Happy release day!
Thanks so much to William Morrow Books for the advanced copy in exchange for my honest review.
STRANGE WEATHER by Joe Hill (out today, October 24th, 2017)
I know Chandra and I were ecstatic to have this as one of our #allthebookreviews titles!
My Thoughts: 5/5 stars!
Ever since reading NOS4A2 I’ve loved Joe Hill’s writing. So when I was sent a copy of his newest release STRANGE WEATHER I was very excited to dive in! I have always loved short stories. As someone that isn’t a writer, it always amazes me that authors can really pack a punch or truly creep you out in a small amount of pages (as opposed to a 400+ page novel). This one was a collection of 4 short stories and I don’t think there was I didn’t like. There were a couple standouts, though.
I don’t want to give away too much about each story – since they are short stories I don’t want to ruin too much of the plot! We have SNAPSHOT which brings us to Silicon Valley. A man known as The Phoenician is terrorizing a teenager – he has in his possession a Polaroid camera that has a dark power. With each snap of a photo, it erases your memories. Next up is ALOFT. A man is experiencing his first parachute jump – as if that isn’t terrifying enough to me – he ends up stranded on a solid cloud. Being a castaway up in the sky and not being able to get down. RAIN is more of an apocalyptic story. Starting in Boulder, Colorado the sky opens up with a downpour of nails. What will the population do as this phenomena spreads across the country, and then the world? Finally, we have LOADED. Definitely a more current topic of conversation – a mall security guard bravely stops a mass shooting from happening. But being in the spotlight begins to take a toll on him – not only his is story falling apart, but so is his sanity. He will soon have one last day of reckoning when he reaches for his gun once again.
Joe Hill does an incredible job weaving these stories and characters in such a short amount of time. Each story pulls you in and doesn’t let go. This is one of those authors where I’ll always buy their new books, and I’m never disappointed!
Overall, if you want unsettling and great intellectual horror stories, then you need to pick this one up! Four very different horror stories and all quick reads. Obviously, if you love Joe Hill, then this is one you need to get, without hesitation.
Who are your “insta-buy” authors?