One Door Away from Heaven
At the height of his powers as a literary craftsman, he has won the acclaim of critics as well as the allegiance of millions of fans the world over, transforming the great...more
I like this book it is one of my favorite Koontz books. I'll say this, you won't find this exact plot elsewhere. It draws you in and gets you involved with the "participants". It's between a 4 and a 5...but I figure it tipped the scales and went on to a 5. As I said a favorite among Koontz's work for me...I've read it several times.
What else can I say? Not much without spoilers. There's a bit of laughter here, a dose of tears and...more
A misnamed dog looms large in this story (anyone familiar with this author's work could have seen that coming), but so...more
As a polemic for utilitarian bioethics, while he does cause you to think about the issues, I think the characters and some of the horrible things they did were overdrawn. It just isn't all that winsome if you are trying to convince a utilitarian. Most utilitarians are not nearly this extreme, but the story does show where these things could go under the worst of circumstances.
Some parts are gross and d...more
me and my expectations(more the latter). It probably won't satisfy you as well,so don't even bother taking a peek inside this book.It sucked.Really,Mr. Koontz,you have to learn how to make better endings,better conclusions,because that's your biggest flaw.I gave it two stars because like other Koontz books,it builds up suspense in every page,raises tension well to capture interest,but then the ending...damn the ending...And t...more
The ending wasn't "bad" but it wasn't great and was a little lackluster considering the rest of the story.
The main story had me completely enthralled and kept me up a few nights. I really liked the characters and felt that the ever so tidy ending wasn't completely suited to the rest of the atmosphere.
All in all- the story I give 4 stars and the ending I give 2 stars and si...more
Here, this genre bending book, written with wry humor, has a series of subplots and colorful characters with impro...more
Hailed as “America’s most popular suspense novelist” (Rolling Stone) Dean Koontz has entered a rich new phase of his writing career that is yielding his most imaginative, meaningful, and popular work yet.
At the height of his powers as a literary craftsman, he has won the acclaim of critics as well as the allegiance of millions of fans the world over, transforming the greatest fears and hopes of our time into masterworks of dazzling originality and emotional resonance.
Now, with the stunning depth...more
What I loved is that it was chock full of metaphors, great descriptions, and memorable quotes, more so than any other Koontz book I've read. The characters were all pretty well developed, and for the most part...more
One Door Away From Heaven by Dean Koontz draws you along three parallel stories.
First, there is Michelina Bellsong, a somewhat damaged soul who lives with her Aunt Geneva, another somewhat damaged soul.
Micky immediately becomes acquainted with the young girl next door, Leilani Klonk. Nine year old Leilani seems older than h...more
The worst thing about this book, however, was that he felt he needed to browbeat the reader with his hatred of utilitarianism throughout. It was pretty clear to me he didn't even have a basic understanding of utilitarian philosophy, and he was classifying some nutcases under the banner as typical examples.
Among philosophical methods, utilitarianism is ge...more
In "One Door," a variety of unlikely characters are brought together to rescue a disabled 9 year old girl with highly disfunctional parents and an even odder 10 year old boy with some interesting...powers. Central to the plot is the subject of "bioethics," or rather "bio-non-ethics" as it ought to be called. This increasingly influen...more
This is basically a 700 page long borefest - formulaic characters, formulaic stories, formulaic preaching (The goodness of dogs and the evil of bioethics)
To kick off this brillian review, I'll start with the characters - they are of course scripted, which makes them unrealistic and idiotic and renders the reader unable to feel anything for them - do you care for a bunch of dolls running around ?
There's a girl, Leila...more
One Door Away From Heaven is no exception. In classic Koontz style, there is plenty of humor and moments that tug at your heart strings sprinkled into the main story of psychological terror.
As the book progresses the dread builds and builds to an almost frantic need to know what is going to happen next. Th...more
That was certainly true for this book -- a long one that reminds me a bit of Stephen King's The Stand, which is one of my all time favorites.
The characters are well done, and Curtis's portrayal is particularly humorous. The villain Preston Maddoc only makes an appearan...more
This book came to me as one of my Barnes & Noble impulse buys. Koontz is a decent enough storyteller, but the subject matter was a little out there for me (and I usually dig extremely strange things...). The little girl (name at the moment forgotten; see also: lazy) was probably the most memorable. Her mother was also decently developed, and I often contemplated how f*cked up...more
The character of Curtis and his sister become Old Yeller had a way of making me identify with him and in part described the bond between me and my adopted cat (but as you will find when you read the book - n...more
Dean Koontz. What to say? He's obviously a family ma...more
The majority of the book follows separate plot lines and each time I settled into one of the plot lines I was reluctant to leave that character and jump to the next. I knew that that they must all come together in the end somehow, and probably spent too much time second guessing how Koontz...more
Dean R. Koontz has also published under the na...more