Thumbprint: A Story

Thumbprint: A Story By Joe Hill, Thumbprint A Story A short story from critically acclaimed bestselling author Joe Hill about a young woman who returns home from a military tour in the Middle East and her dark past follows closely behind
  • Title: Thumbprint: A Story
  • Author: Joe Hill
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  • Thumbprint: A Story By Joe Hill, A short story from critically acclaimed, bestselling author Joe Hill about a young woman who returns home from a military tour in the Middle East and her dark past follows closely behind.
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    1. Joe Hill

      Joe Hill s debut, Heart Shaped Box, won the Bram Stoker Award for Best First Novel His second, Horns, was made into a film freakfest starring Daniel Radcliffe His other novels include NOS4A2, and his 1 New York Times Best Seller, The Fireman which was also the winner of a 2016 Choice Award for Best Horror Novel.He writes short stories too Some of them were gathered together in his prize winning collection, 20th Century Ghosts.He won the Eisner Award for Best Writer for his long running comic book series, Locke Key, co created with illustrator and art wizard Gabriel Rodriguez.He lives in New Hampshire with a corgi named McMurtry after a certain beloved writer of cowboy tales His next book, Strange Weather, a collection of novellas, storms into bookstores in October of 2017.

    853 thoughts on “Thumbprint: A Story”

    1. Joe Hill pulls readers in with this short story that offers both entertainment and social commentary of the highest order PFC Mallory Mal Grennan was highly effective while serving under Uncle Sam in Iraq Her time dealing with prisoners in Abu Ghraib prison helped hone a hard outer shell, as she was always to stay out of the limelight and within rage of the camera s eye Little soft or nurturing characteristics appeared during her time with those who backed the dreaded Butcher of Baghdad Now back [...]

    2. You d be surprised what you can do to people.I haven t read or watched a lot of fiction that has to do with war I ve only really seen a handful of movies and the majority of them paint soldiers in a glowing light I m not about to sit here and criticize those who put themselves directly in harms way on a daily basis a job I could never find the balls to do myself I ll leave that to others others like Joe Hill.The bulk of this story follows Mal Greenfell, a solider that returned from Iraq and is t [...]

    3. If you know me, you know that I am a huge fan of Joe Hill, which generally means that I d read his grocery list if he published it I don t need to know what a Joe Hill story is about in order to know that it s going to be good, and such is the case with Thumbprint So I read it, without a clue as to what it was about, because he wrote it And I don t know if I would really call this horror so much as horrifying This little story is 42 pages long, and in those pages, there s a lot that disturbed me [...]

    4. WowI m really torn and speechless on this one I love Joe Hill I ve never read anything he s written that I didn t absolutely admire and adore, both for the wordsmith and creativity.Until now.I ve purposely refused to read anything about this story prior to reading it, I wanted it to be a fresh experience I m guessing that this was a story written early in Hill s career, republished now I remember seeing different cover art somewhere, I think.It s not a horror story so a military themed character [...]

    5. Here we are again Mr Hill, with a book that starts good but with an ending that makes me just as frustrated as the last short story I read written by you This is so tormenting that I don t know if I should continue with your short stories but I probably will

    6. A veteran from the Iraqi war comes back to the states to live in the house of her recently deceased father and begins bartending at a local bar One night she finds a patron passed out in the parking lot and promptly steals the money out of his wallet and the wedding ring off of his finger Soon afterwards, she mysteriously begins getting photocopies of thumbprints and we learn that she was made to do some unsavory things during her deployment in Iraq While Hill s writing is always good This story [...]

    7. This was a quick read, and it for sure kept me interested in finding out what was going on I right away did not like the main character, she was not someone I could feel for or relate to In fact, she was kind of a nasty person Even so, I still had to find out what the deal was The flashbacks only cemented my dislike of the character and her compadres even Maybe that really does go on over there, in fact it probably does in some cases, but I was cringing reading it It was because of her actions [...]

    8. d have finally found some relatively new and excellently rendered dark fiction.Thumprint was my first foray into the writing of Joe Hill, and so begins my journey into obsessively reading his published works.When I started reading, I couldn t help but compare his writing style to his father s Within the first few pages, that was no longer an issue While in the same genre, Hill has a writing style and tone all his own.

    9. I wanted to read this because I absolutely loved his novel, Heart Shaped Box I m not a huge fan of short stories as a rule, but this one was pretty good.Even so, I m even excited to read his novel out next year , NOS4A2 say it out loud if you don t get it Anyway Thumbprint is about a soldier named Mal She was in the Army and was at Abu Ghraib, where she was one of the soldiers in one of the pictures Fortunately for her, you just saw her boot which means that she wasn t arrested or charged or se [...]

    10. There s nothing supernatural about Thumbprint Except maybe the human capacity for cruelty Mal returns to America after a scandal in the military The primary cast of Thumbprint is modeled after Lynndie England and Charles Graner of the Abu Ghraib prison torture controversy The crimes of Mal isn t explicit you teeter between sympathy then pity when she becomes violent You can appreciate, despite maybe never having served overseas, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder A return to normalcy, after living u [...]

    11. The less I say about this short story from Hill, the better An indictment of the Iraqi war, the story goes nowhere and says nothing of interest Hill would be better served to stay away from politics and write what he does best This isn t it.

    12. Mal is an Iraq war veteran who now lives in her family home and tends bar She isn t a nice person Seriously, you will not like her Her actions during the war, specifically at Abu Ghraib, combined with her actions now at home set her up to be the monster But then she begins receiving pieces of paper with thumbprints on them, leading her to a meeting with a monster from her own past I appreciate horror that has very human monsters and leaves me questioning whose side I m on This 104 page story sco [...]

    13. 3.5 starsEh i never thought i would enjoy a war stories in reading format The writing enjoyable, with some gory, psychological PTSD and mystery mix in I find Mal character as real She s not a typical black or white, good or bad person But the ending left me wanting AghhAnd the excerpt from NOS4A2 is interesting too

    14. El otro d a en el diario que leo siempre sali una nota sobre Joe Hill, cabe aclarar que es el hijo de Stephen King ya que su ltimo libro, NOS 4A2, fue recientemente editado en la Argentina He de decir que soy una gran fan tica de todo lo relacionado con el horror y lo sobrenatural, as que de m s est decir que el periodista que escribi la nota me endulz los o dos sobre Hill y me llam fervientemente a que lea absolutamente TODO de l.No s si esta short story fue la mejor manera de empezar a leerlo, [...]

    15. Mal is a former soldier trying to readjust after returning home from Iraq, where she did some not so honorable things She s working at a bar, and still doing some not so honorable things, when she begins receiving envelopes containing thumbprints, which feels vaguely threatening to her I can t really give this story than 3 stars because I felt like I was just getting into it when it stopped Like stopped dead I flipped back and forth on my ereader trying to see if I d somehow missed something Ma [...]

    16. Just finished reading this in the graphic novel format as well as the overall story Honestly, it is a rather predictable storyline with no surprises at all The author tries to make it dark and twisted with detailed descriptions of Abu Ghraib, but I reckon there are newspaper reports that are much disturbing than this story.I am a great fan of Joe Hill, but he has missed out on a good story this time The characters are shallow, they don t have any logical motives, and the storytelling is choppy [...]

    17. What just happened I was just beginning to enjoy myself and then it ended Yes I know short stories should be short I have read a lot of them even before the SK area but most of the time they end with a little bing or a big bang actually.Not this one I really liked the concept of soldiers who have been guards in infamous prison camp Abu Ghraib so kudos for the idea but not very well executed Was this one of his earlier stories

    18. Joe Hill has become one of my favorite authors This story had me turning the pages, but the ending had me saying What the l and that s what knocked it down a star I read another reviewers take on it about how it wrongly portrayed American soldiers Uh, it s a horror story and everything therein worked to help the piece It doesn t take much to know that all American soldiers aren t like that More like a very small percentage Very much looking forward to NOS4A2.

    19. Well this is a short one I forgot to list here It s about someone returning from the war going on in the Middle East, Iraq and Afghanistan She is a competent soldier with issues within and without Some she can t control, and when she returns home she brings some of them with her Just read this and make your own ideas and opinions It s a quick and really good read.Danny

    20. Good short story Probably a little better than a 3 star but not quite a 4 Fast read, well written, well formulated main character The preview of NOS4A2 at the end was actually better than the short Can t wait for that one to come out.

    21. Wars creates heroes and monsters, victims and their torturers and this is a story of a woman soldier, a torturer haunted by her past Intense.

    22. This is probably one of the most disturbing Joe Hill stories I ve read, mainly because it has no supernatural elements to it I could honestly see this happening.

    23. En la mayor a de formatos audiovisuales nos presentan a los soldados de guerra como h roes, guerreros en armadura plateada Pero siempre aparecer alguien un director, un guionista, un pintor o un escritor que nos muestre el otro lado de la moneda el lado siniestro y oscuro aquel que nadie debe de conocer.Este cuento nos relata exactamente lo que plasm en el p rrafo anterior una protagonista que particip de alguna manera en la guerra y cuyo pasado trat de dejar atr s cuando volvi a su hogar, dulce [...]

    24. It takes a horror connoisseur like Joe Hill, with a particularly nasty little fucker of a novella like Thumbprint, to demonstrate what terrors and epiphanies can be unleashed in the shorter form From a wordsmith s point of view, there is much to admire in Hill s taut, almost clinical control of his material For example, take the extract below Anshaw unbuckled his bag and dumped the contents onto the floor He had a collection of tools a pair of heavy duty shears, a Taser, a hammer, a hacksaw, a p [...]

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