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The Fireman (English Edition) Kindle-editie
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|Kindle-editie, 17 mei 2016||
"[An] undeniably readable work."--Booklist (starred review) on NOS4A2
"[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 FIRMAN
"[A] wrenching and effective ghost story . . . reads like good, early King mixed with some of the edgier splatterpunk sensibilities of David J. Schow . . . [HEART-SHAPED BOX] has genuinely touching emotional moments as well as action-packed confrontations with the dead."--Library Journal (starred review) on HEART-SHAPED BOX
"[Horns is] devilishly good. . . . Hill is a terrific writer with a great imagination. He has a special talent for taking us and his characters to very weird places."--USA Today on HORNS
"[HORNS is] a creepy murder mystery, a tragic love triangle, and a sweetly wistful coming-of-age story. It's the kind of book that has you laughing on one page, crying on another and making sure the doors and windows are safely locked on a third."--Miami Herald on HORNS
"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, author of THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE on HEART-SHAPED BOX
"Fascinating and utterly engaging, this novel is sure to leave readers wanting more. One thing is for certain, however. After reading this book, readers will never hear Christmas carols in quite the same way again."--Library Journal (starred review) on NOS4A2
"Hill has a talent for depicting fascinating characters caught in terrible situations. . . . With a full cast of characters and multiple story lines to keep the reader hooked, Hill's enthralling fourth thriller hits another home run."--Library Journal (starred review) on THE FIREMAN
"Joe Hill has always been good, but he's created something incandescent here, soaring and original. He's a master storyteller who writes with fire in his veins."--Lauren Beukes, author of BROKEN MONSTERS on THE FIREMAN --Deze tekst verwijst naar de paperback editie.
Over de auteur
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).--Deze tekst verwijst naar de paperback editie.
- ASIN : B016P01YCQ
- Uitgever : Gollancz (17 mei 2016)
- Taal : Engels
- Bestandsgrootte : 2110 KB
- Tekst-naar-spraak : Ingeschakeld
- Schermlezer : Ondersteund
- Verbeterd lettertype : Ingeschakeld
- X-Ray : Ingeschakeld
- Word Wise : Ingeschakeld
- Printlengte : 769 pagina's
- Plaats in bestsellerlijst: #12,512 in Kindle Store (Top 100 in bekijkenKindle Store)
Beste recensies uit andere landen
Since I discovered this author's books, being a huge fan of his dad's work it was a natural progression to move on to his work but I want to make clear that I am not a fan because of who his father is, I am a fan of his amazing talent as a writer and Joe Hill is definitely one of my favourite author's now. I loved this storyline, and was hooked from the first page, it was one of those books that you can't put down, I have found that all of his books that I have read have that quality!
Now characters..... there is definitely too many to name individually, as a writer he has managed to make you love every character, even the characters that are the "bad" ones, you still want to read about them and know their motivations and what has made them who they are. My absolute favourite character is The Fireman himself, I could seriously read about him all day and I loved how throughout this journey you really begin to understand who he really is, my second favourite has got to be Nurse Willowes with her huge heart and her amazing courage that makes her someone that you would want to have at your back. I have to mention Nick as he makes me smile a lot throughout the book.
I highly recommend readers read this stunning piece of writing and in my opinion this is well worth the 5* rating!!!!
Onto the book itself, one that I hoped and expected to enjoy after the other two. In a crowded market, it must be difficult to come up with an original concept for the apocalypse, but the fertile mind of Joe Hill has managed it. People are developing a scaly condition on their skin which eventually causes them to self-combust, and there's no cure and no way of stopping it. Or is there? Vigilante groups hunt the infected to put them down in a futile attempt to halt the spread.
The story is told in the third person by Harper, a nurse who imagines herself as a modern day Mary Poppins. Harper is a bit of enigma, weak and weepy one minute, and a tough cookie the next. This makes it difficult to fully get on board with her. Joe Hill is in no hurry to get on with the story, and there were times when it almost ground to a meandering halt. Even so, the writing is the usual high standard and there are plenty of good scenes, and a mix of characters, good, bad and irritating.
Despite my disappointment compared to my other Joe Hill reads, The Fireman is still a good story. Some of the criticism here is justified, but I feel some of it is a bit harsh. Each to their own though. I wavered between 3 and 4 stars because The Fireman really deserves around 3.5. However, I did enjoy it and if it had been by another author I would probably have been less critical, so 4 it is.
'The Fireman' focuses upon a small group of survivors and it's here Joe Hill is at his best. The personal stories of the group are well drawn out and principal character Harper, a nurse, is particularly good although surreal in her addiction for anything British including Mary Poppins!. If you read NOS4R2 you'll be aware of how Joe Hill develops his female characters from weak beginnings into full-on heroes and Harper is just so.
Harper's journey through a dying, deadly world is both brutal and emotional and it's impossible not to feel empathy for her but there were times I needed to suspend belief as she does morph into something a little too fantastical at times. To balance out the story of Harper there are two key male characters; John, The Fireman of the title, and Jakob, Harper's ex-partner.
The route through this story is populated with the ashes of the dead, fear of dying and the destruction of all we know but there's an underlying theme of hope due to the power of the human spirit. The blend of destruction versus hope runs throughout the story and is quite beautifully balanced which makes the final wrapping up of 'The Fireman' unexpectedly emotional.
Thoroughly enjoyable, completely surreal and one of those novels I found impossible to leave alone until I'd finished the final page.
As a plague novel and at a hefty number of pages this was always going to be compared to The Stand and not much beats that. Hill has obviously realised there will be comparisons given the amount of knowing nods he generously scatters throughout the book. Anyway, this is not an epic picture of the plague apocalypse but focuses on a smaller stage. That's OK but I'd have liked to know more about how it spread, how it affected different parts of the world and that sort of thing - you do get some information but not enough. I guess you could argue it's more realistic though.
The pacing of the novel is patchy and the first section of the novel really didn't grip me (I expected this to be the most interesting part). At times it did feel as if it was wandering off into YA territory as well. Thankfully it does pick up as the story progresses and especially as the focus switches to Camp Wyndham where we see some some nice characterisation and group dynamics. Society under siege, how we deal with outsiders and threats - these are the themes here.
I did enjoy The Fireman - it's just that given the premise and Hill's pedigree I expected to like it a lot more.
The plot and characters are decent.
It walks a good line between sci fi and supernatural.
I found it easy to read and the (generally) short chapters really helped.
The way the Kindle tracks the chapters was a pain though (only allows you to go to the parts by contents page and not the chapters).
I found the first 1/3 or so of the book to be a little slow. It then really got going, but perhaps lasted a little longer than it needed too. The tension was really good in places, but there were perhaps too many pages between the climax and the end.
Make sure you keep reading after the last chapter as there is a short addendum before the Acknowledgements that wasn't entirely obvious.
Overall I was very satisfied with this story though, as others have said, NOS-4R2 is better by a long shot.