth or something equally annoying.

seun
11-05-2007, 04:39 PM
I read it a couple of months ago. Absolutely superb.

PeeDee
11-05-2007, 04:43 PM
I also haven't heard a bad review of it. I respect him even more for not mention who his father is either until it was already obvious the book was doing well - and then continuing to not mention it. :D

The funny thing there, for those who have read him for years -- and I had, with his short works -- was that he always listed his influences as authors like John Steinbeck, Stephen King, etc. And so it turns out, the joke's gently on us... :)


I really want to pick up the other one he's done... the collection of short stories. I can't remember what it's called. Twenty Ghosts, or something? I read a short of his in the Best Fantasy and Horror of 2006 - amazing. He really is incredibly talented.

Twentieth Century Ghosts (http://www.joehillfiction.com/fiction.htm) is the book you're looking for. I can't recommend it enough.

Tymolee
11-05-2007, 07:25 PM
Twentieth Century Ghosts (http://www.joehillfiction.com/fiction.htm) is the book you're looking for. I can't recommend it enough.


Thanks! That is it... I saw it at Borders a little while ago - it looks really interesting and I love the binding on it (maybe I'm odd, but I love a book that has that sort of 'classic' look). I'll have to pick it up.

wordsmyth
11-05-2007, 07:35 PM
For those of you that don't know...

Joe Hill's brother, Owen King, also has a book out called We're All In This Together. I reviewed (http://virtualwordsmith.blogspot.com/2007/11/book-review-were-all-in-this-together.html) it today on my blog. I'll have a review with him posted on Wednesday.

scarletpeaches
11-05-2007, 07:36 PM
I'd love it if he had a brother called Juan.

Siddow
11-05-2007, 07:47 PM
Yeah, Joe King and Juan King...that'd be hilarious.

I've got both of Joe's books on order, can hardly wait to get them!

narnia
11-05-2007, 08:39 PM
I also haven't heard a bad review of it. I respect him even more for not mention who his father is either until it was already obvious the book was doing well - and then continuing to not mention it. :D

Maybe not a "bad" review but also not an enthusiastic endorsement here:

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/02/11/books/review/Nicholson.t.html?_r=1&n=Top/Features/Books/Book%20Reviews&oref=slogin

I read the review when it was first published and forgot about it and the author's famous father. I finally read the book last week and thought it was pretty good, although not scary or horrific, and the abuse thing was pretty easy to spot. I just re-read the review and I can agree somewhat with a few of the comments, i.e. "strictly meat-and-potatoes prose" (not that mine is any better, mind you! :D). But I did think the characters were well drawn for me because I actually cared about the fate of Judas and "Georgia" and I thought the scene with his dying father was cool. IMVHO, I think the father/son relationship could have been exploited a little more, but don't ask me how. This is simply my reaction in that I was left with a slight sense of 'that's it?' in the 'conclusion' as it were of their relationship, but I am not sure how to vocalize that, if that makes any sense at all.

At some point I think I'll go back and read it again, if only because I am now reminded of who his father is! :)

PeeDee
11-05-2007, 09:42 PM
For those of you that don't know...

Joe Hill's brother, Owen King, also has a book out called We're All In This Together. I reviewed (http://virtualwordsmith.blogspot.com/2007/11/book-review-were-all-in-this-together.html) it today on my blog. I'll have a review with him posted on Wednesday.

Joe has wonderful work, Owen's book is actually really good (it's not the sort of thing I normally read, but I enjoyed it). Tabitha King has been writing successfully for years. Stephen King has a couple of books out.

I think only Naomi King is not on my shelves yet.

(Boy, do I sound creepy and stalker-ish.)

zahra
11-05-2007, 11:30 PM
About halfway through 'Heart-Shaped', and although I think it's an extremely scary ghost story, I have to say, though the characters of Judas and Georgia are totally alive for me, I can't stand either of their skanky, screwed-up asses.

So I'm curious as to what happens in the end, but am not invested in their survival.