Hello everyone! I am a part of a Halloween blog hop with a few of my blogger friends. Jessica came up with this great idea to start a blog hop for the spooky season.She also made the incredible Haunted Halloween Hop graphic! Each day from October 22nd-31st, we will each have a blog post centered around Halloween. Be sure to check out each person’s post! Here’s the schedule:
22nd Paige from Books and Belle
23rd Linda from Linda’s Little Library
24th Danielle from The Introverted Book Nerd (me)
25th Jessica from Reading with Jessica
26th Kris from Boston Book Reader
27th Fernanda from The Wanderlust Reader
28th Diana from The Bookish Sisters
29th Sarah from Book Hooked Nook
30th Nicole from Boundless Bookaholic
31st Maggie from The Caramel Files
For my Halloween post, I decided to do a book review for Joe Hill’s newest novel, Strange Weather. I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of this via Edelweiss! This is my first Joe Hill book, so I was super excited to be able to read an advanced copy! Let’s get on with the review!
Strange Weather is a collection of 4 chilling novellas. These novellas were written over the course of 4 years. Joe Hill himself is a fan of short stories as they are all “killer, no filler.” I have to say that I agree with him! This is why I enjoy reading anthologies so much! For my review, I am not going to give a synopsis of each story, as I believe that ruins half of the fun. The best way to go into an anthology is to go in blind. I am going to briefly give my review on each short story without any spoilers.
This was the first of the stories in this collection that Joe Hill wrote. Snapshot was the perfect starter for this anthology. It mixed together mystery, suspense, and sadness. This one hit pretty close to home with me as it deals with memory loss. As a caregiver, it was especially touching and sad as I deal with this sort of stuff everyday. Don’t expect a happy ending with this one. After all, this isn’t an anthology of happy stories. I rated this story 4 out of 5 stars.
This is by far the most controversial story in the collection. It is also the most relevant with present times in the United States. This story is about gun violence and it highlights racism, bigotry, prejudice, and abuse of the badge. This story was the hardest to read and I found myself having to stop at times just to take a break. It was so sad and it opened to my eyes to the horrors that still happen today. Yes, this one dealt with a difficult topic, but I’d have to say that it was also the most influential of all the stories, and my favorite of the bunch. I recommend this story to everyone as it is extremely relevant in this day and age. I rated this one 5 out of 5 stars.
This story was just weird. It was definitely more fantasy than anything, but if you have a fear of heights, this one may strike you as completely terrifying. I’m still not sure what to think of it, as it was definitely different than any story I have ever read. This one did drag a bit in the middle for me, even with it being a short story. Aloft was my least favorite of all the stories in this collection. I rated this one 3 out of 5 stars.
What would you do if one day the sky opened up and started raining nails? Rain was the dystopian story of the collection. It was such a unique and terrifying concept. I was just trying to think how I would survive in a society like this. This one was definitely the most entertaining of the collection for me. I wouldn’t have minded if this was a full-length novel! I loved this story and I thought the ending was perfect! I rated this one 4 out of 5 stars.
Overall, this was a brilliant collection of stories. I would recommend this collection to anyone who is a fan of Joe Hill or chilling anthologies. Definitely perfect to read during the Halloween season. Today, October 24th, is publication day! Go out there and get a copy for yourself today! My total rating for Strange Weather is 4 out of 5 stars!
Thank you to Edelweiss, the publisher, and Joe Hill for an advanced copy of this book in return for an honest review.