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Full Throttle: Stories Paperback – September 8, 2020
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“In his new collection of short stories, Joe Hill shows how insanely good he is at shocking, terrible, whoa, cover-your-mouth-and-gasp endings . . . . Seamless and finely crafted work.” -- New York Times Book Review
“This collection cements Hill’s reputation as a versatile master of scares both subtle and shocking.” -- Publishers Weekly [starred review]
“Hill’s latest collection of short stories is compulsively readable. Thirteen stories weave in and out of gritty realism, whimsical folklore, and futuristic sf, flowing from one to the next in a fast-paced journey through the surreal. Hill fills each story with shocking plot twists, excellent worldbuilding, and satisfying kismet.” -- Library Journal
" Hill is a versatile talent, and this kaleidoscopic collection whirls from crime premises that sound like they could be out of a hardboiled noir, to lyrical and magical-realist works dripping with atmosphere and impressive visuals, to midwestern gothic nightmares straight out of the ’70s horror heyday. Across them all, Hill’s clear voice and talent rings through loud and clear." -- barnesandnoble.com
“Hill calls to mind Harlan Ellison at his absolute best, with a penchant for cruel characters learning hard truths.” -- San Francisco Chronicle
“Full Throttle is a great collection and just more proof that Hill is one of the great storytellers of the early 21st century. Highly recommended.” -- SFF World
“This new collection of short fiction by acclaimed horror and suspense writer Joe Hill proves that Hill can do it all.” -- CrimeReads
“A four-pack of mayhem in this sparkling collection of short novels. . . .Worth waiting in line for, if you’re a Hill fan. If you’re not, this is the book to turn you into one.” -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review) on STRANGE WEATHER
“Every piece is driven by anxiety and unease and feature Hill’s trademark characters who feel absolutely real. But it is also the sense of place that dazzles, whether it’s a sinister version of Narnia in ‘Faun,’ on a coastal pier in ‘Dark Carousel,’ or on a plane as WWIII breaks out in ‘You Are Released.’ Hill lulls the reader into deep enjoyment, even as the terror lies just around the corner.” -- Library Journal [starred review]
“[I]n times like these, when real-world terrors outstrip our night terrors, how can a novelist possibly compete? Joe Hill, the author of several terrifying bestsellers, rises to this challenge in Strange Weather.” -- Washington Post on STRANGE WEATHER
“[A]nother must-read from a increasingly impressive storyteller [...] Strange Weather speaks to the versatility of Joe Hill’s craft, telling deeply disturbing stories in which cataclysmic forces of nature seem like a gentle rain when set against the actions of villains who are all too human.” -- barnesandnoble.com on STRANGE WEATHER
“The Weather quartet unleashes a perfect storm of styles, from a slow-burn thriller to ethereal sci-fi, all told with a consistently strong voice…. Hill whips up emotional moments in all four that strike like lightning and thunderously rumble your soul.” -- USA Today on STRANGE WEATHER
“Original and gripping, a page-turner.” -- George R. R. Martin on THE FIREMAN
“[The Fireman] reaffirms [Joe Hill’s] gifts for riveting attention and pushing genre conventions to new extremes. ” -- New York Times Book Review on THE FIREMAN
“[A] superb supernatural thriller . . . a tremendous, heartrending epic of bravery and love set in a fully realized and terrifying apocalyptic world, where hope lies in the simplest of gestures and the fullest of hearts.” -- Publishers Weekly (starred review) on THE FIREMAN
“[An] undeniably readable work.” -- Booklist (starred review) on NOS4A2
“A genuinely scary novel filled with people you care about; the kind of book that still stays in your mind after you’ve turned over the final page. I loved it unreservedly.” -- Neil Gaiman on HEART-SHAPED BOX
“Powerful . . . a fast-paced plot that crackles with expertly planted surprises and revelations . . . a truly memorable debut.” -- Publishers Weekly (starred review) on HEART-SHAPED BOX
“[An] inventive collection . . . brave and astute.” -- New York Times Book Review (Editor’s Choice) on 20th CENTURY GHOSTS
“[O]ne of the best [horror] collections of the year.” -- Locus on 20th CENTURY GHOSTS
About the Author
Joe Hill is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the novels The Fireman, NOS4A2, Horns, and Heart-Shaped Box; Strange Weather, a collection of novellas; and the prize-winning story collection 20th Century Ghosts. He is also the Eisner Award-winning writer of a six-volume comic book series, Locke & Key. Much of his work has been adapted for film and TV, including NOS4A2 (AMC), Locke & Key (Netflix), and In the Tall Grass (Netflix).
- Publisher : William Morrow Paperbacks (September 8, 2020)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 496 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0062200690
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062200693
- Item Weight : 12.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.31 x 1.12 x 8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #104,672 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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More than anything else, what Full Throttle gives you a sense of is Hill's range and command of so many different tones and styles. He's undeniably capable of horror, as the supernatural revenge tale "Dark Carousel" shows, following a group of teenagers as they decide to taunt and rob a carnival roustabout, only to find forces aligning against them. Or there's Hill's collaboration with his father, "In the Tall Grass," in which a pair of siblings stops by the side of the road in response to the voice of a lost child calling from an overgrown field, but soon discovering that this is no ordinary field at all. Hill's even willing to see what he can do under clever restrictions, including "Twittering from the Circus of the Dead," a truly chilling story told entirely through the tweets of a teenage girl on a doomed vacation with her family, or the literal stair-step structure of "The Devil on the Staircase." And Hill doesn't even require supernatural elements for his horror, as shown in "Thumbprint," the relentless story of a soldier who's returned home after a stint at Abu Ghraib bringing her own trauma and mental scars home with her, along with an inability to escape her past actions.
And if all Hill had was his gift for horror, that would be enough. But Full Throttle constantly shows other sides of his talents. Take, for instance, the hauntingly beautiful "By the Silver Water of Lake Champlain," which tells the story of a little girl as she lets her imagination run wild down by the shores of a lake - or, is what's happening real? Whichever way it goes (and the end seems to make clear which it is), Hill captures that childish sense of carefree fun effortlessly, reminding us of a time when anything seemed possible. Or take "Late Returns," a ghost story set mainly on a bookmobile which reminds us of how books can so often be a link to key moments in our own lives. Then there's "Faun," which feels like Hill spliced together "A Sound of Thunder" with C.S. Lewis's Narnia books, only to add in a wholly unexpected new wrinkle that delighted me by changing the entire story around me.
And none of that even touches on the beautiful and unexpected final story, "You Are Released," which Hill describes as his effort to write a David Mitchell story. Told, in Mitchell style, through a series of different narrators all on a single flight, Hill first seems to be looking at how our different views in the modern world can lead to us failing to understand each other. But then the story reveals itself to be something else entirely, leading to something both optimistic and painful at the same time, and ending the story on a more hopeful note than the story's content might have suggested it would.
There's so much more to this collection - the eerie "The Devil on the Staircase," whose text layout reflects its subject in compelling ways (except, it must be noted, on the Kindle version, where that layout is lost; luckily, the story retains its unsettling mood), the Duel homage "Throttle" (the other King collaboration), the outwardly sweet science-fiction friendship of "All I Care About Is You," and more. But it all adds up to an immersive plunge into the wide gamut of Hill's ability, giving you horrors, suspense, rich characters, perfect moods, and stories that stick with you far beyond their short length. It's a great collection from a horror writer whose made it clear that his success is all his own, and not just due to his family connection. Read it and enjoy the talent on display on every page.
1.) Throttle- ⭐️⭐️⭐️ this is more of an action packed ride. Not really a horror story. If you like bikes and trucks and chases check it out.
2.) Dark Carousel- ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I thought this one was written so well. Very mysterious and fun! I suggest if you want an other worldly thriller that is short check it out.
3.) Wolverton Station- ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ one of my favorites in this book. It felt like a little more savage episode you may see on The Twilight Zone.
4.) By the Silver Water of Lake Champlain- ⭐️ I felt like this was a snoozer. Skip this one in my opinion.
5.) Faun- ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I also loved this story! What a great dark fantasy story! Highly suggest if you enjoy mythical creatures, and revenge.
6.) Late Returns- ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ this story warmed my heart. Also a story I felt Rod Serling would place in The Twilight Zone or Night Gallery. Read this! I would like a follow up story to it.
7.) All I Care About Is You- ⭐️⭐️⭐️ This is a very fun, odd, futuristic type of story, or parallel universe. A quick fun read.
8.) Thumbprint- ⭐️⭐️ Not so great. Really felt like a short segment that might be found in a Lee Child or Tom Clancy novel. It was alright though.
9.) The Devil On The Staircase- ⭐️ I just did not like this story. Odd. Boring. And the typing drove me insane.
10.) Twittering from the Circus of the Dead-⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ a great read! Fun, creepy, and the ending leaves you wanting a bit more.
11.) Mums- ⭐️⭐️⭐️ I was not blown away by this story, but there was some fantastic writing to it. Some creepy aspects, but mainly makes you question what really happened at the end.
12.) In the Tall Grass-⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ fantastic! Such a fun read! I watched the show on Netflix prior and I really liked both! Read this! This one is the most disturbing story in the book.
13.) You Are Released- ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Great story time wrap up this compilation! I really loved the characters. My favorite part is A Ra’s segment. Worth the time.
There you go! My quick thoughts for those that hate short story compilations! Any that I rated 4-5 ⭐️ I highly suggest checking out. The others not so much. Some of the 3 ⭐️ I would suggest also. It’s up to you.
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