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Publisher's Summary

A collection of four chilling novels, ingeniously wrought gems of terror from the brilliantly imaginative number one New York Times best-selling author of The Fireman, Joe Hill.

"One of America's finest horror writers" (Time magazine), Joe Hill has been hailed among legendary talents such as Peter Straub, Neil Gaiman, and Jonathan Lethem. In Strange Weather, this "compelling chronicler of human nature's continual war between good and evil" (Providence Journal-Bulletin), who "pushes genre conventions to new extremes" (New York Times Book Review), deftly expose the darkness that lies just beneath the surface of everyday life.

Snapshot, performed by Wil Wheaton, 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, performed by Dennis Boutsikaris.

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, performed by Kate Mulgrew, explores this escalating apocalyptic event as the deluge of nails spreads out across the country and around the world.

In Loaded, performed by Stephen Lang, 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.

With an afterword from Joe Hill, read by the author.

Masterfully exploring classic literary themes through the prism of the supernatural, Strange Weather is a stellar collection from an artist who is "quite simply the best horror writer of our generation" (Michael Kortya).

©2017 Joe Hill (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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Cameras, Guns, Clouds and Nails...Oh my!

Typically, I wouldn’t star individual stories and just rate the overall body of work, but decided since these were kind of all over the place I would do some math to arrive at my final star rating. Math! This could get ugly…

Snapshot – Nothing spectacularly original and fairly predictable, but an entertaining story nonetheless. 4 Stars

Loaded - Despite its politically charged agenda, this was my favorite in the collection. Very well done with a perfectly brutal ending. 4.5 Stars

Aloft – A lot of my friends dug this one. I thought it was just better than ok. It started out great and then I don’t know what the hell happened. I still enjoyed it though. 4 Stars

Rain – This one was probably the one that I was looking forward to the most and perhaps the most disappointing for me. Good premise, lackluster execution. 3 Stars

Not a bad collection. It’s just I was reeaallly looking forward to it, so my expectations were extremely high. That may have had a lot to do with my overall enjoyment of this one. Reviews and opinions are all over the map for this one. Looks to be hit or miss with a lot of folks as far as the individual stories go. The math is solid at 3.875 Stars.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Lew
  • Cedarhurst, NY, United States
  • 11-08-17

Absolutely Brilliant Work.

Strange Weather: Four Novellas is superbly written and so close to the razor's edge that it should come with a warning label. By now, or even by three of four books earlier, it doesn't matter a fig about the writer's lineage as this is the newest blockbuster contemporary horror writer of our time. Each story, brilliantly narrated, is haunting and grabs you by the front of your shirt and scares the bejesus out of you. This is writing about real people that live and breathe and experience terror in the beautiful landscape of modern day America. We touch on political hotspots but they need to be examined, but the author never dwells. He takes you to the graveyard and lets you see for yourself why it's scary as hell. Joe Hill is a master, and good grief, for a kid that's been writing since he was 13, he's earned a seat at the table with some of the greatest horror writers before him. These four Novellas, each one vastly different than the other are just long enough to leave you begging for more. Best value I've spent here at Audible after more than 10 years. Fasten your seatbelts, this is not your dad's horror writer, this is what extraordinary horror writing looks like and I for one, can't wait to see where else Joe Hill is taking us.

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Joe Hill-some writer!

And Mr Hill also has the benefit of 4 excellent narrators to bring life into his novellas.

A good listen-and a good collection of short novellas-quite enjoyable.

I had a hard time deciding which narrator did the best job! Kate Mulgrew is superb, Will Wheaton is always great, Dennis Boutsikaris is one of my favorites!

Like a box of yummy candy.

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Disappointed

I was excited to listen to this. Loved Heart shaped Box. But Geez Louise. If you come away from listening to Strange Weather unsure of Joe Hills political views, his stance on gun control and God, you weren't listening. I felt like he abused his audience, pushing his views on us.
I also thought he must have been binge watching The walking dead, orange is the new black and reading his Dad's books.
The performers were stellar. Wil Wheaten and Kate Mulgrew in particular.

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  • Richard
  • Highland Park, Illinois, United States
  • 11-13-17

Joe’s best - and that’s tough to say

So good. Each story is unique and is only highlighted by the four narrators. Loaded is so terrifying and only highlighted by the very end. The other 3 and just as different and just as good. Love Hill and love this book. AUDIBLE 20 REVIEW SWEEPSTAKES ENTRY

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  • Louisa
  • Los angeles, CA, United States
  • 11-03-17

2 out of the 4 ain't bad

I found Loaded depressing in a good way it touched on a lot of the things we are seeing in America currently and I found it enjoyable to listen to. Rain was the most interesting and entertaining. If a book or story holds my interest I've binge on it otherwise I listen in bursts. Rain was definitely one I stayed up all night to listen to. I found myself really engaged in it and hanging on every word. My favorite in this book for sure. The other two I didn't care for it at all unfortunately, but two out of four isn't bad. Can't wait for whatever he has next.

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  • Desiree
  • San Pedro, CA United States
  • 10-30-17

How would you end them?

Very enjoyable read, and for me and added plus, of creating my own ending for the novellas.

These are a great read, and highly recommended.

The story Loaded end for me in such a way, that Joe Hill could keep going. I imagined, as he points the gun at them, the police at there and they kill him. While in his office the boss, call the police before he is killed.

Also, all the narrators did a wonderful job with their characters.

I cannot say enough about how much I loved this book. I look forward to more novellas, and books, by Joe Hill.

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Best Joe Hill Yet

I think Joe's strongest writing is at the short story/novella length. I think, like his father, he will eventually raise his novel game to this level...I will be here for the ride. (I like how Yamada keeps showing up in his writing!)

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Good story, great readings

The stories are good, with some interesting ideas put forward. Great jobs by the people reading. Would recommend to anyone looking to try out Joe Hill, or anyone just looking for an easy read/listen and some good stories. AUDIBLE 20 REVIEW SWEEPSTAKES ENTRY

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  • David
  • United States
  • 11-07-17

Disappointed Joe Hill Fan

This collection of short stories was a disappointment and not up to the level of Joe's prior works. They were mildly interesting, but somewhat boring overall.. I will give Joe another read should he publish another novel, but definitely did not find the short story format good for him.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful