Heart-Shaped Box

Joe's first novel.

Postby Betsy_Boo on Mon Mar 19, 2007 6:47 am

aaron2010 wrote:Very nice and thoughtful post.



Thank you aaron. That was a nice thing to say. I must say this is the friendliest mb I've ever been on. :D

BTW...I've been curious about your signature. Where is it from? Is that a song...a poem? Who is the dancer?
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Postby aaron2010 on Tue Mar 20, 2007 8:13 am

Betsy, it's lyrics from the song "Heaven and Hell" by Black Sabbath. Dio and Sabbath have reunited for a tour and I'm just overly excited. :D
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Postby Lou_Sytsma on Thu Mar 22, 2007 5:28 am

Great book Joe! Ouija board sequence nonwithstanding, the book really rocked, pun intended, and does what I admire best, makes everyday settings scary, especially in the daytime. The Denny's sequence was the pinnacle example of this.

Congratulations! Can't wait to get my hands on your short story collection and of course, future works.
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Postby Patrick on Thu Mar 22, 2007 4:35 pm

I finished the book this morning. I loved it, Joe. Thanks for a great read!
"Open your mind to the endless possibilities of the human soul."
- Joe Hill, Heart Shaped Box

"And now," cried Max, "let the wild rumpus start!"
- Maurice Sendak, Where The Wild Things Are
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Postby zombie on Sat Mar 24, 2007 1:35 am

Wow. The book just arrived in the mail today and I've only made it though the first section but I really love it so far. I like how it's written and it's so spooky. My only complaint is that as I read more there's less left and I don't want it to end.
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Postby Clemmie on Sat Mar 24, 2007 10:53 am

opiniongirrl wrote:All I know is I bought the book with every low-life intention of reading it and returning it (Hey, I don't make enough money to buy all the books I want. Besides, I was going to feel guilty about it for a really long time.) But then I was up all night reading it and now I'm just mad there isn't more and I have to keep it and tell friends to buy it and write fan-mails and be a groupie and all like that.

What I DIDN'T know was the whole King connection until I found some loudmouthed reviewer online and why do people gotta go saying stuff that doesn't matter instead of just read the book and love it? Is that so hard? I did recognize the famous King trademark of making new words by just running two old ones into one another (nightroad) but I never thought anything of it except that HSB is better than anything the Master has produced lately. I ain't bein' mean, I'm just sayin.


I agree that it doesn't matter.

I've been a King fan since Carrie, and I didn't open the Hill book to see how I could compare his writing to his father's. He is an accomplished writer in his own right and should be acknowledged as such. I guess he's probably going to get a lot of this though (annoying, but part of life, sadly). I absolutely loved this book, and if I need to make any comparison at all, it would be to the rush I got of sitting down with a new book to add to my collection, and knowing after the first few sentences, that I could kiss goodbye to any plans I might have had for socialising, because the book had taken over. I read this book without putting it down, and I'd gladly pick it up and read it again now. It was breathtaking.
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Postby Clemmie on Sat Mar 24, 2007 10:55 am

Lou Sytsma wrote:Great book Joe! Ouija board sequence nonwithstanding, the book really rocked, pun intended, and does what I admire best, makes everyday settings scary, especially in the daytime. The Denny's sequence was the pinnacle example of this.

Congratulations! Can't wait to get my hands on your short story collection and of course, future works.


What did you not like about the Oija board sequence? I'm just curious.
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Postby Clemmie on Sat Mar 24, 2007 10:58 am

Eric wrote:What a great story!!! One thing I liked about the book (story aside) was the short chapters. It makes putting the book down on those rare occasions much easier than stopping in the middle of a 60 page chapter.


I would agree, but I still couldn't put it down. It went everywhere with me. I have the bruises to prove it. :-)
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Postby weebit29 on Sat Mar 24, 2007 11:17 am

I was lucky in that I read it BEFORE finding out the King connection. I had nothing to compare it against and feel that would have taken some of my enjoyment out of it. Now I know and can honestly say it stood on its own and it is one I will read again.
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Postby mark_james on Sat Mar 24, 2007 12:23 pm

it is one I will read again



missy:
I have also committed myself to re-reading HSB. I feel like I was in such a hurry to see what finally happened in the end, that I was always on the edge of my seat.

Now, I want to go back and enjoy it, and maybe find some hints toward the ending that I missed.

I'm just curious, what makes you feel like you want to go back and read it again?

Anyone else who wants to go back and re-read HSB, feel free to chime in. . .
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Postby weebit29 on Sat Mar 24, 2007 12:32 pm

I want to re-read it because I read it quickly (for me) and with multiple distractions (kids, dogs, husband) and I want to go back and enjoy it more slowly and pick up anything I may have missed. I will probably let it sit for a few weeks/months and then pick it up again when I know I will have time to give it my full attention :) Plus I forget details after a while :D and I enjoy going back to visit old favorites and friends. I read The Stand each fall usually when I feel myself getting my first cold to remind myself it could be worse ;)
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Postby zombie on Sat Mar 24, 2007 9:38 pm

Okay this book was just way too good. When I settled down to read some more I accidentally neglected reality so I wouldn't have to put it down. I meant to only read about another third of it today and ended up finishing it and then starting over before I remembered to stop for a cigarette. My dogs hate me tonight, I didn't get up to let them out all day long and now that they're finally outside they won't come back in. I should probably go get them some lunch now.
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Postby grasking on Sat Mar 24, 2007 11:41 pm

Wow Zombie! Dogs play such an important role in this novel, and you forgot about yours while reading it? Damn...that's some powerful writing.
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Postby zombie on Sun Mar 25, 2007 1:19 am

I cuddled them a lot while reading it :) but yeah, I forgot all about doing anything for them that required closing the book.
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Postby Mercy on Sun Mar 25, 2007 1:48 am

Finally ordered my copy of HSB. Everyone pray for speedy postal delivery!
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