The fireman is coming. Stay cool.
No one knows exa ...more
I thought the first…moreI loved NOS4R2, and I was really looking forward to this one... but good God was this tough to get through. Like, REALLY tough.
I thought the first 100 pages or so were pretty good. Great, actually. But then it just hits a wall and never quite recovers. Nothing happens for so long that when anything happens, ANYTHING - it doesn't matter how mundane it actually is - it almost feels like picking up a pulse from a week-old corpse before the damn thing croaks again.
There were so many problems that I don't even know where to start - flat characterization, half-baked post-apocalyptic elements, poor/uneven pacing, a complete lack of forward momentum... I can go on. I just don't understand how you can come up with an idea this promising... then decide on exploring the least interesting aspects of it.
I think Joe Hill is a talented writer, but I just didn't dig this one at all. (less)
"The Fireman" isn't out quite yet, so no opinion there yet. But Hill has *lots* of very excellent work out:
"Horns" is a fantastic novel with great voice and characters, that tackles its central premise from several different angles.
If you're amenable to graphic novels, "Locke and Key" is an absolute masterpiece - the characters are heartbreaking and achingly real; and at the same time it's a story full of wonder and magic (and horror, oh yes.)
And his short fiction collection, "20th Century Ghosts," is excellent - with a huge range of stories, each one excellent in a different way.
(I found Hill through his novella "Gunpowder," which is a *phenomenal* piece about children with world-shaping abilities, who turn a planet into, well, a powder keg. This novella is currently, unfortunately, *criminally* unavailable anywhere.)(less)
It had a promising start with the outbreak of a disease known as Dragonscale which first manifests as dark marks on the skin. Getting a free tribal tattoo might not sound that bad, but the real problem is that eventually infected people burst into flames and burn to death. The damage caused by walking blowtorches and the fear of being infected have society teetering on the brink of collapse.
Harper is a young nurse who discovers that she has contracted Dragon ...more
The people in charge can always justify doing terrible things in the name of the greater good. A slaughter here, a little torture there. It becomes moral to do things that would be immoral if an ordinary individual did ‘em.They have been trying to take us down for quite a while. Some may enjoy the end of the world (EotW) arriving in the form of an incoming asteroid. Hey, it worked for the dinosaurs. Alien invasion is always popular. Very big in the 50s, whether by maleficent alien civilization ...more
It shows up on your skin looking like a form of stripes. Beautiful black and gold markings. Dragonscale aka Draco Incendia Trychophyton is a contagion in which the person will end up being burned alive. There is no cure.
Harper is a nurse who has been working in a hospital day and night as a volunteer, trying to help anyone with ...more
Boy, that ending petered out like a squeaky fart, didn't it?
I mean, the beginning was good. I got sucked in by the whole Dragonscale/apocalypse thing. The middle was goodish, but it meandered around too much. Then the last part leading up to the ending had a bit of the nail biter going for it, but the actual ending?
WTF, dude? Where's my payoff for reading this enormous fucker?!
In the interest of transparency, I should mention that I'm the kind of reader that gets butthurt by en ...more
UPDATE: Dropping this to two stars because it really was only an "okay" read. In time it might drop to a one star, because the more I think about this book, the more I dislike it.
It is with a heavy heart that I must give this book
When she got over feeling winded and sick, she had to admit to herself that it was curiously beautiful.”
When Harper Grayson comes down wit ...more
The world was suddenly catching fire........such a promising beginning........such a wonderfully threatening title and book-cover, but........
THE FIREMAN just wasn't what I was expecting or at least hoping for. Without giving any part of this "entertaining" story away; yes, it was indeed entertaining....entertaining, but often predictable and a bit ludicrous here and there, but still very entertaining!
After the excellent beginning, the story travels a different path that I won't divulge...more
I gave the book 4 stars because there is a part that lagged for me, but it's still awesome!
I'm assuming everyone knows there is a disease going around and if you catch the spore your skin becomes dragonscale. And then later on you burst into flame! Yay! NOT!
One of the main characters in the book is Harper and she is a very nice nurse. She sings to kids and people at the hospital and she's just a very nice person. She has an arse of a husband named Jakob and I loathed ...more
An absolutely stellar novel by Joe Hill! Vastly different than all of his other books & superbly well written! I didn't want it to end.
I listened to the audiobook version in two days last week (which is now available on Hoopla) even though I've already read the book. I couldn't help myself - the incredible Kate Mulgrew narrated it and she also narrated Joe Hill's NOS4A2. She made that book sound even scarier than it already was - thus listening to The Fireman was ki
I'm breaking from the pack on this one.
I didn't want to, trust me. But here we are:
The book I've been eagerly awaiting since I finished his five-star NOS4A2, only it wasn't.
Joe Hill's THE FIREMAN.
Rambling, corn-pone, cartoonish.
Unlikable characters, interminable dialogue, zero forward momentum.
Besides for a mild dislike of the second half of HORNS (which was basically a retelling of the first half), I'm a huge fan of Joe Hil ...more
So what's the big deal with Hill's big novel?
Is it really an origin story for a handful of firestarters among a whole world's spontaneous combustion? A survival tale against the hate and fear riddled remnants of "clean" humanity? One of those ever-decreasing remnants ...more
Dragonscale! It's a disease, a plague really, that etches one's skin with what looks like black hieroglyphics. Unfortunately, at some point the hieroglyphs light up and burst into flame and when they do, it's all over for you. If you happen to be standing next to anything flammable, it all over for that, (or them), too.
The world as we know it falls apart due to the 'scale, and people react much as you think they would. Picture how Donald Trump would react to people bursting into flam ...more
At its heart, The Fireman is a post-apocalyptic novel, with a premise that has ...more
Okay so first the premise:
A plague of sorts is sweeping across the civilized wor ...more
So right away we were seeing that something was very wrong. The apocalypse was nigh, as we learned pretty early on that some dreaded disease was sweeping acro ...more
Whilst entirely different to his other works, this still hits the mark. Less of his trademark horror (although he does a good job of creating terror and suspense when required) but not quite the stereotypical post-apocalyptic story we've all become used to.
The conditions that cause this story to unfold are all very well thought out. Harper, our main character, has to be up there with one of the best characters I've read (I was going ...more
Joe Hill has total mastery of this story. His writing is witty and his cultural referencing is spot on. There are many references to Harry Potter (he must be a child of the generation who grew up reading those volumes) and to his dad's works, John Grisham and of course Mary Poppi ...more
WAS OUT OF THIS WORLD AMAZING!!!
Spoilers marked in review :)
I was a little nervous about starting The Fireman because of how long it was. I often find that books more than ~400 pages have a tendency to feel diluted and I usually end up skim-reading or skipping entire pages.
If anything, I wished The Fireman was longer than 768 pages.
A deadly pandemic sweeps across the globe, infecting people with Draco Incendia Trychophyton, aka Dragonscale. It marks the hosts with black ...more
Dragonscale is a sickness that is highly contagious and can cause people to spontaneously combust. Half the world is burning down and people with Dragonscale are being hunted before they can infect others. Harper is a nurse who is t ...more
I read NOS4R2 by the same author and I didn't like the book that much. When I read about this book though, I was completely stoked a ...more
Oh, those King genes! Long may they reign! I do think that NOS4A2 is a superior read, but this was still smokin' good.
(view spoiler)[The chara ...more
The fireman of the title is a wonderful character - an ordinary ...more
The book is called The Fireman, but I wasn't all that into his character (view spoiler)[except maybe during the final showdown with Jacob when the spirit of his dead wife joined in the battl ...more
The world has been overcome by a devastating plague. What the symptoms are makes no never mind, the fa ...more
Holy fuck I finished it.
Let’s talk about the Fireman, shall we? It all started with an email from Cemetery Dance Publications. It went a little something like this- Hey, Stepheny! How are you? We have this WONDERFUL deal! We know how much you love spending money on books and we are here to help you do just that! There’s this author, maybe you’ve heard of him? His name is Joe Hill!
I think to myself- Go on….
It continues. Well! Joe has this new book coming out. You enjoyed Heart Shaped Box. You L ...more
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He writes short stories too. Some of them were gathered together in ...more