06 April 2018

Review: Strange Weather

Strange Weather Strange Weather by Joe Hill
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Yeah, this was real good. Four novellas, each pretty great in their own right.

* "Snapshot" is kind of classic weird horror, with a person who has a camera that seemingly steals memories. Hard for me to read for personal reasons in many regards, but really brilliantly done within an existing horror trope.

* "Aloft" a brilliant, strange story about a skydiver. I don't even want to say much about it except that the story was never what I thought it would be and that was great in and of itself.

* "Rain" was my personal favorite, regarding a killer change to precipitation that turns raindrops into sharp and deadly crystals. The sort of learned helpelessness that comes with a story like this was exactly what I was looking for.

* "Loaded" may be the weakest of the four, and not necessarily due to politics or plot, but just a more as a straightforward crime story that takes some interesting twists that don't always work in quite the same way. But if I was reading it on my own, it would still be a 4-star read in many regards; it's just a bit of a letdown in comparison to its three siblings surrounding it.

A solid collection, and a great reminder about how awesome Joe Hill is at what he does.

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