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The Fireman characters ✓ 104 Â 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 FirFrom 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 FiremanThe fireman is coming Stay coolNo 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 ev. The people in charge can always justify doing terrible things in the name of the greater good A slaughter here a little torture there It becomes moral to do things that would be immoral if an ordinary individual did ‘em They have been trying to take us down for uite a while Some may enjoy the end of the world EotW arriving in the form of an incoming asteroid Hey it worked for the dinosaurs Alien invasion is always popular Very big in the 50s whether by maleficent alien civilizations or maybe a nice juicy mobile plant of the triffid variety Viruses have been pretty big the last few decades global pandemics whether of alien or Terran origin Zombie apocalypse is all the rage today whether the zombies are animated by a force of nature or not How an author takes us from the pre disaster here through the horrors to there wherever or whenever there may be is the fun But many of these entertainments carry a stowaway EotW tales exist not only to titillate and elevate our blood pressure but to deliver a core of perspective along with the fun The collapse of civilization is a favorite mechanism for writers looking at the core of human nature Imaginative tales go to extremes to point out things about the here and now Joe Hill from USA Today Joe Hill has come up with a truly ingenious mechanism for bringing about his apocalyptic vision Draco incendia trychophyton is a spore with some unusual properties smoothly rolling off the tongue not being one of them The skin of people who have been exposed to it erupts in what looks like burger meat that has been way way overcooked interspersed with lines of gold The affliction comes to be called “Dragonscale” or ‘scale for short It gets worse Not long after initial exposure most of the afflicted spontaneously combust The spore spreads like wildfire and soon the entire world is ablaze This Freightliner snow plow could be better called a Frightliner for its use here Harper Grayson a school nurse is practically perfect in every way She is both kind and firm with her young patients an admirable combination she employs when dealing with adults as well Her hero is of course Mary Poppins Throughout the 747 pages of this book the page count may vary with the edition there are many references to PL Travers’ magical nanny too many to list here But you should know that Harper totes her belongings in a carpet bag once had a dog named Bert and in the imagined film of the story of her life she wants to be played by Julie Andrews In an interview for his last book Hill said I was thinking about Lon Chaney who had line about “There’s nothing funny about a clown at midnight” I think that’s part of the horror writer’s job to create unsettling juxtapositions You find something that seems harmless and innocent and pair it with aspects that are disturbing Christmas is a joyous occasion it’s a time of pleasure and family but there’s something about Christmas songs in the middle of the summer that’s not uite right from Nightmare Magazine interviewThe juxtaposition of Harper’s Disney ish aspect which stops just short of animated bluebirds chirping away on her shoulders adds a nice dollop of sweet to the sour of the apocalyptic landscape Harper and her husband Jakob have talked about ending their lives themselves rather than burning to death like the Dragonscale sufferers But when she discovers that she is pregnant the appearance of tell tale black and gold on her skin presents not a death sentence but a challenge She has seen ‘scaled mothers deliver uninfected babies and hopes she can too Jakob has other plans The Fireman of the title is John Rookwood Harper first encounters him when he insists on crashing the very long line outside the hospital where she is working after the school has been shut down carrying a boy with a severe illness Later as vigilante groups spring up to exterminate the infected so called Cremation Suads he leads her to a place of safety John’s talents extend beyond being handy with a halligan being kind and protective toward children and looking steamy in a yellow slicker He can control his dragonscale and do some pretty interesting things with it You wouldn’t want to make his blood boil John still carries a torch though for his old flame It may not be a roue mallet but John’s halligan comes in pretty handy The Fireman can be read on at least two levels On the surface this is a can’t put it down amazing scifihorror adventure a barn burner of a read exciting fun and very very scary It will keep you flipping the pages so fast you might generate sparks I recommend reading with a glass or bottle of non alcoholic liuid near to hand Harper is a wonderful character I mean really a young nurse pregnant fleeing dark forces while trying to figure out how dragonscale works and how it might be controlled a woman who is the epitome of cheerful and positive in a very bleak time just hoping to live long enough to deliver her baby into the hands of people who can care for him or her Add a damaged hero in John an ally who can help her find a haven if one really exists but who comes with a bucket brigade of baggage Good guys bad guys and plenty in between a lot of action and a wealth of creativity All that said there is something going on here This is not just some cozy catastrophe in which a group of survivors carve out a manageable modus vivendi in the shadow of global horror Hill is not only looking to give his readers a good scare He wants to offer something substantive The Fireman delivers what the best speculative fiction provides a look at contemporary reality through the lens of fantasy John brings Harper to a place where others with ‘scale have come together for group support and defense The place is called Camp Wyndham And for those to whom the name is unfamiliar it might help to know that John Wyndham was the author of a 1957 novel The Midwich Cuckoos You might know it better as the film Village of the Damned The lovely kids in this tale of dubious parentage are possessed of a group consciousness Members of the Camp Wyndham community all with ‘scale have found that under certain circumstances the spore allows them to join into a joyous group rapture they call The Bright This entails a loss of self which not everyone is all that thrilled about somewhere between the ecstatic experience of a full bore revival meeting and a hive mind Hill also references Jack Finney’s book made into multiple film versions The Invasion of the Body Snatchers Carol said “Sometimes when I’m in The Bright I would swear I feel my late sister standing right next to me close enough so I could lay my head on her shoulder like I used to When we shine they all come back to us you know The light we make together shows everything that was ever lost to the darknessHarper clamped down on a shudder When they spoke of The Bright they had all the uncomplicated happiness of pod people When we lose ourselves in a group think situation morality goes out the window Why have a head at all if you only use it to ditto someone else’s psychotic rage The relevance to our world is blazingly clear whether the group be political or religious There be dragons there And there is a very real uestion of whether cooler heads will prevailThere is consideration as well of how people reach out to help those in pain or in danger Maybe like the way Chris Christie locked up a nurse returning to the USA after she had been helping Ebola victims in Africa In addition to seeing the ‘scalers as infected see them as unwanted immigrants as a despised class See them as Syrian refugees fleeing civil war See them as Costa Rican children fleeing north to keep from being forcibly drafted into drug gangs Even a Trump sized wall cannot keep out a global pandemic Fear can usually be counted on to drown out most kinder impulses often with the assistance of small arms We get a taste of this here as Cremation Suads do for spore victims what the SS did for Jews and others or what I am sure many Tea Baggers and militia groups would love to do to progressives immigrants members of the LGBT community and ethnic and religious minorities here in the USA Erstwhile residents of Auschwitz might recognize how some of the constabulary treat their prisoners in Hill’s dark landscape All the nastiness is done with the eager support and encouragement even participation of a particularly sociopathic hate radio jock broadcasting on a radio station with appropriate call letters Hill tips his hat to luminary writers who have written about despotism and apocalypse In addition to John Wyndham noted above a boat is named for Margaret Atwood author of The Handmaid’s Tale and the MaddAddam series Nobel laureate Alexander Solzhenitsyn author of The Gulag Archipelago gets a mention as does Cormac McCarthy for The Road There are almost certainly of theseOver his entire oeuvre Hill has demonstrated considerable glee in referencing the popular culture in which he was raised MTV VJ Martha uinn gets a lot of ink Song TV and movie references abound But his largest source of material here is Disney The Mary Poppins references in support of Harper’s character are legion But there are plenty of others including Toy Story and a somewhat obliue reference to Pinocchio A ref to a classic Coke commercial also resonates creepily He even references his own work a bit I spotted one link to NOS4A2 but I bet there are plenty I did not check the DNA of character names against the Stephen King Joe Hill character database there probably is one of names used in their books but generally Joe has taken to tossing in refs to his dad’s work These are always fun to spot The writing of one particular character here is very reminiscent of Jack Torrance’s magnum opus in The Shining Not so much the form but the impact and the revelation it contains about that character As with the haunted Torrance this guy blames others for all his problems And shining is referenced as well although of a sort different from that possessed by Danny at the Overlook when the Camp Wyndham folks link up in The Bright Hill has even said of The Fireman “it’s my version of The Stand soaked in gasoline and set on fire” So what comes next Fire is often used as a cleansing image in nature and religion Burning the earth as Maine and the world is scorched may allow new growth in the same way that new growth arrived in the years after Mount St Helen’s blew Is that a factor here Cleaning via fire so something new can grow I won’t burn the ending for you but it did suggest that Hill will be adding some logs to the flames of this story in future volumes No inside intel just a guess I am tempted to suggest that readers of The Fireman will feel the burn but that might imply that Hill has indicated a preference in the Democratic primary for Bernie Sanders He has not But I can say that The Fireman is certain to be both one of the hottest books of the year and one of the coolestReview posted March 25 2016Publication date – May 7 2016EXTRA STUFFIn the epigraph to the novel Hill includes three diverse uotes one from Springsteen one from Mary Poppins and one from Fahrenheit 451 All were sources of inspiration It should come as no surprise that before settling on the final title the original name for Bradbury’s classic was “The Fireman”Links to the author’s personal Instagram and Tumblr pagesYou can read an excerpt from the book on Entertainment WeeklyInterviews Joe Hill Calls Bullshit On The Crazy Artist Cliché on Buzzfeed – by Haley Campbell Pouring Gasoline On the Fire With Horror Author Joe Hill on Writers Bone – by Sean Tuohy Interview Joe Hill Part 1 by The Geeks Guide to the Galaxy for Nightmare Horror and Dark FantasyReviews of other Joe Hill Books Full Throttle Strange Weather NOS4A2 20th Century Ghosts Heart Shaped Box December 6 2016 The Fireman is voted the GoodReads Choice award winner for Best Horror book of 2016

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Erywhere There is no antidote No one is safeHarper 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 childConvinced that his do gooding wife has made him sick Jakob becomes unhinged and eventually abandons her as their placid New England community c. 25 stars EhhhhhhhBoy that ending petered out like a sueaky fart didn't itI mean the beginning was good I got sucked in by the whole Dragonscaleapocalypse thing The middle was good ish but it meandered around too much Then the last part leading up to the ending had a bit of the nail biter going for it but the actual endingWTF dude Where's my payoff for reading this enormous fuckerIn the interest of transparency I should mention that I'm the kind of reader that gets butthurt by endings I don't understand like or agree with So There's thatOk for everyone who loved this book I hope you don't think I'm belittling Hill or your taste I really loved Locke Key but this is the only other thing I've read of his and while I think he's probably a good writer I'm not really sure what the hell just happened here For such a promising start I really felt like he shit the bed by the last pageOk Maybe that's not a fair assessment of this book but I did feel disappointed when it was over So Yeah I didn't get the hype At AllAlso fuck all the Mary Poppins references It's not that awesome of a movie and I have very little respect for a grown woman who imagines herself to be a budding Ms Poppins In the end I'd say it's just not my type of book It's not horrible but I can't see myself recommending it either Psstif you're hoping for this kind of Fireman you're going to be sorely disappointedNot that I thought this was about a sexy fireman NopecoughBut seriously I wouldn't have complained

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The FiremanOllapses in terror The chaos gives rise to ruthless Cremation Suads 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 wrongedIn 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 smo. 5 StarsAn absolutely stellar novel by Joe Hill Vastly different than all of his other books superbly well written I didn't want it to end REVISED 61217I listened to the audiobook version in two days last week which is now available on Hoopla even though I've already read the book I couldn't help myself the incredible Kate Mulgrew narrated it and she also narrated Joe Hill's NOS4A2 She made that book sound even scarier than it already was thus listening to The Fireman was kind of irresistible The audiobook version of The Fireman and Dragonscale was much horrific real When I was listening I could see it happening all around me Like in a Science Fiction novel one I couldn't run away from and oddly enough given the premise didn't want to Draco Incendia Trychophyton aka Dragonscale or the 'Scale It's kind of like a superbug that everyone catches because it's highly contagious and it's discovered by interesting black and gold markings on one's skin causing those who are afflicted to burst into flames It's caused by a spore that floats through the air via ash and once everyone catches it they spontaneously combust into flames The premise is totally wicked And scary as hellThe Fireman is in my opinion the most sophisticated novel Joe Hill has written to date The main characters are extremely well developed and well written Nurse Harper Willowes is a fierce strong willed standout heroine Allie is one heck of an incredibly tough teen who doesn't take any sht from anyone The Fireman John Rookwood's ability to control the fire burning from within is truly amazing but all of his human flaws that is what makes him a man And Nick the little boy who lost his mom and shut down against almost everyone and then in the face of the gravest danger does what he has to do to take care of the only family he has left That's powerful stuff And then there's Jakob Nurse Willowes husband He's becomes obsessed; with trying not to contract Dragonscale and trying to murder his wife because she is a carrier of the disease and is also pregnant In my opinion this novel flows in a way that none of his other books have yet to achieve And even with that I can't say that this is my favorite Joe Hill novel though I liked it a lot I gave it 5 stars for his writing style being much improved and for the truly interesting idea of a spore that is highly contagious causing people who come into contact with it to incinerate It's ingenious and the characters in the storyline are pretty interesting too Harper John Renae Allie Nick Father Storey Jakob These people They are this story And it is well worth the readFor me Joe Hill's NOS4A2 was my favorite book of the last few years no uestion Vic Mcueen was the best heroine ever Every part of that book was a wild ride But not every part was smooth and beautifully well written NOS4A2 was a bumpy ride And it was a ride you didn't want to get off With five stars for the amazing characters crazy heart stopping moments and lots of tears