From the Corner of His Eye
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 critica...more
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...more
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...more
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.
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...more
Koontz uses Enoch Cain's obsessed journey to find Bartholomew as a background to highl...more
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,...more
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...more
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...more
Bad, BAD BAD HORRIBLE. I don't think it's a major spoiler, since I didn't get too far into it, but just in case, this may be spoiler-ish. Guy gushes about how much he loves his wife, they are hiking, more gushing how gorgeous and wonderful and loving she is. He gets a feelin...more
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...more
It wasn't bad.
Schmaltzy and earnest at times. Characters were often flimsy stereotypes, e.g. the Latina woman. Her supposedly broken English sounded more like Jar-Jar Binks than your average Latino.
Predictability: he purposely foreshadows pretty much everything that happens in the book. I don't know why you'...more
Any book that starts with
is bound to spark curiosity. And the fervent hope that the remaining pages will be just as interesting.
Bartholomew Lampion was blinded at the age of three, when surgeons reluctantly removed his eyes to save him from a fast-spreading cancer, but although eyeless, Barty regained his sight when he was thirteen.
It is January 6, 1965.
Agnes Lampion is in her Bright Beach, California kitchen: in labor and baking pies. Her husband, Joey, is frantic to get her to the hospital. B...more
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...more
While "From the Corner of His Eye" DOES have a madman chasing innocent...more
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,
Thus begins the latest novel from bestselling author Dean Koontz, who has brought us such great tales as Fear Nothing, Watchers, Intensity, and Dark Rivers of the Heart. In From the Corner of His Eye Koontz transcends his revered storytelling, reachi...more
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...more
Pathos sucks when mishandled.
Take one blind boy, no let's not make him just blind: Let us make him have no eyes! Yes this will get people to feel...more
His prose offers nothing new, but his characterization is good - the "good guys" and "bad guy" are excellently drawn. Koontz tells the story from each of their perspectives in a natural, easy way. Although the villain is one sick character, Koontz manages to present him as more or less believable instead of as a caricature or a monster.
Two characters, in particular, who would seem, on the surface, to have all the makings of villains are actually the good guys, so once again stereotypes are turned upsidedown.
The only regret I have is that the blurb on the back cover did not convey what the book was...more
If I was going off of how much I actually personally enjoyed this book, I would probably give it two stars. This story is down and out creept...more
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