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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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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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  • Atomic
  • 2019-02-21

A Mixed Forecast, mostly dreary weather

An odd mix of an interesting scifi, a supernatural fantasy, dragged out crime drama and a boring apocalyptic future.

These short novels drag on for longer than necessary. They are VERY loosely tied together by weather elements. The first story is a twilight zone-esque story, well read by Wil Wheaton, that has some unique ideas. The second is a long crime story involving a mass shooting at a mall during a forest fire, with generic racism and some very stereotypical characters. The third story had potential, about a skydiver having a very hard time getting to the ground, and while it has some inventive character interactions, the ending takes a weird twist and ends very quickly. The final, and my least favorite, story involves a woman surviving in colorado after stranger weather kills most of the citizens. This should have been a good setup for a great location and quest, but the main character, and everyone she meets, is annoying and I couldn't care for any of them to survive, I just kept waiting for it to be over, not a great sign of an engaging story.

Overall, 1 entertaining tale, 1 good concept, 1 okay crime story, and 1 miss.

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  • David M
  • Colorado
  • 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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  • Matt Warner
  • 2017-10-31

Boring

I like Joe Hill and his Dad but man does it seem like they're struggling lately. Just on and on with no real excitement or anything scary. I kept waiting for the next sentence, paragraph then story to be good and it was painfully dull and hard to get through all of it.

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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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  • 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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  • factorydave
  • SEA CLIFF, NY, US
  • 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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  • chris
  • 2018-12-09

good stories, but his leftist view gets old

the stories are fun to listen to. however, joe hill is obviously a leftist who hates president trump. he also makes the absurd assertion that America cares about guns more than children. of course, joe does not realise that all the gun control laws in the world will not stop a lunatic. he proves this in the story loaded.

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  • Bobbe Cummins
  • United States
  • 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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  • G. Guerin
  • 2018-02-10

Could not even finish it was so bad

What would have made Strange Weather better?

I have no idea, maybe not to have been written at all

Has Strange Weather turned you off from other books in this genre?

Not the genre

How did the narrator detract from the book?

slow-flat reading, no emotions.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Strange Weather?

all of them

Any additional comments?

I found myself wandering off throughout the entire book and had to keep going back.

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  • jennifer
  • 2017-12-21

Good Stories Ruined by Political Agenda

I loved Hill's first novel, Heart Shaped Box. I read fiction to escape. Have you ever been watching a movie, enjoying the story, and then Bam! There's that glaringly obvious product placement?? It felt a little like that. I did enjoy the first story. The rest felt a little like political statements wrapped up in fictional story.

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