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Dean Koontz has surpassed his longtime reputation as “America’s most popular suspense novelist”(Rolling Stone) to become one of the most celebrated and successful writers of our time. Reviewers hail his boundless originality, his art, his unparalleled ability to create highly textured, riveting drama, at once viscerally familiar and utterly unique.

Author of one #1 New Yor...more
Mass Market Paperback, 460 pages
Published June 15th 2007 by Bantam (first published 2002)
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Barks & Bites
4 1/2 stars. Two strangers, Jilly and Dylan, become linked when a mad scientist knocks them out and injects them with a strange serum while mumbling about the fact that they'll either go mad or be very much improved by his "stuff". He warns them that sinister killers will soon be after them if they don't hit the road asap. When Jilly discovers that her car, stolen by "Frankenstein" (as they dub him), has been torched with "Frankenstein" still inside she begins to take the dire warnings seriously...more
Clarice
This was my first Dean Koontz novel and a thorough disappointment, especially bearing in mind how critically acclaimed a writer he is supposed to be.

The plot is wanting and slow - paced. Koontz is spending far too much time on the thorough and often dragging description of his protagonists' visions, thereby neglecting the advancement of his plot.

Logically speaking, I was unable to understand why "nanobot - implants" would enable anyone to gain the ability to physically fold from one place to a...more
Jason
This story starts out great. 3 characters are brought together by chance and circumstance and injected with an evil substance of God knows what by a mad scientist type of man. They have to do research to find out what they've been injected with and also exactly what is at store in their future. They come to learn that each of them has developed some type of supernatural-like abilities which will come in handy later while dodging reckless gunmen. However, later on the story kind of fizzles out be...more
Dustin Crazy little brown owl
I love reading this book. I've read it four times now and the effect is without exception interesting, frequently astonishing and always positive. It's a beautiful book with a great title - so great that I have the phrase "BY THE LIGHT OF THE MOON" tattooed on my right arm. I enjoy the power of positivity which radiates from this volume of literature. The idea that we create our own reality by our thoughts and the difference for good that individuals can make in the world is elaborated on in thi...more
Mrs. Shane
IMO, it was just too darn descriptive. I found myself skipping over whole pages of descriptions to get to the actual story (which wasn't too bad in and of itself). It is like the writer doesn't realize we have imaginations and can create most of the stuff he is writing about already in our head as we read the book. I want to try reading something else of his to see if this happens all the time or if it is just in this one.
Maciek
Dean Koontz can be described as the Slim Jim of popular fiction. Each one tastes exactly like your last Slim Jim, so you know precisely what you're getting. They aren't really very good for you and when you think about it you might come to a realization that they're mostly crap..but that doesn't stop you from getting another Slim Jim.

"By The Light of The Moon" was written in 2002 and is a classic Koontz chase novel. The story is bananas; Dylan O'Connor and his autistic brother, Shepherd, check i...more
Dale Campbell
Kinda boring with a really lame ending.
Mickey
This book has the best opening paragraph I have ever read! Intriguing, mysterious, and fast-paced, it fits the story well. Instantly, you, along with the main characters, are set into a state of confusion. You'll stay there for most of the book, but know that you are in capable hands.

Of all the characters, I loved Shepard the most. However, I was disappointed that we never got into Shepard's mind. Dean Koontz has such a talent for fleshing out marginal and unusual viewpoints (like the dog in Dra...more
Tiffany Bryant
Another suspenseful novel. Great book! Had me shaking, yet again, the WHOLE way through. What ever happened to this book i wonder? lol
Jessica
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Samuel
This being Dean Koontz...was expecting a horror novel. However, this one only falls into that genre in a slight way. Revealing which genre it really is might give too much away, so I won't.
The story really kept me guessing, often riveted. Everything is revealed slowly and paced well, veering off in one crazy direction after another.
Writing style was excellent, good flow, not too much of the over-explanation of actions or reasons for (a pet peave of mine...you can tell when writers pad to get...more
Don
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Allen
By the Light of the Moon by Dean Koontz is one of my favorite novels by this illustrious Author. It is about the same length as many of his other works, and is written in that oh-so familiar Koontz style. Driven by the dialogue of the characters, the story unfolds exactly as it is revealed to the characters, allowing the reader the chance to evolve with the protagonists as they explore their new world. About that new world-- yes, this is my SPOILER ALERT-- it is our world, with a few tweaks and...more
Elaine
I have never read Dean Koontz before but what an initiation. This was quality writing that left me stunned. This book deserves each of its 5 stars.

For me, a book has to have a certain something in order to cross that border between 4 and 5 stars. 'By the Light of the Moon' many aspects to it that make it 5 star worthy.

I have seldom read a book where the characters are so likeable. Jilly, Dylan and Shep have qualities that set them apart from other characters in other books. I cannot say exactly...more
Jonathan
I've been reading Koontz since I was a teenager, and have always liked his benevolence towards his main characters. He writes about very bad things happening to very good people (which is not to say that they're all saints), and this makes you root for them and despise the villains with all your might.

I really couldn't make myself care too much about Jilly, Dylan or Shep, though. The premise of the story was intriguing enough but halfway through I found myself reading on in the hope that the ini...more
Chris Matney
I have read several other Dean Koontz books, so my assumptions about By the Light of the Moon were somewhat set by those experiences. Overall, I found this book disappointing.

In thinking about it, this books surprisingly failed in three areas the author usually shines.

First, the characters - Dylan, Jilly and Shep lacked the depth that Mr. Koontz usually brings to his work. They had interesting backgrounds - which were magnified and sometimes awkwardly intertwined by their encounter with nanotech...more
Tom
I've read so many of Dean Koontz's novels over the years that when I first saw this one in a used book store, I wasn't sure if I had read it previously already, glanced at the first few pages and it didn't seem too familiar so said "oh well, I can always give it to a friend If I already have it." I'm so glad I took the plunge and bought it. The story was compelling, enough so that I hope there will be several sequels a la his "Odd Thomas" series, which I also enjoy a lot. There were lines in the...more
Ryan
I have been putting off reading (or listening to) this book because it's a rather large-ish book and the cover-blurb gave me the impression the themes of this Koontz novel were a bit more fantastical than I generally prefer. Stupid. Stupid. Stupid. I enjoyed this book from the start all the way to the finish. Part of that is tribute to the reader of the story. A wonderful performance. Of course, the rest lies with Koontz. He's created a number of characters that I feel I'd really like to meet an...more
Sjerlive
Trademark Dean Koontz. (Suspense, with a Ford vehicle, set somewhere in California. These markers are ones I have come to love. Perhaps if you tore the cover and made me read it without knowing who wrote it, I would still recognize the author in the end.)

The seemingly endless chase, the rapid heartbeats as byproducts of the suspense, the unexpected twists. But more than that, this book is essentially a stand against evil; its story is one that hopes to persist in the fight with all that is bad.

A...more
Billy Maise
First of all, great title. Great cover, for that matter. It almost has this aura of mystery and creepiness when you look at it. That's a good sign that you're about to read some tasty tripped-out Koontz material. Then, you get to the first paragraph, and you find out that this guy named Dylan gets mugged and injected with an unknown substance by some random wacko. But instead of elaborating, there's this whole intro scene in a diner. Koontz decided (wisely, I might add) to feed the reader a succ...more
Margo Kelly
Totally loved this book. It ranks as one of my favorite Koontz books. He uses these incredible metaphors to describe situations and scenes on one page and then on the next page he says something simple like "he was big time dead" - - it's great. Also, this book was supposed to be spooky - but I was laughing out loud at Koontz's humor and I even had to go and read halarious lines outloud to other people around me.

Plus, it a sign of a great author is when he has you laughing on one page, reading...more
Mike (the Paladin)
Another book I really enjoyed. Koontz can run hot and cold. Some of his books are really great others are....well, not so great. This one is one of the ones I like a lot. My wife liked Koontz (many of the ones I don't care for she liked).

I avoid giving "synopsises" as in some books that in iteslf is a spoiler. So in this one it opens well, the relationship between the two main characters is well done (there are 3 main characters but I refer to the "romantic interest). The story unfolds well and...more
Duncan Mandel
EDITORIAL REVIEW: Dean Koontz has surpassed his longtime reputation as “America’s most popular suspense novelist”(*Rolling Stone*) to become one of the most celebrated and successful writers of our time. Reviewers hail his boundless originality, his art, his unparalleled ability to create highly textured, riveting drama, at once viscerally familiar and utterly unique. Author of one *#1 New York Times* bestseller after another, Koontz is at the pinnacle of his powers, spinning mysteries and mirac...more
Paula Hebert
reading this book was like visiting old friends. one of personal favorites of koontz writing, we follow the adventures of two brothers, one autistic, and a young woman, after their encounter with a certified mad scientist. sometimes frightening, sometimes hysterically funny, it's a great adventure with witty dialogue and unforseen plot twists. you can read this one without nightmares. I really loved the characters.
Jasonjenny
OK, so I told my husband to read this book. He tried it for SEVERAL months and finally put it down claiming it was too 'slow'. I'm thinking, "WHAT???!!!!" I loved all of the relationships and people in this book. I thought it was so fun to read and it was just intense enough that I couldn't put it down, but not so intense that I freaked out. (I tend to do that with some super intense books.) I loved it.
J. Ewbank
This is typical Koontz. Starts normal enough when two brothers are traveling and then the twist. One brother is injected with something in the middle of the night, is told that he must flee because others will want to find him and what is going on in his body. The rest is the rest of the book.

This is a very enjoyable read.

J. Robert Ewbank author "John Wesley, Natural Man, and the 'Isms'"
Elke
Not one of Koontz' best novels, this one is a mixture of mystery and scifi, the latter not one of the author's usual themes. The reading was ok, but I could not completely agree with the story and its reasoning. To me, it was all a bit unconvincing, especially the all-to-happy ending was a turn-down. Probably a must for Koontz fans, but not really recommendable if you are new to this author.
Derrick
I never actually finished this book. I was listening to it in the car and once the trip was done I had no desire to finish it off. The characters seemed shallow and a lot of the humor in the book just cheap and slap-stick. Something you'd expect from American Pie or something. I don't feel any regret not picking up this book to finish the last 2 hours of listening to it.
Anna Engel
I made it ~100 pages into the book and couldn't take it anymore. I have certain expectations of a Koontz book: fast, thrilling, and a supernatural feature. "By the Light of the Moon" felt like Koontz was aspiring to write real fiction that involved thrilling elements. As a result, it was much too descriptive, which detracted from the story, such as it was. For the part that I read, there were two settings: the hotel and the car. The plot barely moved, although Koontz made sure to mention multipl...more
Jessica
Seriously dumb. I was actually really shocked by how silly this book was because I thought Dean Koontz was a popular author. His writing was really detailed and really silly. Tony and I got sucked into this book but couldn't wait for it to end. We should've stopped halfway through but we wanted to see how it ended.
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“...what makes humanity beautiful is our free will, our individuality, our endless striving in spite of our imperfection.

BY THE LIGHT OF THE MOON
Chapter 27 Page 214”
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“With a thick note of disbelief in her voice, Jilly said, 'You went through the wall to California?'
[Dylan] 'Yeah. Why not? Where'd you think we went-Narnia? Oz? Middle Earth? California's weirder than any of those places, anyway.'"

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