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Two starsIn summation I m going to stop buying the book versions of his stuff I ve been buying a hardcover audiobook When Not to Build ebook and theventual paperback of verything Hill s written like I do with King but no After the shit parade that was THE FIREMAN and now the gem speckled garbage float that is STRANGE WEATHER I m done over supporting this dude Hill hasn t arned the respect I have for his father so he s going on restriction until he does better I m still rooting for you man but I need you to do better please lol like he gives a fuck what I sayFinal Judgment Like you re on cloud nine but the floor is lava Four short novels with an interesting afterward all are good and none are Hello Bravo ! - Activity Book especially like any of the othersSnapshot reminds me a lot of his dad s stories but differentnough I thought it could have An Eye for an Eye ended without the Evil Corp attachment Loaded is only horror because His Internal Excellency the ambassador of Hell from Perdido Street Station is in the wings I kept picking up his faint but an audiblecho of a soul being tortured The JPFO should like the Still Side by Side ending Aloft is the most tightly wrapped of the four My son said that it s like those two Cthulhu books that we both read recently Lovecraft Country and The Ballad of Black Tom so Lovecraftian I think Aubrey bonked his head pretty hard coming out of the planeRain is my favorite because I liked no nonsense Honeysuckle and it made me laughInjoyed the afterward It has some thoughtful reflections on writing as well as the usual thank yous It s is the first book by Joe Hill that I read I plan to read by this author Simple Oriori No Uta explanations have the disappointing tendency to be the bestxplanations Only the rational counterargument was a pile of shit and I knew it I just didn t want to know it Joe Hill has taken a break between Four Word Film Reviews epic horror novels to put together a collection of four novellas under the title Strange Weather The title seems an afterthought frankly Only one of the stories actually incorporates weather that is certifiably strange But no matter Don t go looking for story one to relate to story two to story three to story four There are some links but they are minimal Readach tale on its own The stories were written here and there between this and that over several years Joe Hill from his site Maturity is not something that happens all at once It is not a border between two countries where once you cross the invisible line you are on the new soul of adulthood speaking the foreign tongue of grown ups It is like a distant broadcast and you are driving toward it and sometimes you can barely make it out through the hiss of static while other times the reception momentarily clears and you can pick up the signal with perfect clarity Snapshot focuses on loss of memory but not in the usual way A thuggish agent The Phoenician stalks a town uses a Polaroid like camera to Keep Calm, Alice Is Here Affirmations Workbook Positive Affirmations Workbook Includes extract recollections Anleven year old boy is charged with taking him on which will feel familiar to those of you who have read NOS4A2 a good soul Crystal Decoder everykid being confronted with adult challenges It is a chilling story tucking a bildungsroman into a nightmarexperience while taking on the very real horror of dementia If we are our memories then what are we when those memories are gone Loaded is the oldest story in the book I ve had that one in my head You Owe Me One ever since the massacre of twenty children in Newtown Connecticut from the Afterword Loaded takes on the very real life horror of gun violence and death by copven death by mall cop focusing on the bad things that can happen when one mixes fear paranoia bigotry and greed with ready access to ordnance Randall Kelloway is a mall guard a wannabe cop who keeps getting rejected from the police force for the very good reason that he is psychologically unfit He is also in deep poo in his home life having Debbie Browns Dream Wedding Cakes earned an Order of Protection for dangerous behavior with hisx and child He is inordinately fond of guns and imagines himself using them to heroic purpose When a violent situation unfolds at the mall guns blaze When Randy Second Son (Jack Reacher, emerges from the smoke he is seen as the white knight he always imagined himself to be Aisha is a reporter who suspects that the mall shooting may not have gone down uite the way Randall said and digs relentlessly to find out the truth Hill uses anncroaching brush fire common in the real Florida in which this is set to add to the constant ramp up of tension Although it can feel didactic at times Loaded may be the most United States of Americana effective horror story of the collection as it is the one we are likeliest toncounter in real life Hill relies on flawed corrupted humanity instead of the supernatural to jangle your nerves and succeeds in hitting his target You knew what was real not by its ualities but by its imperfections Aloft is the most Twilight Zone like of the collection Aubrey Griffin is trying to impress a young lady a band mate Harriet Their friend June had passed recently and they with others are honoring June by doing things on her bucket list Sadly Aubrey is scared out of his wits by the impending parachute jump and is about to bail But the plane loses power mysteriously Probably something to do with the UFO like cloud formation they had spotted a short time arlier Aubrey has to bail for real do with the UFO like cloud formation they had spotted a short time arlier Aubrey has to bail for real before his chute can open he makes a relatively soft landing on something that is not Natives: Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire - The Sunday Times Bestseller exactly solid ground This is not your typical UFO being a mile or so long having a malleable surface and the very non UFO like capacity to make one s wishes real Which is where we get into the content portion of our program What if you could have whatever you wanted physically Of course there is that peskylement of core beneath the surface and coming to grips with what one wants and what one can and cannot have A thoughtful piece although not particularly scary At the The Perfect Child end there is a mention of New Hampshire where Hill lives making one wonder how much of Joe was in Aubrey I think Rain arose from a desire to spoof myself and my own sprawlingnd of the world novel The Fireman I m a big believer in making fun of yourself before anyone Lost Horizon else can Rain is a shorterxample of the sort of post apocalyptic sci fi romp Hill has done so well in the longer form But the rain that falls is a hard and it s a hard it s a hard it s a hard and it s a hard rain indeed No suishy oobleck for Hill nosiree His rain arrives in crystalline needles ones that penetrate instead of melting Twenty something Honeysuckle Speck regularly babysits for nine year old Templeton Blake a kid with some medical issues He likes to call himself Little Dracula and Honeysuckle loves him Good thing he is a mostly at home kid as vast numbers of those caught outside when the first hard rain arrives fail to make it back inside The story follows Honeysuckle as she tries to get from Boulder to Denver to get news to the father of a dear friend True Prosperity enduring some of the horrors one mightxpect in a road trip story and some you might notThere are characters to Thing He Loves engage with invery tale The pre teen in Snapshot is a classic HillKing kid who must test his mettle against the hostilely weird Readers who have not always been members of the ins all their lives will relate Aisha gives us someone worth rooting for in Loaded Aubrey in Aloft offers a pretty relatable Dr. Witchs Animal Hospital example of unreuited attraction and Honeysuckle in Rain checks all the boxes for a post apocalyptic heroine without the Disney songs If you are looking for the sort of large scalepic horror story that Hill has produced with The Fireman and NOS4A2 you will be disappointed If however you go into Strange Weather xpecting material like his short story work as in 20th Century Ghosts you should be pleased Hill will take you from Ice 9 to Cloud 9 from fear to wonder giving you some good nightmare material and a few sparks to spur a bit of introspection The forecast is for good reading ahead Review posted August 4 2017Publication hardcover October 24 2017 trade paperback June 26 2018EXTRA STUFFLinks to the author s personal Instagram and Tumblr pagesOther Joe Hill books I have reviewed The Fireman NOS4A2 20th Century Ghosts Heart Shaped BoxA fun video interview of Hill by fellow horror writer Paul Tremblay at LiveSigningcom Strange Weather is the book I
most anticipated this year and I m happy to report that it lived up to my high xpectations It anticipated this year and I m happy to report that it lived up to my high No Capital Required expectations It of four short novels Joe Hill dislikes the term novella and Injoyed them all Snapshot is a story about memory and a camera that steals them Set in the 80 s with a teenage boy as the protagonist this story packed some powerful imagery along with a bit of nostalgia for good measure Loaded is a tale about guns Joe Hill says it s not political but I think that both pro gun and anti gun proponents will bring their own views to the party I tried to keep my politics out of it and Programming in Swift enjoy it for the fast paced horror story that it was Oh yeah and thending was KILLER Aloft was the story of a man on a cloud It wasn t cloud 9 in fact it wasn t a cloud at all really What imagination and creativity this story showed I can 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”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” WordPress Absolute Beginners Guide explores thisscalating apocalyptic vent as the deluge of nails. ,
Sometimes it is considered unfair cliche or overdone to compare the offspring to the parental unit but this is my review and I feel like it so that s what I m gonna doFour Novellas all of them pretty decent I njoyed the way they played out but I think there is one thing that could Girls Like Us either be a very positive aspect or a very negative aspect depending on your preference view spoilerAt least two of the stories basicallynd with the story incomplete leaving the follow up Affiliate Marketing Then and Now events to the readers imagination hide spoiler Joe Hill gives us four intelligent short stories of varied length that unsettle disturb and horrify However none is less than riveting reading provoke thought andntertain In Snapshot a young boy faces his nightmares the menace of dementia and the challenge that is the tattooed Phoenician a thug with a polaroid camera a camera which snaps and The Invisible Presence erases memories Loaded is a story with Thank you so much to my local bookstore for giving me an Advanced Reading Copy of this book for an honest reviewNO SPOILER REVIEWThis book is comprised of 4 shortsnovellas whateverSnapshot 5 StarsLoaded 4 StarsAloft 5 StarsRain 5 StarsI think Joe Hill can write his ass off These short stories were brilliant Not a lot of people give credit where credit is due concerning shortsnovellas They re freakin HARD Everything the author wants to do with the story the setting the characters has to be done in anfficient concise manner there aren t any words wasted Clickbank Affiliate Marketing Profits Right Now everything countsNot all stories have to be novel length some stories want to be told uickly and urgentlyI think it s good forveryone to go into these stories blind so I m not going to go into details at all on the plots of Sticky Wisdom each one I ll just say that the last two stories were my favorite I loved the main character Aubrey in Aloft so much He felt like someone I would know and be friends with there were some moments that made me laugh out loud too Which is great because I saw Joe Hill on The Fireman Tour and the man is hilarious so I love when that sense of humor comes out in his writingAnd the last story Rain was scary We ve seen all the natural disasters we couldver see Online Marketing except this one Loaded had this one scene in that made me happy because for the longest time I thought Joe Hill was going to take after his father and just plain suck at sex scenes but I think there s hope for Hill yetLastly our front runner out of the gate Snapshot the first story with some great feels Punches you in the gut a littleI loved it Great protagonist tooAnyhoodlesNot going to say too much because this is a way in advance review Everyone needs to buy this Joe Hill fans will LOVE IT I feel terrible that I didn t post any updates while I was reading this one but I was so sucked in that I kept forgetting to share my thoughts here as I went The only reason this wasn t a 5 star read for me was due to the fact that the first story SNAPSHOT underwhelmed me uite a bit It didn t seem to fit with the other three but that could just be a case of personal taste and opinion Other than that these stories contained a slow building sense of dread and disturbance that felt gritty and unsettling of course this is what we look for in a Joe Hill production so that was welcomed andxpected While I Spoiled enjoyed all three remaining stories I felt LOADED disturbed me the greatest as it hit home with all the mass shootings we ve seen in recent times That said I do believe my favorite story based purely onnjoyment was RAIN I m not sure what the final arrangement of all four stories will be in the finished copies but with the way they are set now it seemed that they started mildly and grew slowly in suspense and unsettling nature until we reach the The Business of Family Business end I really liked how that felt and hope the publisher decides to keepverything as is Final verdict Joe Hill has done it again and I highly recommend this to folks who Healing Herbs Spices enjoy a littlextra thinking with their disturbing content This is intellectual horror at its best YAAASSSS Thanks Goodreads Giveaways for this one 25 rounded up to 3Strange Weather by Joe Hill isn t uite the disappointment that The Fireman was but it s still nowhere near as good as I d hoped it would be I find it difficult to understand how a man who tried so hard to hide the fact that he was Stephen King s son so that he could Kit de Formation Microsoft TCP/IP earn his own success would then turn around and try so hard tomulate his father s career after the cat was out of the bag Because like THE FIREMAN before it this collection of novellas has Stephen King written all over it Three of the four novellas might as well have been King short stories lengthened well past their xpiration date But nough of how Joe Hill has drifted into cruise control on his way over inheritance highway and onto the reviewssnapshot this first Highway and onto the reviewsSNAPSHOT This first overstays its welcome by about thirty pages The first half of the story is okay Boring and predictable sure but it s at least readable The second half is well sports fans I don t know what the fuck it is It was hard to stay awake while reading those last thirty pages that s for sure Hill gets lost in sentimentality and forgets to Binary Sound (Boston, entertain us We re left with a bloated Stephen King short story on par with Chattery Teeth and The Monkey Imagine those stories but at twice the length and you re left with the swollen colon that is SNAPSHOT a story that serves no other purpose but to suppose anveryday item has supernatural powers Great for a tale of twenty or thirty pages but not ninety The supernatural powers aren t all that surprising nor is the Hidden (Otherworld Stories, ending but the main issue is that the idea simply does notxcuse the length One starLOADED Ever wanted to read about someone who s anti gun debate themselves for 140 pages Yeah me neither I think we need gun reform I feel that gun violence has gotten well and truly out of control There is I feel no need for automatic weapons whatsoever If you cannot defend your home with a handgun or shotgun because your aim is bad and you believe being able to shoot faster makes you safer you shouldn t own a gun to begin with I myself own a gun because I m in an interracial relationship my kids two children are mixed and we live in the rebel flag fetish that is the American South and our lives have been threatened than once by hillbilly ammosexuals like the ones in this book That being said I don t want someone preaching to my choir for what amounts to about 40000 words Beyond the rhetoric and politics there s issues with the very foundation of the story The plausibility of the camera problem in this book is just plain dumb The coincidence bothers me Had the recording been destroyed on purpose cool beans But for all this to be left to fate I gotta call bullshit Everything comes out in the wash and is Led Astray explained but not to my liking Thending of the story however took an Easter basket sized sack of testicles to write so I applaud Hill for that Other than that this novella is simply okay Three stars mostly
FOR THE ENDINGALOFT NOW THIS IS the Pieces of a puzzle endingALOFT Now THIS is I m talking about ALOFT is what the fuck I signed up for when I became a Joe Hill fan Not his insistence onmulating his father and recreating his legacy Not the stripped down flavorless writing Not his politics I signed up for this man s gorgeous fucking imagination the same imagination that gave us stories like Pop Art and You Will Hear the Locust Sing Human Error even though the latter is nothing than a modern retelling of Kafka s THE METAMORPHOSIS and novels like Horns and NOS4A2 or NOS4R2 for those of you in the UK Joe Hill has anven better imagination than his old man At the very least his imagination is fun than King s King has written some doozies in his time but he s never written anything like ALOFT I don t Local Online Marketing even want to talk about what this story is about Just know that I lovedvery word sentence paragraph page and chapter of this novella More of this please and thank you Five starsAnd finallysighRAIN Why didn t anyone tell me this was a joke The Les grands vaincus de l'histoire experience of this novella would have been much better had I known this was Joe Hill making fun of himself But no it s not until you read the afterword that Hillxplains that RAIN is his attempt at parodying himself Who the fuck told him this was a good idea I ve written some bad books and terrible short stories I ve No 91 A Belfast Ghost Story even ripped them apart publicly but I d never write anntire novella making fun of myself The problem here is that I took the story seriously because I imagined that s what it was serious fiction about the Emarketing Excellence: Planning and Optimizing your Digital Marketing end of the world Parts of this final novella have big heart but then the last few chapters come along and turn an anti Trump campaign about crystal nails falling from the sky into a fucking SNL sketch What The actual Fuck Ya wanna know what I think I think Hill didn t know how tond this book so he penciled the goofiest shit he could think of and then wrote in the afterword that it was all for shits and giggles He couldn t think of an nding so we re left with an author mocking himself for writing THE FIREMAN What an asshole This closing novella might just put me off Joe Hill for a while. A collection of four chilling novels ingeniously wrought gems of terror from the brilliantly imaginative #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Fireman Joe Hill“Snapshot” 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 rases memories snap by snapA young man takes to the skies to xperience. Seem to put my finger on why this tale appealed to me so much but the fact remains that it did It reminded me somew I ve read almost very piece of work that Joe Hill has graced the world of literature with and I ve loved all of them but this was xceptionally brilliant Rather than dwell on monsters and ghosts the most terrifying aspect of Strange Weather was simply the horror of the human psyche and how far people will go to inflict pain upon others I ll be breaking this up by story as I typically do with novella reviews I ve combined the content warnings and will add them all at the nd of the review for Dead Man Stalking (The Morganville Vampires, efficiency s sake I m placing these in order of how they are positioned in the ARC but the final copy may differ SNAPSHOT The idea that these days had been taken from her struck me as vile It was a swallow of curdled milk It was indecent Snapshot the first of four novellas tells a man s boyhood memories of the strange man with the polaroid and the bizarre things thatach photo took along with it I found this to be my least favorite story in the book though it was still awfully horrifying to think of a camera that could take away than just a photo I found myself undeniably on The Soul of the Matter edge from start to finish and found it to be an unsettling uniuentrance to the collection LOADED All it took to turn a CD into a knife or a tape gun into a45 was a little imagination a little panic and a lot of prejudice I have no words for how stunned I was when I realized what a blatantly political direction Joe was taking this story in Loaded is a perspective changing story that follows in the wake of mass shootings and tells of police brutality racism gun fanaticism and hate The villains in this story are so over the top that you find yourself desperately wanting not to believe in them despite the fact that as a citizen of the southern states I can certainly assure you that I have heard many of these arguments from acuaintances in my own life Note I m not interjecting politics into this and will leave my thoughts on gun ownership out of this but we ve all met at least one person who took things too far and that s what s happening in this story Loaded absolutely destroyed me I have never in my life cried through a horror story yet I could hardly regain composure in one moment before the next Queenie event had me sobbing again The hatred in the villain s heart left me hollow This was the most horrifying story I havever read yet not a moment of it felt like fiction particularly in the wake of the shootings we ve seen over the last few years ALOFT Everything gets very surreal when you re falling from twelve thousand feet First of all if you have a fear of heights this story may not be one you want to take lightly I don t Stolen Hearts even have acrophobia and I still found my stomach turning at many of this story s descriptive moments When Aubrey s skydivingxperience goes wrong he finds himself in a very interesting set of circumstances and well I ll let you go into this one blind but trust me you re in for a really uniue and bizarre ride RAIN When the rain fell most 101 Ways To Get More Customers From The Internet (Online Marketing Guides from Exposure Ninja Book 3) everyone was caught outside in it You wonder maybe why so many people died in that initial downpour In Rain we watch the beginning of an apocalypse through theyes of a young woman named Honeysuckle As a rain of crystalline needles kills Honeysuckle s girlfriend and nearly all of her neighbors she sets off on a journey to inform her father in law of his daughter s passing only to be hunted by members of a local religious cult As she tries to navigate the mpty streets of Denver and avoid being slashed to bits by the next storm she finds herself in a spiral of terrorism conspiraciesLike Loaded this story hit way too close to home for comfort though not on nearly as intense of a level Joe let his politics shine through once with a few catty remarks about a president who s a little too twitter happy and I found myself laughing despite the nature of the tale Of course you re never left smiling for long when it comes to a Joe Hill book but I found this to be a fantastic rounding out of the collectionAll in all Strange Weather averaged out to a 475 rating which I obviously will happily round up to 5 stars for my favorite horror author Now I m only sad that I have to wait for his next releaseContent warnings fat phobia ableism homophobia racism police brutality gun fanaticism sexism spousal abuse child death xtreme violence religious fanaticismoccultism All uotes are taken from an ARC and may have been changed for the final publication Thank you so much to HarperCollins for providing me with this ARC in Amazon Affiliate -The Ultimate Guide to Making Money on Amazon exchange for my honest reviewYou can find this review and on my blog Y all had better get ready because this was amazing and I m about to word vomit my thoughts all over the place Joe Hill seriously has a deal with the devil because he can do no wrongFour beautiful and haunting novellasach dealing in their own way with strange weather a rain of crystal needles flashes of lightning that are missing their thunder suspiciously shaped clouds and raging fire tornadoes Each story stands alone beautifully but together they make a great collection Let s take this story by story shall we Snapshot 45 She gripped my wrist Her body was still stout and big bosomed but her hand was as bony and clawlike as a fairy tale crone s Don t let him take a picture of you Don t let him start taking things away This is probably the only thing I ve read by Hill that gave me strong Stephen King vibes A young boy with an affinity for tinkering accidentally crosses a menacing stranger with a Polaroid Solarid camera that does a little than take pictures I really didn t find the Phoenician that scary but the camera was a very cool concept Shelly s plight was sad and beautifully toldIt does go on a little long though The story felt like it wanted to nd then kept going for another 15 or 20 pages Which is probably another reason I was getting King vibes Loaded 455 Everyone knew the drill had seen it all on TV Get down be ready to run if the shooter comes in sight A perfect storm of PTSD revenge racism and violence leads to a shooting at a mall A security guard becomes a hero in the aftermath but reporter Aisha Lanternglass knows something is off Both of their pasts heavily influenced by gun violence their stories intersect and unravel in horrific fashionThis one hit me hard I have personally cowered in a classroom during a lockdown trying desperately to call my mother while SWAT team members dressed in black swarmed the sidewalks outside Thankfully no one was killed that day but I remember very detail clear as day It was terrifying and surreal and this story brought back some uncomfortable memoriesIt was a captivating story for sure And that nding It pissed me off SO much but the good kind of pissed off It s provocative and challenging and will stick with you Aloft 55 Fear thickens time turns it slow and viscous One second of deeply felt terror lasts longer than ten regular seconds Aloft is probably my favorite of the four To honor
A Friend S Memory Aubrey And Several friend s memory Aubrey and several go skydiving Despite his fear of heights Aubrey is determined to tough it out He doesn t want to look weak in front of his longstanding crush Harriet But when he and his jump instructor leap from the plane they never hit the groundSuddenly Aubrey is stranded on a cloud that isn t a cloud He has no food or water but whatever lse he might need the cloud provides Other than letting him go that is And there s something the cloud doesn t want him to knowIt s imaginative odd and introspective We get to go deep in Aubrey s head much like the cloud does It s a fascinating
story And the Spot 50 Butterflies Moths ending was perfect Joe Hill does greatndings Rain 45 Climate change my ass This isn t And the nding was perfect Joe Hill does great ndings Rain 45 Climate change my ass This isn t change Well I don t know what Magento Search Engine Optimization else you d call it It used to rain water Now it s raining blades of silver and gold That is a change of climate Teasdale rubbed a thumb against his chin then said Ghosts is next You think it s going to rain ghosts I think we ll have ghosts instead of fog This is an apocalyptic story featuring a rain of crystal nails syntheticallyngineered fulgurite to be WordPress To Go exact Honeysuckle looses her girlfriend in the first violent shower of needles andverything keeps falling apart from thereIt s maybe the most traditional horror in the collection World falling apart bodies Ghost Stations 5 everywhere dead lover utter chaos nothing that hasn t been done before but it s done well And man there was a heck of a twist that I didn t see comingSo Strange Weather knocks it out of the park with four great novellas Joe Hill has yet to disappoint me Like HOW DOES HE WRITE SO GOODEvery bit of this was a delight to read and I m thrilled to say that one of my most anticipated reads of 2017 did not disappoint PRE REVIEWIt s fall and new Joe Hill novellas are here and I am reading them NEW JOE HILL NOVELLAS ALL FOR ME Happy Halloween Getxcited y all There s a new collection of Joe Hill novellas coming out this fall REPEAT NEW JOE HILL This is not a drill I m ready And Sex And Honey excited Did I mentionxcite. Spreads out across the country and around the worldIn “Loaded” 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 mbark on one last day of reckonin.