The Land of Nod [NOOK Book]

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Standing at the crossroads of middle age, knee-deep in divorce and decline, Jeff Dittimore finds himself looking back in time.

Back past opportunities squandered and dreams unfulfilled; back to the days when he and his buddies lived with one foot in this world and the other in a world of pure imagination—the Land of Nod. A dangerous place, an exciting place…their place.

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The Land of Nod

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Overview

Standing at the crossroads of middle age, knee-deep in divorce and decline, Jeff Dittimore finds himself looking back in time.

Back past opportunities squandered and dreams unfulfilled; back to the days when he and his buddies lived with one foot in this world and the other in a world of pure imagination—the Land of Nod. A dangerous place, an exciting place…their place.

Not that he would want to go back to those times, of course. Memory is untrustworthy. Childhood has teeth. And the Land of Nod was never real, anyway.

Was it?

First ebook edition of a 1995 hardcover original.

“…provides a chilling glimpse of what it might be like if a 12-year-old ran the universe.” - Michael Berry, The San Diego Union-Tribune

WINNER, “Best of the Best,” San Diego Book Awards

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Supernatural horror novels featuring adults confronting fears and mysteries from their childhood have been made common by King and others, so elements of Clements's latest seem too familiar. Yet in exploring-via a peculiar haunting-the powers of belief and imagination, the author of Lorelei and Children of the End turns in an involving yarn, pitching some new twists into an old formula. Nightmares about his youth drive 40-something attorney Jeff Dittimore to return to his childhood town, where further apparitions and uncanny conversations with friends from his past lead him to understand what happened many years earlier, when his two school chums disappeared. Finally, Dittimore joins the apparitions and childhood friends in ``the land of Nod,'' a realm that is both real and not-real, to fight for himself and others against monstrous forces. Through strong characters and atmospheric settings, and by varying Dittimore's present-day, first-person narrative with a few third-person excursions into his protagonist's childhood, Clements delivers yet another soundly told and entertaining, if rather traditional, horror tale. (Aug.)
Mary Carroll
Clements, who made sex terrifying in "Lorelei" , turns the wistful nostalgia of "Peter Pan" on its head in his latest horror story. Jeff Dittimore is a yuppie attorney in Los Angeles whose professional success--he's in line to be named his firm's managing partner--was achieved at the expense of his personal life: he has just gone through a nasty divorce from his neglected, adulterous wife and has too little time to spend with the teenage daughter he loves. Now Dittimore seems to be cracking up: he's beset by vivid nightmares and keeps seeing or hallucinating? long-dead childhood buddies in his bedroom, his office, even classy, expense-account restaurants. To find out what's really happening, Dittimore heads for his home town--Middlefield, Indiana--where he learns that although you "can" go home again, it's probably not a terrific idea. "The Land of Nod" demands a huge suspension of disbelief, but by moving back and forth between Dittimore's adult anxieties and the preteen relationships and experiences those anxieties recapitulate, Clements prepares readers to leap with him into unknown dimensions of paranoia and fear.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940011325007
  • Publisher: Mark A. Clements
  • Publication date: 5/11/2011
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

From earliest childhood, Mark A. Clements loved both storytelling and visual art. With characteristic practicality, he decided he had a better chance of making a living as an artist than as a writer, so he chose to go to art school and relegate writing to the status of "hobby."Later, art degree in hand, he reversed his priorities and began his first novel.The eventual result was the sale of "6:02" to a mainstream publisher. This was followed by the sales of three more novels, all published in hardcover. Two of them, "Lorelei" and "The Land of Nod," went on to win their categories in the San Diego Book Awards, while "The Land of Nod" also took the Theodore S. Geisel Award for Best of the Best of all books competing that year.All four novels have at various times been optioned for film.In the interim, children and economics (which so often go together) compelled Mark to ghostwrite for other people. He also teaches writing courses at San Diego Writer's Ink, and leads workshops at various writer's conferences in Southern California.Meanwhile, he's finishing up a new novel, which he hopes to sell to a traditional print publisher as well as make available in ebook format.Speaking of which, he's thrilled to re-release his first four novels as ebooks.Featuring his own cover art.What goes around...
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2013

    Skyler

    I miss u will. * gives u a big hug *

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    Posted March 23, 2013

    Skylee

    Just got out but im good

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2013

    Christina to Cady

    Those are good names:)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2013

    Will is BACK

    Hey Skyler hows it goung?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2013

    To will

    Will you be back on tomorrow i will and i understand go get some sleep. Do me a favor sleep for me cause i wont get any.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2013

    To will

    Heyy ther again . Im jealous

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