For those who are unaware, Joe Hill is the son of Stephen King. He has successfully stepped out of his father’s shadow with novels such as Heart Shaped Box, NOS4R2 and The Fireman. This is a collection of four short novels, each about one hundred pages or so, all of which are vaguely linked by the weather.
The first tale, Snapshot, is dominated by a strange household object – it reminded me somewhat of King’s own short story published a few months ago, Gwendy’s Button Box. It’s very captivating, although I found the epilogue a bit too sugary sweet.
Next up is the strongest of the four, Loaded, a disturbing tale of gun control, racial stereotyping and the workings of a psychotic mind. It’s the one story without a supernatural element to it.
Aloft, the third story, is maybe the weakest of the set, concerning a novice parachutist who becomes trapped on a malevolent cloud.
Finally, Rain explores an apocalyptic downpour of nails and crystal shards across the world – the abrupt ending will take you by surprise! Runs Loaded very close for first place,
Length of Read:Medium
Might appeal to people who enjoyed…
A very enjoyable read – if you like Hill’s previous novels or are a fan of the King himself, then you will find a lot to like here.
One thing you’ve learned
Things are often not what they seem.