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Strange Weather

Four Short Novels
By: Joe Hill
Length: 14 hrs and 35 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (2,723 ratings)
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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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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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Politics mixed with story.

Always liked Joe Hill, but I don’t read novels to hear personal politics. These bashes really took away from the overall, and for the most part unnecessary. If I wanted to hear people dip into insanity, I’d read more on social media. He’s a good writer. Parts of the book, disappointing. Good writers know better. Because of that- review of ‘meh.’

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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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Trump Bashing

Why end it with your political stance? Nos4ratu and Horns were good. didn't like this collection though

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Can’t keep Politics out of it.

I have to preface this by saying that mostly I enjoy Joe Hill’s books. But this one, he can’t keep politics out of it. He is still salty that Donald Trump won the election. (Just look at his twitter feed if you doubt it.) Now like Donald Trump or hate him, to each their own. But keep your politics out of our entertainment. All you manage to do is alienate the tens of millions of people that have opposing political beliefs. For me, what could’ve been an enjoyable collection of novellas was ruined because of your hate for a Democratically elected President. Now, the next time I look to buy a Joe Hill book, I won’t be thinking about Heart Shaped Box, Horns, or Twentieth Century Ghosts. I will be thinking of this book and spend my money elsewhere. I have to say that John Scalzi also dislikes our President, but his latest book, Head On, kept politics out of it and was enjoyable. I can respect and still support artists with differing opinions, but when you insult your readers, I will choose to support someone else’s art.

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Political activism concealed within rubbish

This collection contains four short stories. One was only mildly interesting. Two were boring and the fourth was totally ludicrous. Beyond the stories themselves, I was very off-put by the incessant advancement of Joe Hill's political philosophy. I'm not an extremist in any way and I suspect that Mr. Hill and I might share a good many opinions, but I didn't like having an agenda being shoved down my throat under the guise of fiction. It's a shame, because I had high hopes for this collection, having enjoyed NOS4A2 quite a lot. In the future I will scrutinize reviews more closely before spending a credit on any material written by this author. On a positive note, I thought the narrators were very good, especially Wil Wheaton and Kate Mulgrew.

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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 propaganda

If I had known that this was nothing but a left-wing hit piece, I would have never bought it.

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Boring, full of liberal agenda

Honestly, I tried to get into the stories. I really wanted to like them. They were just bland. Add on the unabashed liberal agenda that was pushed and it just wasn’t good. Not even kind of.

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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

56 of 65 people found this review helpful