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Strange Weather

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  19,333 ratings  ·  2,856 reviews
A collection of four chilling novels, ingeniously wrought gems of terror from the brilliantly imaginative, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Fireman, Joe Hill

“Snapshot” 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.
Kindle Edition, 448 pages
Published October 24th 2017 by William Morrow
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Will Byrnes
Simple explanations have the disappointing tendency to be the best explanations. Only the rational counterargument was a pile of shit, and I knew it. I just didn’t want to know it.
Joe Hill has taken a break between epic horror novels to put together a collection of four novellas under the title Strange Weather. The title seems an afterthought, frankly. Only one of the stories actually incorporates weather that is certifiably strange. But, no matter. Don’t go looking for story one to relate
Chelsea Humphrey
I feel terrible that I didn't post any updates while I was reading this one, but I was so sucked in that I kept forgetting to share my thoughts here as I went!

The only reason this wasn't a 5 star read for me was due to the fact that the first story (SNAPSHOT) underwhelmed me quite a bit. It didn't seem to fit with the other three, but that could just be a case of personal taste and opinion. Other than that, these stories contained a slow building sense of dread and disturbance that felt gritty
Sometimes it is considered unfair, cliche, or overdone to compare the offspring to the parental unit, but this is my review, and I feel like it, so that's what I'm gonna do!

Four Novellas - all of them pretty decent. I enjoyed the way they played out but I think there is one thing that could either be a very positive aspect or a very negative aspect, depending on your preference. (view spoiler)
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
I've read almost every piece of work that Joe Hill has graced the world of literature with, and I've loved all of them, but this was exceptionally brilliant. Rather than dwell on monsters and ghosts, the most terrifying aspect of Strange Weather was simply the horror of the human psyche, and how far people will go to inflict pain upon others.

I'll be breaking this up by story, as I typically do with novella reviews. I've combined the content warnings and will add them all at the end of the revie
Strange Weather is the book I most anticipated this year and I'm happy to report that it lived up to my high expectations. It consists of four short novels, (Joe Hill dislikes the term novella), and I enjoyed them all!

Snapshot is a story about memory and a camera that steals them. Set in the 80's with a teenage boy as the protagonist, this story packed some powerful imagery along with a bit of nostalgia for good measure.

Loaded is a tale about guns. Joe Hill says it's not political, but I
Edward Lorn
2.5 rounded up to 3

Strange Weather, by Joe Hill, isn’t quite the disappointment that The Fireman was, but it’s still nowhere near as good as I’d hoped it would be. I find it difficult to understand how a man who tried so hard to hide the fact that he was Stephen King’s son so that he could earn his own success would then turn around and try so hard to emulate his father’s career after the cat was out of the bag. Because, like THE FIREMAN before it, this collection of novellas has Stephen King wr
Joe Hill gives us four intelligent short stories of varied length that unsettle, disturb, and horrify. However, none is less than riveting reading, provoke thought and entertain. In Snapshot, a young boy faces his nightmares, the menace of dementia, and the challenge that is the tattooed Phoenician, a thug with a polaroid camera, a camera which snaps and erases memories. Loaded is a story with the capacity to emotionally tear you apart. Its focus is guns and gun violence as it explores the scena ...more
Dec 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Four short novels with an interesting afterward, all are good, and none are especially like any of the others.

Snapshot reminds me a lot of his dad's stories, but different enough. I thought it could have ended without the Evil Corp. attachment.

Loaded is only horror because His Internal Excellency the ambassador of Hell from Perdido Street Station is in the wings. I kept picking up his faint, but an audible echo of a soul being tortured. The JPFO should like the ending.

“Aloft” is the most tight
Sadie Hartmann
Jul 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank you so much to my local bookstore for giving me an Advanced Reading Copy of this book for an honest review!
This book is comprised of 4 shorts/novellas (whatever)
Snapshot-5 Stars
Loaded- 4 Stars
Aloft- 5 Stars
Rain- 5 Stars
I think Joe Hill can write his ass off. These short stories were brilliant. Not a lot of people give credit where credit is due concerning shorts/novellas. They're freakin HARD! Everything the author wants to do with the story, the setting, the charact
Ellen Gail
Mar 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Y'all had better get ready because this was amazing and I'm about to word vomit my thoughts all over the place. Joe Hill seriously has a deal with the devil, because he can do no wrong.

Four beautiful and haunting novellas, each dealing in their own way with "strange weather": a rain of crystal needles, flashes of 'lightning' that are missing their thunder, suspiciously shaped clouds, and raging fire tornadoes. Each story stands alone beautifully, but together they make a great collection.

Johann (jobis89)
Aug 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"When movie stars grieve in the tragic third act of a love story, they always make mourning look a lot more beautiful than it really is."

I was lucky enough to receive an ARC copy of this collection of short novels by Joe Hill (release date is later in the year). For those interested in a brief synopsis of each story... keep reading. If not, skip ahead! The first story, Snapshot, is about a young boy's encounter with a villain who robs his victim's memories by taking Polaroids of them. The second
The all-seeing eye of a camera, Instamatic-style.  Way back when, Polaroid cameras laid the groundwork for today's instant gratification.  This one works a little differently.

By far the most powerful story of the four, in my opinion.  Timely, but preachy as hell.  Mass shooting in a shopping mall, and it was terrifying.  The ending was to die for.  Wow!

A reluctant skydiver makes a most unsettling landing.  Love the originality of the idea, but the ending sputtered.  

Paul O'Neill
Apr 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
EDIT - 5-Aug-2018 - Changed to five stars as all of these stories are still with me.

A fantastic collection of novellas from Joe Hill, all with their own unique feel and a loose link to weather of some sort.

This collection shows off Hill’s ability to write such believable characters (for the most part) and intriguing / non-typical plots

Here is my ranking of each story:

1. Loaded - Hill’s story about the ‘hard on’ america has with guns is the best thing I’ve read all year. Such an amazing story,
Nov 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Strange Weather is a collection of four short Novels in one book. None of the stories are similar and range from horror to science fiction. He showcases his creative mind and also his political thoughts/viewpoints.

The book begins with Snapshot. This is set in the 80's and has a teenage boy as the protagonist. The "Phoenician" takes Polaroid pictures and in doing so his camera erases memories. I actually thought I would like this one the best as it felt more like a horror book/novel/story. It was
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
$3.99 on kindle US. Today only. 2-4-18
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
While I haven't yet read all of his books, Joe Hill has become one of my favourite writers in recent years. I seem to gel very easily with his work, and always end up reading the right one of his books at the right time -- for example, 'The Fireman' kept me engrossed during an uncomfortably hot few days one summer, when I wanted to be distracted by something that was epic and would take a dedicated amount of time to read, while this one, 'Strange Weather', managed to hold my attention with four ...more
Edgarr Alien Pooh
I have found over my journey that I much prefer a full drawn-out novel to a collection of novellas. With Joe Hill, it seems to be the same case, loved NOS4R2, Horns, and the Heart-Shaped Box but came in as just a 3 star on this collection. However Strange Weather may have finally helped my dumb brain work it out - in a collection you have several chances to disappoint a reader, in a full-length novel just the one story.

The first story in Strange Weather, Snapshot, and the last story, Rain, were
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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Well, it took me nearly the entire 21 day checkout period to finish this audio collection, but I did it and I think listening was the right way for me to go. That’s not a comment I make lightly either since my drive time is so short and my attention span much like someone most are familiar with . . . .

I’ve repeated ad nauseum that short stories aren’t my bag, but the novella on the other hand??? Those could be my bread and butter.
R.K. Gold
Feb 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I might go closer to 3.5 but I'm gonna round up to four. My favorite story was the first one by a long shot. The Polaroid man was such a cool concept for a villain. I wish I could've learned more about his history and about the metal that made his camera, especially at the end when the melted metal spoke. It almost sounded like the voice of Sauron in my head. Like the one ring was melted down and turned into a camera.

The second story was disturbing but was also incredibly well written and polit
Feb 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
By far the best set of short stories I've read in a long time. I didn't want them to end!

Actually, these are more novellas than shorties, which makes a big difference when it comes to allowing for more character development and plot depth. Not that Hill needs any help in this department, as he is the king of creating memorable characters that will stick with you IMO. (The Fireman comes to mind)

Once again Hill creates visual worlds where anything can happen: from a camera that steals your memori
I read the Lock and Key Graphic novel series and loved that. I knew Joe Hill wrote that. Then I learned that Joe Hill is Stephen King's son. Next, I saw the show on Netflix 'In the Tall Grass' by Stephen King and Joe Hill. I hear people talking about him, so I wanted to read his novel.

I feel like a torch has been passed along from Stephen to Joe. I even feel like they write in the same universe. It's like the pen has been passed along and Joe has something special to offer. He has merit on his
Jan 10, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's worth picking this up solely to read Loaded - a painful but needed take on guns in the US.

I also thought Aloft was incredibly whimsical and entertaining (the protagonist is insufferable but I assume that was the point).

Being transparent I skimmed Snapshot and and Rain
Jan 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
These four novellas were very solid. Even the one about Rain. Or maybe I should say, the Rain novella was more than solid: it was hard as diamond. :)

In all cases, the characters shine. There are tons of fat comments, 80's memorabilia, and POLAROIDS in "Snapshot". The concept behind it was pure horror and quite interesting, but I was on the fence about the wrap-up. I appreciate the whole thing, the human element, and the character growth, but the oomph was kinda drowned out by it.

"Loaded" was pro
Montzalee Wittmann
Jul 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Strange Weather by Joe Hill is a book I got from the library. I really didn't care for two of the four stories. I enjoyed the creepy and strange story called "Snapshot". A man with a odd camera that steals memories from those that he takes pictures of. The middle two stories I didn't care for. The last story called "Rain" was fairly good. It had rain with nails made of crystals coming down and killing and destroying portions of Colorado. Life gets real strange after that. ...more
Aug 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Snapshot - I've said something like this before. No doubt I'll say it again in the future. I care about the adolescent preteens in a horror novel, in this case a novella. It's just something that works for me, and I really don't believe I'm alone in this. Granted, the characters have to be written well (check mark for this story and Joe Hill), and it always helps if the character is on the nerdy side. A troubled situation doesn't hurts either, like having a single parent. That's not quite th ...more
Michael Hicks
Strange Weather, the latest offering from Joe Hill, is four books in one! Collected here are four novellas, united by the theme of weather (sometimes strongly, other times more subtly), with the stories running the gamut of apocalyptic rain to raging wildfires.

Hill hits the ground running with Snapshot, an eerie little coming-of-age tale revolving around a supernatural Polaroid camera. I was worried at first that this would be Hill riffing again on his father, Stephen King, who wrote his own sup
Dec 26, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I find it so hard to rate novels of short stories. This one was no different.

I loved two of the stories: “Snapshot” and “Rain”, my favorite. These show Hill at his very best! I would love to see a full length novel from either of these.

The problem with the others is I just did not enjoy them. “Aloft” made no sense to me at all. I enjoy science fiction but I never connected to these characters or the situation. “Loaded” seemed more interested in making a political statement than an entertaining
Dannii Elle
I had no idea what to expect when I begun this series of novellas from renowned writer, Joe Hill. I was pleasantly surprised with the variety, in this anthology, as each of the four stories contained inside had an entirely different genre, focus and style, which spoke volumes of the prowess of this author.

'Snapshot, 1988' had a pure 80's horror vibe, which made this a mildly disturbing yet entirely fun story of a young boy stumbling across a camera that takes far more from this in frame than jus
Mar 06, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
For someone that really enjoys horror, it’s quite surprising the only Joe Hill that I’d previously read was Horns.
This collection of short novellas seemed like a perfect way to experience the author more...

In a way this is a weird one to rate as the stories themselves didn’t really connect with me, though I really liked Hill’s descriptive style of writing.

The pick of the four stories was the first in the collection ‘Snapshot’, a nostalgic 80’s set tale with a Polaroid Camera.

Each story was aroun
Oct 31, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Typically, I wouldn’t star individual stories and just rate the overall body of work, but decided since these were kind of all over the place I would do some math to arrive at my final star rating. Math! This could get ugly…

Snapshot – Nothing spectacularly original and fairly predictable, but an entertaining story nonetheless. 3.5 Stars

Loaded - Despite its politically charged agenda, this was my favorite in the collection. Very well done with a perfectly brutal ending. 4.5 Stars

Aloft – A lot of
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Joe Hill's debut, Heart-Shaped Box, won the Bram Stoker Award for Best First Novel. His second, Horns, was made into a film freakfest starring Daniel Radcliffe. His other novels include NOS4A2, and his #1 New York Times Best-Seller, The Fireman... which was also the winner of a 2016 Goodreads Choice Award for Best Horror Novel.

He writes short stories too. Some of them were gathered together in

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