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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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Mediocre, definitely not Joe Hill's best work

I have to say I am a Joe Hill fan. I've read all of his books so far and up until now, have loved every one of them.This being the audiobook version I'd like to say the performance by the actors was flawless and really the only saving grace of this work. The first story snapshot was actually pretty good but I believe it was just an attempt to draw the listener / reader into the other stories so the author could push his skewed political views on to an unsuspecting audience. Though I was not happy overall with this book I will give Joe Hill another chance if and when he publishes a new novel. However if he attempts to stray into the political forum with his fiction again I will have to cut his works out from my library completely.

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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.

18 of 23 people found this review helpful

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A Bit Disappointed 😐

This was not at all what I was expecting from the high caliber of this author. The stories were all boring and had no real interesting plot.

11 of 14 people found this review helpful

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All Sizzle No Steak

All four stories begin well, with great concepts, brilliant even. And then, sadly, they crash and burn at the end. A great idea, with a flat tire ending feels like a mugging, a bait and switch. It may be a family trait -- remember the absurd ending of Under the Dome? Hundreds of pages of build-up, tension, brilliance -- and then a dumb dumb dumb ending. The readers did a great job with what they had to work with. But in the end, I was deflated.

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Not added to my Favorites list.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

I didn't like the endings for some of the stories.

Any additional comments?

I do like Joe Hill, NOS4A2, Fireman both narrated by Kate Mulgrew. In this book I liked all the narrators, they did a great job.

11 of 14 people found this review helpful

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Decent stories, but overshadowed by political preaching

The title says it all. The stories are decent, not too engaging, but interesting. But there is too much obvious and unoriginal political posturing, so the story reads like poorly constructed political stereotypes, rather than an honest perspective of how people can arrive at incorrect perspectives. If the author spent more time getting to know people who saw the world differently, these kinds of short stories would be wonderful

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Political/social agenda

I really get tired of authors who, instead of just a good story, are compelled to attempt to advance political and societal views.

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Too many politics not enough story.

I typically like Joe Hill's work and I cannot complain about the performances. Since he picked some of my favorite readers. But I feel this series of novellas was way to focused on political climates and the authors political beliefs, than the stories he was attempting to bring to life. I guess I actually need to read descriptions for his work now.

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Good Stories Ruined by Political Agenda

I loved Hill's first novel, Heart Shaped Box. I read fiction to escape. Have you ever been watching a movie, enjoying the story, and then Bam! There's that glaringly obvious product placement?? It felt a little like that. I did enjoy the first story. The rest felt a little like political statements wrapped up in fictional story.

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Meh

I’m hot and cold on Joe Hill’s work. Sometimes I love em, sometimes they’re just too bizarre.

In this collection, Snapshot was well conceived and well done. Phonecian was also pretty good.

But then along came Aloft, and I felt like I was in a cloud of the author’s drunken or drug addled LSD trip..

Then Rain... too iffy, I couldn’t bring myself to finish it...meh

12 of 16 people found this review helpful