TITLE: Strange Weather
AUTHOR: Joe Hill
TRIGGER WARNING: Pedophillia & animal abuse ( via a natural disaster but still )
WHERE DID I RECEIVE THIS?: HachetteNZ sent this to me in exchange for an honest review!
GENRE: Short story collection
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 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.”
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” explores this escalating apocalyptic event, as the deluge of nails spreads out across the country and around the world.
In “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 embark on one last day of reckoning.
Strange Weather is a collection of four stories, While I originally thought they were horror in the sense I was going to get a scary story, they were more just twisted stories that left you thinking alot. The first story, SNAPSHOT follows a boy who finds out a certain camera can take a persons life, LOADED features a realistic story where a mall cop tries to frame an angry woman for killing multiple people. The third short story ALOFT, follows a man who gets stuck on a cloud which thinks for itself & has to fight for his life and finally in RAIN we see a post apocalyptic world where needle like crystals fall from the sky.
I’ve decided to break these up individaully as I cant really rate this book as a whole.
SNAPSHOT – 3 STARS
This was weird & ultimatley could’ve made a twisted thriller movie or book. I enjoyed the idea that the camera slowly took your life away & I liked how the main character threw the weapon back at the villain, killing him & taking the power for himself. It was an interesting concept to me and while I enjoyed this story i felt like it was lacking something.
LOADED – 3.5 STARS
This story hit as possibly frightening as it was so realistic. It follows a man who had once pointed a gun at his wife and child and then was no longer allowed to use his gun. However he gets one from a friend and ends up going on a killing spree to cover the fact that he shot before he could think and asses a situation. this was a worrysome story and chilling because it was so reminiscent of what the world is like today.
ALOFT – 2 STARS
This was, perhaps the weirdest story I’ve ever read. It follows a man who gets trapped on a cloud, yes…. a cloud. And to top it off? the cloud can think for itself and has some kind of head inside it that it protects. This ‘thing’ is lonley so it tries to keep people with it and honestly it was gross and weird. I found it off putting how this story was written and just, why? obviously for entertainment value but yeah it was just a whole lot of gross weirdness. The MC even had sex with the cloud….. yeah, let’s leave it at that.
RAIN – 2 STARS
CW; A CAT IS INJURED BY THE CRYSTAL LIKE RAIN. SKIP PAGES 368-369 IF YOU WOULD EATHER NOT READ ABOUT SICH THINGS.
This was a decent novel, it follows a main character whos girlfriend gets killed in the crystal like rain, where crystals have been formed as thin and sharp as needles and poured down on a small town, killing everyone who was outside. The MC journeys to find her girlfriends father, and on the way is captured by a cult and has to fight for her life. I know this was alot of peoples favourite story in this collection but to me it just fell flat and didn’t really grip me at all.
All in all I had pretty meh feelings about this and alot of that probably has to do with the fact I went into this with high expectations, most people are seeming to say this is one of Joe Hill’s better books, so if you’re a fan of his stuff, this might be for you.
until next time,