Book Review – Strange Weather


Strange Weather by Joe Hill (Gollancz) ISBN: 9781473221185

Strange Weather is the perfect book to curl up with on cold winter evenings. It is a collection of four short novels all linked through the theme of weather.

‘Snapshot’ set in a supremely hot summer in a San Francisco suburb tells the story of a strange camera wielded by the Polaroid Man, who you really don’t want taking your picture.

‘Loaded’ takes a look at a small town hiding many secrets. When things get a bit too hot for the local mall manager to handle, he finds an easy scapegoat in young black man, but things don’t go quite to plan.

‘Aloft’ brings playing amongst the clouds to life. Our protagonist finds himself trapped on a cloud intent on making him happy – and keeping him there forever no matter the cost.

‘Rain’ tells the story of painful, needle-sharp rainstorms afflicting America, tearing everyone and everything in its wake to pieces. No one is able to predict what the next storm will bring.

Strange Weather showcases American life well, and is a testament to Joe Hill’s talent as a macabre storyteller. Well-written, this book will leave you with much to think about for a long time.

Merissa Himraj
3.5/5
@MerissaBHimraj