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The Pendleton stands on the summit of Shadow Hill at the highest point of an old heartland city, a Gilded Age palace built in the late 1800s as a tycoon�s dream home. Almost from the beginning, its grandeur has been scarred by episodes of madness, suicide, mass murder, and whispers of things far worse. But since its rechristening in the 1970s as a luxury apartment building...more
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Published August 28th 2012 by Brilliance Audio (first published 2011)
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Maciek
I only got 1/4 through this bad book (I hesitate to call it a novel, as there is nothing novel about it) before I reached this offensive chapter and could read no more. It goes like this:

"Sparkle Sykes, stepping quietly out of her closet and moving cautiously across the bedroom, followed the six-legged crawling thing that might have been a mutant baby born after a worldwide nuclear holocaust as imagined in the waking nightmares of an insect-phobic, fungi-phobic, rat-crazy mescaline junkie."

This...more
Allen Kelley
I really tried to like this book, but ended up really not caring for it all. the way it ends makes me believe that Koontz just got tired of writing it and just slapped on an abrupt ending.
Jordan Anderson
Unlike the slow pace and absolutely dreadful prose of this novel, let’s cut right to the quick of it, shall we? I don’t know how it’s possible, but somehow “77 Shadow Street” manages to showcase both the best and worst of Koontz. There are sparks of greatness within these pages reminiscent of “Phantoms” and “Watchers” and then there are the horrendous faux pas of books past such as the ridiculously terrible “Breathless” and “Darkest Evening of the Year”

I’ll get to the bad stuff eventually, but b...more
Christine
The house is called the Pendleton now and it was built as the dream home of a tycoon in the 1800’s. The original family was plagued with tragedy and ever since there has been a cycle of tragic events … coincidentally every 37 years. In the 1970’s it was remodeled as luxury apartments inhabited by the rich and famous, the rich and not so famous and the downright notorious. The curse of tragedy, however, seems to have stayed on despite the renovations and now ghostly images, disembodied voices and...more
Kendra
Just a quick comment before I even start reading. I'm pretty darn sure I will enjoy this book because it's NOT "old" Dean Koontz. So many readers whine about his writing having changed, but I like the new stuff. It's not predictable, it has odd sort of paranormal/magic/special gifts that make the stories different from most of the authors out there. I don't want my favorite writers to stagnate and write the same damn thing. I'm not the same person I was 20 years ago, why should my authors be the...more
Jackie
77SS started out good, mysterious and intriguing. 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.
Lou
"I am the One, the all and the only. I live in the Pendleton as surely as I live everywhere. I am the Pendelton's history and it's destiny. The building is my place of conception, my monument, my killing ground."

"Not just a great house, not merely a mansion, the Pendleton was more accurately a Beaux Arts palace, built in 1889, at the height of the Gilded Age, sixty thousand square feet under roof, not counting the vast basement or the separate carriage house. A combination of Georgian and Frenc
...more
Laura
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 200 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...more
Samantha Vanbrocklin
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. However, it was drawn out at times and, although the ending was interesting, it didn't start taking shape until 3/4ths the way in. Overall, an interesting read but not up to Koontz's par.
Dirk Grobbelaar
Seventy-Seven Shadow Street was the most peaceful address in the city.

Or not.

Phantoms / Midnight era Koontz: that is what this is. At long last. This is the kind of thing that made DK huge back in the day, and it is also the kind of thing he didn’t write nearly enough of (in my humble opinion).

So it isn’t subtle. So what?

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. Make no mistake: this i...more
Adam Wilson
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 1975 to 2007 was excellent. If you have read much before that time period you will know what...more
Dustin Crazy little brown owl
Holy Shit! 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. 77 Shadow Street is about a haunted luxury apartment, formerly a Gilded Age palace, built in the 1800's. Well technically, the place ain't haunted (view spoiler)...more
Jamee Zielke
May 08, 2012 Jamee Zielke rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
Recommended to Jamee by: Our Book Club
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This book is a thriller.

It took me a good two weeks to read.

I was nine pages from the end at about 11:30pm. It's a thriller - I should not even be able to sleep until the end, right? I mean NINE pages!

I feel asleep and had to finish it in the morning. And only did so I can move on to the next book I want to read.

Koontz does a wonderful job with description. He's very thorough and detailed. Which would be great if he didn't repeat all the descriptions with each character. It really destroys the...more
Robin
Sped read like a demon...so I could be done with it! Koontz has been great at character development in the past. In this book, I didn't really like anyone so didn't really care what happened to them.
Andrew pinto
im already much over half way, and this book makes you wonder...will it get better? it started pretty okay, but its just getting boring now.

okay putting this one down, not even going to finish it, it is very boring that i fall asleep when i think about reading it...i really tried to like this one but i just cant do it
Susanhayeshotmail.com
One point five stars, I almost hated it, very rare for me, mostly because I was so dang disappointed. I have a hankering for a good ghost story and this sounded like it might fit the bill, old house, mysterious deaths and disappearances in the past, weird happenings in the present ... if you're into that type of thing, and once in awhile I am. This, this however was a chore. And absolute plod, a slog through just too many characters, too many wordy descriptions. I must give him credit where cred...more
Michael Knudsen
I'm one of those who waits expectantly each December for Dean's latest. He's a solid writer with a great imagination and I like and agree with many of the ideas circumscribed in his "agenda". Like many reviewers here, I've become less enamoured of his more recent efforts and long for the Dean Koontz of old.

I doubt that he'll be making a comeback to those glory days.

Mr. Koontz is a different writer now, but I'm not quite ready to dismiss him as one of those publishing powerhouses who's gone off...more
Mike
77 Shadow Street
by Dean Koontz

Pendleton Apartments have a dark past, a frightening present, and a horrifying future. The residents that reside there include a cold blooded killer, a woman trying to cope with the tragic deaths of her parents, and a conspiracy theorist who believes the Ruling Elite is slowly poisoning the population. These occupants among others are now living in a building controlled by an evil presence dialogued as "One". The "One" ensures immortal dominion by pivoting history t...more
Mallory Heart Reviews
77 Shadow Street is a startlingly complex novel effortlessly combining Supernatural, Scientific, and Science Fiction genres. I say startlingly, because this novel is a giant step forward, even for the very accomplished and prolific Dean Koontz. The only previous novel of Mr. Koontz’s that I can think of even coming anywhere close to the achievement of 77 Shadow Street is The Taking-also a novel by Mr. Koontz which I have never been able to put out of my mind.

77 Shadow Street focuses on The Pend...more
Beth


I love most books by Dean Koontz. This one was not a favorite of mine. At times, I had to force myself to keep reading. It was harder to follow the plot, and I kept getting the characters confused. The best part of this book was the novella, The Moonlit Mind, at the end of it. I devoured that in one sitting, and I was hoping for more!! Would love for his new book to be about Crispin, Harley, and Amity!!!
T. Edmund
77 Shadow Street is by far the best Koontz I've read (even given the psychology bias towards Odd Thomas [guess what the T in my name is...]) and I'm not a fan. Koontz shows exceptional skill at quickly building attachable characters and establishing the 'rose red' haunted house setting.

Of course the genre is so hastily established, one suspects some theme-bending twists and Koontz does not disappoint. After all the blurb says it all (look yourself I don't want to spoil anything.)

Despite this I f...more
Brett
Almost done and have read enough, barring the ending, to know that this is a pretty good read. There are a lot of twists in here and some will definitely catch you off balance.

I won't give any spoilers, which means I can't talk much about it as I tend to get carried away and give it all up!

Do yourself a favor and pick this up. If you're a Koontz fan, you must. If you haven't read him in a while or ever, shame, you'll be pleasantly surprised as I have been.

Finished the other day and enjoyed it mu...more
Angie
Let me just tell you, fungus scares me. I do not want it on my pizza. It grows in dark, moist corners and feeds off compost. Yuck! Let's just say fungus plays a big role in this book and each page will keep you in suspense as well as go "yuck". I loved it, really. It reminded me of the first Dean Koontz book I read that got me hooked: "The Taking". Same kind of post-apocalyptic feel with just as much of a human-less, fungus-filled environment. Enjoy! And stay away from the mushrooms!
Alfredo
WHAT A CLUNKER!

I probably should leave it at that, but I guess I'll explain myself.

This book had an interesting if not mind blowing premise. A haunted hotel in the middle of an unidentified mid western city. After this, it goes downhill.

Let's start with the cast. We have the standard former military/police hero that is good around weapons. We have the old wise guy that knows a lot more than others, we have the skeptical scientist/rationalist, a couple of children, damaged women, and because this...more
Sheri
I love how Koontz gives you so many details, sometimes too many details, even backgrounds on people who are not a big part of the story. In one paragraph you're learning their life story, in the next paragraph they're dead. But, it's details like this that make the story interesting, makes it real. Koontz has a knack for making his characters come alive, for better or for worse.

77 Shadow Street is a very complex book. It is not your typical Dean Koontz story (and I have been a fan for many year...more
David
This review feels like an elegy, to the memory of a great author. Oh, he's still alive and ticking and cranking out a minimum of two novels per year, but that whole period from 1986 through 2005, where he wrote over 25 novels and all but 2 or 3 were excellent - that's over. As one reviewer put it, it's as if Koontz now writes according to his publisher's schedule, rather than polishing creative stories. He still has some winners: Last year's "What the Night Knows" showed a glimpse of vintage Koo...more
Mike (the Paladin)
Dean Koontz is an extremely prolific writer. He's also a writer who can turn out books the appeal differently to different people. Some of Mr. Koontz's (that sounds so odd, "Koontz's...but hey I didn't make the rules of grammar. [But when I was a kid I loved to visit my "grammar"])... (Okay forget all that). As I was saying some of the author's early work didn't appeal to me much. But my wife loved these books. On the other hand one of his earlier books Watchers, was one I liked a lot (though th...more
don grant
Let me say that I have read all of DK's books, actually I also own all of them, and am a died in the wool fan. Even when a book of his is not up to par with his best, I enjoy reading his descriptive prose. This book pushed the limits of both likeability and readability.

Having recently finished "Micro" by Micheal Crichton, I was disappointed to see a similar theme in this novel. Having recently finished "11/22/63" by Stephen King I was expecting at least as good of a tale of time travel. And hav...more
Amy Lignor
Okay, yes, I am overly thrilled by this writer anyway, but when a new Koontz comes on the scene I feel as if my birthday as come early. Can’t help it…that’s just the way it is. But seeing as that I pride myself on giving fair, unbiased reviews, here you go.

Koontz walks readers into The Pendleton, located on 77 Shadow Street, alongside Earl Blandon, a slightly bitter ex-senator who likes to drink and has recently gotten a tattoo on his knuckle that he still has no idea why he got. Walking into th...more
Al
Feb 28, 2012 Al marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
My Progress Thus Far

So, I started reading 77 Shadow Street, finally, and it's really weird so far, but really interesting. It doesn't really have the Koontz feel to it yet. Bailey is kind of annoying. For some reason I like the former Senator...I don't know why either. The security guard is awesome currently. I'm only on chapter 6 so my views are bound to change.

Oh, ever since I started reading the book strange things have been happening. I'm not sure if it's all coincidence or if it's all in m...more
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“I am the One, and I see all.
But the blind man in Apartment 1-A is blind in many ways, as are all human beings, even those with functioning eyes. They are blind to their folly, to their ignorance, to their history, to the future that they will make for themselves. A future born of self-loathing.”
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