BOOK TITLE: Strange Weather
BOOK AUTHOR: Joe Hill
PUBLISHER: William Morrow
October 24th 2017
GENRES: Occult, Psychological Thriller, Supernatural
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A collection of four chilling novels, ingeniously wrought gems of terror from the brilliantly imaginative, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Fireman, Joe Hill
“Snapshot” is the disturbing story of a Silicon Valley adolescent who finds himself threatened by “The Phoenician,” a tattooed thug who possesses a Polaroid Instant Camera that erases memories, snap by snap.
A young man takes to the skies to experience his first parachute jump. . . and winds up a castaway on an impossibly solid cloud, a Prospero’s island of roiling vapor that seems animated by a mind of its own in “Aloft.”
On a seemingly ordinary day in Boulder, Colorado, the clouds open up in a downpour of nails—splinters of bright crystal that shred the skin of anyone not safely under cover. “Rain” explores this escalating apocalyptic event, as the deluge of nails spreads out across the country and around the world.
In “Loaded,” a mall security guard in a coastal Florida town courageously stops a mass shooting and becomes a hero to the modern gun rights movement. But under the glare of the spotlights, his story begins to unravel, taking his sanity with it. When an out-of-control summer blaze approaches the town, he will reach for the gun again and embark on one last day of reckoning.
Thank you to the publisher for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest thoughts.
Strange Weather. Four incredible short novels, each providing a gut punch of quick action that takes the breath away.
I stumbled onto Joe Hill a few years ago, and loved his work. Often I would find myself comparing him to Stephen King, or the best of King. It was awhile after I discovered him that I realized he was King’s son. It seems like he has King’s knack of showing us the best and the worst of human nature through a supernatural, twisted eye.
“Snapshot” is the first and my favorite of the four novels. The story of a brilliant young man growing up in Silicon Valley who encounters “The Phoenician,” a tattooed man with a Polaroid Camera that erases memories with each photo. It reminded me of many of my favorites from King: An honest coming-of-age story mixed with a healthy dose of supernatural. Plus it produced this, one of my favorite quotes from 2017:
“Maturity is not something that happens all at once. It is not a border between two countries where once you cross the invisible line, your are on the new soil of adulthood, speaking the foreign tongue of grown-ups. It is more like a distant broadcast, and you are driving toward it, and sometimes you can barely make it out through the hiss of the static, while other times the reception momentarily clears and you can pick up the signal with perfect clarity.”
I also really liked “Loaded,” which really has no supernatural bent, just the twisted workings of crazy told in a brilliant, straightforward manner.
Hill wrote a great letter to “Booksellers, Libraries, and Other Friends” on the back of the ARC I was privileged to receive. In that letter he compares good short novels to “a good roaring storm, something that tears the branches off trees, shakes the ground with thunder, and shatters the sky into a hundred blue splinters of lightning.” I agree: When a short novel is as well written as Hill’s they can “lift you up out of everyday life, spin you till you’re dizzy, and drop you in Oz.”
Strange Weather is a wonderful combination of dark and light, of supernatural and humanity.
If you haven’t yet read Strange Weather, do it now. It’s fun and unsettling all at the same time.