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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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  • gloria
  • Valparaiso, IN, United States
  • 10-08-18

Disappointed

Didn’t finish. It’s no Heart Shaped Box... I can do without specific references to bodily needs, wants, functions. An amazing story doesn’t need that info.

6 of 6 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.

16 of 18 people found this review helpful

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Disappointing

It was collection of 3 stories. First one was alright but rest were pretty bad. Or rather they were alright but definitely different genre than expected.

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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.

25 of 31 people found this review helpful

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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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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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Not His Best

Any additional comments?

I am a Joe Hill fan. I love most of his work.

This one started out well. Snapshot was, unfortunately, the early peak in this book. It had a strange, interesting plot, with characters you could care about.

Loaded, which followed, was the valley. It was a bad short story with shallow, stereotypical characters, stretched into an irredeemably bad novella. I can't believe that anyone in the publishing team let this one into the book.

Maybe it was the wretched aftertaste left by the previous story, but Aloft never managed to right the ship. It was dull, with uninteresting characters, and I could not get into the story. I finished it yesterday, and I can't remember how it ends.

Rain was an improvement, but not by a whole lot. Not many of the actions taken by any of the players in this story seemed reasonable. By the end, I wasn't as concerned with why any of them acted the way they did as I was that they would just do it and get it over with so I could move on with my life.

To me, the stories felt more like remnants of things the author had written years ago and abandoned, then brought back recently to meet a deadline. I would call this a disappointing effort, but that is giving credit where it is not due. Almost no effort showed in this book, and that is disappointing.

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It was Ok.

None of the stories really stood out for me. The second story was frustrating as it's socially relevant for those of us living in the U.S. right now and parts of it were difficult to listen to. I can't really say this book with 4 shorts was awesome but it wasn't bad, it was a solid ok.

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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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Only one decent story

Other than the first story this is a terrible book. Full of personal political views and not much else. This collection seems like throw away ideas he couldn't make into novels.

14 of 18 people found this review helpful