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One of the most popular and prolific writers of our time, Dean Koontz has penned many classic New York Times bestsellers, but nothing quite like this. STRANGE HIGHWAYS is Koontz's spellbinding collection of tales interconnected by the strange highways of human experience-the adventures, terrors, failures, and triumphs encountered on the roads that are chosen, and on those...more
Hardcover, 576 pages
Published September 29th 2002 by Warner Books (first published April 1995)
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Theresa Leone Davidson
I try not to give out five stars without really good reason, because in some way the book was outstanding, and this book of Koontz's short stories was outstanding and deserves the five star rating. Included are stories that deal with a bear with human intelligence (and a love for dancing), another about genetically altered rats, bigger than normal, more malevolent, and very smart, who trap a widow and her son in a farmhouse. One about a pumpkin that gives only what you deserve, as well as others...more
Mike (the Paladin)
Yes! A 5 for a Koontz book! I really liked this odd little story.

Okay rereading for the Koontz group...I'll probably do a more extensive review after the discussion.

Originally I listened to an audio which had only the "title-title"...:). So now I have the book from the library and while I don't think each and every story measures up to Strange Highways, which is a favorite "novella", I still like the book. I plan to try and track it down (locally) and add it to my "home library."

I think I'll...more
Stefanie
This audio version is only the title story of Koontz's collection of short stories.

In Strange Highways our protagonist, Joey Shannon, lives in Las Vegas. When he runs out of money to buy liquor, he gets a job as a blackjack dealer until he has enough money to supply his addiction for awhile. Doesn’t particularly sound like someone you’re going to love by the end of the story, does he? But you will… or at least I did. In between drunken stupors, Joey laments over the shambles his life has become....more
Maciek
This is Koontz's only collection of short fiction, composed of the titular novella and twelve short tales (The US edition also includes another novella, "Chase").

The novella is perhaps the best of the whole bunch; mostly because it's almost 200 pages long and simply has enough time and space to provide for an interesting plot. A strange occurence offers a man a chance to change his past; it's a formulaic Koontz tale, but strong enough reading to sustain interest and keep the suspense throughout...more
Blake Bowers
This book is a compilation of short stories published at different points during Dean Koontz's career.Here is a brief synopsis and review of each short story....

Strange Highways: This story starts out with the main character, Joey going back to the home town that he hasn't seen for 20 years to attend his father's funeral. This story flows very well and doesn't ever slow down, from the beginning to the end.
After attending his father's funeral Joey is haunted by some of the things he has done in h...more
Drea Hart

So much dislike. So. Much. I wrote this review ages ago and it still holds true:

So, I finished Everything's Eventual and I have to say I was quite pleased, as usual, with the varied subjects and...you know...King-ness stuff. The real problems began when I realized that if I went out and bought a new book I would be hacking into my Christmas list. If left to their own devices and not provided a detailed list my family will buy me clothes or ::::shudder:::: feel good movies on DVD. You can see th...more
Jeff
Strange Highways was my first experience reading Dean Koontz. I found that I enjoyed his writing style. Strange Highways is a collection that consists of fourteen short stories. Some of the stories are definitely better than others. I began reading Strange Highways by reading the shortest of the stories in the collection first, and then working my way up to the longer stories. When you begin, don’t let the shortness of the story Kittens fool you, though. I was shocked and disturbed by that very...more
Jim
This was my first Dean Koontz read. This was mostly a good read.

The short-story collection was an easy in for me to sample his work. There was 1 novella's Strange Highways and Chase, i suspect is a novellette, about 50 pages. Some of the short-stories were great and some weren't. I enjoyed the afterward on Dean Koontz's writing and his support for short-stories.

The stories are very deep in Catholicism. Each story had great flow, it was easy to read, had clear descriptions, rich in page-turners,...more
Thee_ron_clark
Apr 15, 2008 Thee_ron_clark rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: everyone.
This is a collection of short stories and novelettes by Dean koontz. I must say that I enjoyed every story in it, some more than others. At first, I was puzzled by the numerous mentions of the Vietnam War until I discovered that some of the stories were written in the 60's. For those looking to experience Dean Koontz as an author, but not wanting to dive directly into a lengthier book this is a great choice.
Jeff Yrmom
Jul 10, 2007 Jeff Yrmom added it  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: jerks
That's right. No stars. Not because this is a particularly bad book, but because I'm selecting it to represent ALL Dean Koontz books. He sucks. Plain and simple. I could write better stories accidently while cleaning up a Scrabble game. This jerk can write an entire chapter on the color of the kitchen cabinets. Honestly, who's he writing to, Martha Stewart worshippers?
Kevin Lake
Sorry folks, but I just don't like Koontz' writing style. Too repetitive, his characters are cardboard cutouts to whom he attributes the same speech patterns to all. I've read half a dozen of his works now and the only one that I found remotely worth the time was "Lightning."
Kris Franzen
This is Koontz's collection of short stories. They are all awesome and some are very funny. The best was a very short story of a girl and cats. A must read!
Charles
This is a collection of Koontz's shorter stuff, along with a novella. It's very good. I don't think there's a clinker in the bunch.
Kate
Dean Koontz's short stories don't quite rival those of Stephen King, but they were very good. I liked the one called "Kittens."
Lakota Schultz
I have read this book about 5 times, but hadn't read it for about 6 years, and oh my, if forgotten how good it was!!
This was written in my favourite Koontz publication years, and is full of suspense and mystery without being boring or nonsensical or full of random quotes like the Odd series.

This has a thrilling edge, a shockingly bad bad guy, a fallen hero, and a very cool but enigmatic heroine..... But not as weird as his newer stuff.

It's made me want to go back and read the rest of my 80's and...more
Rose fell
This is the book that started it all for me!!! A must read...but keep the light on...you've been warned!
Kristin
This book has one of the best short stories I have ever read in it.
Trisha
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Johnny
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Nikki
Instead of a novel, Koontz presents us with short stories and novellas in this edition of his work. I have never read anything of his that wasn't a full length novel and had no idea of what I was picking up when I grabbed this to read. I like to kind of walk into books without knowing too much about them so I can discover them with no pre-conceived notions, as long as they are from an author I have read before. Since I have read numerous other Koontz books, I thought I knew what I was getting in...more
Rissy
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John Orman
This large book collects two novels (Strange Highways and Chase), and twelve novelettes/short stories from the master of imaginative fiction, Dean Koontz.


The strange highways cover routes chosen, detours forced, and wrong roads taken. They are peopled with unlikely heroes, fearsome predators, and even suspiciously humanoid robots.

I liked Black Pumpkin, a scary tale of "getting what you give", delivered by a haunted killer pumpkin.

In Snatcher, a stolen purse turns out to contain a demon, who drag...more
Iwan Sutisna
Someone once said "Dean Koontz is a Dean of thriller and suspense!" well, I think this is one of those books he wrote taht makes him earned that title. A title sadly have long lost in his recent writings. This collections of short stories and 2 novellas, Dean Koontz at his best. We get to see a funny stories, thrilling stories, thrilling and also funny stories depends on ways of your perspective in reading. And what shocking me is there's also one story, "Twilight of the Dawn" that looks like ta...more
Lisa
A collection of 13 short stories by Dean Koontz.

My favourites are: Strange Highways, Trapped, and Twilight of the Dawn.

There's all sorts in here and a great read.

I liked the Notes to the Reader section at the end. In it, Koontz talks about his love of writing, why he writes and his advice to writers

"Have fun, entertain yourself with your work, make yourself laugh and cry with your own stories, make yourself shiver in suspense along with your characters. If you can do that, then you will most lik...more
Emily
I just finished rereading this collection of short stories by Dean Koontz and it just reminds me of how much better I feel his earlier writing is. While some stories were better than others there wasn't a bad apple in the bunch. Kittens is still my fave, I have a deep need for justice and it was served here in a most disturbing way. I loved Chase, the Black Pumpkin, Trapped, Strange Highways, and Twilight of the Dawn. All so different. My least favorite was Ollie's Hands, I just found it stiflin...more
Katharina Gerlach
I've read some other stories (mainly novels) by the same author and expected something interesting. I wasn't disappointed. The story I loved best was the title story (also the longest). As I lay in the burning summer sun, it chilled me thoroughly.

What I liked about these stories was that I got pulled in right away. A few sentences in and I couldn't stop reading. Most characters came alive and I was always sorry when a story ended. That's always a good sign for me. Of course, there were two stori...more
Renee King - Hooks
Apr 06, 2012 Renee King - Hooks rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: YA and Adults
What a delicious recipe of some of the best short stories in Mr. Koontz's career. I really enjoyed all thirteen and his note to the readers at the end of the book - keep the lemon-oil polish fresh Dean ; >

Of the thirteen, 'The Black Pumpkin' and 'Twilight of the Dawn' are my personal favorites. Spanning from 1966 through 1995, all are as multifaceted and rare as any blue diamond, so you're sure to enjoy part if not all of the suspense, weirdness, and plain huh moments in this delight.

To use...more
Scott
I have had this book for quite a few years (15) but never got around to reading it. I don't think it has been worth lugging it around for all those many moves. The stories seem dated; I can't describe it, but you can just tell it is not a modern telling of a story. As such, it is interesting to read the stories with this perspective.

A common tactic in many of the stories is the "I just know what to do; something was telling me to do it" and it was just the right thing to do in order to slay the...more
Estevan Alvarado
The first story is about a young many who must come to grips with a horrible family secret about his brother a serial killer...brother must travel back to the past and make a decision to take a "Strange Highway" to confront his brother.

Next are several short stories (12 in all).

The last story is "Chase". A war hero must deal with publicity from being a war hero while he wants be left alone and live in solitude to avoid have to deal with the pains of wars violence. While trying to live in solitud...more
Sandra Knapp
Mr. Koontz did not disappoint. These stories covered a wide array of topics, and I found almost every one of them delightful. Some more so than others, true. But only one actually left me wanting. But since different things appeal to one person more than to another, I will let future readers decide if that is true for them, and won't spoil it for them now, by mentioning which tale it was. I could say the very same about every other author that I've read, that have published at least two pieces o...more
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