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Recom-Monday-tions – NOS4R2 by Joe Hill

Joe Hill considers NOS4R2 (sometimes published as NOS4A2 for some silly reason) his senior PhD thesis of horror, and I can totally see why. This is the story of a Christmas-obsessed 140 year old serial killer named Charlie Manx and his silver Rolls Royce Wraith – that is also magical! Manx lives to save children. He saves them from their evil parents and takes them away to magical world called Christmasland. It is also the lifetime-spanning story of Victoria, a girl who has an uncanny talent for finding things using her magical bicycle. “Fantasy was always only a reality waiting to be switched on.” While she usually uses her bike to distract herself from her ever-bickering parents and generally sucky reality, when she finds out about Manx she figures that she just might be the only person who can find him. “Innocence ain’t all it’s cracked up to be, you know. Innocent little kids rip the wings off flies, because they don’t know any better. That’s innocence.” This is also a coming of age story, …