Strange weather : four short novels / Joe Hill.

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  • Author(s): Hill, Joe, authorHill, Joe, Hill, Joe, Hill, Joe, Snapshot
  • Language:
    English
  • Publication Information:
    New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2017]
  • Publication Date:
    2017
  • Physical Description:
    432 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Publication Type:
    Book
  • Document Type:
    Fiction
  • Subject Terms:
  • Additional Information
    • Publication Information:
      First edition.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: "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.--Amazon.com
    • Content Notes:
      Snapshot -- Aloft -- Rain -- Loaded.
    • Other Titles:
      Novels. Selections
    • ISBN:
      9780062663115
      0062663119
    • Accession Number:
      ocn970389677
      970389677
    • Accession Number:
      fay.545045
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      HILL, J.; HILL, J. Strange weather : four short novels. [s.l.] : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2017. Disponível em: . Acesso em: 20 nov. 2019.
    • AMA:
      Hill J, Hill J. Strange Weather : Four Short Novels. William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers; 2017. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.545045. Accessed November 20, 2019.
    • APA:
      Hill, J., & Hill, J. (2017). Strange weather : four short novels. William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.545045
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Hill, Joe, and Joe Hill. 2017. Strange Weather : Four Short Novels. William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.545045.
    • Harvard:
      Hill, J. and Hill, J. (2017) Strange weather : four short novels. William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.545045 (Accessed: 20 November 2019).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Hill, J & Hill, J 2017, Strange weather : four short novels, William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, viewed 20 November 2019, .
    • MLA:
      Hill, Joe, and Joe Hill. Strange Weather : Four Short Novels. William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2017. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.545045.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Hill, Joe, and Joe Hill. Strange Weather : Four Short Novels. William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2017. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.545045.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Hill J, Hill J. Strange weather : four short novels [Internet]. William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers; 2017 [cited 2019 Nov 20]. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.545045

Reviews

Booklist Reviews 2017 August #1

*Starred Review* Hill is back with a collection of four short novels that each showcases his talent for mining modern lives for fear. As he notes in the collection's afterword, tales of horror and fantasy thrive at a shorter length, and readers will be vigorously nodding their heads in agreement. These novellas present a foreboding and unsettling view of our world and contain complex and complicated casts of diverse characters. In "Snapshot," a grown man looks back on a summer gone by when he found a Polaroid that steals rather than preserves memories; in "Loaded," Hill writes his impassioned, heartbreaking, and compulsively readable response to the Sandy Hook tragedy. "Aloft" is a sinister fairy tale about a macabre world hiding on top of a cloud; and in the final novella, "Rain," set in the present time, the apocalypse comes as showers of shiny crystal nails pelt the Earth. These tales are terrifying and compelling, filled with intense anxiety throughout, but it is that final story, set entirely in the real world, that is the most menacing of the bunch. After getting two 700-plus-page novels in a row, fans will be thrilled to take in Hill's malevolent mind through these masterfully crafted single-sitting reads reminiscent of the very best of the short works by giants of the form like King, Gaiman, and Miéville. Hill is not only maturing as a writer of relevantly chilling tales but he is also emerging as a distinct voice for our complicated times. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.

LJ Reviews 2017 May #2

This collection of longish short fiction by No. 1 New York Times best-selling master of horror Hill is your chance to get scared to death four times over, as with "Snapshot," which features a tattooed bad guy who can wipe out bits of your memory with a simple click of his Polaroid Instant Camera. With a 200,000-copy first printing.

Copyright 2017 Library Journal.

LJ Reviews 2017 September #2

Horror does not need to reside in the shadows: it can be as natural as the weather, as these four short works reveal. In "Snapshot," Cupertino, CA, teen Mike crosses paths with a man who is stealing memories with a Polaroid camera, photo by photo. In Colorado, a young woman's life is irrevocably changed when gold and silver needles fall from the sky in the apocalyptic "Rain." "Aloft" sends a beginner skydiver on a cloud-borne journey. And the final story, "Loaded," revolves around a Florida mall security guard who stops a mass shooting and becomes a hero—until an approaching summer blaze forces the truth to break out and the guard to break down. Hill's tightly written prose keeps each novella moving quickly, but the author still incorporates enough details for readers to get inside his characters' minds and to respond viscerally to the events depicted. VERDICT This will be an essential instant read for Hill's (NOS4A2) fans and a solid introduction for new readers.—KC

Copyright 2017 Library Journal.

PW Reviews 2017 October #1

Hill (The Fireman) delivers on the "strange" in this collection of four novellas, stretching from horror to magical realism to a straight thriller. In "Snapshot," Hill allegorizes the damage of dementia when preteen Michael must protect his elderly neighbor, Shelly, from the Polaroid Man, who takes away memories with the flash of his camera. He changes genres with "Loaded," a drama in which gun violence draws together a local journalist who witnessed her adopted brother's murder by a cop, an adulterous couple with a fondness for guns, and a dishonorably discharged veteran turned mall cop who suspiciously saves the day at a mall shooting. In "Aloft," a man decides to skydive to impress the woman he loves, but a bizarre crash leaves him stranded on a cloud, where he must face the truth about what loneliness is and how desire can obscure reality. In "Rain," crystal shards fall from the sky, killing thousands; a woman travels from Boulder to Denver in the middle of the storms to check on her girlfriend's family, dodging comet cultists and figuring out whether this disaster is related to climate change or chemical warfare. Hill's collection may not be as horrific as his earlier 20th-Century Ghosts, but its ideas have powerful emotional and political resonance. Agent: Laurel Choate, Choate Agency. (Nov.)

Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly.