|Posted by douggoodman on August 29, 2016 at 11:20 PM|
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Good horror, the kind that sits in you, is hard to find. Good post-apocalyptic books are, too. The Fireman is a journey along the bell curve of social insanity without bogging into depressive muck like too many apocalyptic stories. He has a way of winding together the burning apocalypse in one line, spoonfuls of sugar in the next. Joe Hill blends together fantasy and horror in a way seldom seen. This is not the fantasy mindset of Game of Thrones, but rather has a closer resemblance to Harry Potter (see the thanks he gives JK Rowling in the beginning). But don't think this is a book about a wizarding world; that would be wrong. This is a world where people burn, and only The Fireman can save them.
I give the Fireman four stars because I am comparing this book to Locke and Key and NOS4A2, which are two of the best pieces of modern fantasy horror written.