From the denizens of hell to unlikely heroes, from vengeful children to suspiciously humanlike robots, this new collection of tales from a genius of horror and suspense writing provides a hypnotic view of the strange highways of human experience. A masterful achievementas profound as it is mesmerizing. (FicitonHorror)
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
I picked this James Spader narrated audiobook up at a library sale for $2. Spader's insanely deep voice is delightfully creepy. I enjoyed the hell out of this story of a road trip to Iowa and back. If you like audiobooks and come across this admittedly older recording (my truck still has a cassette player) go for it.
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
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.
Dean R. Koontz has also published under the na...more