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From the Corner of His Eye

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His birth was marked by wonder and tragedy.
He sees beauty and terror beyond our deepest dreams.
His story will change the way you see the world.
On the heels of his #1 bestseller False Memory, Dean Koontz brings together his most compelling themes and an unforgettable cast of characters to create what is perhaps the most thrilling and emotionally powerful work of his crit
Paperback, 729 pages
Published November 20th 2001 by Bantam (first published 2000)
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Apr 05, 2010 Maciek rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nobody.
Massive, massive, MASSIVE disappointment.
Obvious spoilers ahead.

The premise for this book is amazing; a boy named Bartholomew loses his sight at the age of three, when surgeons remove his eyes to save him from fast spreading cancer, and then, though eyeless, regains it at the age of thirteen.
Thinking that it could be a fun, fast paced daredevil-like story, with quantum theory involved, I was setting my hopes high. Boy, was I let down.

When a reader opens the book he reads how Barty loses his sigh
Lisa Mccurdy
Mar 02, 2011 Lisa Mccurdy rated it it was amazing
MY VERY FAVORITE KOONTZ WORK OF ALL TIME!!! (I would also like to note that it is his favorite accomplishment as well.) This book was recommended to me when I was 17 by my husband to-be and was the first Dean Koontz book I ever read. It is the PERFECT example of his superiority to other authors of his time and made me an absolute obsessed fan. I then became a collector and this is what started it all. It is a complex tale of vivid characters and includes every emotion you could think of while in ...more
William Dalphin
Sep 05, 2007 William Dalphin rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: NOBODY. NOBODY AT ALL.
Alright, I went on a "Koontz binge" last spring, and of all the stuff of his that I read, From The Corner Of His Eye has got to be one of the WORST, most godawful pieces of "literature" (using the term loosely) that I've ever read.

I grew quite used to Koontz's style of writing... plastering excessive detail onto every description, taking five pages to detail the wallpaper on a house, etc. So when I read the jacket for FTCOHE and it said the story was about a boy who loses his sight and then rega
Mike (the Paladin)
A good example of what some are calling the "new Koontz". Maybe, I know I like this book. There are several of his more recent offerings that I have really enjoyed and this is one.

Also he has one of his more "interesting" villains here. I can't say anymore without giving a spoiler, but this is one of those horrible yet laughable evil killers. You can't laugh at the evil bloody acts, but the interesting "mental gymnastics" of this guy are well done.

Koontz moves into the realm of science fiction/
Mar 28, 2007 Tara rated it really liked it
Favorite Quotes

She lived for others, her heart tuned to their anguish and their needs.

His blue eyes were seas where sorrow sailed.

Not one day in anyone’s life is an uneventful day, no day without profound meaning, no matter how dull and boring it might seem, no matter whether you are a seamstress or a queen, a shoeshine boy, or a movie star, a renowned philosopher or a Down’s-syndrome child. Because in every day of your life, there are opportunities to perform little kindnesses for others, both
Jul 12, 2008 Tom rated it really liked it
In a Dean Koontz book, if there's someone he describes as particularly good, gracious, or appealing; you can be sure that something very bad is about to happen to them.

There's plenty of that in this book, which tells a number of stories, all tied together by the actions of the villain. There are good number of biblical references, with most characters having a biblical corollary; especially Bartholomew, one of the heroes of the story, who has as his namesake one of the lesser known Apostles.

In t
Janet Forster
May 29, 2016 Janet Forster rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this Koontz book. Yes, it got a bit overly sentimental at times, but on the whole I preferred it to some of the other Koontz books I've read lately, which have been hugely formulaic and so very predictable! I enjoyed the multiple universe aspects (not sure how a few of the explanations would go with real scientists, but I'm not one of them, so no problem there) and the twists and turns. I thought Enoch Cain one of his more interesting villains. Of course, if you don't enjoy dram ...more
Nov 28, 2008 Jennifer rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Nobody. Doen't waste your time. Seriously.
I guess I would give this a 1.5 if I could. It's readable but you kind of regret spending the time on this. Maybe if it was half the size it wouldn't have pissed me off - but 768 pages? And I felt like it was doing some preachy religious allegory crap at me. What the hell is your point with this book Dean Koontz?

I feel like there were huge holes in the plot on this one and it was just the weakest thing I had read by him. There really wasn't the pay off you want when you get to the end either. A
Aug 14, 2012 Rick rated it it was amazing
NOTE: I am a HUGE Dean Koontz fan, but I'm also objective. Within the horror/suspense genre, Koontz generally writes two types of novels: 'government conspiracies', or 'madman chasing an innocent man/child/woman/dog/couple/ all of the above.' The gov't ones are fine, as a matter of fact, it was "Strangers" that got me hooked on DK. But there's only so much you can do with 'black ops' and 'the government within the government.'

While "From the Corner of His Eye" DOES have a madman chasing innocent
Mar 12, 2008 David rated it it was amazing
Shelves: baruch-hs-2009
From The Corner Of His Eye Bantam Books, 2000, 729pp., $7.99

Dean Koontz ISBN 0553582747

Imagine being in labor, with your husband lying dead beside you. “Urgency gripped the paramedics. The rescuers’ equipment and the pieces of car door were dragged out of the way to make a path for a gurney, its wheels clattering across pavement littered with debris.” You don’t know if your kid has survived the accident or if he will be as normal as all the others. As you look out from the back of the ambulance
May 20, 2009 Jessica rated it really liked it
You ever wonder where Koontz comes up with these stories? Most of them are brilliant, engaging plots with lots of twists and turns that keep you on the edge of your seat. Some of them are plain strange and make you wonder what he was smoking when he sat down that day...and why he wasn't sharing.

This book had the benefit of being both brilliant in many ways, and of being one of the stories that makes you scratch your head and wonder.

I loved the separate yet slowly intertwining stories of all the
Apr 06, 2013 Jeffery rated it it was ok
I was disappointed by this one. Koontz's initial idea was brilliant, and I love the quality of his prose. I enjoy the way he writes because it's so vivid and detailed; at his best moments he paints with words. However, at his worse moments he comes up with great ideas but does nothing with them. Ultimately, he does not achieve an interesting narrative with this book. I liked the characters for the most part but the story was just kind of lame to me. I found the villain disgusting but not necessa ...more
Jan 12, 2011 Misty rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Dean Koontz fans
Shelves: owned
Although I enjoyed this book, for the most part, it's got major flaws.

If you're familiar with Dean Koontz, you know that sometimes (well, most of the time), he overdoes it. Describes things in entirely too much detail, takes 5 pages to explain something that could be told in 3 paragraphs, etc. He does not sway from that in this book. In my opinion, it could have been cut by about 200 pages and still told the story just fine.

The story centers around 2 characters, mainly: a boy named Bartholomew,
Sep 18, 2011 John rated it liked it

From the Corner of His Eye

by Dean Koontz

Bantam, 729 pages, paperback, 2001; reissue of a book
originally published in 2001

Dean Koontz is probably, right now, the most underestimated
writer at work in the field of fantastic literature. The reasons
are not hard to fathom. Unlike most authors, who go through the
learning process before they ever see print, Koontz had the
misfortune although of course it must have seemed far from
that to him at the time to find publishers for his early,
clumsy attempts,
Gloria Piper
Nov 20, 2012 Gloria Piper rated it it was amazing
JC could stand for Jesus Christ, and one might get that impression at the novel’s beginning. We think we sense a sweetness in Junior Cain’s character, until it takes an unexpected turn.

Junior Cain isn't a religious man. Instead he bases his life on a particular set of volumes, a particular philosophy. We are treated to his attempts to follow this philosophy throughout his adventures. He is a man on a quest for self perfection while believing that life is for pleasure, ungoverned by the concept o
Sep 12, 2011 Anne rated it it was amazing
Loved it! Twists and turns, a fabulous story, great characters. Enoch Cain has you believing he is a good and loving man as the book begins, but then he does something that totally leaves you in shock, and after a while you begin to see what an evil person he is. Evil and extremely dangerous.
I couldn't put this book down. The way Dean Koontz brings all the characters together is very clever. What a writer. This book has everything, but what I particularly like is that there is a moral tone all
Renee Gwinn
Mar 11, 2014 Renee Gwinn rated it did not like it
The beginning was shocking and twisted.... which I loved. But then the story got bloated and complicated and at the end died a quick death (fortunately). Why did the author spend all that time (and pages) developing the evil Enoch Cain only to have him evaporate in one sentence!? And in the beginning the reader was subjected to painfully articulate hour by hour, day by day accounts of 3 story lines. Then at the end it was rushed to decades by decades. This was truly a story I couldn't wait to fi ...more
Oct 11, 2009 Nicole rated it it was ok
From the Corner of His Eye by Dean Koontz is overal a great book. I thought the authors writing style was phenonmenal using substantial vocabulary. Dean Koontz other style of books seem similar to eachother but theres minor differences making each story unique. This book draws readers into a spellbinding world created by terror, love, hate, and mystery. I recommend this book to anyone who has either read some of his previous books before to get an understanding of his writing. In the book ther ...more
Manu Prasad
Jul 25, 2011 Manu Prasad rated it really liked it
Shelves: review
That Dean Koontz is an amazing writer of supernatural stories is a known fact. What makes this book special is the mix of several themes that work in superb harmony - a psychotic killer, quantum physics and faith. I've always wondered about parallel universes and in this book, the author has tried to put a structure to it through the theories of Thomas Vanadium and the abilities of Bartholomew, Angel and Mary.

Koontz uses Enoch Cain's obsessed journey to find Bartholomew as a background to highl
Jul 21, 2010 Johnny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-it
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Dustin Crazy little brown owl
I have the phrase "This Momentous Day" tattooed on my leg, because of the impact this book has had on my life. FROM THE CORNER OF HIS EYE is currently ranked as my #2 FAVORITE KOONTZ BOOK, second only to Life Expectancy.

Each smallest act of kindness reverberates across great distances and spans of time, affecting lives unknown to the one whose generous spirit was the source of this good echo, because kindness is passed on and grows each time it's passed, until a simple courtesy becomes an act o
Jan 23, 2012 Ethan rated it did not like it
I stuck with this book for 250 pages before I gave up. The writing was beautiful at times, but the characterization absolutely drove me crazy. The sheer goodness of the good guys is nauseating, and Koontz slathers them with such sticky sweetness that I actually ended up hating the characters. The bad guy is the only character I enjoyed reading about, and he's overblown to the point of caricature.

Koontz has a couple of nice passages, but there's no way I'm going to make it through this book witho
Diane Lynch
Jan 25, 2016 Diane Lynch rated it really liked it
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Karen Rae
Feb 04, 2013 Karen Rae rated it really liked it
This book is full of suspense, drama, joy and amazing courage.The day that Bartholomew Lampion is born is not the kind of day that most couples experience when their first born child comes into the world. It holds much joy for Bartholomew's Mom, but also much sadness as his father is killed in a car accident on the day he was born.The story has many different aspects to it as Barty, as his Mother calls him, is growing up. This book is one that you do not want to put down. I enjoyed it reading it ...more
Melissa Britton
Oct 28, 2015 Melissa Britton rated it it was ok
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Jun 08, 2016 Emma rated it liked it
This book didn't disappoint. The stories around Cain were deliciously evil and I thought the author cleverly included Cain's own perceptions of situations to help the reader comprehend how bonkers he actually is.

I just have two flaws...not dealbreakers but a bit annoying...

1) I think others have pointed this out - the provided synopsis of the book is miles away from what the book is *actually* about!

2) some of the plots/situations in the book were just too conveniently wrapped up by Koontz duri
Levent Mollamustafaoglu
Jan 31, 2015 Levent Mollamustafaoglu rated it really liked it
If I were to guess who could write a fantastic novel that explains the parallel universes theory embedded in quantum physics without using a single scientific reference but still making it believable, I would probably have said Dean Koontz. This extraordinary novel published around 10 years ago has somehow missed my attention and I discovered it lately.
It uses the technique of parallel and seemingly independent flows about seemingly unrelated people, only to join their fates together and bringin
Shawnee Bowlin
Sep 08, 2012 Shawnee Bowlin rated it really liked it
Weird, complicated, spooky. Dean Koontz is such an amazing author that it's actually good he didn't create movies from his books. The movie versions are always less enjoyable.
Junior's disgusting idea of love for Naomi was even more creepy because there are twisted people in this world who tend to think along the same lines. That's one of the things about Koontz. His freaky characters come so close to the horror lurking in the world of today. I recommend reading From the Corner of His Eye just t
Aug 18, 2009 Jen3n rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, horror
I liked this book. I usually don't much care for the books of Dean Koontz. I find his writing formulaic and a little insulting. You already know who the good and bad people will be: the ugly women and good looking men will be bad and the beautiful women and ugly men will not only be good they will be VERY good and probably end up together. There will also be a strong moral/Christian undertone and the concepts of Good and Evil are black and white.

But this book had large sections of very good writ
Mar 14, 2013 Sandra rated it really liked it
Shelves: recommends
Only Dean Koontz could write a book like this! Full of compelling characters with a strong spiritual them running throughout it has many of the features that you would expect from a Koontz novel, plus a bit more! I don't write reviews that rehash the story so suffice to say that this is a story with a number of lead characters whose lives are or become intertwined and there are numerous threads. The main 'baddie' is completely twisted with a self-worth that would be laughable if he wasn't so utt ...more
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“Not one day in anyone’s life is an uneventful day, no day without profound meaning, no matter how dull and boring it might seem, no matter whether you are a seamstress or a queen, a shoeshine boy, or a movie star, a renowned philosopher or a Down’s-syndrome child. Because in every day of your life, there are opportunities to perform little kindnesses for others, both by conscious acts of will and unconscious example. Each smallest act of kindness—even just words of hope when they are needed, the remembrance of a birthday, a compliment that engenders a smile—reverberates across great distances and spans of time, affecting lives unknown to the one whose generous spirit was the source of this good echo, because kindness is passed on and grows each time it’s passed, until a simple courtesy becomes an act of selfless courage years later and far away. Likewise, each small meanness, each thoughtless expression of hatred, each envious and bitter act, regardless of how petty, can inspire others, and is therefore the seed that ultimately produces evil fruit, poisoning people whom you have never met and never will. All human lives are so profoundly and intricately entwined—those dead, those living, those generations yet to come—that the fate of all is the fate of each, and the hope of humanity rests in every heart and in every pair of hands. Therefore, after every failure, we are obliged to strive again for success, and when faced with the end of one thing, we must build something new and better in the ashes, just as from pain and grief, we must weave hope, for each of us is a thread critical to the strength—to the very survival of the human tapestry. Every hour in every life contains such often-unrecognized potential to affect the world that the great days and thrilling possibilities are combined always in this momentous day.” 490 likes
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