The Fireman – Joe Hill


The Fireman – Joe Hill
UK Publisher – Gollancz
Pages – 768
Date Released – June 7th 2016
Lowest Price – Amazon £13.60
Signed – Anderida Books £25
Format – Hardcover
ISBN – 9780575130715
Reviewed by The Fantasy Book Collector @kvothe1984


My least favourite Joe Hill book. I am a huge fan but The Fireman lacks the intensity and insanity of previous works. Maybe this is Joe Hills ‘Black album’ to hit a wider mainstream audience, which I can understand. In fact it almost feels like it has been written for a netflix series, apocalypses are like the in thing at the moment, whilst the mention of a fireman makes most women blush. However I really struggled to feel for any of the characters, the main character Harper (not the fireman) is too easily pushed around and bullied for someone who managed to escape her evil husband. She is heavily pregnant, she should be using crazy hormonal driven methods to protect her child and having cravings for flesh or something would have been more comparable to previous JH. The fireman, her saviour, with super fire powers is barely in the picture until the end, being allowed to live isolated on an island whilst Camp Wyndham is being run by a psycho control freak. Furthermore it was not until the fireman got to spray his hose after pages and pages of flirting with Harper to finally get involved.

Great start.
Middle too long.
Good finale.
I love Joe Hill.
I hate camping.
This one was not for me, however I expect many will enjoy.

About the Author (Wikipedia) Joseph Hillstrom King (born June 4, 1972), better known by the pen name Joe Hill, is an American author and comic book writer. He has published four novels—Heart-Shaped BoxHornsNOS4A2 and The Fireman—and a collection of short stories titled 20th Century Ghosts. He is also the author of the comic book series Locke & Key. He is the son of authors Stephen and Tabitha King.

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