Publisher: William Morrow

Review: The Fireman by Joe Hill

Posted July 20, 2016 by Emily in Review / 0 Comments

Review: The Fireman by Joe HillThe Fireman by Joe Hill
Published by William Morrow on May 17th 2016
Genres: horror, Dystopian
Pages: 752
Format: hardcover
Source: Free for Review
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From the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of NOS4A2 and Heart-Shaped Box comes a chilling novel about a worldwide pandemic of spontaneous combustion that threatens to reduce civilization to ashes and a band of improbable heroes who battle to save it, led by one powerful and enigmatic man known as the Fireman.
The fireman is coming. Stay cool.
No one knows exactly when it began or where it originated. A terrifying new plague is spreading like wildfire across the country, striking cities one by one: Boston, Detroit, Seattle. The doctors call it Draco Incendia Trychophyton. To everyone else it’s Dragonscale, a highly contagious, deadly spore that marks its hosts with beautiful black and gold marks across their bodies—before causing them to burst into flames. Millions are infected; blazes erupt everywhere. There is no antidote. No one is safe.
Harper Grayson, a compassionate, dedicated nurse as pragmatic as Mary Poppins, treated hundreds of infected patients before her hospital burned to the ground. Now she’s discovered the telltale gold-flecked marks on her skin. When the outbreak first began, she and her husband, Jakob, had made a pact: they would take matters into their own hands if they became infected. To Jakob’s dismay, Harper wants to live—at least until the fetus she is carrying comes to term. At the hospital, she witnessed infected mothers give birth to healthy babies and believes hers will be fine too. . . if she can live long enough to deliver the child.
Convinced that his do-gooding wife has made him sick, Jakob becomes unhinged, and eventually abandons her as their placid New England community collapses in terror. The chaos gives rise to ruthless Cremation Squads—armed, self-appointed posses roaming the streets and woods to exterminate those who they believe carry the spore. But Harper isn’t as alone as she fears: a mysterious and compelling stranger she briefly met at the hospital, a man in a dirty yellow fire fighter’s jacket, carrying a hooked iron bar, straddles the abyss between insanity and death. Known as The Fireman, he strolls the ruins of New Hampshire, a madman afflicted with Dragonscale who has learned to control the fire within himself, using it as a shield to protect the hunted . . . and as a weapon to avenge the wronged.
In the desperate season to come, as the world burns out of control, Harper must learn the Fireman’s secrets before her life—and that of her unborn child—goes up in smoke.

Locke and Key introduced me to Joe Hill. I’m sorry to admit that I didn’t expect much. The depth and beauty of the story surprised me. Locke and Key is a graphic novel series that touches on deep concepts and weaves horror into a larger story with purpose. Then I read N0S4A2. Not a graphic novel but a traditional horror tale that scared my socks off. With N0S4A2, I realized that I was a Joe Hill fan. Next, Horns and Heart Shaped Box came in at the library. While neither of those resonated with me in the same way, I still enjoyed them. Joe Hill was an author to watch in my mind. After reading The Fireman, I won’t miss another book by Joe Hill.

The Fireman is the perfect combination of my favorite genres. It’s 33% dystopian, 33% horror and 34% awesome. I was trying to describe this book to people after I read it. The best I could come up with is if The Stand and When She Woke were together, The Fireman is the love child of that union. A deadly and unexplainable disease, a weird and corrupt religious system, a mad and uncontrollable mob mentality and woman doing her best for her unborn child makes this analogy complete and my love for The Fireman unending.

I love fiction that reflects the current political and cultural climate. Whether it’s making a statement that I agree with or not, I love books that make me think. While The Fireman is set squarely in a fictional world, I loved the obvious parallels to issues that are affecting our world today. It is scary. It is horror. However, the scariest part for me was how I could see it really happening. If there ever was a terrible plague (maybe not of the self combustion variety) I could definitely see people reacting the way they do in this book. That in itself is horrifying to me.

I can’t recommend this book highly enough.




Mini Review: Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman

Posted December 2, 2015 by Emily in Uncategorized / 1 Comment

Mini Review: Trigger Warning by Neil GaimanTrigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances by Neil Gaiman
Published by William Morrow on February 3rd 2015
Pages: 310
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Multiple award winning, #1 New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman returns to dazzle, captivate, haunt, and entertain with this third collection of short fiction following Smoke and Mirrors and Fragile Things--which includes a never-before published American Gods story, "Black Dog," written exclusively for this volume.
In this new anthology, Neil Gaiman pierces the veil of reality to reveal the enigmatic, shadowy world that lies beneath. Trigger Warning includes previously published pieces of short fiction--stories, verse, and a very special Doctor Who story that was written for the fiftieth anniversary of the beloved series in 2013--as well "Black Dog," a new tale that revisits the world of American Gods, exclusive to this collection.
Trigger Warning explores the masks we all wear and the people we are beneath them to reveal our vulnerabilities and our truest selves. Here is a rich cornucopia of horror and ghosts stories, science fiction and fairy tales, fabulism and poetry that explore the realm of experience and emotion. In "Adventure Story"--a thematic companion to The Ocean at the End of the Lane--Gaiman ponders death and the way people take their stories with them when they die. His social media experience "A Calendar of Tales" are short takes inspired by replies to fan tweets about the months of the year--stories of pirates and the March winds, an igloo made of books, and a Mother's Day card that portends disturbances in the universe. Gaiman offers his own ingenious spin on Sherlock Holmes in his award-nominated mystery tale "The Case of Death and Honey". And "Click-Clack the Rattlebag" explains the creaks and clatter we hear when we're all alone in the darkness.
A sophisticated writer whose creative genius is unparalleled, Gaiman entrances with his literary alchemy, transporting us deep into the realm of imagination, where the fantastical becomes real and the everyday incandescent. Full of wonder and terror, surprises and amusements, Trigger Warning is a treasury of delights that engage the mind, stir the heart, and shake the soul from one of the most unique and popular literary artists of our day.

This would have been the perfect book for Halloween. I spent the entire month of October looking for a really scary book and I didn’t find one until now. This book is everything you have ever wanted in terms of horror and storytelling. Neil Gaiman doesn’t disappoint.

I’m a huge fan of Neil Gaiman. I’ve loved everything that I’ve ever read by him. His adult books, like American Gods and Anansi Boys, are dark and haunting. His young adult stories, like The Graveyard Book and The Ocean at the End of the Lane, are whimsical and eerie. His children’s books are some of my very favorites. I recommend The Wolves in the Walls to even my adult friends, because when the wolves come out of the walls; its all over.

Trigger Warning is a book of short stories. Some stories are only a few pages long while others have chapters, some were even in verse!  This was such a fantastic mishmash. The only common thread was that they are all at the very least unsettling and at their worst downright creepy. For fans of American Gods, like me, there is even a short story sequel that tells a story of Shadow Moon after American Gods ends.

I loved everything about this one.