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Strange Weather

Four Short Novels
Written by: Joe Hill
Length: 14 hrs and 35 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (42 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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Great Collection of Short Stories

All four stories were enjoyable and a good listen !! If you enjoyed this book, you will like Joe Hills other books The Fireman and NOS4A2, this one is my personal favorite so far :)

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Best of Hill so far!

Everything of Hill I would highly recommend! Especially with the cast of Kate M and Stephen L!!! #Audible1

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Great Short Stories

Very interesting stories. Loved the narrators. Love the writing style, can not wait for more. #Audible1

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Haunting Yet Exciting Read

Strange Weather had me gripped from the very beginning. Each story brought about new emotions, whether it was intrigue, horror, or hope. I found myself anxious for the next chance to sit an read.

Only one warning, the subject matter of one of the stories, Loaded, is very haunting and may be triggering for those who have lived through or been effected by mass shootings.

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  • gloria
  • 2018-10-08

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.

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  • Constant Reader
  • 2018-03-20

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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  • David M
  • 2018-08-05

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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  • Bill S.
  • 2017-11-21

Awful

A rare swing and miss by one of my favorite authors. If you are captivated by left wing propaganda wrapped in lazy and uninspired fiction, this book is for you. I believe fiction is better served when the author is not injecting his political hissy fit throughout. The afterward is equally mesmerizing, as Mr. Hill compares himself to Orson Wells and Neil Gaimen and waxes on about his mastery of both the novella and the novel. Get real.

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  • stlblue1
  • 2017-11-06

Disappointed

I was really hoping for big things from these but overall it fell short. The first book was great and I really enjoyed it. Then they got worse from there. The second was good but the third and fourth just missed the mark for me. I couldn’t wait for them to get over so I could start a new book. I think this is the only case that I can say that the movie would be better than the book.

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  • Marlene
  • 2018-03-09

Disappointing.

Too much like stories from his dad, the first story - a magic Polaroid.. hmm Daddy's Needful Things. The last story with Boulder and Denver as setting with blocked roads, etc. sounds like Daddy's The Stand..

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  • factorydave
  • 2018-03-15

Sheesh!..We get it Joe.

Heavy handed talking points are crowbarred into otherwise entertaining stories and very solid voice performances. All of the typical tropes and sacred cows of modern story telling are on full display.

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  • Bobbe Cummins
  • 2018-04-28

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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  • thundersmoke
  • 2018-12-06

Trump Bashing

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

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  • Regular Dan
  • 2018-05-27

Decent stories, but overshadowed by political preaching

The title says it all. The stories are decent, not too engaging, but interesting. But there is too much obvious and unoriginal political posturing, so the story reads like poorly constructed political stereotypes, rather than an honest perspective of how people can arrive at incorrect perspectives. If the author spent more time getting to know people who saw the world differently, these kinds of short stories would be wonderful

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