Teaser Tuesdays: Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

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I am enjoying Joe Hill’s first novel, as read by Stephen Lang. And today I wanted to share with you a much longer teaser than usual, because I liked this passage so much. I wonder if I’m the only reader who cringed a little.

Jude was aware that he belonged to an increasingly small segment of the society, those who could not quite fathom the allure of the digital age. Jude did not want to be wired. He had spent four years wired on coke, a period of time in which everything seemed hyperaccelerated, as in one of those time-lapse movies, where a whole day and night pass in just a few seconds. Traffic reduced to lurid streaks of light. People transformed into blurred manikins, rushing jerkily here and there. Those four years now felt more like four bad crazy sleepless days to him, days that had begun with a New Year’s Eve hangover and ended at crowded smoky Christmas parties where he found himself surrounded by strangers trying to touch him and shrieking with inhuman laughter. He did not ever want to be wired again. He had tried to explain the way he felt to Danny once, about compulsive behavior and time rushing too fast and the internet and drugs. Danny had only lifted one of his slender, mobile eyebrows and stared at him in smirking confusion. Danny did not think coke and computers were anything alike. But Jude had seen the way people hunched over their screens, clicking the refresh button again and again, waiting for some crucial if meaningless hit of information, and he thought it was almost exactly the same.

Sound like anyone you know?

4 Responses

  1. No, that doesn’t sound like anyone I know. Not at all! *stomps foot in denial*

    I actually started this book a few days ago. It’d been sitting on my Kindle for ages, and I decided it was finally time to pick it off. Seems well written so far, though I’m only about thirty pages in. Incidentally, I didn’t realize until long after I bought the book that it was written by one of Stephen King’s sons under a pen name.

    • “Joe Hill” fooled you, hm? That was the point and it worked on the whole world for a while, so don’t feel badly! How fun that we’re encountering it at the same time; I’ll be curious to hear your thoughts. Please stop back by for my review to come soon.

  2. Lovely! Thanks, Jeff.

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