If 2016 has taught me anything it is that the celebrities I have grown up with are getting up there in years, and with my all-time favorite author turning 70, my mind has wandered to the day when I will have no more new Stephen King books waiting on my shelf.
Then I found out that the King legacy is in good hands. The Fireman, by Joe Hill, aka Stephen King’s son, is one of the best page turners I read in 2016. It is a 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 Fireman.
One of the things that I have always loved about King’s works is the sense of place. Having grown up in New England I have always had the sense that geography was just as much a character as Pennywise, or The Man in Black. Luckily, King’s son, Joe Hill brings that same emphasis on place to his work. I don’t want to downplay Hill’s gifts as an author by simply comparing him to his father either. Because this book is very different from the elder King’s work. I found the characters to be a bit stronger, while the emphasis on the macabre was a bit lighter. All-in-all a great combination.