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Pandora Drive

3.45 of 5 stars 3.45  ·  rating details  ·  126 ratings  ·  19 reviews
In a small Ohio town, a young girl discovers that she can bring other people's dreams--and their nightmares--to life. Original.
Paperback, 370 pages
Published April 1st 2006 by Leisure Books
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William M.
PANDORA DRIVE is another staggeringly original work of terror by Tim Waggoner. If critics thought his first novel, LIKE DEATH, was a fluke, this should set the record straight. Tim Waggoner is indeed talented and has proved it once again. It's very rare for me to give a writer two 5-star reviews for their books -- author Gary A. Braunbeck, Tom Piccirilli, Bentley Little, Jack Ketchum, T.M. Wright and Richard Laymon are the only ones to date -- but Mr. Waggoner has now joined that elite group. In ...more
This is one of Waggoner's better novels, a hard-core and thoughtful exploration into a kind of not-for-the-squeamish Twilight Zone concept. It's kind of over-the-top in unrelenting description and imagery, but manages to make the reader ask some questions and examine things they'd be more comfortable ignoring. It's modern genre horror at the top of the game.
I'll read anything, and I still found this book to be awful. the image of the old man in this book will probably haunt me forever in a really gross way, so I suppose that the author has accomplished what he set out to do. On the other hand, he almost ruined sex for me too, so I guess it evens out in the end.

I read this book because we had a complaint about it at work, and for the first time in my career, I had a hard time defending the written word.
Sean Flynn
With "Pandora Drive", author Tim Waggoner creates a premise that will allow his imagination to flourish; and he uses it to its fullest potential. The protagonist, 28 year old Damara, is the "Pandora" to whom the title alludes. She is in a self-imposed exile due to a mysterious power she possesses that can cause the fantasies and nightmares of those around her to become realities. However, instead of learning to use this power, Damara has spent all of her life trying to suppress it. Unfortunately ...more
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Tim Waggoner has received some good buzz in the online horror world and has been compared to Ray Garton and Richard Laymon in the gore department so I was anxious to start this one.

Damara watches the world go by from the safety of her bedroom window. She possesses the power to make dreams as well as nightmares come true and thus is locked away to ensure the safety of others.

This book started out quietly but soon evolved into a full out gore-filled horror novel reminiscent of Richard Laymon with
Tim Waggoner returns again with his mix between almost Harry Potter-like fantasy ( sounds strange I know ) and extremely disgusting hardxore horror. And while he only has written two books within this gross subgenre ( Like Death and this Pandora Drive I think) both these books are real hits.
The author again takes his time to introduce the characters to us. We come to know them all before they become victims or perpetrators of Waggoner's extremely sick imagination ( one scene really goes WAAAYYY
Tristan Macavery
Having met Tim Waggoner (and exchanged autographed books with him), it sorely pains me to say: For me, at least, this book is not one that I can recommend. There's a lot more "gross-out" than horror, more splatter than suspense. Let me say that the idea is very good indeed, and Waggoner is a tale-spinner of high order; despite my roiling stomach, I managed to continue through to the end. My problem with the book is more along the lines of "ain't my thang" than it is that the book is poor.

When I
Just under 2.5 stars. A fantastical and sometimes gruesome tale. Imaginative, but not scary. A penis pretty much becomes a character -- and an annoying prick it is -- if that tells you anything.

Recommended for fans of odd "horror" tales who don't mind some sex, and things taken to extremes.

Good but not great. Not everyone will enjoy this book, but many fans of Stephen King or Clive Barker will find something to make them grin wickedly here. I'd give another Waggoner book a shot.
part of it may just be the low standards i've come to have for the "leisure horror book of the month" books that i gathered over a couple of years ago, but this one struck me as one of the better ones. it's certainly better than the description on the back of the dust jacket makes it out to be.

it goes beyond just being a story about a girl who has the power to make the fears/dreams/fantasies of those around her come true -- a power that she has no control over -- and is more of a story, really,
Damara, the protagonist of this shock-horror tale is a woman who has the power to make one's desires or fears come true. When she unleashes her imagination bad things happen to those close to her, it is even worse when the power slips from her control. This book kinda reminded of 'The Twilight Zone' with the little boy with the scary imagination, whom everyone was terrified of. In fact I wouldn't be surprised if that's what inspired the author. Just like the film, 'Pandora Drive' doesn't give a ...more
All I can say is wow, I think I'll be reading more Tim Waggoner. His writing style is fast paced, descriptive and interesting. The book is about Damara, a woman with a terrible power that makes people's dreams/nightmares come to life. This power has caused her to become a loner, hiding away in the house she shares with her mother for 17 years. However her powers, for whatever reason, has begun to leak out into the neighbourhood and it leads to frightening results. I would tell people to read thi ...more
Tim Waggoner--and I know he'll take this as a compliment--is one sick dude. I giggle at some of the "This is sick! I threw it away" reviews on Amazon. It's a twisted story. Waggoner plays with dreams in ways that the Nightmare on Elm Street can only imagine. The visuals are fantastic, and it leaves a lasting impression with the reader. A fun romp through nightmares and small town America.
I just have this to say about Pandora Drive: it started off creepy, but it just got downright weird and unnecessarily gross, so much so that it detracted from the story.
The idea of this book is great, but I didn't care for it as a whole. The images were very disturbing so I guess that has to count for something.
Kevin Gallan
Aug 09, 2010 Kevin Gallan rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: you got to love gore
Shelves: horror, waggoner-tim
i enjoyed this book...not for the faint of heart...alot of nasty stuff going on
Sickly intriguing, a horror that will stay in my mind.
Great book by a great writer.
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Tim Waggoner has published over thirty novels and three short story collections, and his articles on writing have appeared in Writer’s Digest and Writers’ Journal, among others. He teaches creative writing at Sinclair Community College and in Seton Hill University’s Master of Fine Arts in Writing Popular Fiction program. Visit him on the web at
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