My friend and patron, Deb Egeland, loves to read and enjoys writing a few words about the books that she is reading. I always appreciate her perspective on books and love that she’s willing to “check out” something new and different from her usual genres. She sent me this review on “The Fireman” this summer. If you are interested in reviewing a book, let me know. Patrons of all ages are welcome to submit a one page book review on any book in our collection. Just email it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or turn it into the librarian on duty.
“This morning I finished the first book I’ve read by author Joe Hill. The book was “The Fireman”. It was a very strange book.
An odd virus is sweeping across the globe. Soon after being infected, the victim develops tattoo-like markings on their body. Various parts of their body may also start smoking and/or burning. Inevitably, the victim ignites completely and burns to death. Gruesome!
The primary characters in the book are infected and have managed to gather into a well-hidden commune. The plot goes back and forth between the internal workings and politics of the commune, and rest of the world with it’s increasing battle to deal with the infected and to keep the uninfected ‘clean’.
I wavered between disgust and intrigue, frustration and excitement, disbelief and page turning. There were a few times I considered putting the book down for good and calling it quits. I persevered and finished it. I can’t say it was the best use of my time; but it was different than my usual reads. It is always good to get out of the rut once in awhile.
If you are looking for something different, give it a shot. I may look at another of Joe Hill’s at some point…”
Submitted By: Deb Egeland