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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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to political

Would you try another book from Joe Hill and/or the narrators?

yes cause he is a good writer just hope the next book is not like this one.

What was most disappointing about Joe Hill’s story?

to political i read to get away from that crap.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

narrator did fine

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

disappointment

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Why?

Why do Joe Hill and his father feel the need to include their political views in their books now?! Sure they’re entitled to their own opinions, but it’s pretty shitty to alienate and offend half of your fans.
I liked Snapshot and Aloft, so a star for each. Loaded was garbage. Rain would have been alright if the politics had been left out. Also, I’m born and raised in Colorado and natives do not have a southern accent. I like Kate Mulgrew, but the accents were terrible.

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Anti-conservative author

Liberal author incorporates anti-conservative elements into stories that serve no story purpose - used just to foster hate for the conservative. Regret spending the $$ and will never bother with him again.

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Left wing ranting wrapped in subpar stories

If this had been my first Joe Hill (King) book, I would have never read another. Its actually one of the last of his that I hadn't read. I wish I never had!

Like his father, it seems that the more literary success he has, the more he uses his stories for spreading his left wing, elitist views at the expense of a good story. Case in point, this book tells us to hate white male adults, guns (a true favorite of leftists), white male police officers (paints them all as trigger happy racists), religion and conservatives. He even treats military veterans, including severely disabled combat veterans, with disdain by the way he portrays them. Please stick to writing the stories and if you want to spread your political garbage, do it in a nonfiction book! GETTING MY MONEY BACK ON THIS ONE!

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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

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Ok at first.

This book’s first story was decent. The second story was so bad I just can’t bring myself to the third or fourth story.

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should really leave politics to politicians

i normally love Joe Hill but this turned into a hot mess of liberal crying please leave politics out of story telling next time. some of uswant to open a book and leave the typical daily grind.

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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.

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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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  • 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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