Though Koontz has slipped further down on my top authors list, I still list him in the top Well, there went that book purchase. It reminds me of the third in the series of Frankenstein books. Squishy, ugly creatures coupled with characters that are fairly one dimensional. I totally agree with what everyone has written. I will not be buying anymore of Dean Koontz books. I am not a Koontz fan. However, the man is a literary classic and this book is of his better tributes. I have long been a faithful fan, but something is going wrong.
Long long long rambling descriptions that sometimes feel they are written because they seem clever. I found the same fault with the later Odd Books. You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Twitter account. You are commenting using your Facebook account.
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Sailing Defiant Cruising and living aboard a small sailboat. Okay, maybe I was unfair. I've got to be polite. I've got to be respectful. I will look at the next chapter. I am full of hope! The wood floor felt sexy under his bare feet. A lot of things felt sexy to Mickey. His feet were small and narrow. He was proud of his well-formed feet. His late mother had said that his feet looked like they were carved by the artist Michelangelo. Why did I do this? Well, at least I can't see much of dreadful authorial intrusion, where the authot tries to ridicule what he doesn't like by making a bad character take the position he doesn't agree with, specifically oversimplifying it to make those who disagree with him look as dumb as possible It was about sensation.
Only the bourgeoisie, the tacky middle class, thought art should affect the better emotions and have meaning. Art spoke to the primitive, to the wild animal within. Art strummed deeper chords than mere emotions. True art was about the meaninglessness of life, about the freedom of transgression, about power. You're a terrible, terrible book, and it makes me sad that trees had to die to carry this awfulness in print. View all comments. I really tried to like this book, but ended up really not caring for it all. Oct 08, Steven Walle rated it it was amazing. In 77 Shadow Street, Dean Koontz takes us on quite a trip of the supernatural.
We start in a hotel which has been leaped in a time warp to some time in the future.
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In this time there are no humans. They have all been whipped out save one who is a super human and is held responsible for remembering the whole history of the world. I won't tell you how it ends so I recommend you all read it. Enjoy and Be Blessed. View all 3 comments. It sounds complicated, and it is and Koontz somehow ruins this - read the negatives for that but in some parts it does work. But of course, in more recent typical Koontz fashion, he goes over the top with ways to repetitively describe them, very nearly ruining their credibility as evil beings and turning them into an almost comic-book kind of villain.
And now comes the part everyone will automatically skip to, due to my low star rating of this book: Perfect example being that stupid fungus. Again and again and again, the reader is presented with a picture of the fungus that seems to grow all over the place in the Pendleton after the switch. It is truly overkill at times. Think Dora the Explorer trying to tell a story. Winny is only 12 yet acts with more courage and bravery than the supposed war veteran he is with and even has a better vocabulary.
Those 2 kids are but a small part of the huge cast of characters Koontz attempts and fails to craft into this novel. Nearly every one in this book is one cliche after another. You have the hit-man, the ex-marine turned accountant, the 2 older women who believe in ghosts and ghouls, a blind man, a Vietnamese refugee escaping from his past, a borderline paranoid, and an indian concierge.
Not a single one of them bring anything to the literary table. I gave up on Patterson. I gave up on Cussler. I even gave up on Michael Crichton there at the end of his life, but again and again, I find myself still purchasing the newest Koontz books. When I finish, it I know I will be disappointed. I know I will feel like I wasted money.
I very well feel like this may be my last attempt at trying to give Koontz another shot. Koontz must not read any of the comments people post on his books because they have consistently been more and more negative with each new story and they show no signs of getting any better. You want an honest opinion? View all 8 comments. Dec 28, Kendra rated it really liked it. Just a quick comment before I even start reading.
So many readers whine about his writing having changed, but I like the new stuff. I don't want my favorite writers to stagnate and write the same damn thing.
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I'm not the same person I was 20 years ago, why should my authors be the Just a quick comment before I even start reading. I'm not the same person I was 20 years ago, why should my authors be the same? Like it or dislike it, but don't whine for the past.
I can only read it in bits and pieces because it is disturbing! It is well done, suspenseful, detailed but moves at a good pace. View all 14 comments.
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Feb 13, Juli rated it it was ok Shelves: I really wanted to like this book. The blurb sounded interesting and creepy. Dean Koontz is hit or miss for me. This one is a miss. I DNF'd this about pages.
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The story moves too slowly. No real suspense or action. Weird, mostly unseen, mysterious creature sneaking up on people -- Koontz Trope. Very little character development. This one is not for me. DNF and taking it back to the library. Sometimes I really enjoy Koontz It did keep me entertained while I I really wanted to like this book.
It did keep me entertained while I spent 3 hours getting my hair colored and cut View all 4 comments. Feb 22, Christine rated it did not like it Shelves: The original family was plagued with tragedy and ever since there has been a cycle of tragic events … coincidentally every 37 years. The curse of tragedy, however, seems to have stayed on despite the renovations and now ghostly images, disembodied voices and glowing mold haunt the residents of 77 Shadow Street. In my on going quest for a good ghost story I thought of all people Mr. I hate to say this, but not so much! There are so many characters in this book … obviously the inhabitants of a luxury condo building … and the story progresses as each tells a part of the action.
Sometimes this works, but in this case it is like watching a movie with too many fast cuts. Instead of adding to the drama and action it actually takes away from it. Would not recommend this one, even to a Koontz fan. View all 13 comments. Nov 16, Jackie rated it liked it Shelves: I thought it was a haunted house story but it's not. Which is cool too.
However, in the mid-way point, I was tired of the same long winded descriptions of grotesque and nasty things, the same thing over and over. I lost my momentum and found myself putting the book down more easily and not in much of a rush to get back to it.
It wasn't a bad book, just not one of Koontz's best. View all 5 comments. Dec 07, Lou rated it it was amazing Shelves: I am the Pendelton's history and it's destiny. A combination of Georgian and Frenc "I am the One, the all and the only. A combination of Georgian and French Renaissance styles, the building was clad in limestone, with elaborately carved window surrounds. Neither the Carnegies nor the Vanderbilts, nor even the Rockefellers, had ever owned a grander house. A insidious evil is reawakening, there has been events of the macabre kind in the past nearly every 30years to be precise.
Dean Koontz has really created an atmosphere of chilling eeriness. He is a master when it comes to writing with memorable characters, in this dwelling of darkness he brings to you two wonderful kids Winny and Iris an autistic girl of remarkable courage. If you think of H. P Lovecraft and Clive Barker getting together to write a novel involving a charnel house of mystery then this would be the end product.
The writing flows well, it immerses you with expectations of a new evil force present and delivers with an originality of grandeur. You won't want to stop reading once you get into the whole 'who's there' scenario. One of the characters in the novel gave a fitting descriptions to the series events that he witnessed, he said it was as if he just been part of a movie that James Cameron directed while on amphetamines and Red Bull. I could see this being a really good adaptation to the big screen. You have had many house stories but Dean Koontz brings to the table a unique charnel house tale of his own.
One day when she was five, Iris picked up a childrens book for the first time- and quickly began reading, having had no instruction, because when she looked at a word on the page, she heard the sound of it in her mind and knew its meaning. When she had never encountered a word before, she searched for its definition in a dictionary and thereafter never forgot it.
Evidently, Iris read a lot. Books were another life. If you were shy and didn't know what to say and felt you didn't belong anywhere, books were a way to lead another life, a way to be someone else entirely, to be anyone at all. Winny didn't know what he would do without his books, except probably go berserk and start killing people and making ashtrays out of their skulls even though he didn't smoke and never would. Watch also Dean Koontz interview here. I don't even know what to say. I was tempted to DNF but I really wanted something to get crossed off of my second bingo card so struggled through to the end with this one.
I don't know guys, I think that Koontz has flashes of brilliance in his books, but his later stuff is just him preaching via his characters about whatever he currently has a bug about. This one is just about how advances in technology can lead to the world being wiped out via our scientific advances. I will say the initial part I don't even know what to say. I will say the initial part of the book the horrific events that occurred at a Gilded Age home over the years was great.
When Koontz got into the characters and dialogue it just fell apart. What's wrong with just writing a straight haunted house mystery? I don't know why Koontz went from that to what this turned into. Now it's about to go through its cycle again. Now called the Pendleton, it is a home for it seems fairly well off people. I don't know what to say about the characters. We have a former Marine of course we do who is now an investment banker of some sort.
Two elderly rich sisters living together, a former U. Senator, a country music writer and her son, and a woman and her autistic daughter. There is also a retired lawyer, a scientist, and shoot I know I am blanking on at least 4 more people here, but I can't even recall people's names at this point. I can't even point to a favorite character since we spend so little time with everyone. You maybe get a paragraph or two before Koontz blithely skips to the next character. We also get an info dump via the retired attorney about the history of the Pendleton.
I really hate info dumps and this one made no sense to me since who moves into a place where it seems murders keeps happening? If Koontz could have limited himself to a first person POV and just had that character introduce us to the other characters it could have worked. When I started reading the one kid's point of view I was just over everything. It doesn't help that we get some bad science via characters too when the happenings at the Pendleton start getting explained.
Readers quickly find out though that Shadow Street is not what it seems. It appears to also connect to a man calling himself "Witness" and a narrator calling themselves "The One. However, the reveal to me was disappointing. The flow started off okay and than just got increasingly worse. The writing was atrocious dialogue wise too. I just kept going to myself, who the heck talks like this while I was reading. Everyone sounded like a bad fortune cookie. At one point I thought I was reading an Odd Thomas book since everyone in this book managed to sound like that character at one point or the other.
The setting of the Pendleton at first was creepy. But when things got explained I found myself in disbelief about how this all got explained. It was overly explained and I called BS on what actions one of the characters did. I think it would have caused some paradox consequences, but I really didn't care at that point cause at least I had finished this book.
FYI, I skipped reading the novella included since it was a prequel of "77 Shadow Street" called "The Moonlit Mind" and honestly should have maybe been put up front before you get into the longer book. Either way, I was glad to be done and refused to read that. This book ended around the 75 percent mark because of my skipping that read. Oct 17, Fred rated it liked it Shelves: This was a NYT number 1 best seller on January 12, Pendleton hides for years. Later purchased by the Ostock's, their butler kills them in "to save the world". A resident known as the "Witness" lead to kill other Pendleton residents.
The remaining Pendleton occupants transported to the s controlled by a spirit named "One". Mickey Dime kills off these Pendleton's residents but other threats exist? Seventy-Seven Shadow Street was the most peaceful address in the city. Fear is the engine that drives the human animal. With its grotesque imagery, this is the kind of uber-weird acid-trip horror that did so well in the 80s. Koontz even manages to rationalise the madness to some degree. His habit of interspersing his horror plots with pseudo-science is often hit-or-miss.
In 77 Shadow Street , however, it seems to work a whole lot better. In fact, it works really well, because this is such a visual novel. Not a lot of beating around the bush - observe: The nature of the haunting, however, is extremely unconventional. The mechanics of 77 Shadow Street are so far out of the box it should change horror writing forever. I really wanted to love this book, but it really made it hard. I love the style in which the book was written. The movement between characters really added suspense and thrill, and a few times I wanted to jump out of my skin.
Overall, an interesting read but not up to Koontz's par. There was a time when Dean Koontz stood tall alongside Stephen King and Clive Barker as a cornerstone of my horror collection. Over the years, however, I noticed his stories deliberately shift away from the dark weirdness and explicit horror that was so compelling to me.
Eventually, I stopped picking up every new release, and started cherry-picking the ones that sounded interesting. I think it was that distance from the material that allowed me to step back and view his work with a more cr Damn. It was the Strange Highways collection, more than anything, which finally crushed that eroded cornerstone into dust. There were some stories in it that reminded me so much of his older work, I found myself getting excited again - and then I discovered Twilight of the Dawn. If there is one work above all others than demonstrated how far he'd fallen for me, one story that abandoned all attempts and subtlety and beat you over the head with the message that God is Good, that was the story.
If you haven't read it, it's basically about a man whose atheism is responsible for all the tragedies that befall him and his family, and who is 'saved' by a pair of miracles. I've tried to get back into Koontz a few times since then, with no success. Even when he's not falling back on his favorite tropes of special needs kids and adopted dogs saving the world through their purity and innocence, I can't escape simplicity of his villains.
There's no moral ambiguity, no sympathetic aspect, and no sort of internal conflict. They'd be cartoonish in their stark blackness, if it weren't for the fact that they're so dreadfully heavy-handed. Find a character in a Koontz novel who doesn't believe in God and who engages in illicit kinky sex, and you've got your villain.
I mean, he went so far as to take the archetype of the classic, morally ambiguous, sympathetically tormented villain, strip him of all of that color and depth, and instead present Victor Frankenstein as a man who is wholly evil and without moral direction because he doesn't believe in God. With all that baggage, you're likely wondering why I even gave 77 Shadow Street a chance. Well, the truth is, I wanted to find a Koontz book I could enjoy again, and a classic haunted house tale - with no room for one of those simplistic villains - seemed like a perfect choice.
This actually started off extraordinarily well, raising my hopes for a return to form. It was mysterious and creepy, full of WTF moments, and had an intriguing ghost story at its heart. The Pendleton was a fantastic setting, and its horrific history was perfect background for a contemporary ghost story. The blood-red water and sinuous shapes in the basement pool? The gigantic bug-like creatures seen only in shadow? Except, of course, that's not what this is. I was disappointed, and came to resent the sci-fi intrusions, but was still willing to see where it went. Unfortunately, the characters bring the story crashing down.
For one, there are just too many of them for us to really be able to focus and care about their fates. The best of them are damaged, and the worst of them are those cartoon evil-doers who deserve their fate. There are no sainted doggies here, but two special needs kids who you just know are going to be pivotal. What began as a fascinating ghost story with some real narrative flair turned into a soap opera of character studies. We go from room to room in the Pendleton, from character to character, and basically wait for something to happen. I gave up somewhere in the second half when I looked back at the past pages and realized a few characters made it down the stairs.
Seriously, that was the sum total of plot development. All momentum was lost, and I just couldn't compel myself to continue. I hate to say it, but I think I may be done trying to reconnect with my glory years. There are some authors who grow and evolve alongside you, and others who choose to take their development down a different path. Koontz and I, we're clearly on different paths, and I no longer see a crossroads ahead.
Originally reviewed at Beauty in Ruins Feb 07, Laura rated it it was ok. Normally, I can whip through a Dean Koontz book at two or three days, tops. But this one plods along. Things don't really pick up until about pages in, but even then it's a slog. Only the last 50 or so pages feel like an actual Dean Koontz book. One problem is that there is no one to really root for. I felt ambivalent about all the characters of which there are many, another problem. The only ones really worth of rooting for are Iris and Winny, but that's because they're kids.
I also felt t Normally, I can whip through a Dean Koontz book at two or three days, tops. I also felt there were too many different elements; the plot felt like multiple plots, rather than a main plot and sub-plots. The elements finally came together in the end, but really I couldn't decide if I was reading about time travel, the seeing of ghosts, science beyond my understanding, or what. Koontz's novels tend to get my heart pumping and leave me longing for the next chapter, but "77 Shadow Street" just doesn't fit the bill.
I kept reading because I hate the idea of leaving a book unfinished. It was a relief to reach the end. I'll keep reading Koontz's work, of course. This book is thankfully a rare miss in a library of hits. I am especially excited that another Odd Thomas novel is due out this summer. Dec 28, Adam Wilson rated it it was ok. I suppose that by this point I could qualify as one of Dean Koontz's unique villains since I continue to perform the same action and expect something different. By "action" I mean reading yet another new Dean Koontz novel and by "different" I mean expecting it to actually be good.
Remember the good old days? Remember when Koontz consistantly put out masterpiece after masterpiece. Everything from roughly to was excellent. If you have read much before that time period you will know what I suppose that by this point I could qualify as one of Dean Koontz's unique villains since I continue to perform the same action and expect something different. If you have read much before that time period you will know what I mean, but he has the excuse of being young and inexperienced. I actually liked Your Heart Belongs to Me but it wasn't fantastic or anything. Then there was Relentless which I gave a free ride because you had to give Koontz credit for trying something new even if it was something new like Metallica's St.
Anger was supposed to be new. Then Breathless came out and I felt a twinge of fear deep in my belly that had nothing to do with the story itself. By this time, the Frankenstein novels were also beginning to decline and feel stretched to ensure that Koontz could put one out a year. Then, What the Night Knows was released and that twinge of fear became outright horror as I tossed another bad rating Koontz's way. He is my second-favorite author and I hated, well, hating, his new stuff.
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Now, to finally get to the point here, I no longer feel guilty for giving this stuff poor ratings. I know that isn't fair to say but I really got the feeling that Koontz had lost the ability to make good horror. This was just ridiculous from about a third in and onward.
It was made all the more disappointing because the set up was nicely done and I was rejoycing because I knew that good ole Koontz was back on track. No such luck though, at least not for me. The plot is a bit too ridiculous to get into, the book does that annoying thing where there are too many damn characters and each chapter bounces from one to the next which was one of my major problems with Breathless , the writing felt forced as if Koontz was struggling to impress people with the complexity of his phrases rather then his storytelling, and a lot of the time I just had no clue what in the blue fuck was going on because I continuously lost interest due to the other problems I just mentioned.
The beginning was awesome but is soon forgotten as the weight of annoying characteristics of the novel begin to way upon you. In short, I am disappointed once again but I do respect Koontz for still writing and writing so much after all this time but I wish that he could go out with a bang rather than with these highly anticipated books that are so unlike him.
View all 9 comments. Jul 27, Dustin Crazy little brown owl rated it really liked it Shelves: This is a damn good book! It's been a long time since a story has intrigued me as much as 77 Shadow Street. I have recently become addicted to the TV show called American Horror Story and this story is a nice book to read while waiting for new episodes.
Well technically, the place ain't haunted view spoiler [ it's something more to do with alternate realities of past present and f Holy Shit! Well technically, the place ain't haunted view spoiler [ it's something more to do with alternate realities of past present and future, hide spoiler ] so it also reminds me of my favorite TV show, FRINGE and this is a good book to read while you're waiting for new episodes of that one too: This is not your typical Koontz story and the descriptions are amazing! While there is no dog as a main character and no clear man and woman hooking up for a happy ending, there are some characteristic Koontz elements to this story, things that he has done in other books.
These include, but are not limited to: The building has four levels. The other 3 levels feature the Luxury Apartments of various sizes.